In the Arms of Mr. Darcy

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If only everyone could be as happy as they are...

Darcy and Elizabeth are as much in love as ever-even more so as their relationship matures. Their passion inspires everyone around them, and as winter turns to spring, romance blossoms around them.

Confirmed bachelor Richard Fitzwilliam sets his sights on a seemingly unattainable, beautiful widow; Georgiana Darcy learns to flirt outrageously; the very flighty ...

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Overview

If only everyone could be as happy as they are...

Darcy and Elizabeth are as much in love as ever-even more so as their relationship matures. Their passion inspires everyone around them, and as winter turns to spring, romance blossoms around them.

Confirmed bachelor Richard Fitzwilliam sets his sights on a seemingly unattainable, beautiful widow; Georgiana Darcy learns to flirt outrageously; the very flighty Kitty Bennet develops her first crush, and Caroline Bingley meets her match.

But the path of true love never does run smooth, and Elizabeth and Darcy are kept busy navigating their friends and loved ones through the inevitable separations, misunderstandings, misgivings, and lovers' quarrels to reach their own happily ever afters...

Praise for Sharon Lathan:

"The everlasting love between Darcy and Lizzy will leave more than one reader swooning."
-A Bibliophile's Bookshelf

"If you love Pride and Prejudice sequels then this series should be on the top of your list!"
-Royal Reviews

"Sharon really knows how to make Regency come alive."
-Love Romance Passion

"The way Ms. Lathan allows the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth to evolve is wonderful and will surely induce a contented sigh from all romantics."
-Once Upon a Romance

"A heartfelt enjoyable story filled with passion and warmth. Beautifully written."
-Anna's Book Blog

"Jane Austen fan or not-you're going to love this author's interpretation of life after the wedding as Darcy and Lizzy begin a honeymoon that looks to last forever. Very highly recommended reading."
-CK2's Kwips & Kritiques

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Editorial Reviews

Booksie's Blog
The daily life in large manor houses is amazing for modern readers to contemplate, and Lathan does an excellent job of outlining what such a daily routine consisted of.
Palmer's Picks For Reading
This book stays true to Austen's writing style and her vision of these characters.
Historical Novel Reviews Blog
A titillating, yet amorous look into the privileged lives of England's gentry as they travel back and forth from countryside estates to the London "seasons" of society, with all the protocol, pomp and circumstance that comes with the responsibilities of their positions.
Everything Victorian and More
Jane Austen would approve of this depiction of her characters; Austen fans will continue to love them, as well...
Rundpinne
Lathan continues to bring the Regency period to life... I was swept up by the romance.
The Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
What is constant is the love Darcy and Lizzy feel for each other... it is heartwarming.
One Literature Nut
There is something so fanciful and romantic about Sharon Lathan's depiction of Darcy and Elizabeth... This happy, romantic couple is at no loss of love or happiness in the novel to keep any reader sighing along with them.
Linda Banche Romance Author
Lathan's genius is to spin the everyday occurrences of married life into a page-turner. In a world full of strife, this book full of happiness is a treat for all.
Books Like Breathing
A great read. There was plenty of affection between Lizzy and Darcy...
Austenprose
Engaging, fast paced and searingly romantic, I highly recommend reading In the Arms of Mr. Darcy if you're a true Lizzie and Darcy fan.
Queen of Happy Endings
This is a book of heartfelt love, romance and passion and every time I read one of Sharon's books I get swept away in all the moments that make you just sigh.
Laura's Reviews
I love how Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth have a passionate and true love for each other in the novel.
To Read or Not to Read
Sharon Lathan has done a great job with this series. I've read all four books and I have not been disappointed.
The Calico Critic
A pleasant, ambling stroll with the characters of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Kelli Crowe's Blog
Intimate, humorous and revealing.
She Read a Book
Sharon shows great care to detail in this and all of her books. She's given us a great, romantic love story about two happily married people.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402236990
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: The Darcy Saga
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 326,970
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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 with her family in Hanford, California.
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Meryton, located roughly one hundred fifty miles to the south of Pemberley in Derbyshire and nestled in the pastoral valleys of Hertfordshire, was experiencing an atypical cold spell for this winter of 1817. Snow had not yet fallen and it was warmer than the northern counties, but beyond a doubt, winter had descended with a vengeance not seen in years. Whatever the facts, weather or otherwise, none of the inhabitants of the modest manor known as Longbourn took note. All energies were either focused on preparations for the trip to Pemberley or avoiding said preparations. Mrs. Bennet had been in a barely controlled dither since her springtime trip to Darcy House in London. She was further incited by Kitty's gushing descriptions of Pemberley, after her daughter's return from visiting there in August. Despite her incessant declarations to anyone listening of the great wealth that her second daughter married into, the woman of humble means had no true concept of such a life. The subdued opulence of Darcy House had amazed her, and based on the picture painted by Kitty, Pemberley promised to be vastly superior. Frankly, she was overwhelmed at the concept and her infamous nerves were on high alert-for justifiable reasons this time.

