Reading Loving Mr. Darcy was like taking a nice long bubble bath that I did not want to end. And read it in a bubble bath, I did. My toes were quite prunie for the duration of the book, but my mind was most pleased.
This book is the second in Sharon Lathan's series of four. My review of the first, Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Two Shall Become One, can be found here.
Blurb from the back of the book: "...Darcy and Elizabeth leave the comfortable confines of their honeymoon months at Pemberley for the broader world of London and the areas of England. Adventures are experienced, friends and relatives interact, fun is the focus, and extraordinary English Regency Era sights will be explored. But anchoring and weaving within is the revealing of a love and marriage in its purest embodiment as the young lovers deepen their sacred bond..."
Revisit vs. Rehash: A
Nit Picky Things: A
Wonderful Moments: A+
The moment I was hooked: ALanguage: Delightful, pleasant and easy to read. My favorite line of the whole book; "The door flew open with a bang into the wall and with a flurry of swirling skirts, in breezed Lady Catherine de Bourgh." (So Darth Vader-esc that I could hear the Imperial March in my head.)
Even though the description went on a bit in places, I had to marvel at what a fan of these characters and this time period the author truly is. (It made my own obsession feel a bit more normal).
There are less references to the 2005 Keira Knightly version of the movie than in the first book. But I found them less jarring because I knew what to expect this time around.
Rehash vs. Revisit: There are a few moments of revisting past events, both known and unknown to the reader. However, they are mostly dealt with in conversation as a bit of revelation to another character. It felt natural. (And much like when my husband revisits our personal stories. His favorite is when he proposed and my first words were, "Is this real?" I thought he was playing a joke on me. Of course there is more to the story, but lets just say that we also retell our engagement story to each other. Much to my chagrin.)
Originality: For this second book in a series of four, I think her originality shines in the characters. Both the introduction of new ones and the actions of those already existing.
If this book were a movie, it would be rated R for the martial felicity between Darcy and Elizabeth.