Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One

Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One

by Sharon Lathan


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ISBN-13: 9781402215230
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Series: The Darcy Saga
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 514,091
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sharon Lathan is the author of the bestselling Darcy Saga series, acclaimed continuations of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Sharon is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, JASNA Louisville, and Romance Writers of America. A native Californian, she currently lives in Kentucky.

Corrie James has worked on both sides of the Atlantic in theater, radio, and audiobooks. She credits growing up listening to the BBC for her love of the spoken word.

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Chapter One
Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy

Thank goodness it is finally over, Fitzwilliam Darcy thought with a heavy sigh.

He realized that he probably should not entertain such a thought, but it could not be helped. The past eight weeks of his engagement had held many wonderful moments and all in all had been delightful, but also exceedingly trying. Daily he wanted nothing more than to spend time with his beloved Elizabeth. However, the constant pressures of wedding plans, visits from a seemingly inexhaustible quantity of friends and family, constraints of propriety, and business interests that had taken him from Hertfordshire on several occasions all had conspired to separate him from her far too often. Add to that his own uneasiness with all the social engagements, not to mention his continued distaste for Mrs. Bennet, and the weeks had seemed interminable.

Nonetheless, he thought while gazing lovingly upon his sleeping wife… my wife!… There certainly were some marvelous times to be remembered. In truth, he and Elizabeth had managed to pass numerous satisfying hours together alone, or at least almost alone, yet it never was sufficient as far as Darcy was concerned. She had teased him on occasion for acting like a petulant child whose favorite toy had been taken away. Initially, he had been a bit offended, but then he realized she was correct and had to laugh at himself. Yet he could not deny how bereft he felt without her by his side and how he had treasured every moment that they were together, even if it was brief.

They discovered, much to their mutual joy, that the trials of the previous months, during which each had suffered tremendously, had brought them to a place of complete understanding and honesty. The conversations they now shared were open, deeply profound, intimate, and blessedly free of all artifice and misunderstanding. He had revealed himself to her as he never had to any living soul, not even to his sister or dear Cousin Richard. She had done the same.

They had strived to learn as much as possible about each other. The resulting adoration and respect had only grown deeper with each passing day. And all this before they were married! Now they were truly husband and wife, and Darcy could only imagine their love and communion growing stronger.

He rested his head back against the rocking carriage wall, tightened his arm around Elizabeth, and closed his eyes as his thoughts continued to drift. The ceremony itself had been lovely. The women had triumphed in every aspect of the arrangements. Frankly, Darcy could not have cared less about the decorations as long as his precious Elizabeth became his wife. However, he understood the importance of these things to the ladies and had to admit that the Meryton church and the reception hall at Netherfield were stupendously adorned with flowers in profusion, ribbons and bows, candles and more.

Darcy merely gave it all a cursory glance, eyes riveted to the door. Once Elizabeth entered on the arm of her proud father, Darcy saw or heard very little else. She simply stole away his breath and all conscious thought! How he managed to recite his vows was a mystery. Elizabeth was wearing a simple but lovely white gown of silk with lace along the edges and a golden sash. She had styled her hair in an elaborate design of curls and braids with thin gold ribbon and buds of baby's breath and lavender intertwined. She wore the strand of sapphires he had given her as an engagement gift around her slender neck. Her fine eyes sparkled, her cheeks were rosy, and that special smile only for him highlighted her luscious lips. It was a picture imprinted on his mind's eye and would remain there flawlessly rendered for all of his life.

The lovely and ancient church in Meryton, where the Bennet family had worshipped for years, was perfectly suited for the ceremony. In truth, Darcy had always imagined marrying in the chapel at Pemberley and was mildly saddened initially at the natural choice to marry where both Bennet daughters had grown up. However, he quickly recognized the logic to the decision and realized that he honestly did not care as long as they were married with the sanction of the Church, religion being a vital part of his life.

The elderly vicar performed the traditional ceremony impeccably, his strong voice reciting the vows and quoting Holy Scripture with firm conviction. When Darcy slipped the slim, etched-in-jewels gold band onto Elizabeth's finger, nestling it alongside the sapphire and diamond engagement ring that had been his mother's, it was far and away the most profoundly moving moment in his life.

Elizabeth stirred slightly and he pressed her closer to his side, kissing her gently on the top of her head. He pulled the blanket further over her body and tucked it in. Once he was sure she still slept, he rested his cheek on her head and went back to his daydreams.

The reception at Netherfield was joyous, filled with all of their respective friends and relatives. The food was superb, the musicians exceptional, and the wine of the best vintage. Darcy had an extremely difficult time tearing his eyes away from his bride, but he did manage to congratulate Charles and Jane on their nuptials as well, realizing with a start that Jane looked quite beautiful herself. He was embarrassed to admit that he had not even noticed her presence at the church's altar alongside Elizabeth!