Between Mary's wedding planning, the Christmas vacation arrangements, and his wife's histrionics, Mr. Bennet found himself retreating to the solitude of his study more and more to evade the frenzy. He merely wanted to see his favored daughter and new grandson, enjoy the pleasure of good company, and lose himself in the library. Inconsequentials, such as fashionable clothing and haircuts, were of no interest.

Transportation to Derbyshire had not actually occurred to him as an issue. His plan was simply to utilize the landau, and if five persons proved a bit snug, all better to maintain warmth! The arrival of the luxurious Darcy coach two days before their scheduled departure, with an obviously carefully worded letter from Lizzy, explaining its purpose with her natural humor, brought a smile to his face. The rationale was of no real importance to the practical gentleman. He instantly recognized the advantage and was pleased, not only for the reasons delineated by his darling daughter, but also for the comfort afforded his old bones. It never crossed his mind to be offended. Besides, Mrs. Bennet's theatrics would have effectively smothered any sensations of insult had they come to mind.

"Such a fine, fine carriage it is!" she gushed. "What a marvelous gentleman he is to be sure! Married our Lizzy when surely no one else would likely have her, always far too independent and sharp-tongued for her own good. Truly a wondrous gentleman, so generous and kind, is he not Mr. Daniels?"

Mr. Daniels's agreeing reply, the hundredth or so such offered since departing Longbourn, was lost in the continuing rambles of his future mother-in-law. Mary's gentle smile and soft eyes met his, giving the flummoxed young man the inner strength necessary to deal with the situation. His weekly visits to Mary since her departure from London had given him the opportunity to become acquainted with his soon-to-be family. As Darcy before him, Mr. Daniels was baffled at how the demure, proper young woman who was his fiancée had arisen from such a family. Mr. Bennet was quieter than his wife, but with a clever wit and penetrating gaze not possessed by his middle daughter. In all ways, Mary was an enigma in the Bennet clan, far more than Lizzy ever had been.

Joshua Daniels counted himself a fortunate man indeed, the antics of the Bennets notwithstanding. His betrothed was a steady young lady, prim, stoic, and fairly humorless; but intelligent, kind, and warm. Since these were character traits identical to Mr. Daniels, the two were well matched. Both approached their union with logic and sensibleness, emotion only a dim part of the decision initially. That there was a physical attraction was obvious to them both, but to say it was a raging passion would be erroneous. Their innocent and balanced natures did not lend well to consideration of such things. However, as the long weeks of their engagement unfolded, both began to sense the stirrings of something stronger; emotions that simmered far under the skin as they gradually took tender liberties with chaste kisses and hand touching. This excursion to Pemberley, as painful as it was for the decorous solicitor to reside as a guest in a client's home, would be an eye-opener. The extended period of time the couple would spend together, often inadvertently alone as people came and went about the enormous manor, as well as witnessing the blatant if constrained demonstrations of affection between their hosts, would enlighten them to the greater riches possibly uncovered in a passionate marriage. Without giving too much away, it is safe to conclude that Mary and Joshua would have a fulfilling marriage in all ways.

This, of course, was in the future. For now, they all persevered for the ride. It rained and snowed intermittently as they traveled, but the sturdily built coach, with thick walls, window shades, rugs, and compartments for heated bricks, made for a fairly comfortable journey. By the afternoon of the second day, as they rumbled through Matlock, the clouds broke and sleety rains ceased. The sun peeked through the gaps, offering no warmth of any significance, but casting eye-blinding tendrils of illumination over the glittering snow blanketing the fields.

It was Kitty who recognized the hamlet of Lambton, familiar from afternoon shopping trips with Georgiana. "Oh! This is Lambton, Papa. It means we are very close! Just a few miles and across the river is Pemberley!" Lizzy had instructed Mr. Anders to approach from the north rather than the slightly shorter southern avenue veering from Beeley. She would never forget her initial view of Pemberley, as seen from the bridge crossing the River Derwent: the mansion sitting proudly amid the gardens and fountains, ringed to the rear by vast forests, the main façade a breathtaking vision of Darcy heritage and prestige.

