Review: Darcy Saga: Book One: Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan

by Keira G on December 30, 2010 · 3 comments

in 3 Stars, Book Review, Great Britain, J-L, Jane Austen, Regency, Virgin Hero, Virgin Heroine

bookreview

What I love most about this book is the research and language used to express the time period. Lathan’s diction is vastly superb – I had to look one or two words up. (Romance novels have all the credit when it comes to my 750 verbal SAT score from way back when.) The way she writes is very mellow, you’re not putting the book down feeling more anxious than when you started. This is an excellent novel to curl up with before drifting off to sleep. Who doesn't love to dream of Mr. Darcy?

I am as much a fan of Pride and Prejudice as Lathan is, especially the 2005 movie rendition. I could not picture her version of Darcy and Elizabeth as Matthew and Keira after a few chapters, but I could see them in Jane’s original portrayal. Elizabeth is sometimes silly, seeming younger than she should, but I found it understandable if you remembered how young she actually was and the fact that Pemberley and its surroundings are all new to her. Her silliness does not reach at any point Lydia’s level of stupidity… more like Jane’s silliness when it came to Bingley during the hardships of their courtship. Little problems are solved quickly and easily if both Darcy and Lizzy open up to each other.

Darcy and Elizabeth are effusive in their declarations of love. I applaud Lathan for writing Darcy as a virgin hero. It's hard to imagine him as experienced even with his deep passions, because he held himself apart from society and saw their superficial actions as crude and undignified (both in Austen's novel I feel and expressly in Lathan's continuation.) He seems like the man who would wait for the right woman. He is by no means asexual as you'll find when you read this novel. They make love like bunnies, but the sex is never vulgar or overly detailed after their initial honeymoon weekend. In fact, the whole saga is about exploring Darcy and Elizabeth’s love for each other starting from the end of Austen’s telling.

What does marriage look like on the other side of ‘I do’ and happily ever after? Lathan unfolds their story slowly, taking her time, showing nights spent whispering secrets, days traumatizing Darcy’s valet, and Elizabeth’s struggles and successes in filing the role as Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Leave a Comment

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sharon Lathan March 11, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Thank you Keira for your wonderful review of my book. I appreciate you taking the time to read it and share your thoughts with your readers. I had a sneaking suspicion you would like how I wrote Darcy’s inexperience. :)

Reply

2 Keira March 11, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Just a sneaking one? lol :) I’m happily finding more and more virgin heroes in romance. Enough to start their very own category of scrumptious-ness. Grin. I think they might just might, start ranking in as some of the best heroes I’ve ever read… ponders… that sounds like a good topic idea doesn’t it for a post? Who are some of your favorite virgin heroes?

Reply

3 heidenkind November 13, 2009 at 10:18 PM

I liked this book, too. I think it would be impossible not to like! It’s full of warm fuzzies.

Reply

Previous post:

Next post: