Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan
Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy was my first unfinished book of 2009 . Normally, I don't write reviews of books that I haven't completed, but I decided I'll begin to do so because the fact that I didn't find a book engrossing doesn't necessarily mean nobody else will.
In this particular case, I thought the book was a little too focused on what one might refer to as "newlywed relations". I thought there was very little hint of the original Jane Austen characters and not a whole lot of plot, at least at the point that I ceased reading. I stopped on page 58.
I think plenty of readers would find the book romantic and I'd recommend it specifically to those who enjoy the romance genre, in general, and don't mind a lot of sexual implication and some mildly graphic sex. You have to be willing to totally let go of the characters. I truly did not see a lot of the real Mr. Darcy and Lizzy in Lathan's characterization. But, that is merely my humble opinion.
I'm going to offer this book along with a set of 13 unread Harlequin "Close to Home" books that were sent to me in error and a used copy of The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig to one reader. I attempted to read one of the Close to Home series books and it was, like Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy, simply not my cup of tea. I've decided to get rid of The Masque of the Black Tulip without reading. The Darcy book is an ARC. Any books the winner doesn't want will be donated. You don't have to accept all 15.
This will be the first box of books that I'm giving away to celebrate the fact that I'm on the verge of reaching 100,000 hits on my blog (after around 22 or 23 months of using a stat counter). Wahoo! for that.
Here are the rules to enter for the Box of Oh How I Love You Giveaway:
1. Answer the following question in the most random, ridiculous way you can imagine: "What shall we do with the drunken sailor?" Just FYI, my son came up with the question. Short answers are fine.
2. Leave a contact email, so that I can easily locate you if you win.
3. Nope, no #3 - that's it! I just want to know what you'd do with the drunken sailor (early in the morrrrning -- it's a sailing song) and you must make sure I can find you, otherwise you'll be disqualified and that would be so sad, wouldn't it? You can tell your friends if you'd like, but I'm not going to worry about extra points. I just want to pass on some books to happy new homes. Tell your romance-reading buddies. That would be terrific.
4. It makes no sense to have a #4 if there's no #3, but some days are like that. This contest is open to anyone in the world. If you live outside the U. S. and you want to send me a nifty postcard or bookmark in return, I won't stop you. Neither is a requirement and my husband says, "Drop that bit." My son would just like to know your answers to the drunken sailor question. All three of us are tired of tripping over books.
The drawing will be held on Sunday, January 11 because I don't want to drag this puppy too far around the yard. I'm not making this a sticky, so hit "star" in your reader or bookmark this post if you get lost easily. Just being helpful.
Next up will be a review of I Choose to Be Happy by Missy Jenkins.