The coachman slowed on the bridge, allowing the occupants to gaze lingeringly as well as permitting word of their arrival to reach Mr. Darcy from the unseen sentry he knew was waiting. By the time the carriage drove under the massive stone and vine swathed archway and halted before the portico, the Bennets and Mr. Daniels were silent with awe.

Darcy stood under the entry, commanding and formal, with Dr. George Darcy to his left, wearing a broad, welcoming grin. Georgiana, hair regally arranged and dressed in a lovely gown of pale blue velvet, stood to his right. Mary and Kitty enthusiastically greeted Georgiana, Darcy's welcoming speech lost in the flurry.

"Mrs. Bennet, how utterly delightful it is to see you again." George approached the spellbound woman, bowing with a roguish flair and offering his arm. "If I may be so bold? I am quite certain there is a lovely young lady lurking in the foyer with an incredibly cute baby in her arms. I had the honor of delivering this infant you know, first to lay eyes on his beauty, as it were. Of course, the real work was accomplished by your daughter, William having some input here and there..."

His voice trailed off as he led the bemused woman into the painted foyer. Darcy looked at Mr. Bennet, smiling faintly at the silently laughing older gentleman. "Mr. Daniels, welcome to Pemberley. Please, gentlemen, let us retire to the parlor where it is warm and refreshments are waiting. I should warn you, Mr. Daniels," he said with a chuckle as the three entered the house, "it is likely you shall discover attention from your fiancée slowly forthcoming for a day or two until female conversation is exhausted. Word of wisdom from an experienced husband given free of charge."

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters: ix

1. Relative Invasion: 1
2. Christmas Eve Surprises: 21
3. The Second Noël: 35
4. The Master of Pemberley: 53
5. Shrieks in the Night: 73
6. Catharsis: 93
7. Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child: 117
8. Christening: 131
9. Encourage Affection: 141
10. Masquerade: 159
11. The Court of St. James: 189
12. Georgiana Darcy, Debutante: 205
13. A Ball at Grosvenor Square: 225
14. Tales of a Scoundrel: 243
15. The Heartbreak of Miss Bennet: 255
16. The Dark Peak: 265
17. Colonel Fitzwilliam's Affairs: 293
18. The Nature of Love: 311
19. Hearts Beat Once Again: 327
20. The Promise of a New Life: 345

Acknowledgments: 357
About the Author: 359

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 with her family in Hanford, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2010

    Disappointing

    Though I usually like these "continuation novels" for Pride and Prejudice, I found this one disappointing. The end was unsatisfying and I felt that the characters, (Darcy in particular) changed too much from the original book. There were a few story lines that I liked, but they did not develop to completion. I felt that I was left hanging. There were things that I liked about the book, but by the end I was bored with the long, drawn out descriptions of what went on in the bedroom. Overall, I would not recommend this book to a true Pride and Prejudice fan...

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

    More Joyous Married Love, Regency Style More Joyous Married Love, Regency Style More Joyous Married Love, Regency Style More Joyous Married Love, Regency Style

    IN THE ARMS OF MR. DARCY is the latest installment in Sharon Lathan's joyous celebration of married love, Regency style. A year has passed since Darcy's and Elizabeth's wedding. The story opens with a Christmas party at Pemberley where they introduce their brand-new son, Alexander. Compared to their tumultuous courtship, Darcy's and Elizabeth's lives are now mainly happy, with, of course, a little sturm und drang along the way. Darcy must deal with the business and emotional fallout of a death that occurred when a cotton mill he owns burns down. A nervous Elizabeth and Georgiana suffer through the gyrations required for their presentation at court. The Darcys enjoy a trip to the Peaks District, except when a falling boulder threatens Elizabeth and Alexander. Darcy, true hero that he is, whisks them to safety. Although Elizabeth and Darcy revel in domestic bliss, other members of their family are not so lucky. Elizabeth's sister, Kitty, enjoys and suffers through her first fluttering of love. And Col. Fitzwilliam's tentative romance with a lady who caught his eye years ago resurfaces. I love Col. Fitzwilliam's story. I've added him right next to Mr. Darcy on my Favorite Heroes list. If most of these events sound ordinary, it's because they are. Ms. Lathan's genius is to spin the everyday occurrences of married life into a page-turner. In a world full of strife, this book full of happiness is a treat for all. ARC provided by Sourcebooks

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Disappointing

    I never expected a book based on Jane Austen characters to include very descriptive bed scenes. The author could have shown love and desire without letting us know all the "movements". Many authors have done so. This book is more abut Mr. and Mrs. Darcy's lust for each other than anything else. Got tiring. I did not finish the book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Great Book

    If you Pride and Prejudice variations--Sharon Lathan is a great author to read. I have read almost all of her books and not been disappointed in any of them. Before you buy any of her books--do so research--I think 3 or 4 titles go in a series.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    When will it stop?!

