My Dearest Mr. Darcy: An amazing journey into love everlasting

My Dearest Mr. Darcy: An amazing journey into love everlasting

by Sharon Lathan

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ISBN-13: 9781402233241
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Series: The Darcy Saga
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 353,893
File size: 4 MB

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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June 23, 1817

Darcy House, London

Imagine my surprise to realize it has been over a month since last jotting my musings in this fine book. Of course, writing while at sea is inconceivable. Egad, I abhor being at sea! Luckily the remedies for seasickness liberally doused down my gullet by the ever faithful Dr. Raul Penaflor staved off the worst of the hideous symptoms. I even managed to walk about a bit on deck. Bracing sea air, my derriere! Nonetheless, I was abed for the bulk of the trip, wallowing too far in my personal hellish misery to complain about the narrow confines of our cabin and odiferous mattress. East India trading ships cater to the needs of cargo far above passengers. We disembarked at Ramsgate. I was quite happy to embrace the rigors of overland travel rather than proceeding up the Thames, but several days of subsequent immobility were required to restore my equilibrium ere we moved beyond that lovely seacoast town. Raul, bless his Spanish heart, rather delighted in my incapacitation as it allotted him the opportunity to ramble through the streets and relish the sights. Poor man has never seen England. How does one live? I ask arrogantly.

Eventually we set off. I did manage to post a letter warning William of my arrival. I hoped it would arrive well enough in advance, although that did not prove to be true. Apparently the mail service of my great country has not improved. Not all can be perfect. Oh well, that is the way of family! I flattered myself that his astounding joy would be profound enough to overwhelm any irritation at my besieging of the newlyweds. This did prove to be true as well as fortuitous, as William had hurt himself, again, and I am sure it was only my timely arrival that saved him from a life of handicap! Ha! However, I am getting ahead of myself, as you know, dear Jharna, I am wont to do.

This trip home has been so anticipated, sea travel notwithstanding. Naturally I was thrilled that Raul wished to accompany me, but even without his companionship I would have had to come. How many hours did I bore you with memories of my homeland, Jharna? Always wishing and praying that you would agree to travel with me. Perhaps I should have prayed to your gods rather than my own. Ah well, here I now am, and never has the green English countryside and crowded London streets filled me with such joy. It is almost impossible to recollect how anxious I was to leave all those decades ago. Perhaps I am getting old, as you would tease. Darcy House stood shining in the afternoon sun, undiminished in her grandeur and loveliness. Moderate chaos reigned, much to my delight, when I crossed the threshold. It was a scene evocative of my youth when all us rowdy children would be tearing about the foyer: Alex sliding down the banister to Mother's dismay, Estella hiding in order to frighten delicate Mary, and James doubled over in mirth while I performed some feat of acrobatic skill. Yes, I must be aging if the frequent jaunts down the ancient paths of my memories are any indication. If the obvious affection between William and his bride are evidentiary of their marital relations, then Darcy House will yet again display such a scene. In fact, they are already on the way as Mrs. Darcy is with child. How can I describe Elizabeth Darcy? Clinically, emotionally, or both?

Physically she is a tiny slip of a girl, although actually of moderate height. Strangely, considering the stature of William, she on the one hand is dwarfed by his bulk while simultaneously looming larger than life. Sheer force of personality and presence overcomes her physicality. With chestnut hair, enormous brown eyes, dainty features, and delicate bone structure, she is a picturesque counterpart for my nephew. They complement each other well on numerous levels. However, it is the aforementioned presence that I know has captured William, as I imagine it does all who know her. She is witty, intelligent, sparkling, kind, courageous, and loving. I can readily find no faults, and you know, Jharna, what a penchant I have for divining deficiencies!

I will confess that I assumed William, like the vast majority of men in his class, had acquired a wife from the leeches of proper British society. Someone poised, of excellent family, and acceptable, but likely dull, vapid, and shallow. My years away from my favored nephew, his character largely gleaned through James's letters and later his own, fostered the theory that he would take the safe and acceptable road. I cannot claim to have an overly intimate relationship with him, but could have stated with absolute certainty that taking such a path would have rendered him miserable within a year. James always told me that his son's intelligence and restrained intensity mildly intimidated him, William possessing a nature far too zealous and exacting to comfortably fit within the confines of stifling English society. Yet, he would lament, William seemed determined to do so even to the point of suppressing his inclinations.

As I recall musing in previous journal entries while visiting home, my impressions concurred with James's. William as an adult and Master of Pemberley appeared to be fulfilling the best of James's predictions and the worst of his fears. That he was brilliant as the estate manager and guardian to Georgie was evident, but there was a sadness and stoic quality to him that even I could not crack significantly. A mere smile or laugh was a rare event, and I think he was frankly relieved when I returned to India.

