Sharon Lathan | Rock-a-Bye Baby
October 22, 2010
A Darcy Christmas
Amanda Grange, Sharon Lathan, Carolyn Eberhart
Barnes & Noble
A Holiday Tribute to Jane Austen
On Sale: November 1, 2010
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Also by Amanda Grange:
Wickham's Diary, April 2011
A Darcy Christmas, November 2010
The Mammoth Book of Regency Romance, August 2010
Mr. Darcy Vampyre, August 2009
Also by Sharon Lathan:
Darcy and Elizabeth: A Season of Courtship, March 2014
The Passions Of Dr. Darcy, April 2013
Miss Darcy Falls in Love, November 2011
The Trouble With Mr. Darcy, April 2011
Also by Carolyn Eberhart:
A Darcy Christmas, November 2010
In January I was a guest on Fresh Fiction for the release of my third novel, My
Dearest Mr. Darcy, and I wrote about birthing babies. That blog can be read
and I chose the topic because in that novel Mr. Darcy and his wife Elizabeth
welcome their first child, a son named Alexander. For me this was an easy
subject to write since my professional expertise is in the maternal child health
field. I have witnessed many, many deliveries!
Since my vision of the Darcys is a continuing saga my next book, In The Arms of Mr. Darcy,
began shortly after Alexander’s arrival and covered the first year of his life.
One might think that since he is a baby his interactions would be rare and not
very exciting. Oh contraire! I can assure as a mother of two and an RN with
25-years working with babies, infants have distinct personalities from the
get-go! Even premature infants who are very early and very small will subtly
show their character, holding true to those traits as they mature. It is quite
My approach in writing Alexander was to establish his unique personality as well
as convey how Darcy and Lizzy are as parents. He is an integral part of their
lives, as a child should be. Here are three brief samplings of what I mean:
“Alexander, in contrast, had accidentally wrapped his fingers around the ties to
his bonnet and was happily ignoring all the drama about him in the delightful
contemplation of flapping lace.
In fact, he was noticeably more disturbed by the sudden interruption to his play
when passed from the familiar location next to the strongly beating heart of his
father into the strange arms of another man than by anything that had transpired
thus far. The surprising motion caused his arms to flail and partially lose
their clasp on the entertaining ribbons, and then to make matters worse, his
mother leaned over and removed the bonnet entirely! The indignity and annoyance
of it all was almost too much to bear and his face screwed up in preparation to
vocalize his opinion on the subject.
Fortunately, Darcy could read his son’s thoughts quite well and placed a firm
hand onto his chest, leaning slightly to hush placatingly and capture
Alexander’s gaze before it was too late. His timing was impeccable, Alexander
calmed and distracted by the beloved face and voice.
Reverend Bertram chuckled, beaming upon the assembly. ‘Father to the rescue!
Thank you Mr. Darcy for saving me from the arduous task of raising my
age-crusted voice above the din!’”
“‘Here, sweet, your rattle.’ Darcy repositioned the baby so that he was sitting
on his lap and reached into the basket of toys kept by the sofa. He handed
Alexander a colorfully painted dried gourd with a slim wooden handle, one of a
half dozen rattles in the basket. Alexander instantly grabbed onto the toy and
swung the round bulb toward his widely opened mouth. His aim was not the best,
the hard object knocking into his nose and causing him to emit a high squeal. He
was not to be deterred, however, the rattle again repositioned and the attempt
to gnaw on the too-large toy upsetting him far more than the crash into his
‘You are supposed to shake it, thusly, Son,’ Darcy instructed, clasping the fat
rattle-wielding wrist and moving it to demonstrate. Alexander watched,
fascinated, joyfully bouncing his limbs and laughing, but as soon as Darcy
released his wrist the rattle was again drawn toward the yawning mouth.
“‘Everything into the mouth with you. Crazy boy,’ he said affectionately.
“‘He likes to eat,’ Lizzy said. ‘I have no idea where he gets that desire from.’
She winked at her spouse, Darcy merely grinning.”
“Alexander suddenly voiced a flood of gibberish, seriously gazing into Darcy’s
eyes. Darcy laughed, hugging the soft body tightly. ‘You agree, do you,
Alexander? They were enamored by you more than any of the lavish decorations.’”
He lifted the baby, holding him upright and facing toward him, and commenced an
intent, articulate verbal exchange. Lizzy tended to engage in infantile speech
when chatting with her son, but Darcy refused to do so.
