A Novel by Sharon Lathan
Copyright © 2006 Sharon Lathan Cover and internal design (c) 2007 by Dixiepress Back cover photo of Chatsworth House © 2006 Vera Stojcevski Sourcebooks and the colophon are registered trademarks of Sourcebooks, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by anyelectronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems-except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews-without permission in writing from its publisher, Sourcebooks, Inc. The characters and events portrayed in this book are ﬁctitious or are used ﬁctitiously. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental and not intended bythe author. Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. P.O. Box 4410, Naperville, Illinois 60567-4410 (630) 961-3900 FAX: (630) 961-2168 www.sourcebooks.com www.austenfans.com ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-2033-3 ISBN-10: 1-4022-2033-2
A Message from the Author
Over Thanksgiving weekend of 2005 I entered a movie theater with my best girlfriend and teenage daughter to watch “Pride & Prejudice” starring KieraKnightley and Matthew Macfadyen. My only expectation was to enjoy a sappy chick flick with two of my dearest women friends. I had never read the classic novel by Jane Austen, nor had I seen any of the previous adaptations. To my stunned amazement I walked out of that theater not only sporting a heart swelling with romantic sentiment and warm fuzzy feelings running amok, but I would soon embark ona pathway that would change my life. Within two months I had joined the rank of fan fiction writers from all over the world who have adored this timeless tale of true love. I have since read the novel and seen a few of the previous adaptations, but my heart remains squarely enamored with the recent movie and the incredible actors and actresses who brought these delightful characters to life. Mypersonal quest was to delve realistically into the Regency world of early 1800’s England while exploring the aftermath and future of the Darcys. It began as a lark, but in true Mr. Darcy form I was well into the middle of it before I recognized what I had begun. Quite before I turned around I had my own website and was reaching the one year anniversary of their wedding with fifty plus chapters undermy belt! Yes, it is an obsession! What I have striven to recount is a marriage in its purest embodiment. A union based on commitment, equality, passion, friendship, honesty, love, and all the rest. I wanted to answer the timeless questions regarding happily ever after and how two individual people meld into one soul. Along the way there is humor, drama, friends, family, and life events toexperience with the lovers. This first novel deals with the initial days into weeks, ending with five months of wedded bliss as the family prepares for the season in London. God willing I will soon publish the following portions of the saga. There are literally hundreds of people I could thank for making this adventure a reality. Naturally Miss Austen for creating these characters, and Deborah Moggachfor her fabulous screenplay adaptation and Joe Wright for directing so brilliantly. Personally I thank my own Mr. Darcy for supporting me in this little hobby and my two fantastic kids for being so patient when mom was lost at the laptop! Last, but definitely not least, I thank the plethora of readers from my website who have endured, inspired, and encouraged me every step of the way. You have mademe believe in myself and I absolutely do not have the words to convey the depth of my appreciation. I love you all! Thank you for taking this journey with me. The Darcys thank you as well! Now, find a comfortable chair, brew a cup of Earl Grey, nibble on some chocolate, and enjoy the romance! Welcome to Pemberley. Sincerely, Sharon Lathan
“Pride & Prejudice” Synopsis
Set in the...