He and Lizzy had previously agreed that they would make their escape as soon as good manners would allow. Darcy had secured lodging at the White Stag Inn near Bedford. He had discovered this superb establishment years earlier while still at Cambridge. Located only a few miles off the main thoroughfare to London—on the turnpike to Cambridge, in fact—it was secluded enough to fulfill his preference for quiet while traveling, but also popular enough as a halting place for those journeying to Newmarket for the races, or on to Suffolk for the sea, so that it was well maintained.

It was also the perfect resting point for the two-day ride between London and Pemberley, a trek he had completed more times that he could remember. He had stayed at the White Stag so frequently over the years that the owners, a pleasant couple named Hamilton, knew him well. They had been ecstatic at the idea of hosting him and his new bride for the initial days of their married life.

All arrangements had been made in advance and, to ensure their privacy, he had rented out the entire second story. Luckily, the late time of year meant the road would be lightly traveled, with hired coaches rarely passing and passengers minimal. Even the pub would see few customers, although it would not matter greatly, as their suite was to the rear of the sturdy red-brick building and well away from the public rooms.

Their luggage had been sent ahead earlier in the day, so all would be ready upon their arrival. Darcy was breathless in anticipation of this night! Not just for the obvious reasons of their promised intimacy and consummation of their marriage, but for the peace and relief from the hustle and bustle of the past two months. Just to be alone with his beloved! Never in his life had any evening been so tremendously and lovingly contemplated.

The carriage pulled off the main road, and Darcy knew they were close to their destination. "Elizabeth," he whispered softly, "wake up, my love; we are almost there."

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters

1. Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy
2. An Intimate Conversation
3. The Wedding Night
4. A New Day Dawns
5. Homecoming
6. Settling in at Pemberley
7. A Stroll in the Garden
8. An Anniversary
9. Shopping!
10. Meeting the Matlocks
11. A Surprise for Poor Samuel
12. Christmas Guests
13. Christmas at Pemberley
14. The Days In-between
15. Twelfth Night
16. The Long Winter
17. Conflict and Calamity
18. Recovery, Recollection, and Revenge
19. Romantic Interludes