Lizzy forever teased her husband about using five syllable words and complex
sentences to a newly born child, but Alexander responded to the erudite
commentary with rapt attention.
‘Your Aunt Mary’s wedding was understated but equally beautiful, wasn’t it?
Remember the yellow wild flowers that captured your gaze? And your aunt’s purple
ribbons that so fascinated you? Yes, you do remember, my intelligent boy.
Perhaps you shall be musically inclined, unlike your incompetent father, since
you hearkened to the organ music and singing. Which reminds me,’ he said,
turning to Lizzy, ‘Mr. Daniels said the newlyweds are expected home in two days.
Did Mrs. Daniels send word?’”
All Excerpts © Sharon Lathan, Sourcebooks Landmark, 2010
Isn’t Alexander adorable? I think so! I love writing children into my stories
and was thrilled to have the chance to watch Alexander mature. In my novella
that is part of A Darcy Christmas (now on sale) I was given the opportunity to
write several children for the Darcys. Cool!
Now share with us some of your favorite literary children.
IN THE ARMS OF MR.
DARCY BY SHARON
LATHAN—IN STORES OCTOBER 2010
If only everyone could be as happy as they are…
Darcy and Elizabeth are as much in love as ever—even more so as their
relationship matures. Their passion inspires everyone around them, and as winter
turns to spring, romance blossoms around them.
Confirmed bachelor Richard Fitzwilliam sets his sights on a seemingly
unattainable, beautiful widow; Georgiana Darcy learns to flirt outrageously; the
very flighty Kitty Bennet develops her first crush, and Caroline Bingley meets
But the path of true love never does run smooth, and Elizabeth and Darcy are
kept busy navigating their friends and loved ones through the inevitable
separations, misunderstandings, misgivings, and lovers’ quarrels to reach their
own happily ever afters…
About the Author
Sharon Lathan is the
author of the bestselling Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy:
Two Shall Become One,, and My
Dearest Mr. Darcy. In addition to her writing, she works as a Registered
Nurse in a Neonatal ICU. She resides with her family in Hanford, California in
the sunny San Joaquin Valley. For more information, please visit www.sharonlathan.net,
as well as the two group blogs Sharon contributes to: www.austenauthors.com and
46 comments posted.
Re: Sharon Lathan | Rock-a-Bye Baby
I think it is so powerful to be able to watch a child and the personalities that they exhibit all through babyhood. You drew me in with your excerpts.
(Joanne Reynolds 6:24am October 22, 2010)
I love children...I have eleven of them and they are each special.
Loved the excerpt, you depicted a baby and it's parent so well.
(Valerie Bongards 8:39am October 22, 2010)
Excellent excerpt, children are endlessly fascinating. Do/did you find it difficult to follow in Austen's footsteps? There are quite a few out there now I've noticed.
(Ivy Truitt 9:04am October 22, 2010)
Ah, literary children! As a youngster, I loved Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and Anne of Green Gables! Stubborn, independent, slightly unusual for their time - and they reminded me of myself! The maturation process is so interesting, and it's so great that you are teasing us with one so young!
(Jl Welling 10:24am October 22, 2010)
Good morning everyone. Nice to see so many up and about already. Here on the west coast it is still early, or at least early for me. :-)
I agree, Joanne. A child's personality is an evolving thing although the traces are there from birth. I am pleased I have enticed you.
11 children Valerie! Egads!! You are my hero. 2 was sufficient for me. But then I am able to satisfy any maternal urges at my job. Coming from a true expert in parenting like yourself I consider your praise of my depiction high indeed. Thank you.
(Sharon Lathan 11:25am October 22, 2010)
Thanks for the question, Ivy. "Following in Austen's footsteps" is a complicated phrase. Personally I don't think anyone can fully capture how another writer writes, especially someone as brilliant as Austen. I have never claimed to be like her or asserted that my saga is what she would have written. It is my vision written in my voice. All of the authors who take on Austen's world will tell you the same.
The difficulty is not in taking on her world since I did it out of love and with great respect. The difficulty is in trying to convince certain readers of the above fact! Too many want it to BE Austen and are then disappointed or downright angry when it is not. In my opinion they miss the joy to be found in varying visions of her story by expecting the impossible.
(Sharon Lathan 11:32am October 22, 2010)
This is rather embarrassing to confess but for some reason I never read the Sunnybrook Farm novels. I have read Anne of Green Gables, but my favorites were the Laura Ingalls Wilder and Louisa May Alcott novels. Of course the similarity in all of these classic children's literature series is, as you stated Jl, in watching the characters mature. Thanks for the comment!
