Books: Mr & Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two shall become one by Sharon Lathan

Mr & Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two shall become one

By Sharon Lathan

Just finished this novel, I am very disappointed! To be kind I would recommend that the author actually read the original “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen rather than rely on the film version presented by Deborah Moggach and Joe Wright.

This novel has all the depth of a Harlequin romance.  The storyline is stagnant and the characters lack eloquence and personality. The dialogue is stilted and repetitive lacking imagination. The book meanders with no development or direction from one meaningless event to another. There is an effort to engage the reader in puerile titillation which could be described as soft porn, and totally unworthy of the majestic intentions of Jane Austen and an insult to the period depicted in her novel. More research might have assisted the author in developing a feeling for the society in which she set her story, in this respect the editor of this book has as much to answer for as the author!

I have endeavored to find one redeeming feature to this novel that might induce me to recommend anyone to read it, sadly, I can find nothing.

If I could return this book, I would!

Dear reader, I have never given as poor a review as this before,

and hope never to again!

 Sequels are never as good as the original you may think: Yes and No, Yes because, lets face it Jane Austen was a wiz with dialogue. No, because I think that novels like Linda Berdoll’s (sequel to “Pride and Prejudice”) “Mr Darcy takes a Wife” and “Darcy and Elizabeth” and Alexandra Ripley’s “Scarlett” and Donald McCaig’s “Rhett Butler’s People”(sequels to “Gone with the Wind”) or “Mrs DeWinter” (sequel to “Rebecca”) by Susan Hill, are excellent.

Make no mistake however, it is a bit hit and miss reading a sequel of a well loved classic. We all have ideas where our favourite characters should go, and how their relationships should unfold, so disappointment is a risk. I for one, feel a loss when I get to the end of an old favourite and wish there was more… I cheer for those authors that go out on the edge and try to find more story behind these great works. If they write them I will continue to read them with hopeful anticipation knowing there will likely be duds in the bunch, and totally enjoying those that are sucessful. Let me know if you find anything good out there:0)

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thundergoes
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 13:34:19

    Aw, well, I’m not surprised. I find that any re-write or re imagining of a classic never lives up to the standard of its original.


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  3. Wilfred Reinke
    Dec 17, 2011 @ 21:37:10

    To bad your sitting on the fence on your opinio Susan, tell us how you really feel!!! 😉


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