Guest Author & Giveaway: Sharon Lathan featuring My Dearest Mr. Darcy

Thursday, January 28

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Mr. first romance hero that I fell for (but not my last).  I mean come on he's Mr. Darcy!  Reading Sharon Lathan's My Dearest Mr. Darcy brought back all of the reasons why I wrote my post Jane Austen and why we still love her...even though her Darcy Saga was inspired by the movie and not the A&E version ;)  I enjoyed her continuation of Pride and Prejudice, but I have to say she is much more compassionate than I am when it comes to Mrs. Bennett :)

The Universally Acknowledged Truth

Perhaps I am unusual, but I have always felt a bit sorry for Mrs. Bennet. Her flaws and failings are numerous, and most entertaining within the cinema adaptations, but she truly did have a rough occupation: Marrying off five daughters! Our modern eyes look at this dilemma and can’t quite comprehend why this would send someone into a nervous frazzle. I am also probably a bit unusual in that while I do applaud Lizzy Bennet for refusing the ridiculous Mr. Collins and arrogant Mr. Darcy, I also recognize that she was rather stupid. From a certain point of view!

A woman in the early years of the nineteenth century had few choices in life and was completely vulnerable. Securing a man who would protect and provide for her, and possibly her family, was the wise choice. We shudder at this reality, and I am sure there were many ladies of that time who did as well, but for most it simply was the way of it. Thus Mrs. Bennet was merely doing her job in focusing her energies on landing suitable mates for her daughters. And Lizzy was not particularly smart to refuse two worthy men. From a certain point of view!

We do not know if Jane Austen intimately knew how it felt to love a man, but we do know that never marrying created a situation of extreme hardship for her, her sister, and her mother. The beauty of Austen’s novels is that her heroines not only marry men who are financially and socially established, but are also men that they love. Debates rage on whether Jane was content in her chosen path not to marry and I doubt the mystery will ever be solved. Yet clearly she, like the romantics of that day, believed in the idea of love within marriage as worthier than a large pocketbook.

Personally I am of the opinion that no matter what century it is or what culture one is in, emotions are universal. Humans desire to find love, passion, respect, devotion, friendship, happiness, and so on. We especially want these emotions within our marriages. Pragmatism has its place, and it certainly did in ages when women had little recourse. Yet the driving force has always been the heart.

Lizzy was willing to live with the consequences of being a spinster rather than marry without love. We admire her attitude, of course, but are also approving when she and Mr. Darcy overcome their problems and admit their mutual love. I never doubted the passionate love between these two characters and this beautiful story inspired me to write my sequel.

However, do not forget while sighing over the romance that Mrs. Bennet’s dilemma was solved beyond her wildest dreams! Lizzy married for love, but man, oh man, did she score!

My approach to the marriage and newfound life of Elizabeth Darcy was to explore the happiness possible when the relationship is based on deep love and respect. It was also to acknowledge the reality of marriage as it was then. Lizzy was now a wife in the early nineteenth century. Her independence, intelligence, sharp wit, and strength would assure she was a competent Mistress of Pemberley. Nevertheless, her role is as a support to her husband. As Mrs. Darcy I believe she would have understood and willingly performed her duties, and embraced her position as wife and eventually a mother.

We may not like it, but this was a male dominated society. It was also a culture centuries steeped in traditions of heritage and the importance of preserving the land. Men of the aristocracy and landed gentry, for the most part, took their duties very seriously. Devotion to their estates, their country, and their family was premier. The perfect husband, as my Mr. Darcy is naturally, would not only love his wife but would hold her in the highest regard. He would esteem her, trust in her instincts, welcome her opinions, and seek her advice. Their marriage would be a partnership with the pure emotions we hope for. Still, he would be the protector, ruler, and final authority, providing for his family as it was expected of him.

So at the end of the day everyone, including Mrs. Bennet, would live happily ever after! Now that is a great fairytale come true.

Married life is bringing out the best in the Darcys. Their mutual attentiveness brings readers into a magical world of love and wedded bliss.

Darcy is more deeply in love with his wife than ever. 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 his love could grow even deeper with the passage of time.

"I love you, my Elizabeth. You are my soul, my blood and bone, my very life."

Elizabeth is growing into her role as Mistress of Pemberley, and Darcy has mellowed under her gentle teasing and light-heartedness.  Lizzy is full of surprises. She 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.

