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Longbourn / Jo Baker
The servants of the Bennett estate manage their own set of dramas in this vivid re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice. While the marriage prospects of the Bennett girls preoccupy the family upstairs, downstairs the housekeeper Mrs. Hill has her hands full managing the staff that keeps Longbourn running smoothly: the young housemaids, Sarah and Polly; the butler, Mr. Hill; and the mysterious new footman, James Smith, who bears a secret connection to Longbourn.
Bridget Jones’s Diary / Helen Fielding
The daily chronicle of a 30-something single English woman who is convinced her life would be perfect if she could lose weight, stop smoking and develop “Inner Poise.”
Austenland / Shannon Hale
Because her obsession with Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice,” is ruining her love life, Jane Hayes is delighted when she gets the chance to take a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women.
Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility / Hillary Manton Lodge
This hip contemporary romance combines Jane Austen-inspiration and foodie fiction in a witty and engaging tale of two sisters who are forced to uproot to unfamiliar Austin, Texas, after high rent and broken relationships force them away from their San Francisco life.
Emma: A Modern Retelling / Alexander McCall Smith
A modern rendering of Jane Austen’s classic follows the experiences of a college graduate who returns to the side of her health-nut father and interferes in the personal lives of her friends.
Persuading Annie / Melissa Nathan
Sweet, kindhearted Annie Markham is forced to turn to tough Jake Mead, the one-time love of her life who had left her seven years earlier, to help her save her family’s ailing company, in a story of love and revenge based on Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
The Dashwood Sisters Tell All / Beth Pattillo
The Dashwood sisters take a tour of landmarks in Jane Austen’s life as they carry with them a possible diary of Jane’s sister, Cassandra, wondering if the diary may have influenced one of the author’s novels and encountering love interests of their own on the tour.
For Darkness Shows the Stars / Diana Peterfreund
Elliot North fights to save her family’s land and her own heart in this post-apocalyptic reimaging of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
Sense and Sensibility / Joanna Trollope
A modern retelling of the Jane Austen classic follows the Dashwood sisters–Elinor, Marianne and Margaret–as they, after the death of their father, must come to terms with the cruelties of life without the status of their country house, the protection of the family name or the comfort of an inheritance.
Unleashing Mr. Darcy / Teri Wilson
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman teetering on the verge of thirty must be in want of a husband. Not true for Manhattanite Elizabeth Scott. Instead of planning a walk down the aisle, she’s crossing the pond with the only companion she needs–her darling dog, Bliss.