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Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 216 reviews.
darcyfan More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I'm a big fan of the Pride and Prejudice novel (I re-read it every few years), and even more so of the BBC production (with Colin Firth). The author claims to have read the book and seen all other productions, but she bases her story on the Keira Knightley film. [While this movie was cinematically beautiful, and the actors were good, there were inaccuracies in the movie that would drive a true P&P fan crazy (Lady Catherine did not show up at the Bennetts in the middle of the night! And her hair was brushed!)] Anyway, Ms. Lathan uses that film as her starting point for this book. The story takes place during the first few months of the Darcys' married life, and all they seem to do is act like hormonal teenagers--as much as three times a day, for hours at a time. These love scenes are a bit boring, not nearly as titillating as the best romantic writers (e.g. Judith McNaught) treat us to. (However, kudos to the bear rug in the bedroom). I would have liked to see less of the sex and more of Elizabeth's first interactions with the people of Pemberley. I think being a true fan of the book, some of the plot scenarios bothered me: The Gardiners came for Christmas with no mention of their children, and Jane and Elizabeth would have managed to visit each other sometime within the first few months of their marriages. While true Austen scholars will not enjoy this book, others who love the romance bewtween Elizabeth and Darcy may not find it so objectionable (the friend who gave this to me really liked it). I just found myself wishing for more plot and less sex.
lmwood76 More than 1 year ago
I am a huge P&P fan, but this book does not cut it for me. I should have known when I read the author's forward and she states that she based it off of the 2005 movie(whould he REALLY have said "you have bewitched me body and soul"?). This story is not true to the character of Mr. Darcy that so many know and love. I could not wrap my mind around the idea of Mr. Darcy spouting "I love you" and whispering sweet nothings over and over throughout this got old. The character of Elizabeth Bennett stayed true to Jane Austen, but this Mr. Darcy is an unknown being. For those of you, like me, who picture Colin Firth when you see Mr. warned.
austen_fanatic2100 More than 1 year ago
This book was HORRIBLE. There's absolutely no plot, it doesn't follow Austen's P&P at all, and it is COMPLETELY unrealistic. I absolutely adore Jane Austen. I practically read only Austen continuations. And while I'm not entirely an Austen purist, I do believe that a book should have a storyline! The entire book is different boring love scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth. And so many effusions of "I love you!" "No, I love you more!" makes one want to puke! I mean really. Do you really want a husband to follow you around all day, worrying over you, saying pretty words, but never having a real relationship? The Darcy and Elizabeth I know would have a relationship, a marriage, not an unrealistic mess this author writes down. In terms of following P&P, the author based the entire storyline off of the TERRIBLE Keira Knightley version, which twisted this beautiful novel into something ugly. This book recognizes scenes from the movie, which simply bothers me. I wonder if the author even read P&P before she wrote this book... All in all, DO NOT waste your time or money on this book. Unless you want to be bored by unrealistic tales of a boring happily ever after.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I downloaded this for free as part of Jane Austen's birthday promotion. Thank God I didn't pay for it. The only thing recognizable about the characters are their names. The plot is non-existent - unless you consider having sex all over Pemberley a plot. The dialogue is laughable. The writing style is on par with teenage fanfiction, except I wouldn't let my teenager read it because if all the gratuitous sex. It's way over the top. Lizzy might not be so fond of walking anymore, since she won't be able to walk normally for a while. I really don't think I can force myself to finish it and I'm wondering what it will take to get the chapters I did read out of my short-term memory.
TRUEJaneFan More than 1 year ago
A light easy read that holds to Austen's characters enough to keep in my library. This look at the months directly following the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy are almost a little TOO lovey-dovey, with nothing else really happening for three quarters of the book besides them declaring their undying love and jumping in the sack 3 times(or more) a day. However, it livens up abit nearer the end , leaving one with the feeling of...that was a pretty good book.
martakay1962 More than 1 year ago
I don't even know where to start with this wonderful book. I had heard from a few people that they thought it was too explicit compared to Jane Austen. Keeping that in mind, I plunged in and I loved it! There are no more of the Victorian chaste kisses, this is a full blown romance. The story has the characters acting as any newly married couple would act. I didn't think it was very explicit at all., in fact I thought it was wonderfully written and kept me enthralled until the end. I found myself sighing once again over this couple. Darcy emerges as wonderfully romantic husband. We get to see the struggles they go through in the early days and see their love triumph. There is enough of the 'feel' of Jane_Austen to delight all fans of her novels. For me this was a great book and I'm excited that this is just the first in the series that follows this couple. I'm going to be first in line for the rest of the series!
KaelaVic More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy the witt, irony, and simple romance and decorm of Jane Austin novels, do nto read this book. This is a cheap, dime store romance novel version of pride and prejudice.
RomanceRdr1 More than 1 year ago
It is so bad. Please do not waste your time and money on this book. The author cannot write. The dialogue is ridiculously stupid and trite, the plot and story line are non-existent. Self-published drivel. BEWARE...You have been warned!
Coffee-BookGal More than 1 year ago
Sharon Lathan's book the Two Shall Become One is a must read!! After reading Pride and Prejudice, and seeing the on-screen movie I was excited to find a book that continues the wonderful story of Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy so beautifully. The Two Shall Become One portrays Darcy & Elizabeth's honeymoon days through their first six months of marriage. The portrayals of their tender moments together of getting to know each other on so many different levels will have you smiling, blushing, laughing, weeping, and put you directly on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what happens next. Their loved is expressed throughout the pages of this book in such a beautiful, adoring, and passionate way. You will experience Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy's characters grow in their love and understanding of each other though many precious moments of affection, learning, and even though some turmoil along the way. In fact, you will learn a new depth to each of the characters, including Ms. Georgianna Darcy and the wonderful staff of Pemberly. The descriptions of the sceneries make you feel as if you can picture being there. Another thing that I love about this book it that there are several flashbacks to moments that occurred in their past during their engagement. The way Sharon portrays many of these moments playing out is truly wonderful.....especially their first kiss after they have become engaged. Don't miss out on this wonderfully written story.....grab a coffee, pillow and get comfortable because you won't want to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two shall become one. A love story you will definatly love in love with! Thank you Sharen Lathan for a wonderful story of love and passion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i am absolutely obsessed with this whole series, and i think the writing was very exceptional considering the challenge of writing in 18th century dialogue. I was appalled to have read some of the comments that said the book was horrible. i loved every second of it and could hardly put it down. However, I will admit that it does not rival Jane Austen's writing, but how could anyone expect someone to write as well as (in my opinion) one of the best female authors of all time? Anyway its one of the best P&P sequels ice ever seen and i encourage all P&P fans to read it.
