The Passions of Dr. Darcy, by Sharon Lathan – A Review

The Passions of Mr. Darcy, by Sharon Lathan © 2013 SourcebooksFrom the desk of Kimberly Denny-Ryder

Some series are just too good to let go, whether they be movies, TV, or books. Sharon Lathan’s Darcy Saga, inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, is one such series. I’ve had the pleasure of reading all six of the previous novels, and I was sure that book seven, The Passions of Dr. Darcy, would not disappoint me in the least. So, without further ado, I sat down and began to read about another member of the Darcy family: Uncle George.

While a young Master Fitzwilliam Darcy is enjoying his childhood at Pemberley, another member of the Darcy family is out making a name for himself in the world. Dr. George Darcy, Fitzwilliam’s bright and engaging uncle, has quickly become noted around the countryside as one of the greatest physicians in the area. He enjoys all the attention, but becomes restless and decides to make a drastic change that will take him away from all the rich and bland clientele he is used to. So, he sets off on an assignment with the British East India Company, which at the time had expanded far and wide into the Indian subcontinent. Excited to take on this new opportunity, Dr. Darcy then embarks on a journey that is full of wonder and experiences that will last forever. He then returns after many years and recounts his tales to the now older Fitzwilliam Darcy, his wife Elizabeth, and their family. We join in the experience as Dr. Darcy describes the adventures which have shaped him into the gentleman he is today.

Let me start by saying that I was definitely excited to read this book as I knew that it was an epic story. I’m a big fan of overarching story lines that span a lot of space and time, such as The Odyssey, Great Expectations, Les Miserables, and the Outlander series. This piece was a great addition, as we travel across every reach of the Indian subcontinent for over 30 years with George, exploring its vibrant and rich history and the intriguing characters that he meets along the way.

Lathan is an expert in character development, as I’ve alluded to in my reviews of her prior works, so I expected no different when I read the extraordinary highs and lows that George experiences in his time there. Particularly poignant were the joys and sorrows he feels when finding and losing love, and we laugh and grieve along with him. The best part about George’s journeys are that they take him from being a slightly arrogant and sure-footed doctor to a man who discovers that there is so much more to life than the small sliver that he has previously experienced in England. He lets these new journeys mold him into a wise and caring man who enriches the lives of those whom he meets through his gift of medicine. His travels soften his rough edges and make him into the kind of man that Fitzwilliam can hope to be in his own future.

In short, Lathan has made a touching story of a man who finds himself in India. It was a journey which I was happy to take and I expected no different from a work penned by Lathan. I’m so glad that I got to read this installment of the Darcy saga and this is definitely a work to add to your own lists.

4 out of 5 Regency Stars

The Passions of Dr. Darcy, by Sharon Lathan
Sourcebooks (2013)
Trade paperback (432) pages
ISBN: 9781402273490

Cover image courtesy of Sourcebooks © 2013; text © 2013 Kimberly Denny-Ryder, Austenprose

6 thoughts on “The Passions of Dr. Darcy, by Sharon Lathan – A Review

  1. My list of “to be read” books is extending to an alarming length! I love how the reviewer describes how Uncle George develops as a person and character. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

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  4. I have read all of the other books and as soon as I saw the publishing date for this I was really looking forward to getting it. But, reality has hit with my having Lyme Disease and not receiving my benefits for my disability so we’re living on 1 income now so I’ve been lusting for the time when I can buy this book on my Kindle. I love Sharon Lathan as an author. I finish each book wishing that the next one was available to read!

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  5. This sounds so very interesting; something else to add to my “to read” list. (Acutally, lists.) I love the idea of using Mr. Darcy’s family, but not an actual character from P&P. Sequels can intrude upon the original, and ruin the flavor of it (for me, at least). And India . . . sigh.

    For a big story that covers lots of space and time, try the Lymond Chronicles and The House of Niccolo series (what’s the plural of series?) by Dorothy Dunnet. The Lymond books happen afterwards, but the author recommended (somewhere I read it – don’t recall) that one read Lymond first. I’m reading them s-l-o-w-l-y, with weeks and even months between books, to keep myself from getting so addicted I do nothing but read them. Intrigues, romance, sword fights, family squabbles, loyal friends, dastardly enemies, adventures, battles, poetry, and historical people mixing with characters. And, Lymond is a wonderful, and wonderfully flawed, protagonist. Something to take time with, as it’s thick with details (not the kind where you know every knot hole in a door, though!).

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