Here is the next list of modern-day writers who, in their own way, have paid homage to Jane Austen’s legendary stories. Each of the authors listed below have either written one book or added another book to their list of books inspired by the classic characters created by the one and only Jane Austen.
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
Released on March 27, 2012
Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she’ll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry. From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing.
Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Carol by Carolyn Eberhart
“Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Carol“
Released on October 1, 2012
This book follows Elizabeth and Darcy at Christmas, finding Darcy alone after Elizabeth’s rejection of his offer of marriage. Ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future appear to show him what his life will be like if pride keeps him from pursuing his one true love.
Mr. Darcy’s Ardent Love by John Edwards
“Mr. Darcy’s Ardent Love“
Released on October 2, 2012
Mr. Darcy only needed a few hours in the coach leaving Netherfield to regret his earlier decision. He and his friend’s sisters had convinced Mr. Bingley to leave Netherfield, telling him that Miss Jane Bennet did not show in her countenance any signs of sincere affection toward him. Darcy believed he would be safe from Miss Elizabeth Bennet, Jane’s younger sister, if he was physically removed from Netherfield. Now Darcy saw her everywhere and longed for her as he had never done before with any other woman. While coming into Kent to visit his aunt at Rosings, Darcy learned that Elizabeth was staying nearby at the parsonage in Hunsford. He saw this as a sign that God had willed her presence and that he could propose to her and thus end his suffering. A fortunate stumble at Rosings Park convinced him that Elizabeth’s affections were absent. Soon he would have a second chance to win her heart. Neither Darcy nor Elizabeth understood the depth of each other’s regard for the other, but despite circumstances that were working against them, other events soon would change everything between Elizabeth and Darcy.
Second Impressions by Ava Famer
Released on November 11, 2011
This book tells the story of the Darcy family, their friends, and their relations in the 10 years since the day Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters.
I Think of You by Maria Elena Fuentes-Montero
Maria Elena Fuentes-Montero
“I Think of You“
Released on July 18, 2012
Elizabeth has a brilliant mind; a mind that is not proper for a Regency gentlewoman, and is the source of many of her misconceptions. Being convinced she should never marry as a result of childhood memories, does not prevent her from falling in love with Mr. Darcy.
Pride & Pyramids by Amanda Grange and Jacqueline Webb
Amanda Grange and Jacqueline Webb
“Pride and Pyramids: Mr. Darcy in Egypt“
Released on July 1, 2012
Pulled into the craze of Egyptology, the Darcys and their lively children embark on an expedition to find a hidden tomb and uncover its treasure. Not only are immeasurable riches awaiting them in the exotic land of the Sphinx, but also danger and betrayal and the chance to lay an ancient grudge to rest.
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
“Midnight in Austenland: A Novel“
Released on September 4, 2012
Charlotte Kinder is in need of true escape when she heads from Ohio to Pembrook Park, a Jane Austen-themed retreat in the British countryside. But as it turns out, this vacation is no time to relax. Hearts are racing and stomachs fluttering in a tangle of intrigues-real and pretend, sinister and romantic-increasingly tough to sort out. It’s midnight in Austenland, and Charlotte is about to prove herself a heroine worthy of Austen herself.
Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend by Cora Harrison
“Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend“
Released on April 1, 2011
Jane wants to meet a hero worthy of her extraordinary imagination: a gentleman who is dashing and daring and handsome and brave; who can dance like a viscount and duel like a king. Jane and Jenny are whiling away the season in Bath and there are plenty of dances, rumors and scandals to entertain them. But a good reputation, once lost, is gone forever; and Jane is in danger of becoming the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.
An Unforgiving Temper by Gail Head
“An Unforgiving Temper“
Released on February 14, 2011
This book tells the captivating story of what Darcy and Elizabeth’s journey might have been if Elizabeth never went to Pemberley; if Fitzwilliam Darcy was not the only one with an unforgiving temper and what if the events in Ramsgate ended in an explosive conflict that set their course in another direction filled with implacable resentment and a rapacious thirst for revenge?
Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
P. D. James
“Death Comes to Pemberley“
Released on January 1, 2013
In their six years of marriage, Elizabeth and Darcy have forged a peaceful, happy life for their family at Pemberley, Darcy’s impressive estate. Her father is a regular visitor; her sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; the marriage prospects for Darcy’s sister, Georgiana, are favorable. And preparations for their annual autumn ball are proceeding apace. But on the eve of the ball, chaos descends. Lydia Wickham, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister who, with her husband, has been barred from the estate, arrives in a hysterical state—shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. Plunged into frightening mystery and a lurid murder trial, the lives of Pemberley’s owners and servants alike may never be the same.
The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen by Syrie James
“The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen“
Released on December 31, 2012
Samantha McDonough cannot believe her eyes–or her luck. Tucked in an uncut page of a two-hundred-year old poetry book is a letter she believes was written by Jane Austen, mentioning with regret a manuscript that “went missing at Greenbriar in Devonshire.” Could there really be an undiscovered Jane Austen novel waiting to be found? Could anyone resist the temptation to go looking for it? Making her way to the beautiful, centuries-old Greenbriar estate, Samantha finds it no easy task to sell its owner, the handsome yet uncompromising Anthony Whitaker, on her wild idea of searching for a lost Austen work–until she mentions its possible million dollar value. After discovering the unattributed manuscript, Samantha and Anthony are immediately absorbed in the story of Rebecca Stanhope, daughter of a small town rector, who is about to encounter some bittersweet truths about life and love. As they continue to read the newly discovered tale from the past, a new one unfolds in the present–a story that just might change both of their lives forever.
His Good Opinion by Nancy Kelley
“His Good Opinion: A Mr. Darcy Novel“
Released on November 23, 2011
Though tired of Society’s manipulations, Darcy never thought to be enchanted by a country maiden. However, on a visit to rural Hertfordshire, Elizabeth Bennet captivates him. Lovely and vivacious, she is everything he is not, and everything he longs to have. Unfortunately, her connections put her decidedly beneath him, and the improprieties he observes in her family do not win his favor. Putting her firmly out of his mind, Darcy returns to London, but Elizabeth is not so easily forgotten. When chance throws them together, Darcy can no longer deny his love, but Elizabeth, put off by his manners, refuses him. To change her mind, he must set aside his proud ways and learn how to please a woman worthy of being pleased.
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