In the Arms of Mr. Darcy

In the Arms of Mr. Darcy

by Sharon Lathan

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ISBN-13: 9781402236990
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Series: The Darcy Saga
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 526,599
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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."

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

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good sequel it is what i would of thought jane would of written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
CookieJW More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i ever read. I could not put it down. The love the Darcy's share is impecable.
Jen10 More than 1 year ago
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.
Seli1 More than 1 year ago
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
Boop410 More than 1 year ago
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.
InfiniteMoon More than 1 year ago
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.
LindaBanche More than 1 year ago
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
blodeuedd on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book is actually part of a series, and you know what, there are two books I have missed. I think I am loosing my series OCD. I have read the first one and it's easy to just jump in, but I do want to know how Mary met her man. I must go back for that book. In this one Lizzy had given birth to a highly beloved son. It's Christmas and the whole family has come. Mary with her fiancé (how did that happen?), and all the rest. Colonel Fitzwilliam is aching for someone he always has cared for, Georgiana is introduced into society, Kitty falls in love and Caroline Bingley feels passion. Among a lot of other little things happening at Pemberley.Even Anne de Burgh has found someone so yes, need those two previous books to see how this happened. Lathan slowly makes people fall in love, get married, and live their lives. And I meet all my beloved PP characters again.Lizzy and Darcy are at it like rabbits, they are first passionate, and really loving and cute. Darcy is wonderful in this book, he adores his wife and the way he is with the baby makes my heart melt. The passion between them just makes it more loving.Still a lot of things to come, not all people meet happy endings here so more to come, and I do want to know. Lathan has found her own way and introduces new characters that feels true to the Austen world. This book also shows that a PP series is possible, there are always things that might happen, but what is constant is the love Darcy and Lizzy feels for each other, it is heart-warming.Final thoughts: It will be interesting to see what happens next.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Having read many different takeoffs and mash ups of Austen's novels, I continue to hold Lathan's at the top of the list. There is something so fanciful and romantic about Sharon Lathan's depiction of Darcy and Elizabeth that I can't quite get enough! I was happy to see that in this installment the couple have really settled into their roles as man and wife, and are letting go of previous insecurities they might have had previously. While they have settled into their lives together, their passion and love for one another have only deepened. Yes, we are privy to their passionate relationship as it continues to unfold, but it is done in a beautifully mature sort of way. Let's be honest here, who wouldn't want to continue to have a passionate relationship with the love of one's life? If one is willing to suspend a certain belief that this iconic couple have been cemented into the pages of Austen's novel, then these books will allow the couple to live and breathe on into a beautiful, complicated and lovely future.Although the story mainly centers on Darcy and Elizabeth, we learn much more about the people in their lives, such as their single sisters and friends. Caroline Bingley makes an appearance in this installment and strikes out to find a match for herself. Honestly, I wanted to hear more about her search for love, not enough to fill chapters at a time, but was genuinely interested in her struggles enough so that a few more mentions of her would have been well received. I also was surprised at how much I wanted to read on about Darcy's sister Georgiana and Elizabeth's sister Kitty. Usually I'm annoyed when a writer takes away from our main characters, but I didn't feel this at all in this novel, partly because our time with them is so judiciously spent. I will say though that considering the turmoil that poor Georgiana experiences at the end of this installment, I have a feeling that more is to come for this sweet character. As with each of Lathan's previous novels, the language and style of her writing has a melodic charm to it that carries you through each line and chapter. The sweetness of the writing adds depth to the story and leaves you wanting to escape into it more. There are still the characteristic meanderings, journeys, and felicitous lounging to please any lover of Regency style and romance. This happy, romantic couple is at no loss of love or happiness in the novel to keep any reader sighing along with them.
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