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For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Years ago Elliot North refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart Kai because she believed her duty lay with her family’s estate. After all, as a member of the upper class, she has a responsiblity to care for those affected by the Reduction–the genetic mutation that caused the world to crumble and nearly all scientific advancement to stop. Now Kai has returned as a successful explorer and Elliot suddenly wants to share his world, the world that embraces change and dares to think that the Reduction is finally over. But Kai remains bitter and distant, and Elliot fears to leave all her old values behind. A science fiction retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery
At twenty-nine, Valancy Stirling is single and living with her family, who treat her like a child. Then her doctor informs her that her heart complications mean she has only months to live. Determined to find happiness in the time she has left, Valancy strikes out on her own and even proposes to the man she has come to love. But can romance thrive in a marriage based on pity?
Middlemarch by George Eliot
As England prepares to vote on social and political reform, the inhabitants of Middlemarch find their personal lives in upheaval. The idealistic Dorothea Brooke sacrifices herself in a loveless marriage while newcomer Dr. Lydgate finds himself ensnared by the town’s flirt. Young Fred Vincy pines after his childhood friend, but she refuses to have him until he decides on a career. Peter Featherstone’s relatives wait for his death while Mr. Brooke’s friends fear his public disgrace. Meanwhile, the arrival of a young man of questionable heritage throws the entire town into panic as they consider the consequences his presence could have on the reputations of some of their leading men and women.
Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
Six years after the marriage of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, Lydia arrives on the doorstep of Pemberley screaming that a man has been killed in the estate’s woods. A quick investigation puts Wickham on trial, but is he truly capable of murder?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
After growing up in a neglectful household and a mismanaged school, Jane Eyre finds employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall. Though she enjoys the company of her new employer, Edward Rochester, mystery surrounds both him and his house: sinister laughter, a ghostly walker, and violent attacks on both Rochester and his guests. If you already know and love Jane Eyre, be sure to check out our recommendations for “If You Like Jane Eyre“!