(Sharon Lathan 11:35am October 22, 2010)
The children from the Chronicles of Narnia - I loved all of them, but especially the main four - Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy.
(Kelli Jo Calvert 1:31pm October 22, 2010)
That is one of the most amazing things in life. Watching a child develop their own little personalities. They are truly miracles.
(Vicki Hancock 1:39pm October 22, 2010)
I lovr children, I have 4 and thay are different and wonderful in there own way.
Being a Mom is the best thing in my life.
(Vickie Hightower 1:48pm October 22, 2010)
Anne of Green Gables and Avonlea almost had the pages worn out, Mom read them first out loud to four children at night in the hall, two kids per bedroom. Then, I had a go at them with daylight fading and nighttime flashlights pulled out to keep reading with the lights out. Thanks for including children as an essential part of your stories, making them richer relatively speaking.
(Alyson Widen 1:50pm October 22, 2010)
Oh, thanks for mentioning the Pevensie children from Narnia. I love those books. Lucy was always my favorite. Thanks Kelli.
Two Vicki(e)s in a row! Welcome ladies. My children are grown for the most part. My baby is a senior in HS now. Time has definitely flown by, but I agree that being a mom is the best.
You are welcome, Alyson. I love writing the Darcy children. It was the best part of approaching A Darcy Christmas as I did. I wanted to create an entire family in case I did not have the opportunity later.
(Sharon Lathan 2:11pm October 22, 2010)
Jane Eyre as a child was so put upon and abused that I really felt for her. JANE EYRE is my favorite classic.
(Ann Garland 2:14pm October 22, 2010)
I just love romance stories that are historical too.. I cant wait to read.
(Danielle Pontow 2:18pm October 22, 2010)
I love historical romance! :)
(April Young 2:41pm October 22, 2010)
Laura Ingalls Wilder... I loved her.
(Michele Powell 2:44pm October 22, 2010)
How very clever! The on going saga..as the story continues with new parents, new characters (as babies ARE characters!), & the rest of the Darcy community blossoming forth with their stories. I don't remember a novel that had a little one that was my favorite when I was a child. Did love the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson with his "babies & children". Started my three reading poetry to them as newborns & that led to Narnia, Little House, The Hobbit (no children in there), & now they are grown & reading to their own "little characters"! Love, love your "on going story" line. Will certainly look for your books.
(Jean Merriott 3:04pm October 22, 2010)
What a wonderful story. Keep at it!
(Marjorie Carmony 3:36pm October 22, 2010)
Great excerpts! It's fun to read of babies interacting with adults in a more meaningful way. Thank you.
(S Tieh 4:06pm October 22, 2010)
Jane Eyre is so sad! I have a difficult time watching or reading that part of the story. It does help that her life ended well. Great mention, Ann.
Thanks Danielle! I do hope you love my saga. You too April! I add lots of history amongst the romance. Or is that lots of romance amongst the history? Either works!
No kids in The Hobbit, Jean, that is true, but then there were all those dwarves and Hobbits are somewhat child like. :-) Tolkien is my favorite writer of all time. Yes, even over Austen, but don't tell anyone I said that! Thanks for all the "loves" and I do hope you love my series.
I will keep at it as long as I can, Marjorie!
Hi S Tieh. I really loved writing Alexander. His personality was clear to me even before he was born. Another Darcy shows up in the fifth volume of the saga - The Trouble With Mr. Darcy - and this one is very different than Alexander!
(Sharon Lathan 4:24pm October 22, 2010)
Love this series of books.
(Sherry Russell 4:27pm October 22, 2010)
I love the sisters from Little
(Margay Roberge 4:47pm October 22, 2010)
Some of my favorites are Laura from Little House on the Prairie and Anne from Anne of Green Gables.
(Maureen Emmons 5:01pm October 22, 2010)
Anne from Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite literary children. She is so precocious. Loved the excerpt. Looking forward to reading this book. I read the first book of the series and loved it.
(Cherie Japp 5:35pm October 22, 2010)
I just can't get enough of Darcy.
(Mary Preston 6:04pm October 22, 2010)
I am looking forward to reading all about Darcy now.
(Jackie Preas 6:11pm October 22, 2010)
I loved the Happy Hollisters!
(Lisa Garrett 6:56pm October 22, 2010)
I love your books Sharon and have Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One,, and My Dearest Mr. Darcy. I'd love to get my hands around this book as it sounds great.
