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Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One

(The Darcy Saga #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  3,690 ratings  ·  468 reviews
A honeymoon can last a lifetime

"A book that addresses all the unanswered questions..."

Beginning on their wedding day, Darcy and Elizabeth are two people who are deeply in love with one another and are excited to begin their marriage.

Their courtship was tempestuous; misunderstandings and misgivings nearly tore them apart. But now that they’ve seen each other without
Paperback, 309 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published June 6th 2007)
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Mar 23, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a sequel to the movie version of Pride & Prejudice starring Kiera Knightly; definitely not to the actual book by Jane Austen. I found that concept rather weird, especially when it is a truth universally acknowledged that the BBC version starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle is the gold standard of movie adaptations of Pride & Prejudice! That said, there is also no actual plot to the book, which follows the first few months of the Darcy marriage. I wanted to like it, because ...more
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
I admit it. I'm skeptical of sequels. Of Jane Austen sequels. I know right off that it has the potential to be really, really good...or just plain awful. Literary Variations--prequels, sequels, and such--are books that take the characters of one author and seek to give them new life, new adventures. There are several things to consider--in general--when it comes to fiction of this kind. On the one hand, if the author (the original author) has wrapped up the book (the original book) neatly with a ...more
Dec 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
I don't remember the last time I rated a book 1 star but this deserved it (if I wasn't reading it for a challenge, I would have dnfed it.) I was bored to tears because NOTHING happened in this book. It was just an account of how happy Darcy & Lizzy are, as they maudlin declare their love every 5 minutes and go about their lives at Pemberley.

To give you an example, I asked some friends to pick 3 numbers so I could extract quotes at random. Here's what I found:

@38% - "Happy anniversary, my
Grace Tjan
What I learned from this book (in no particular order):

1. Titles in Regency England were not confined to the established noble order of Dukes, Marquises, Earls, Viscounts and Barons. Masters and Mistresses, as in Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy, Master and Mistress of Pemberley, are also titles. How come? Because they are CAPITALIZED.

2. In English, certain standalone nouns are always capitalized, such as “Housekeeper”, “Butler”, “Aunt”, “Town” and “Inn”. Sample usage: “Mr. Darcy took his Butler,
Feb 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
Admittedly, I should have read the foreward of this book and likely would not have bothered to go any further with this one.

P&P sequels can be touchy for Austen fans. I'm not above reading one, as long as the integrity of both Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are intact. Lose Lizzy's quick wit or Darcy's aloofness, and you've lost the characters. Reduce them to nothing more than ridiculous pillow talk and it's blasphemy to all Austen fans, purists or not. True character development and plot were
Mar 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
Here's the thing. I love Pride and Prejudice. I love reading sequels and prequels and based on and inspired by . . . you write it and I'll read it. Perhaps it is this built-in market that permits books like this to flood the bookshelves.

First of all, this book is based on the movie version - the Keira Knightly version!!!! I started reading and found myself very confused by the author's references to Darcy proposing with his shirt unbuttoned - or the first time he touched her hand as she left
Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is the second sequel that I've read to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and I've loved them both. Reading this book is like eating your favourite tub of Baskin Robins ice-cream, if you eat it all in one sitting you'll feel ill, it's best to eat over a few sittings. Whilst you could read this book in one sitting I am sure it would be sickly sweet.

I've read a few reviews that said it was too sexual, but I thought they were typical newlyweds living out the heights of their wedded bliss. They
Jun 04, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is by far the worst sequel to "Pride and Prejudice" ever! I gave it one star for the author's enthusiastic effort, but it is poorly written (was there an editor at all?) with little plot or character development. It is the author's first attempt at publishing, and - no surprise here - she published it herself!
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
SKIPPED loooads of chapter..this book just had waaaaaay too much of sex scenes for me to handle.I mean Seriously i get it, considering that these two portrayed a newly-wed couples through out the book a lot of such sences are expected.(LMAO ,no ! i am NOT a prude ;)

So yes, it wasnt the steam-level that annoyingly baffled me BUT the ACTUAL NUMBER OF TIMES THESE TO SEEM TO BE GOING AT IT !!! 0_O

and over....
And oooover ....
And oooooov-

well u get the point :P (And if you still didn't let
May 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: jane, fluff, i-quit
So here's what I learned:
1. Jane Austen is spinning in her grave.
2. I wish I could travel back in time and convince this woman not to write this book.

