Jane Austen will forever be an author readers and writers go back to for inspiration. With stories about fated love, family and fierce women, Austen’s classic books are important reads in every decade. If you can’t get enough of Austen, you’ll love these 10 new books.
1. The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow
If you’ve ever wondered about the fate of Austen’s Mary Bennet, you’ll devour this new release from Janice Hadlow. Only when she realizes that she will only find happiness when she accepts herself for
who she is does Mary Bennet finally get her happy ever after.
Following her own path instead of going down the road her sisters did, she finds great joy when she meets a man she could fall in love with. But the real trouble lies in whether or not this new love interest is the man she’s been waiting for. Mary must
listen to both her head and heart in order to find true belonging and happiness in The Other Bennet Sister.
2. Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev
Taking inspiration from Austen’s Persuasion, Sonali Dev’s new novel follows Chef Ashna Raje as she competes in a cooking competition that she hopes will get her approval from her mother and save her
restaurant. But everything comes crashing down around Ashna when the show pairs her with a man who once broke her heart: FIFA winning soccer star Rico Silva. Although the two had planned on ignoring one another as much as possible, their disastrous meeting goes viral and fans of the show begin to root for the two as a couple. As they get further into the competition, they come to find out that ignoring their feelings for each other is much easier said than done.
3. The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
The love and admiration of Jane Austen brings together a group of unique individuals in Natalie Jenner’s
debut novel The Jane Austen Society. World War II has just ended and Jane Austen’s legacy is at stake as her distant relatives do their best to keep her estate afloat in Chawton. Knowing what’s in jeopardy, a
group of strangers gather to create the Jane Austen Society. While they’re all struggling with their own demons, they put their love for Austen first and do whatever it takes to ensure that her memory and
amazing work lives on.
4. Miss Austen by Gill Hornby
It’s 1840 in England and Cassandra Austen is still mourning the death of her famous writer sister Jane. For more than two decades, Cassandra has done everything in her power to preserve her sister’s
reputation. Now, in her old age, she’s on a mission to get back one more piece of Jane. Traveling to stay with the family of her late-fiancé, she goes in search of letters her sister wrote long ago. When Cassandra finally finds the letters, they’ll force her to confront secrets about both Jane and herself. Ultimately, she’ll
have to decide whether or not she wants to share this piece of her sister with the world.
5. Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance by Jennieke Cohen
Lady Victoria Aston’s life is the best it’s ever been… until things go awry and it’s now up to her to find a man to marry or leave her family to suffer. Using the lessons of love she has learned from Jane Austen
novels, she seeks a man. But finding a suitor isn’t Vicky’s only problem. As she tries to decipher the feelings of the men around her, she finds herself in the middle of a few strange accidents that could end up killing her before she ever reaches her wedding day.
6. The Wrong Mr. Darcy by Evelyn Lozada and Holly Lorincz
Evelyn Lozada and Holly Lorincz give Pride and Prejudice a contemporary spin in The Wrong Mr. Darcy.
Hara Isari is a sportswriter and when she meets basketball rookie Derek Darcy, things don’t go as expected. Writing each other off after their first catastrophic meeting, it’s not until fate reconnects the two
that they come to learn that sometimes first impressions can give us the wrong idea about the people we meet every day.
7. Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
New in paperback, Unmarriageable tells the story of the Binat family after a scandal threatens to ruin the family’s prosperity forever. But all of that changes when they get invited to an important wedding that has been the talk of their small town. With the wedding comes the chance for Mrs. Binat to find proper suitors for her daughters. While older sister Jena sparks an immediate connection with successful entrepreneur Fahad Bingla, her younger sister Alys finds herself stuck in an unfortunate introduction with Fahad’s friend Valentine Darsee. As the luxurious wedding proceeds, Alys will come to find that under Valentine’s tough exterior is a man she could see herself falling for.
8. The Austen Girls by Lucy Worsley
It’s 1809 and Fanny and Anna have always believed that in order to be anyone, they have to marry a successful man. Stuck in this mentality thanks to Fanny’s mother, the girls receive a chance at building lives of their own when their wealthy Aunt Jane tells them that they don’t have to rely on a man to lead a beautiful life. Instead, Jane leads the girls on a rescue mission in Australia and in the process, both Fanny and Anna come to learn that they can be strong women all on their own.
9. Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra
Sisters Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth have all found their own paths in life. While Jo’s journalism career comes to a screeching halt in New York City, her sister Meg continues the perfect life she’s always dreamed of
as a wife and mother.
But no matter how successful the March sisters look to the outside world, on the inside they’re struggling with their own issues. Then their mother gets sick, forcing all four of the girls to
return to their home in North Carolina for the holidays. It’s at home with their mother and sisters that Meg and Jo regain the strength they need to reimagine their lives and start over.
10. The Spinster Diaries by Gina Fattore
As a somewhat successful TV writer in Los Angeles, the narrator of The Spinster Diaries wishes her life resembled something more like the romantic comedies she watches. Instead, she spends her days
flooded with anxiety and calling herself a spinster.
To get away from it all, she seeks inspiration from 18th century writer Frances Burney—the same woman who inspired Jane Austen’s best works. Gina Fattore’s new novel is a satirical and heartfelt novel that touches on life in the TV business and the chick lit novels we all know and love.