If You Like, Then Read is a feature where we offer reading suggestions based on books you already like, scheduled once a month. If you have more suggestions, feel free to tell us in the comments! You can check out the rest of these lists here.
Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
Sisters Jane and Melody have no inheritance, but Jane possesses great magical talent while Melody possesses an attractive face. While Jane attempts to learn more magic from the glamour artist Mr. Vincent, Melody finds herself entangled in a disastrous romance. Though the two envy each other for the traits they themselves do not have, Jane finds herself utilizing her skills to protect her sister from an undesirable suitor and, in the process, discovers love herself.
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Jane Hayes has accepted the fact that none of the men she dates in real life can compare to her fantasy boyfriend–Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth. Before giving up romantic relationships for good, she decides to have one last fling and to vacation at Austenland, an exclusive retreat where women dress up in Regency clothing and flirt with eligible men. However, even as Jane tries to harden her heart, she finds that real romance might be blooming underneath the acting. Followed by the companion book Midnight in Austenland.
A Touch of Night by Sarah A. Hoyt and Sophie Skapsi
In England some people, known as weres, have the ability to change shape during the night. The law mandates that all weres be killed on sight, so the rest of society can remained protected. Elizabeth Bennett believes that weres should be treated as people and not animals. However, when a handsome dragon appears in the countryside, Elizabeth will discover that mixing with weres can prove extremely dangerous.
Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
Seventeen-year-old Althea’s ancestor built his dream house, a castle, on the cliffs of Yorkshire. Time and the weather, however, have weakened the structure and penniless Althea and her mother can do little to save their home. Convinced that the only solution to their problem lies in her marrying well, Althea determines the win the heart–and the wealth–of the newly arrived Lord Boring. Lord Boring’s friend Mr. Frederick, however, has a terrible habit of ruining all her plans.
Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
In this modern-day retelling, Lizzie Bennet and her friend Jane are in dire need of dates to the Longbourn Academy prom. Well–at least Jane is. Lizzie couldn’t care less about the dance, or dresses, or boys. And she certainly finds Will Darcy insufferable!
I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend by Cora Harrison
Harrison imagines Jane Austen as a teenager and tells this story from the point of view of her best friend and cousin Jenny Cooper. Though Jenny adores Jane and is excited to be spending the summer with the Austens, she gets to live her own storybook romance when she meets the dashing Captain Thomas Williams, even if it’s under slightly improper circumstance.
Want more Jane Austen? Check out our other posts.
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