So, I’m a big Jane Austen fan. No secret! I’m linking up for Top Ten Tuesday to share ten books like another book or author. Recently, I shared psychological thrillers like Gone Girl. Today, I’ll be sharing a few books to read after you’ve read all of the Jane Austen novels. Some are classic, some are written in the same style, but others are contemporary. I hope you’ll find a book or two that you’ll like!
Here are 10 books that I would recommend for you, if you’re a Jane Austen fan!
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
This classic novel is mandatory reading for Jane Austen fans!
Middlemarch, George Eliot
Middlemarch takes place in the upper-class society of the town. George Eliot, who was actually a woman writing under a man’s name, explores many of the same themes as Austen. She writes about the importance of marriage to the right person, money, and social status. Definitely a must read for someone who has exhausted all Austen novels.
A Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
While this book takes place a little later in history, the main character, Isabel Archer, could admired by a Jane Austen fan. The novel is a tangle of love and indecision. I will say that it is a much heavier read than an Austen novel.
Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell
This novel had me laughing out loud! Gaskell has written many novels, but this is my favorite. It’s nice, short story about the women living in a small town named Cranford. They don’t have a lot of money, but they like to keep up appearances for each other out of tradition. Some of the funniest moments come when there is a mysterious robber in the town and the women have to take care of each other.
Heyer began publishing thrillers during the 1930’s and continued to write novels of all genres through the end of her life. She published a total of 48 books, with the final novel published posthumously. If you are looking for books like Jane Austen, her Regency Romances are the perfect fit for you!
If you are new to Georgette Heyer, I recommend starting here. This novel is laugh out loud funny! I don’t normally use publisher’s synopses in my posts, but I thought it would be the easiest way to explain the novel. Basically, Sophy is fun and full of life, but her rich family members are not. The rest of London society doesn’t seem to be very fun either:
When Lady Ombersley agrees to take in her young niece, no one expects Sophy, who sweeps in and immediately takes the ton by storm. Sophy discovers that her aunt’s family is in desperate need of her talent for setting everything right: Ceclia is in love with a poet, Charles has tyrannical tendencies that are being aggravated by his grim fiancee, her uncle is of no use at all, and the younger children are in desperate need of some fun and freedom. By the time she’s done, Sophy has commandeered Charles’s horses, his household, and finally, his heart.
Again, this Regency Romance is hysterical. Arabella is the daughter of a poor clergyman whose wife comes from a family with a lot of money. His wife saves her money for Arabella’s entire life, so that she can send the very beautiful Arabella to London to stay with her Godmother for the season, with the hope of making an eligible match that will help the rest of her sisters get married.
Arabella, who is slightly naive, but very smart, starts her journey off with a mistake that causes calamity for the rest of the novel. You have to read the novel to find out if that mistake can possibly lead to love!
Frederica and her siblings go to London for the social season, in order to give younger and beautiful sister a chance to make a good marriage. Frederica is a witty character who believes herself. But when they are introduced to London society by their distant “cousin” Lord Alverstoke, Frederica is amazed to finds herself, unknowingly, falling in love. Likewise, Alverstoke, a cold aristocrat, finds himself thoroughly beguiled by Frederica and her young rascally brothers.
First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen
While I wouldn’t say that this novel is based on any Austen plots, I do think that it’s obvious from the start (and Lovett says in interviews) that the main character has her own Darcy and Wickham-esque to deal with. I thought that I noticed this as I read the novel, but wasn’t sure. After I read the novel, I did a quick internet search!
Lizzy and Jane, Katherine Reay
Normally, I don’t go for inspirational fiction, but this book was a fun read. All of the Jane Austen references will make a fan’s heart skip a beat. Also, I think I learned a lot about cooking during the novel, too. You can check out my full review here!
If you were counting, that was actually only nine books! Instead of giving you a tenth book, I’ll give you a few authors to make sure that you check out:
- Any of the Bronte sisters
- George Eliot
- Elizabeth Gaskell
- Wilkie Collins
- Louisa May Alcott
And, if you want to watch a movie, here is a great list of Austen plots turned into contemporary movies!
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