Happy Saturday, y’all!
I am excited to announce a new series here on Greenish Bookshelf starting today! I’ve been thinking for a while about sharing more of my favorite books with you. So I’ve decided to share weekly book lists with my favorite recommendations. I’m excited about this, and I hope you are too!
Today, I think it’s only fitting to begin with one of my favorites–Jane Austen. So I am sharing 5 books to read if you love Pride and Prejudice.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen // Surprisingly, I find that many Pride and Prejudice lovers haven’t read all of Austen’s work. So first, I recommend reading more Austen! This is a great novel to start with. It follows two sisters who find themselves in poor circumstances after the death of their father and find ways to make a new place home (while also finding love). It’s a beautiful novel that is underappreciated!
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte // Next, a classic in it’s own right. This novel tells the story of Jane Eyre who becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall and falls for the mysterious master of the house, Mr Rochester. Secrets are revealed and hearts are tested. The writing is beautiful, the characters are complex, and the love story is fantastic.
Austenland by Shannon Hale // This hilarious parody about all things Austen is set in a modern resort called Austenland. Here people (mostly women) can pay an expensive fee to step into Austen’s world for a fortnight complete with Regency gowns, handsome gentlemen, walks in the park, a ball and a romantic Austen-like proposal. But how can you tell what’s fact and what is fiction? The sequel is another fun story in the Austen inspired resort. This book will make you laugh out loud.
Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay // This is my favorite book by Katherine. It follows two sisters named for the famous Pride and Prejudice heroines who are rebuilding their relationship after their mother’s death. Lizzy comes to help Jane who is going through chemotherapy treatments. This is not a copy of Austen’s plots but includes references to her work in this modern story. A beautiful novel about the power of food, family, and love.
Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James // I haven’t read many books that are set in the Pride and Prejudice world, but this is a fun one! When George Wickham is accused of murder on the grounds of Pemberley, Elizabeth and Darcy must seek to maintain their honor, strengthen their marriage and uncover the truth before Wickham is hanged. Most of the original characters come into the plot which has a happy ending of its own. I haven’t read this in years–time for a reread!
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson // I have raved about this book multiple times before; it’s my absolute favorite historical romance–period. Marianne Dashwood visits the beautiful country estate Edenbrooke. While there she befriends the handsome owner of the estate, Philip, and finds herself falling in love with the man her sister had decided to marry. It’s Regency England setting is gorgeous and the romance is just lovely and swoon worthy. A favorite!
What books would you recommend for Pride and Prejudice lovers?
What other recommendations would you like to see in coming weeks?