Estella's letter after the wedding filled me with some hope, her impression of the new Mrs. Darcy and William's emotions all favorable. She also related that Elizabeth was neither of society nor even the best family. Lady Catherine flatly refused to acknowledge the union, shockingly, I write with towering sarcasm! Anyway, I am repeating myself. I guess it is just the surprise of the development that still staggers me. James, of course, had married for love, but I know how rare that is. Would even my dear brother have done so if Lady Anne Fitzwilliam were not of the highest caliber and breeding? I do not know. Regardless, William has found his match in every way in Elizabeth. Theirs appears to be the deepest of loves. I cannot be happier for them.

Ah, Jharna, how amazing it is to be in the bosom of my family! For too many years I have been adrift with only you to really turn to. Now you are gone and I have longed for the reestablishment of roots. Who would have thought it? And I know you are laughing from wherever you now reside! Be that as it may, I must attempt to smother my sentimental tendencies and write of my days here clinically, or I will fill the remaining pages with nonsense.

My dearest Georgiana has evolved into a woman in my absence. She is more beautiful and graceful then I would have imagined her awkward and skinny little-girl shape to grow into. So like Anne in every way. William's personality was always more of a melding of James and Anne, his humor and playfulness there, but reserved. More like my sister Mary or brother Phillip. Actually, as I think on it, he receives that trait from my mother! Interesting. Or, with further staring into space recollections, very like the old Lord Matlock, Anne's father. There was an intimidating man! I doubt he ever cracked a smile, as the world is yet in one piece.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Snippets of a Physician's Memoirs
Chapter 2 - Correspondence
Chapter 3 - A Game of Riddles
Chapter 4 - Toes in the Sand
Chapter 5 - Magic Lantern
Chapter 6 - Up, Up, and Away
Chapter 7 - Just Deserts
Chapter 8 - Home
Chapter 9 - With This Ring I Thee Wed
Chapter 10 - A Time Apart
Chapter 11 - November
Chapter 12 - Bundle of Joy
Chapter 13 - Alexander
Chapter 14 - Relative Invasion
Chapter 15 - The Second Noel
Chapter 16 - The Master of Pemberley
Chapter 17 - Shrieks in the Night
Chapter 18 - Catharsis
Chapter 19 - Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child
Chapter 20 - Christening
Chapter 21 - Encourage Affection
Chapter 22 - Nocturnal Diversions
Chapter 23 - Snippets of a Physician's Memoirs
Family Trees

Sharon Lathan is the author of the bestselling Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One. 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.