    No. Just... no.
    This series is out of character, endlessly repetitive, so fluffy it will rot your teeth, and quite frankly a line of boring, overplayed sex scenes with dumb events that fail to interest in between.
    Sharon Lathan needs to stop.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Boring

    This was tediously boring. I finally had to skim through many pages of details to see if there was any point. I won't bother with any other books in this Darcy Saga.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Huuuuuuuuuuu??

    Relley weird book . it is boring not kiding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Well written

    Very good sequel it is what i would of thought jane would of written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Seriously

    Could do without pages of description of Lizzy and Darcy's sexcapades. Jane Austin would be shocked at her beloved characters being used this way. New characters etc. not even interesting. I am having loads of trouble staying interested in this story. Much better out there.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Every since I read Pride and Prejudice, I have been obsessed with Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. I am wanting to read all about them. Love the storyline.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Amazing.

    One of the best books i ever read. I could not put it down. The love the Darcy's share is impecable.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Love

    I wish this would be a movie!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

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    Excellent!

    This book was a wonderful addition to the Darcy Saga by Lathan. I was extremely pleased with it and can't wait for the novella it promises will come. Definately for people who are hopeless romantics...(like me!) In short, amazing! Love Mr. Darcy!!

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    Fun read

    I think this is one of the better sequels, keeping to the character of P&P. If you are a D &E fan, you will enjoy this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    Highly Recommend.

    This is how love should be. Life is not perfect and we endure hard times, but this book shows that true love overcomes. I love that Darcy is a believer and heads his home as such. Elizabeth has a strong sense of independence, but yet molds so perfectly under his guidance. Love story set on Godly principles that will leave you addicted to this series.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    An amazing love story!

    I am a huge Jane Austin fan, but have often felt disappointed that I could not continue to follow the lives of her characters. Sharon Lathan's novels have enchanted me again with the lives of Darcy and Elizabeth, and allowed me to follow their marriage and the joy of their first child. I have read each of her stories more than once and am eagerly anticipating the next.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    Another Unforgettable Story from Sharon Lathan!!!

    Sharon Lathan has a way of writting with such detail, history and love that Darcy and Elizabeth shine throughout her saga. She does it again in Book 4 ,In the Arms of Mr. Darcy. Darcy and Elizabeth are still deeply in love and Sharon shows the reader the depths of emotions of love Darcy and Elizabeth have for each other. We are introduced and you will fall love with Alexander, their first born! It brought me back so many memories. Sharon has a way of writting that you believe that you are there! Readers will be happy to see the bond that Elizabeth has with Darcy's sister and the preparations for her first ball! You will also read about Kitty, Dr. Darcy and Jane and Charles birth of their first child. Caroline Bingley has an attraction to someone - will she find love in this book? and will Fitzwilliam also find love with an old friend? The book is romantic, sexy and splendid! So fall in love again and if you dont have her other books in the Saga - go find them. You will find yourself going back and re-reading them over and over again.

    Sit back and enjoy the Darcys in Sharon Lathan's vision and see what is in her heart.
    Seli

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

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    Great addition to series

    This latest book in the Darcy saga continues after the birth of the heir of Pemberley. It enchantingly continues the Darcy's perpetually loving relationship and introduces some wonderful subplots. Richard at last finds the love of his life and his courtship is well detailed and as amusing as the rest of the series has been. A glimpse at Caroline Bingley's life reveals an absolutely enchanting rogue that captured my attention immediately. The character, who is not supposed to be a good guy, sweeps Caroline (and yes, me too) of her feet. He is crass, a rake, and positively enchanting. I would love for Lathan to write more about him for those of us who find the rogues as appealing as the honorable and passionate Darcys.

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This book is amazing. This whole series is a real treat. It has the prefect amount of action and romance. Couldn't put it down, I loved it so much and now I buy every book she has put out in this series.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    I read again and again

    One of my favorite things about Jane Austen is that she let her characters have a happy ending. However, many wannabe writers butcher this and have Darcy and Elizabeth's marriage fall apart, miscarriages, and deaths left and right. Ms. Lathan manages to incorporate real life challenges, while still providing the happy ever after aspect that made me fall in love with Lizzy and Darcy.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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