I suppose every anxious author feels similar while counting the weeks and days until their latest novel is revealed. In my case, however, I have dreamed of delving seriously into George’s past since late-2006 when I realized how utterly amazing his life was. In my heart and in my mind, this desire was constantly niggling, no matter what else I was writing. Enough tidbits were tossed into the Darcy Saga to satisfy the itch temporarily, yet inevitably the hints of his adventures and relationships only increased the yearning to know more.
By January of 2011 I could no longer squelch the curiosity. The insistent voice inside my head – a resonant male voice with shades of humor and bossiness – refused to remain silent. The fuller story of how George’s epic tale went from concept to published novel is told on my blog–
George Darcy is the second son of a wealthy landowner in Georgian Era England. At 22 he is one of the youngest medical doctorate graduates of Cambridge University and admitted licentiate from the London Royal College of Physicians, and thus considered a brilliant, rising star in England’s field of medicine. Yet Dr. Darcy refuses the easy, comfortable pathway and enlists as a physician with the British East India Company, embarking on a personal quest to broaden his education and practice his craft without the restraints imposed by British society.
The Passions of Dr. Darcy spans thirty-four years in the life of this incredible, eccentric man. Using vivid descriptions of the culture and atmosphere, the story traces his early steps as a new doctor in a strange land on to his eventual return to England and his childhood home decades later. This is a story of India and the people as well as of the diseases and medical care available. Primarily, however, this is the story of one man who strived to change the face of medicine while yearning to fill the void left within his soul upon the death of his identical twin when they were 12. His search for family, enduring love, and lost companionship is a quest not wholly realized until returning to England and Pemberley. There a new generation of family and friends will heal the physician, and to his greatest surprise, the true love of his life awaits.
Those who are fans of my novels are as anxious for this novel as I am. They know Dr. George Darcy and understand completely why his journey needed to be recounted.
Those of you not familiar with my sequel series to Pride and Prejudice may be wondering how a novel about a non-Austen character that is set largely in India can even be considered an Austenesque novel.
It is a fair question. Continue reading