I was going to write reviews on a few of my favourite Jane Austen inspired books but there I so many I just decided to do a Top 5 with a brief description, 10 seemed like too many.
They are in no particular order and I have not included the Austen Addicts Books as I have already devoted a whole post to them.
Just a quick point – If you are as obsessed with Austen Inspired / Spin-offs as I am. Have you noticed how many of the main characters either work in, own or want to own a bookshop? It is a recurring theme.
TOP 5 – AUSTEN INSPIRED READS
1. Me and Mr Darcy – Alexandra Potter
I have read a lot of bad reviews about this book, however if you read it as a bit of fun and don’t take it to seriously then you will enjoy this book. There are a few flaws in it, especially the description of Jane Austen’s House.
Emily Albright is single and fed up of dating. Instead of going on holiday to sunny Mexico with her best friend and drinking margaritas on the beach. Emily decides she is going to travel to good old “blighty” instead and books herself on a coach tour of her favourite author. Initially Emily views the holiday as a bit of disaster when she finds herself on bus full of pensioners and a foul tempered journalist called Spike. That is until she finds herself coming face to face with Mr Darcy himself… Have Emily’s dreams of finding romance with Austen’s most popular hero come true?
2. Death Comes to Pemberley – P.D James
I really did enjoy this book. Just after I had read it I discovered there was going to be a TV adaption, which I watched and was a little disappointed with. The book was a lot better.
Darcy and Elizabeth are six years into married life at Pemberley and life appears to be going well for the Darcy’s. On the of annual Autumn Ball Elizabeth’s younger sister, Lydia appears at the house screaming that her husband has been murdered and a shadow is immediately cast over the great house.
3. Austenland – Shannon Hale
This is a fun book… It is one of those books that makes you laugh out loud.
Jane is yet another Austen obsessed heroine looking for love and ends up on an Austen themed holiday, where she can live as though she in regency England and maybe find a bit of romance in the process.
4. Darcy’s Story – Janet Alymer
Darcy’s story is Pride and Prejudice but through the eyes of Mr Darcy. I really love this retelling of the Jane Austen’s most popular novel.
5. Pemberley – Emma Tennant
Or “Pride and Prejudice continued…” is an interesting look at how Elizabeth is coping with married life at Pemberley. The pressures that are put upon her and how Mr Darcy is coping with his new bride.
Pemberley was the first Austen inspired book I read, I think I was 15 years old. It was this book that then motivated me to find more of these Austen inspired novels and so began my journey.
I cannot include all the books I have read. I have to save something for another time but if you have any suggestions and if I have not already read them, I will gladly give them a read.