The Darcy Saga 2 & 3: Returned Relations, Travelogue & Social Studies



Loving Mr. Darcy
Journeys Beyond Pemberley
Book 2 in the Darcy Saga series
Author Sharon Lathan
Narrated by Corrie James
Publication date Dec 8, 2015
Running time 19 hrs

Audiobooks provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

My Dearest Mr. Darcy
An Amazing Journey into Love Everlasting
Book 3 in the Darcy Saga series
Author Sharon Lathan
Narrated by Corrie James
Publication date Dec 29, 2015
Running time 15 hrs 18 min


In Loving Mr. Darcy, Darcy and Lizzy venture away from Pemberley to journey through England, finding friends, relatives, fun, love, and an even deeper and more sacred bond along the way.

Having embarked on the greatest adventure of all, marriage and the start of a new life together, now the Darcys take the listener on a journey through a time of prosperity, enjoyment, and security. They experience all the adventures of travel, with friends and relatives providing both companionship and complications, and with fun as their focus.

The sights and sounds, tastes and flavors of Regency England come alive in this romantic historical novel. Through it all, Darcy and Lizzy continue to build a marriage filled with romance, sensuality, and the beauty of a deep, abiding love.

As the golden summer draws to a close and the Darcys look ahead to the end of their first year of marriage, Mr. Darcy could never have imagined that his love could grow even deeper with the passage of time.

Elizabeth is unpredictable and lively, pulling Darcy out of his stern and serious demeanor with her teasing and temptation. Looking ahead and planning for celebrations and life events large and small, Lizzy can still catch Darcy unawares when he least expects it. But surprising events force the Darcys to weather absence and illness, and to discover whether they can find a way to build a bond of everlasting love and desire.


My Take Oblong


There are aspects of this series that are compelling; what Austen devotee doesn’t want to know what happened after Darcy’s and Lizzy’s wedding? And, I really enjoyed, especially in LOVING MR.DARCY that the author gives Mary some humanity and that Georgiana makes her pay more attention to appearance.  This was my favorite thing in the book and I mean that in a positive sense.

I also loved the return of Darcy’s paternal uncle, George from service in The British East India company as a doctor. A flamboyant character George often dresses in Indian attire and brings with him a member of the Spanish royal family.  Also humanized in this regard is Lady Anne de Bourgh whose illness or debility is addressed.

In the first book, I complained of a treacle-sweetness to the writing and it remains apparent in the second, LOVING MR. DARCY;  Darcy and Elizabeth constantly and by the ream extol their mutual affection.  On any given page the word “Love” may be employed four or five times, not always in the context of romance, but, ugh!

In the third book, MY DEAREST MR.DARCY, there’s a slight decrease in the pre-pubescent like use of the word. However this novel sees and increase in Mr. Darcy’s religious faith we were told  about in the first book. I began to be annoyed by it as Austen did not concern herself overmuch in her work.  

In the third book I see some decent writing in the first part, the diary of Darcy’s Uncle George.  Relieved of Darcy’s and Lizzy’s constant loving (the author’s euphemism for sex) the story is much more interesting.  I was disappointed when it picked up again in the third person omniscient with a focus on Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth.

The narrator did a great job with the plethora of characters. I liked her modulation, accents, voices and pace. We get a lot of characters in book two as the couple travels to London, the Lake District, and the shore. On their trips they visit educational sites and marvel at improvements in technology, such as steel nibs for pens, Magic Lantern shows and billiards, at which Fitzwilliam is a pro.  There is a lot of travelogue writing and history info-dumping; it gives the stories a pedantic feel.

I am perplexed by my own interest in this series.  The writer shows great imagination in what the couple’s life together might have been like after they married. I do enjoy that. The third book shows a lot of promise as the writer’s style becomes more sophisticated, but I think she has a way to go.

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