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Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
When the wealthy and very eligible bachelor Charles Bingley purchases an estate in the Bennets' small town, he and the beautiful Jane immediately fall in love. But Bingley's arrogant friend Darcy just as quickly alienates Lizzy when she overhears him speaking dismissively of her.
After you've read Pride & Prejudice, the first place to start is to read all of Jane Austen’s novels. Then, check out these modern titles that have been influenced by Austen's romantic tale of manners.
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
Pemberley Mansion is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth Bennett's disgraced sister Lydia arrives and announces that her husband Wickham has been murdered.
Eligible: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
Returning with her sister, Jane, to their Ohio hometown when their father falls ill, New York magazine editor Lizzy Bennett confronts challenges in the form of her younger sisters' football fangirl antics, a creepy cousin's unwanted attention and the infuriating standoffish manners of a handsome neurosurgeon.
First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen by Charles C. Lovett
While the few facts about Jane Austen's life are well known, many scholars have speculated about Austen's experience in love. How could she write so knowledgeable about the subject when she never married? Lovett's storyline speculates that Austen did have a great love, an elderly reverend named Richard Mansfield. New graduate Sophie Collingwood is trying to figure out her life after the stunning death of her Uncle Bertram. Sophie shared her uncle's love of books, so she finds a job at a rare bookstore. Two requests for an unusual book put Sophie on the trail of Austen. When Sophie finds an early draft of Pride and Prejudice, she finds both her own life and Jane's reputation in danger.
The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough
The best-selling author of The Thorn Birds presents a sequel to Pride and Prejudice that finds the willful third Bennet sister setting out in her late thirties in pursuit of adventure while her sisters worry about her at home.
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants' hall threatens to be complete, perhaps irrevocably, upended.
Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway
Shelby Roswell, a Civil War historian, and a professor is on the fast track to tenure—that is, until her new book is roasted by the famous historian Ransom Fielding in a national review. With her career stalled by a man she's never met, Shelby struggles to maintain her composure when she discovers that Fielding has taken a visiting professorship at her small Southern college. Ransom Fielding is still struggling with his role in his wife's accidental death six years ago and is hoping that a year at Shelby's small college near his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi, will be a respite from the pressures of Ivy League academia. He never bargained for falling in love with the one woman whose career—and pride—he injured, and who would do anything to make him leave. When these two hot-headed southerners find themselves fighting over the centuries-old history of local battles and antebellum mansions, their small college is about to become a battlefield of Civil War proportions.
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De la Cruz
Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones-one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant. Darcy's never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else's drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her family. Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32-years-old and has never left home. He's a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it's just another one night stand. But why can't she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way?
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.
A Woman of Influence by Rebecca Ann Collins
Becky Collins has always been determined not to submit to the pressures of Victorian society. But her marriage doesn't bring her the opportunities she'd hoped for, and her outspokenness does not find favor with the gentrified ladies of Pemberley. As the unintended consequences of her errors in judgment engulf her, Becky begins to understand what's really important in life. But has she learned her lessons too late?