My February book for the Pride & Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge is:
Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy; Sharon Lathan
This book is a sequel–opening right after the wedding. It’s Darcy and Lizzy’s honeymoon, and most of the book focuses on the standard activities of a very-much-in-love newlywed couple. Personally, I would’ve preferred more time spent on character development and less on bedroom activities. The descriptions are lyrical enough, and won’t make most people blush, but they do grow a little repetitive.
Toward the end of the book, a major plot complication is introduced that felt like a rushed afterthought. However, it’s resolved satisfactorily enough, and this book is part of a series, so there could very well be more development later.
I loved the flashbacks to scenes from Darcy and Lizzy’s courtship in Pride & Prejudice–the reader gets to revisit some favorite spots, and see them with perhaps a bit more details on the character’s emotions.
All in all, this is a fast read, which some P & P fans may adore. Just be aware it’s sugary sweet cotton candy, without much substance to it.