So this author states she has fallen in love with P&P after watching the Matthew McFayden version. This should've tipped me off immediately. She claims that she read the original and watched other adaptations, while this one with Kiera Knightly remained her favorite. If she really had read the book, I like to think she would've known more
Apr 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pride-prejudice
I love Jane Austen, but I am not a Jane Austen purist. So ... I am able to take this book for what it is .... a continuation of the 2005 movie version of P&P. I absolutely LOVED the movie and never wanted it to end. (LOVED the Colin Firth version as well) This book was a dream come true and one of the first continuations that I have read. A few facts from the original novel are a little jumbled in this, but it does flow well from the facts laid out in the 2005 movie. I really enjoyed it. The ...more
First of all, the premise that anyone might want to merge completely with another person is a little creepy to me. So the whole "two shall become one" annoyed me throughout. I don't have any quotes. Maybe I'll flip through the book later to find some.Whomever the author thought she was channeling in this sequal to Pride and Prejudice, it certainly wasn't Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennett. Lizzy says to Darcy, "Why do you put up with me?...I am so silly and you are so wise!" Really? There's also ...more
Marta hoelscher
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I don’t even know where to start with this wonderful book. I had heard from a few people that they thought it was too explicit compared to Jane Austen. Keeping that in mind, I plunged in and I loved it! There are no more of the Victorian chaste kisses, this is a full blown romance. The story has the characters acting as any newly married couple would act. I didn’t think it was very explicit at all., in fact I thought it was wonderfully written and kept me enthralled until the end. I found ...more
Lolly's Library
Jul 22, 2013 marked it as not-even-if-you-paid-me
I really wish I could rate this, but since I couldn't read more than a page without my gag reflex being activated, I suppose it wouldn't be cricket for me to give this thing a rating. However, if I did, it would be a solid one-star. (Actually, it would be a no-star, but since that's not allowed, a one-star it shall have to be. Hey, I just realized that, by leaving them blank, technically I really am giving it a no-star rating. Hot diggity!)

Right off the bat I have to state that I am not fond of
Feb 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book started out so promising - the first two chapters were intriguing, and I thought the writing was tolerable, not distracting.

But then, the same damn things kept happening over and over again. "Banter," flirt, have sex. The number of adverbs was astronomical. The plot didn't start until about 40 pages from the end, and then it was a thin plot at best.

I finished it, just barely.

The author wrote this originally as fanfiction. I have to say, fanfiction never needs to be novel-length. But
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: jaff-read-2018
Unfortunately there’s no story, only intimate moments in the bedroom or elsewhere. It didn’t hold my interest even if I’ve finished it!
May 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: austen-related
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Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
While reading Two Shall become I often found myself thinking "no, Darcy would not say that", "Lizzy would not do that", but what I soon came to understand was that this book is based on Knightly and Macfayden. In order for the book to work I realised I needed to imagine the 2005 P&P, this was my Oprah 'Ahh ha' moment!

This book seems to cover everything, it is very nearly a day by day account of their lives, the small details and intimate conversations are what makes the book. Meeting the
Apr 06, 2009 added it
Shelves: austenesque
Review originally posted on Diary of an Eccentric

Sharon Lathan’s Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One picks up where Jane Austen left off in Pride and Prejudice. The book begins at the start of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy’s marriage. Lathan’s writing is beautiful, slowly unfolding the Darcy’s love story. From the nervousness of the wedding night to the making of a routine that would mark their days at Pemberley, Lathan captures it all in a voice that transports the
Corinne Edwards
Lizzie and her Mr. Darcy have gotten married at the end of the 2005 movie version of Pride and Prejudice. This book begins where that left off and occasionally even flashes back to exact scenes from the movie. The book takes us throughout the first several months of their marriage as they fall even more in love and as Lizzy settles into her role as Mrs. Darcy and the mistress of the Pemberly estate.

