Noble young ladies were expected to play an instrument, but societal restrictions would have chafed for Georgiana Darcy, and accomplished musician. Her tour of Europe draws the reader into the musical life of the day, and a riveting love story of a young woman learning to direct her destiny and understand her own heart.First thoughts after finishing this book: To quote Georgiana,-"I am wildly and wantonly satisfied."
(from Miss Darcy Falls in Love page 254 in the ARC; finished version may be different)
I'm really glad that I took the chance to read a Lathan book again. Earlier this year I read one of her books and felt the sex was the story and there really wasn't a plot. Well, I'm glad to say that I think the author has listened to her readers and pulled back on the over-the-top sex. None of that really happens until the end of the book and it occurs exactly where and when it should. This time Sharon has taken the time to flesh out her characters and really bring them to life. I really enjoyed Georgiana's story and am thankful that Lathan decided to spend some time with this intriguing person. One of the most unique features in this story is the how music is used. I loved how passionate Georgiana was about writing and playing her own original music. I also enjoyed experiencing France through the eyes of a young lady who is touring Europe during the Regency time period. The beginning did start out a bit slow for me but after about 30 pages the story really took off and came to a very satisfying conclusion.
Recommend? For my fellow P&P variation readers, this is one that you MUST add to your reading list and/or stacks of books. You won't be disappointed and may end up with the same opinion as me- I want more books that feature the minor characters from Pride and Prejudice.
Author: Sharon LathanSource: review copy from Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: P&P variation
Published: November 2011
Disclaimer:Thank you toSourcebooks Landmark for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MYexperience while reading this novel.
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I have promised myself to read more of the Austen spinoffs. This one sounds good.ReplyDelete
So many favorable review for this book and now yours. It's on my list!ReplyDelete
I love a good P&P variation and this one sounds great. Adding it to my TBR list.ReplyDelete
This sounds like another good P&P variation. Glad to hear the sex is not over the top. In my eyes, over the top sex cheapens a story.ReplyDelete
I stopped reading this series after the first book because of what you mentioned, all sex and no plot. But this one appeals to me. Like you, I love when Austen's minor characters get some attention!ReplyDelete
I like your new layout and it sounds like you were in Darcy Heaven with this one.ReplyDelete
Interesting review. I wonder if she really did listen to readers?!!ReplyDelete
Wow, now I'm intrigued when you say that Sharon took what her readers had to say into account. Wonderful, and she fleshes out one of my favorites, Georgiana.ReplyDelete
Wouldn't it be great if an author did listen to the readers? Hope that is behind the change.ReplyDelete
Glad you are "wildly and wantonly satisfied" ;-)
Wantonly satisfied? Oh my!ReplyDelete
Georgie can't really be having passionate sex now can she ;) But yes I did like that it was more romantic than passionateReplyDelete
Glad you gave her a second chance as this sounds wonderful!! :):):):):):):):):):):)ReplyDelete
But where is Mr. Darcy?ReplyDelete
I think I'd be more likely to read about the minor characters in P&P, like Georgiana, than the Lizzie and Darcy. Great review, Staci.ReplyDelete
Glad to know the author listened as I was one with the same complaint.ReplyDelete
Wow, there are a lot of books coming out that are Austen spin-offs/fan fiction. You would think they would be running out of ideas...ReplyDelete
I always wanted more of Georgianna too! Thanks for the review Staci. I'll be sure to pick this one up.ReplyDelete
Staci, I applaude you for going back and reading a book by an author that gave you such an unpleasant experience in her other book. I'm glad the author listened to you and others. This one sounds like a sweet story.ReplyDelete
hahaha love the quote and glad you had a good reading experience 2nd time around :)ReplyDelete