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Jane Austen Inspired Recommendations

Happy Friday Everyone :)

I hope you're all looking forward to the weekend, and I want to thank you all once again for joining me here today on The Preppy Book Princess.

For today's post I wanted to do something a little different. I'm sure there is lots of you out there who are also huge Jane Austen fans. While I've only read Pride and Prejudice so far, it's one of my all time favorites, and I definitely consider Jane Austen one of my favorite authors.

And it's interesting to note just how many authors have been so influenced by her work that they've taken inspiration from her stories, and from her herself to create their own amazing stories.

So for today's post I thought it would be fun to share with all of you guys some of the Jane Austen inspired books I've had the pleasure of reading over the last eight years or so, just in case any of you are looking for some fun Jane Austen inspired novels to pick up and dive into.

Authors from all different genres have released Austen inspired tales, including Women's Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Mystery, and Christian fiction just to name a few so I'm pretty sure there's an Austen tale out there for any reading preference.

Here's some of the ones I've had the pleasure of reading:

The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen by Syrie James:

I have to start out with one of my favorites. Bestselling author Syrie James tells the story of two individuals discovering a missing, never before seen manuscript from Jane Austen. On top of this one being told in Syrie James' traditional captivating writing style, she also writes "the missing manuscript" herself, staying true to Jane Austen's original character styles, and beautiful writing. I highly recommend this one.

Jane Austen's First Love by Syrie James:

In one of my all time favorites Jane Austen's First Love, Syrie James tells a fictionalized account of Jane's Austen first time falling in love, in which she uses real historical facts about where the Austen's vacationed and the people they may have come into contact with to round out her beautiful story. This one is a definite must for any Austen fan.

Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay:

While this one isn't a complete retelling or anything like that, it has beautiful Austen influence, and tells the story of the turbulent relationship between two adult sisters who've been estranged for many years. Katherine Reay is a wonderful author, who develops complex, heartfelt characters, and this book is a definite favorite of mine. She uses touches of the classics in all of her novels, and I'm definitely hoping to get to reading more of them in the next few weeks. You can read my full review of Lizzy and Jane here.

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron:

While I haven't yet had the pleasure of reading any of the other books in the Jane Austen Mysteries series, I did really enjoy this one. It revolves around the idea that Jane Austen is a junior detective of sorts who takes it upon herself to figure out what truly happened when she starts to suspect there's more to the accident that kills one of the houseguests visiting for a Christmas party. It's been a lot of years since I've read this one, and now talking about it has me really wanting to pick it back up again.

Fall for You by Cecilia Gray:

While I did feel this one was a bit too short, I love the fact that not only is this a young adult retelling of Pride and Prejudice, but it's also a six books series-with each book being a retelling of one of Jane Austen's classic novels. I'm really looking forward to continuing on with The Jane Austen Academy series in the near future, and you can read my full review of the first book here.

Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson:

If you're a fan of the romance genre, The Hallmark movie that was based off of this book, or modernized retellings of Pride and Prejudice, then this one is definitely for you. I completely loved this romantic, hysterically funny retelling, and it's definitely a new favorite. Teri Wilson has an amazing writing style that really comes to life on the pages, and I adored both Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. I just wish it hadn't had the included sex scene as I didn't think it was necessary, but it was still a five star read for me, and I'd highly recommend this one as well.

Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard:

I can't do a list of Austen inspired recommendations, without including this fun and witty young adult contribution by Mandy Hubbard. On top of this one once again being a Pride and Prejudice retelling, it's also a time travel novel, which everyone knows is one of my all time favorite book settings. This is another one that I haven't read for a very long time, and I definitely think it's time for a reread.

Austenland by Shannon Hale:

The last one on my list is this women's fiction novel by best selling author Shannon Hale, I did enjoy this one but it's actually a rare case for me of a time  I actually liked the movie more. I read the book a couple of years before the movie came out, and I just didn't really relate to Jane's character. As well, I found it to be a bit more crass than the type of books I usually enjoy, but it is still a definite enjoyable read, and I loved the setting of a place where Austen fans are invited to be immersed in her world. Now knowing that this has a sequel, I'm interested in picking that one up too.

And those are the ones that made my list for Austen inspired recommendations. I'd love to hear if any of you guys know of any other good ones to recommend.

Thanks so much for reading guys! Have a great weekend, and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday:)

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