I first encountered Jane Austen through the BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice. After falling in love with Colin Firth as only a girl of 12 can, I quickly devoured as much Austen as I could get my hands on. Years later, I still grab Persuasion to read on vacation.
I recommend the following titles for all Jane Austen fans. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did!
Death Comes to Pemberley: Set six years after the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy, this murder mystery brings the beloved characters of Pride and Prejudice back to life. For serious Austen fans, keep an eye out for familiar names from Persuasion and Emma.
Edenbrooke: This charming, regency-era love story seems to elicit a strong reaction from readers: People either love or hate this book. I fall into the love category. It's a sweet, fun read that I refer to as "Austen Light" when recommending to friends.
North and South: Set in an industrial town in the North of England, Elizabeth Gaskell's novel has many of the elements that make Pride and Prejudice so endearing: witty banter, a misunderstood leading man and a strong, independent female protagonist.