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Ingrid21 More than 1 year ago
My Dearest Mr. Darcy is just as great as the two previous books in the Darcy Saga Series by Sharon Lathan! I love reading about the daily lives of Elizabeth and Darcy. I especially enjoyed reading about the birth of their first child. Beautifully written!! This book will not disappoint :-)
Susanne More than 1 year ago
This is part 3 of Sharon Lathan´s amazing Darcy Saga! It is again fabulous. Darcy and Lizzy travel to the seaside and are awaiting the birth of their first baby. You can share their excitement about their baby, feel their love and be a part of that special bond that surrounds them. And Mrs. Bennet sees Pemberley for the first time! After finishing this book, you will probably start with the first, "Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy" again!
Boop410 More than 1 year ago
I think I have enjoyed this book the most in the series. There is more humor and the story is well developed and interesting. The story continues with the Darcy and Elizabeth expecting their first child. The lovers' travels through the Lakes is enchanting. I loved Elizabeth's possessiveness and protection of her husband when a gold digger steps in to threaten their relationship. In this novel, Dr. Darcy and William's relationship is more firmly cemented and established. The scenes with William and George are heartwarming. I also enjoyed the way Lathan interweaves the romances of other characters into her main story line. Well done, again!
Erica75 More than 1 year ago
As I turned the pages of this novel, Sharon turned on the movie screen in my head. Incredible detail, amazing character analysis. The beauty of this novel is amazing and I fell instantly in love with it. I read this novel in a few short hours. I could not put it down. This was another book that kept me up until 3 AM, but I had to read it. It got it the day it came out, which was horrible because then I had to wait a really long time for the next. If you have not read any of this series you are completely missing out. Sharon is amazing and I am so thankful for each of these stories.
Gryffengirl More than 1 year ago
With thrilling plot twists and enticing characters, this series is realistic but lovable at the same time. While reading I could imagine being Lizzy and having all my dreams come true, with the expected hardships along the way.
RunningShoeGirl More than 1 year ago
Sharon Lathan is a great author, and this series is alot of fun to read. If you enjoy P&P you will love this. It really feels like what would have happened if P&P had been continued, with no damage done to the characters that we love so much. One of my favorite series. Period.
CeciliaCat More than 1 year ago
I love Sharon's books. I started by reading her story on her web page. I was overjoyed for her when she go published so I could have this wonderful story in book for to take with me everywhere. I love and appreciate the research she does to make it more historically accurate. Who knew you could get a bit of a history lesson with your romance? I can't wait for the next one!
jewels13 More than 1 year ago
Sharon Lathan writes the Darcy's perfect! They are how I imagine them living happily ever after. There is romance, love, family and of course a little drama! I look forward to when her new one books come out and can't wait to get my hands on them! I recommend her books to everyone!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book! I have the first three and cannot wait to get the newest. The characters are just what Mr. and Mrs. Darcy should be. I can tell that they are in love and that is what I want for them. The story line is wonderful and I couldn't put it down because I was hooked. I hope Sharon Lathan keeps writing these amazing books!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just kept wondering when the plot would begin to develop in this novel. It never did. The pages of this disappointing Pride and Prejudice sequel are filled with literally hundreds of trite and exceedingly syrupy endearments between Elizabeth and Darcy as they continually satisfy one another in their boudoir. The endlessly saccharine "I love you, dearest/my lover/my life..." exchanges become almost laughable. I hoped that when Elizabeth delivered her first baby, things would take a turn for the better; alas, even the birth unfolds without any excitement or novelty. Other than that single occurrence, absolutely nothing else happens. Nothing! There is no tension, no plot development, no excitement in this novel. I wanted to enjoy it & kept reading in the hope that it would improve, but it did not. I cannot recommend it.
LovePrideAndPrejudice More than 1 year ago
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this book! :) I just bought it a couple days ago. In three sittings, I finished it last night. Breathtaking! I'm going to re-read it while I anxiously wait for the second & third volumes to be delivered. Like the author, after watching 'Pride and Prejudice' with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen, I wanted more of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. Sharon did a fabulous job! THANK YOU so much! :)
QuietTime More than 1 year ago
Sharon Lathan does an excellent job on this book, as well as the other two in the trilogy. She shows the love,admiration, respect and consideration that these two lovers have for each other in spite of a rocky courtship. This is the kind of story that holds my interest and I didn't want to put it down. It is absolutely more than a feel good book. I just wish it could go on forever instead of just three volumns
nicole42 More than 1 year ago
if you read the first 2 books of hers you will see there is a plot. i love this book and the others and am looking forward to the fourth book in october.
SuzieQSK More than 1 year ago
This is a trilogy. The first one was good. The second one was ok. This one was fantastic! Trust me.
Jenafyre21 More than 1 year ago
This is the last book in the Fitzwilliam Darcy series by Sharon Lathan. As with the other 2 books this one does not disappoint. This book takes place in the last months of the first year of the Darcy Marriage. As Darcy and Elizabeth prepare for the arrival of their first child, they look back at how far they have come in the last year and look ahead to a life time filled with love and devotion. Travel through time and see watch their love unfold again and again and again. Would highly recommend this series to anyone who truly loves Jane Austin, P&P and Darcy and Elizabeth. A must have for any library.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I happen to be a real fan of Sharon Lathan's novels and writing style. Honestly, I feel very comfortable with her writing, and trust in the sentence structure to carry me through a beautiful story. It is interesting to me how her personal voice adds that second level to the romantic story, making it even sweeter. The experiences that Darcy and Elizabeth share are fun to witness, and although the birth of the baby seems to take an agonizingly long time to get to, there is a "real time" feeling about the story. There really isn't a complication to be resolved, outside of the birth of the baby, so much of our reading time is spent in high anticipation for the big moment. We get to trip along with the Darcys, viewing their loving relationship like a great voyeur, reveling in their breathless love and happiness. After all, who doesn't want a relationship filled with such depths of love and devotion? Yes, it touched off my romantic side. Sigh. Once again, the novel does have scenes of a sensual nature, but not as graphic as in many romance novels today.As always, I loved reading Lathan's third novel. The joy in this read is in the ramblings down seaside coasts and forest trails; the joy comes in the love and the pain. In some very simple ways, lovers of Pride and Prejudice have already imagined such sweet and loving scenes as painted for us in the pages of these novels, but here we get to sit back and enjoy their story as it unfolds. I really felt that this novel started to feel more like they were starting to slip into their settled roles, yet still filled with love. I enjoyed watching them relax into their marriage, and continue down the path towards becoming a great family. This was a great third installment, and I can already hardly wait for the fourth!
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Elizabeth and Darcy's first year of marriage is coming to an end and they both are finding that they are more in love with each other then they ever thought. But Darcy learns that there are still many things to learn about Elizabeth and that he can still be surprised.The Darcy Saga is another first for me. It's the third book in the series, but definitely easy to follow. Loving Pride and Prejudice myself, I have to say read this story was a treat. Revisiting such beloved characters, peaking in on what their life has brought them. A heartfelt enjoyable story filled with passion and warmth. Beautifully written. You can tell just how much the author loves the story and the characters. If your a fan of Pride and Prejudice and ever wondered what happen to Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy after the book ended, The Darcy Saga is the perfect series to indulge in.
austenesque on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Fantastic! Lathan's best so far.
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