One thing I think the author does particularly well is surround us by the Regency period. The
Mar 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Sharon Lathan’s "Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy" series is subtitled "Pride and Prejudice" continues. And "Two Shall Become One" is the first book in the set. The characters, time period, and locations are instantly recognizable from the Jane Austen novel, and the author does a delightful job of envisioning the lead-in to a wedding, and Elizabeth’s introduction to her new role as Mistress of Pemberley.

The attention to detail in the writing is very reminiscent of the original novel. But the
J. W. Garrett
The reviews are vicious and very few are good. When you look at the ratings, the majority fall within the 2 stars and 1 star category. Ouch…and yet, I decided to read this work anyway. I can see where everyone has a problem when the author waved a red flag and admitted that she first fell in love with P&P in the modern version of the movie that does not follow canon. She did admit that she has since read the book and has seen some of the other adaptations. Let’s give her credit for at least ...more
Jan 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I simply couldn't put this book down. Lathan does a great job of finding a very Austen-like voice and even creating new characters and situations that fit very naturally in the world of Pride & Prejudice. Lanham really shows the growing love that Darcy and Elizabeth find in each other - from Darcy's softening heart and new-found love for his wife to Elizabeth's new station as Mistress of Pemberly, Lanham paints a very realistic, fascinating picture of the story I have loved for years and ...more
Nov 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of "Pride & Prejudice", READ THIS BOOK! I loved it! Now I know that the author stated that the book was inspired by the 2006 movie and not really Jane Austen's novel, but who cares? You will get so sucked into this story that it won't matter that she makes a few mistakes....comments on things in the movie that were never in the original book. And Ms. Lathan could have researched the Regency Era in England a little more. There were times that I thought the book to be ...more
Aug 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
A book that makes it to my "abandoned" category could also be placed in a category that I don't have, but now realize I need: "all time worst books."

This book is so pathetic that I couldn't even get through chapter 2. It's base and insulting. I wish I had read the foreword before buying (at least it was cheap!) where the author says the Keira Knightly P&P MOVIE inspired her to write this book. Seriously, though, this book is offensive in so many ways. It's not even worth the time to write
Dec 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Ugh. What a terrible book. I couldn't even finish it. It was all sex, sex, sex. I found myself skipping more pages than I was actually reading. Life is too short to waste on icky, non-plot drivel.
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I'd enjoy this sequel to P&P a lot more if Darcy & Elizabeth weren't screwing each others' brains out every other page.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
What really upsets me about this book is that it is mainly the sequel to the movie version [Kiera Knightley] rather than the actual novel which contains these marvelous characters. The book took me quite a few days because it was just hard to imagine Jane Austen's beloved Mr. Darcy and miss Bennett being so... lacking. The main thing was what happened in the few months after their wedding and yet nothing significant happens besides sex, literally every other page, and at the verrrry end when ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A GREAT Darcy and Elizabeth novel!!! If you wanted more Darcy and Elizabeth after the movie...this will for sure give you FEELS!!! I recommend to the Fans (of these characters) and Hopeless Romantics out there!!!
DNF at 31 %

I just can't... I can't and I won't finish this book. I haven't touched it in two months and I've never felt less obligation to pick up a half-read book again in my life! I need to find some decent fanfiction right now to get this atrocity out of my head.
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Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

Sharon began writing in 2006 and her first novel, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One was published in 2009. With the publication of this novel, Sharon’s series of “happily ever after” for the Darcys totals nine full-length novels and one Christmas themed novella.


Other books in the series

The Darcy Saga (7 books)
  • Loving Mr. Darcy: Journeys Beyond Pemberley (Darcy Saga #2)
  • My Dearest Mr. Darcy (Darcy Saga #3)
  • In the Arms of Mr. Darcy (Darcy Saga #4)
  • The Trouble with Mr. Darcy (Darcy Saga #5)
  • Miss Darcy Falls in Love
  • The Passions of Dr. Darcy
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