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Sanditon the TV Show is based on the unfinished novel by Jane Austen. She wrote eleven chapters of the book before she died, and she never completed the manuscript. Jane Austen’s unfinished novel has been turned into a wildly popular TV Show. Since Jane Austen never finished the story, the TV show varies from the original “novel.”
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20 Books to Read if You Love Sanditon
“Sense and Sensibility” is the story of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, who have contrasting temperaments. On the surface, Elinor, the older sister represents sense or reason while Marianne represents sensibility or emotion; however, upon closer examination, they both exhibit varying aspects of each characteristic. Jane Austen’s first published novel was a classic coming of age story, “Sense and Sensibility.”
Searching for his life’s purpose, young Daniel Deronda is immediately attracted to the beautiful but shallow Gwendolen Harleth during a chance meeting at a casino. As they pursue separate journeys of self-discovery, culminating in Daniel’s discovery of his Jewish heritage, Daniel and Gwendolen reveal much about the depth of their characters and the circumstances that have influenced their lives.
In this brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, Jane Austen tells the story of Anne Elliot, who was persuaded by a friend to break an engagement with a man she loves. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen’s last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, Persuasion is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.
A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem.
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. But, 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.
Georgiana Darcy is an accomplished musician who hungers to pursue her talents, despite society’s rules and expectations. So she embarks upon a tour of Europe, ending in Paris, where two very different men will ignite her heart in entirely different ways and begin a bitter rivalry to win her. But only one holds the key to her happiness.
Orphaned young Jane becomes governess to the children of the handsome Mr. Rochester, with whom she falls deeply in love, but the dark secrets of Rochester’s past and outside influence threaten to swallow their budding romance. Narrated in the unforgettable voice of its remarkable heroine, Jane Eyre is a timeless tale of heartbreak, mystery, and romance.
The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden marriage proposal. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. However, when they arrive at his massive country estate, she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
“Emma” is the story of Emma Woodhouse, a young girl from a good home that does not need the financial support of a husband and is determined not to marry. Emma, however, is not opposed to marriage for others and is determined to play matchmaker between several local citizens. Despite Emma’s resolve not to marry, she finds herself attracted to several men throughout the book and considers the prospect of marriage.
Three Men in a Boat, published in 1889, became an instant success and has never been out of print. In its first twenty years alone, the book sold over a million copies worldwide. George and Harris and Montmorency take a boat trip on the Thames. Much hilarity ensues.
Elizabeth Gaskell’s skillful narrative uses an unusual love story to show how personal and public lives were woven together in a newly industrial society. This book tells hard-won triumphs – rational thought over prejudice and humane care over blind deference to the market. Readers in the twenty-first century will find themselves absorbed as this Victorian novel traces the origins of problems and possibilities that are still challenging a hundred and fifty years later: the complex public and private relationships between men and women of different classes.
In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs to the Jane Austen favorite, the servants take center stage. 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 ultimately, perhaps irrevocably, upended.
Jane Hayes is a young New Yorker with a real romantic problem: no man she meets can compare to her one true love-Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort for Austen fanatics, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined.
My Fair Lady with a regency twist! Jack Eliot dreams of being the captain of his ship. But then his grandfather, the Earl of Stansworth, names Jack as his heir — with a caveat. Jack must impress the aristocracy, or else his mother and sister will remain in poverty. Can a rough-and-tumble captain be transformed into a gentleman of society?
Lizzy and Jane couldn’t be further from Jane Austen’s famous sisters, after whom they were named. But, as Elizabeth pours her renewed energy into her sister’s care and her burgeoning interest in Nick, Jane’s handsome coworker, her life begins to evolve from the singular pursuit of her dream into the beautiful world of family, food, literature, and love that was shattered when she and Jane lost their mother. Will she stay and become Lizzy to her sister Jane—and Elizabeth to Nick’s Mr. Darcy—or will she return to the life she has worked so hard to create?
Horatia Winwood is simply helping her family when the Earl of Rule proposes marriage to her sister Lizzie. Horatia offers herself instead. Her sister is already in love with someone else, and Horatia is willing to sacrifice herself for her family’s happiness. Of course, everyone knows she’s no beauty, but she’ll do her best to keep out of the Earl’s way and make him a good wife. And then the Earl’s archenemy, Sir Robert, sets out to ruin her reputation… I love every single book written by Georgette Heyer. This is a must-read!
A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love. Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. She cast her dreams of being a poet aside to take a teaching job to pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is constantly reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as intelligent and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. Nevertheless, she is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses as he belongs in the seventh century.
In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention, an instinct for poetry, and for the dark depths of human psychology that make it one of the greatest novels of passion ever written.
Every summer, the Ramsays visit their summer home on the beautiful Isle of Skye, surrounded by the excitement and chatter of family and friends, mirroring Virginia Woolf’s joyful holidays of her youth. But as time passes, and in the wake of the First World War, the transience of life becomes ever more apparent through the vignette of the thoughts and observations of the novel’s disparate cast.
I saved the best for last. I don’t think I can properly describe how much I absolutely love every single Georgette Heyer book. I got hooked on them in Middle School and started a life-long love for historical romances. Arabella is one of the best Georgette Heyer books. Perfectly romantic and absolutely hilarious. You MUST read this book!
Arabella, the daughter of an impoverished country parson, dreams of a new life in London. But her beauty and charm will only get her so far—and when Arabella embarks on her first London season armed with nothing but a benevolent godmother and her own notoriously short temper, she quickly runs afoul of Robert Beaumaris.
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