I loved Anne of Green Gables and it wasn't that far back that I started reading some books again.
(Robyn Lee 7:06pm October 22, 2010)
your boo sound great and many more i love to be able to read it
(Desiree Reilly 7:52pm October 22, 2010)
What a wonderful idea to continue the saga. I love to find out what happens to characters as stories continue in a series.
(Diane Sallans 9:24pm October 22, 2010)
sounds like a very fun read
(Heather Pearson 9:36pm October 22, 2010)
I have been fascinated by the number of Darcy inspired books that have come out lately. This sounds like it will be a good one.
Little Women was a great family story. The girls are older, but you still see growth and the relationships.
(Patricia Barraclough 10:01pm October 22, 2010)
It's obvious by your writing skills that your work is with babies. Just reading those passages, I felt as if I was in the same room, watching the story unfold!! Having no children of my own, due to doctor's orders, I tended to shy away from this genre. I always felt they would be too painful to read. Your books, on the other hand seem to be a delightful read, and the setting of the book makes it all the more charming.
(Peggy Roberson 10:10pm October 22, 2010)
This sounds like a really interesting book!
I'd love to win so that I could read it. :)
(Wendy Sachs 10:18pm October 22, 2010)
I saw your book on the self at
Barnes & Noble and bought it for
my friend for Christmas. I might
just have to read it first! :)
(Jennifer Crocker 10:31pm October 22, 2010)
I haven't read any of your books yet!! But I am looking forward to reading them!! :)
(Tammy Hallock 11:15pm October 22, 2010)
Looking forward to reading this.Love to read romantic historical fiction. Thanks for the contest.
(Teresa Ward 11:21pm October 22, 2010)
I have always love Mr Darcy's character. It's also good to know that Mr Darcy's character is in tact. Not too authors will keep Mr Darcy just the way Jane Austin has him.
(Kai Wong 11:56pm October 22, 2010)
When I was younger, I read "Little Women," and "Anne of Green Gables." Those are characters that I'll never forget. Your book sounds great and I can't wait to read it.
(Ginger Hinson 11:59pm October 22, 2010)
Sorry to be absent but a spider bite has my eye swollen and me under the weather. Seeing so many wonderful comments cheers me considerably. Thanks all!
It is great to read references to the classic family sagas such as the Little House books, Little Women, and Anne of Green Gables. Obviously I do not write for children but I do approach my series in a family saga themed way.
Mary, none of us can get enough of Darcy!
Thanks Robyn! I do think you will enjoy In The Arms of Mr. Darcy as much as the others. Maybe more!
Diane, It is a joy to carry on these characters and doing so in a continual manner gives me the chance to touch on everyone.
Yes there are a great many "Darcy inspired books" aren't there Patricia! It still boggles my mind. Good thing I was unaware of how many there were before I started writing or I may have changed my mind!
(Sharon Lathan 12:26pm October 23, 2010)
Peggy, I am very sorry that children were not a possibility for you. I can't imagine how painful that must be. Yes, I work with babies. I have been an RN in the Neonatal ICW for 25 years. That is a lot of babies passing me by! Thanks for you kind words.
You have time, Jennifer! She will never know ;-)
Kai, I do my best to capture Darcy and all Austen's characters as I interpret how she wrote them. But, this is open to wide interpretation so I can only follow my heart and vision.
Thanks to everyone who has commented. I really appreciate it and love interacting! I will continue to check in.
(Sharon Lathan 12:33pm October 23, 2010)
I love the continuation of the story. An earlier poster mentioned Anne of Green Gables. I only read the first few while a teen but recently I went back and read the entire series and the best part for me was following the continued journey as Anne grew up and was married. Your book takes one of my absolute favorite stories and lets me see where the characters went after the end of Pride & Prejudice. I hope there are more books to come.
(Pam Howell 8:46am October 23, 2010)
Looking forward to your newest book. Sounds great.
(Sheila True 11:19am October 23, 2010)
Pam, Next April the 5th book in the Darcy Saga series will be released - The Trouble with Mr. Darcy - and in the fall Georgiana Darcy's love story will be released. So more to come!
(Sharon Lathan 2:24pm October 23, 2010)
Historical romance is my favorite genre. And I absolutely love Pride and Prejudice!
(MaryAnne Banks 4:38pm October 23, 2010)
The Suki Novels are fun then theres the Book My Family And Other Animals.I love the Wesleys in Harry Potter.
(Catherine Myers 8:03pm October 23, 2010)
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