Guest review by Kimberly Denny-Ryder of Reflections of a Book Addict
In Sharon Lathan’s newest venture into the world of Pride and Prejudice, readers are given a chance to fall in love with one of Austen’s minor characters, Georgiana Darcy. For those that have been following Lathan’s Darcy Saga, you’ll know that Georgiana falls in love at the end of The Trouble with Mr. Darcy. Readers who are not familiar with the previous storyline, will be able to retrace her courtship in Miss Darcy Falls in Love, and experience the entire thing from the beginning.
Georgiana Darcy, now coming of age, embarks upon a tour of Europe without her brother Fitzwilliam and sister-in-law Elizabeth. During her time in Europe, she meets many new acquaintances, most significantly Sebastian Butler, a fellow music lover, and Lord Caxton, a teacher at The Conservatoire, a renowned musical school in Paris. Both pay her a great amount of attention, albeit in different ways. Sebastian becomes her musical collaborator, both playing and writing original compositions with her, while Lord Caxton seems to be intent on escorting her to balls, parties, and operas, taking her away from the musical world. Both men engage in a bidding war over her heart, yet only one will win. Who will Georgiana give her heart to? How will she choose amongst these two charming yet exceedingly different men?
Having followed all of Lathan’s previous works I will say I was slightly confused when I started reading Miss Darcy Falls in Love. Knowing the end of her last work I immediately went to check online to see if I missed a book in the series. Just to save you the confusion, this book takes place prior to the ending of The Trouble with Mr. Darcy, and ends after its conclusion. I’m actually really glad that Lathan decided to go back and tell Georgiana’s story. She was one of my favorite minor characters from the original, and I was always left wanting with her story. After everything that happened between her and Mr. Wickham in Austen’s original novel, she certainly deserves someone writing her a happy ending!
One of the most amazing things about this book is how it’s infused with “music.” What I mean by this is Lathan takes musical terminology and intertwines the story with it. The story itself is also written in a lyrical manner, flowing like a beautifully tuned instrument. Georgiana’s rapidly changing feelings are similar to arpeggios, fast-paced in their movement, yet rising and falling in a steadfast manner. She is conflicted in her feelings towards these two new male characters in her life, and is constantly questioning these new feelings.
Lathan does a fabulous job at expanding the framework that Austen laid out of Georgiana’s characteristics. She is still a doting sister, constantly wondering how her brother and family are at home, as well as phenomenal musician. It’s wonderful to see her grow in confidence under the tutelage of her companion and Sebastian Butler. Their confidence in her and her talents lets the accomplished Georgiana within shine through.
Lathan has another home run hit on her hands here. Her name is certainly solidified with what good Jane Austen fan fiction should be. If you haven’t given her novels a try, I suggest you do. Fast-paced and always full of the romance we all dream about, Miss Darcy Falls in Love is not one you’ll want to miss.
4.5 out of 5 Regency Stars
Miss Darcy Fall in Love, by Sharon Lathan
Trade paperback (288) pages
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