Pemberley becomes a true home and a welcoming environment for loving family and friends. The Darcys travel to the seaside, welcome their firstborn, celebrate their anniversary and second Christmas, and at every moment embrace the love gifted to them.  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.

The romance and bewitchment is never-ending...

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Sharon Lathan is the author of the bestselling Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One, and Loving Mr. Darcy: Journeys Beyond Pemberley. In addition to her writing, she works as a Registered Nurse in a Neonatal ICU. She resides in Hanford, California in the sunny San Joaquin Valley. For more information on Sharon and her saga, come to her website at:

Are you as enamored with Mr. Darcy and Jane Austen as I am?  If you are then make sure you comment to be entered to win a COMPLETE set of the Darcy Saga by Sharon Lathan.  That's right you can win all three; Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Loving Mr. Darcy, and My Dearest Mr. Darcy courtesy of Casablanca Romance.

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question:  What's your favorite version of a Jane Austen book that has been made into a movie or TV series?  (it's ok to pick someone other than Lizzy & Darcy)  (good for 1 entry) 
  • Mandatory:  You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • Blog about this author's giveaway on your blog and leave a link with your comment (good for 15 entries)
  • If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) 
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
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Sharon Lathan January 28, 2010 at 2:01 AM  

Thank you for having me on your cool blog site, Booklover. I had a great time answering your question about marriage in the Regency. There is so much I could have said! Limiting myself is often a chore. :)

I understand not having much sympathy for Mrs. Bennet. She is quite annoying. LOL! But I do try to see all sides of what makes a person tick. Ha!

About my book trailer video: I do have an updated version. In fact, I have for a while now so am surprised you have the older one. Just an FYI. The new one is exactly the same, but has the updated cover for My Dearest Mr. Darcy. Either way, it is a fantastic video, thanks to Sandy Marlow of Phoenix Book Trailers. (mini plug there)

I'll be checking in. Now it is actually time for me to go to sleep. See everyone in the morning. :)

justpeachy36 January 28, 2010 at 6:42 AM

Please enter me in the giveaway.

My favorite adaptation would have to be the movie of Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightly.

Laura Hartness January 28, 2010 at 9:49 AM  

Sharon: I'm not so sure I feel as sorry for Mrs. Bennet as you do, but I have always found her highly amusing. She is so overly dramatic, although justifiably so. The 1995 Mrs. B is particularly humorous. This is especially true when Mr. Bennet toys with her high-strung nature.

**Favorite Austen dramatization? Well, I hate to be unoriginal, but the '95 P&P with Colin Firth really is my favorite. Beyond P&P, I would say Gwyneth Paltrow's Emma would be my 2nd favorite.

**I'm a follower (#241)

**My blog entry, dated for 1/27 but really posted today, 1/28. I do my contest posts on Wednesdays, hence the backdate.

Thanks for the chance to enter!

Laura Hartness
The Calico Critic
CalicoCritic at gmail dot com

Anonymous,  January 28, 2010 at 3:55 PM  

Please enter me.

Sharon Lathan January 28, 2010 at 6:07 PM  

Hi all!

Booklover, thanks for updating the trailer and adding the link to the novel excerpts on my website. I appreciate that.

justpeachy, I am with you on the 2005 movie being my fav. Love Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy. *sigh

Hey Laura! Glad to see you again. :) I love the "older" version of Emma too. Are you watching the new version that is now on PBS? I recorded the first part and am going to wait until it is all together. Love all the different ways approach Jane's stories.

Hello to everyone who stops by. Keep the comments coming!

Booklover1335 January 28, 2010 at 6:25 PM  

my Favorite Jane Austen book made to movie is Sense and Sensibility just watched it on the weekend the one with Emma Thomson it's my all time fave.
Sharon Lathan is a new to me Author I would love to read her version of Mr Darcy.
I'm a follower.
have a good one

Alba's entry that was on the review post instead of this one

Linda Henderson January 28, 2010 at 9:11 PM  

Sense and Sensibility would have to be my favorite. My daughters love that movie.

I am a follower.

seriousreader at live dot com

enyl January 28, 2010 at 9:18 PM  

The best movie adaption of a Jane Austen novel is Mansfield Park.

enyl January 28, 2010 at 9:21 PM  

Google Friend Connect follower.

Laura Hartness January 28, 2010 at 9:45 PM  


When I heard that the BBC's Emma was coming to PBS, I immediately went to Amazon and put the DVD on my wish list. I planned on just watching it whenever the DVD came my way.