DianeMW More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I was thrilled to have a sequel to Pride and Prejudice. Who doesn't want to know what happens after they get married? I was so excited. This book is romantic, sexy, and sweet. I couldn't put it down and then when it was over I couldn't wait for more! I was on pins and needles waiting for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a very big P&P fan and I am always wondered if someone would do stories like this about what happened after. These books follow close to what I had always imagined in my own head would be like for the Darcy's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth & Darcy are two of my most favorite characters & it was fun to imagine their life after the engagement. Lathan captures the essense of their personalities quite well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this very much. Was nice to be able to follow the characters after the wedding. Nice to see how well Elizabeth was a to take over being the mistress of Pemberly. Little disappointed that the Bingley's were not invited to the first Christmas with the Darcy's.
aspca19 More than 1 year ago
I love the books. she continues the story , i love how much they are so in love with each other. i don't know why you would not like the books. stop comparing it to the movie not  going to be like it 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is complete and utter porn. Darcy is completely out of character. We get one - just one - instance of plot. If you're looking for pages upon pages of smutty fanfiction of the 2005 movie, buy it. If not, stay far, far away and read the real Pride and Prejudice.
mzorr More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book even after reading many of the low ratings it received as I have read so many good Pride and Predjudice spin-off that I could not believe it could be that bad. I was so wrong. The author does state that she based this off of the P&P movie version with Keira Knightley, which explains a lot about where her mindset was. Althought that version of the movie was passable it glossed over way to much of the important detail as does this book. If you are interested in the perceived sex life of Lizzy and Darcy then this is the book for you. It is soft core Recency porn. It lacks a decent plot, alothough if you look hard enough you will find one. I did read the whole book and found that you will find find many of the passages extremely repetitive. One good point though, it is a decent read, and if the characters were named something else I might have given it 2 stars. Its just much to far-fetched a tale to be associated with P&P.
jessvirgen More than 1 year ago
This is book is so great, so much passion and love. I would recommend this book if you are looking for something great to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've read Pride & Prejudice and thought, What happens next? Then this saga is your answer. It is funny, heart felt, and romantic. You get a chance to find out more about the quiet ever enchanting Mr. Darcy. Along the way you fall in love with William and Lizzy all over again as their share their life together. Through it all you get to meet up with old friends like the Bingley's and the rest of the Bennet family. The entire saga is great. I can't wait for the next book!
ElizaYa More than 1 year ago
I first started reading this book when it was online before it even went into printed book. I love Sharon's take on Pride and Prejudice. I start looking into more reading after I had watched the Pride and Prejudice movie withe Keira and Matthew, it left me wanting more of them. I read the first few pages and I was taken back to the movie. I immediately felt that this, of all of the books out there was the one I wanted to read. I could not turn of my computer, I would stay up until late into the night reading it. And then when Sharon say it was going to be in printed form, oh I couldn't wait to have one in hand to read when ever I want to read it. Since then I have been a fan of her writing. I have read all of them and can't wait for the next one to come out.
Erica75 More than 1 year ago
I first picked up this book because I had watched the Pride and Prejudice movie withe Keira and Matthew, it left me wanting more of them. I read the first few pages in the store and I was taken back to the movie. I immediately felt that this, of all of the books on the shelf was the one I wanted to read. I could not put the book down, I read it in 5 hours. That's five hours straight, and yes I have kids, but I stayed up until 3 AM that morning because I could not put it down. You can read a synopsis about the book, but I can honestly say this one book made me want more. There were no others out at the time so I googled Sharon and found her website. I then found that book two was coming and I was even more excited. This book, does have sex, but the insight into the sould of Darcy and Lizzie was fun and very entertaining. I have recommended the book to several friends and have shared with a couple too. I look forward to the next book in the series.
KGirlVA More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoy this series. I highly recommend this to other readers who also enjoy asking "what happened next?" with two of fiction's most beloved characters.
Ingrid21 More than 1 year ago
I first checked this book out from the library and was so pleasantly suprised at how much I loved it! I couldn't put it down. After I finished reading it I had go out and buy from Barnes and Noble and so thankful they had it! I have read it a few times now and it is so beautifully written. This is the first book on the Darcy Saga Series by Sharon Lathan. If you love this book you will love the others even more. Each book has it's own story and feel and it's so fun to revisit each book after having read all of them.
Caffey More than 1 year ago
Oh this book was so awesome to read! A comfort read for me too! I've read P & P and that book stands by itself so I came in with no expectations with this series and loved it for how she gives us their happily ever after as their life continues! I so love the created way that Ms. Lathan gives us what she would see to happening with Darcy and Elizabeth in their everyday life. It was just so adventurous as well as a beautiful romance! The writing is one that pulled me in from the beginning pages and I just kept wanting to read more and more. I'm so glad there are more related adventures of them by Ms. Lathan. I got a great feel for who Mr. Darcy was and how he related with Elizabeth and their marriage is fun to read! I didn't expect to read Ms. Austen here (nor I do with other Jane Austen related books) and loved that it was so unique and real! If you want something fun and adventures with Darcy and Elizabeth, these are the ones to read!