Then when it was going to air last weekend, there was so much buzz on Twitter with all my bookish Tweeps, I decided to dust off a really old VCR. So, it's recorded. Like you, I'll probably wait until it's all over to watch it.

Laura Hartness
The Calico Critic

Vee January 29, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

LOL I love the way you scold Lizzy for refusing two "good" men Sharon. I have always loved Lizzy's spunk, of course she was not a realist in her era. You are quite right. She is so very lucky that gorgeous Darcy was so enamoured with her vivacity that he continued to persue her even after that horrible blow to his ego.
I am ever grateful that she did not marry Collins! God forbid!
I adore the way you allow Darcy and Lizzy to be equals in many aspects of their marriage. And the way Darcy is devoted to his adorable Lizzy.
A beautifully uplifting series of novels you have created Sharon. A must read for all JA lovers.
TSBO devotee

Sharon Lathan January 29, 2010 at 11:02 AM  

I love Sense & Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. I think it was probably the first Austen cinema adaptation I ever saw. Maybe it was Emma with Gwenyth Paltrow, not sure, but both of them are so good.

Has anyone seen the newer Sense and Sensibility? It was a British TV miniseries in 2008 with mostly new stars, but did have Dominic Cooper and David Morrissey. VERY good! I loved it better, I have to say. As excellent as the movie, this one had characters of a more appropriate age for the roles and was so well adapted. Brilliant.

Thanks Booklover1335, Linda, and enyl for stopping by. Good luck in the drawing!

Hi Laura! I think I may break down and watch the new Emma today or tomorrow. I am very anxious.

Thanks, Vee. I appreciate you coming by and for always encouraging. You are the best!

misskallie2000 January 29, 2010 at 6:16 PM  

Sense and Sensibility is my favorite movie. I have not read any of your books but have added you as new author and your books to my to buy list, which is getting entirely to long. Thanks for the great giveaway, Pls add my name to the hat.
I am a GFC follower

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Katy January 29, 2010 at 6:19 PM  

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite the newer version but I love Emma also the Gwyneth Paltrow version.

I'm a new follower



Sissa January 30, 2010 at 3:45 PM  

Please enter me into the giveaway. ^^ or

My favorite Jane Austen book that has been made into a movie will always be "Emma". This movie was what made me into an Austenite. I've noticed that many people don't like "Emma" or her character because she of the way she is. I actually rather adore her and everyone else in the book/movie. Emma is your typical girl who has too much time on her hands and has never been anywhere because she is stuck caring for her father. Therefore, she passes the time being involved in everyone-else's business. To the character of Emma this seems to be much preferred to reading or some other academic profession because it doesn't remind her that she hasn't been anywhere. Books and magazines talk of far off places and events that she cannot possibility go to. You can tell in the latest edition of Emma how she has really longed to see the ocean. Why bother stirring that yearning by doing activities that will sure to do so.

Then you have Harriet. Harriet is your typical "dumb blond", yet there is so much to her. She really is a true romantic. Even much more so than Emma. She also really wants some place to belong too. So she attaches herself to the men Emma throws her way in hopes that they would want her and want to be with her. The movies version of her also shows this more accurately than the book edition in my opinion.

Then there is Mr. Knightly. The confirmed old bachelor that as Emma states "will never marry". He is the one to stand on par with Emma. To let her know when she has done wrong. I always love how the actors who play him seem to have to juggle the role of older brother and potential lover because if you really think about it. That's what he seems to be trying to figure out his role for himself. ^^


Margay Leah Justice January 30, 2010 at 8:43 PM  

Sharon, I like the idea of everyone having their own happy ending. Everyone deserves one - even Mrs. Bennett!


Mitzi H. January 31, 2010 at 6:22 PM  

I've only seen I movie and that was with Colin Firth...quite a long time ago now. I'd love to see the BBC mini series someday.(sigh)

I'm a follower on google friend connect and would love to be entered into your drawing.

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

Anonymous,  February 4, 2010 at 8:20 AM  

Please enter me! I love the Pride and Prejudice with Matthew Macfadyen. He was an excellent Mr. Darcy!!!

Amanda Leigh February 6, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

I believe my favorite movie has to be Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightly. Mr. Darcy is to perfect in that movie.
Sense & Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet is a close second.

I'm a GFC follower

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