I wasn’t always a reader. I was way more of a Disney movie TV junky kind of kid. That changed. The first true book I read and couldn’t put down was Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Not only was I obsessed with the book I went and purchased the 6 hour DVD, the Bollywood version, the Kiera Knightly, and many more. I couldn’t help it. I loved the thought of a strong independent woman that told off a guy. She was herself. That is always what I wanted in a good story: a woman being herself and the man falling in love with her for it. So Yes, I became obsessed to the point that my best friend and I watched Bridget Jones Diaries ten too many times. We had it memorized and we paused it at the right moments to see Mark Darcy (a.k.a Colin Firth) with his O’ So handsome expressions. I told my husband I would divorce him if Colin Firth ever became available. HA. I know right, such a silly thing to say. Oh but how I love Austen. I enjoy her books so much that I did multiple research papers on her and her characters throughout college. I dissected Emma and provided evidence of her being a feminist. I would compare Persuasion’s Ann and Mansfield Park’s Fanny, to other female protagonist and the silent power they possess. So yes, in my eyes, every one of Jane Austen’s stories and characters has a powerful story to tell us.
So, now that you understand my thinking I am going to share with you my top 5 favorite Pride and Prejudice inspired modern day romances.
Now if you check out my Goodreads profile I have an entire category that is just about Jane Austen books.
My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White
Coming of age story. Young Woman realizing that the perfect man of her dreams, (2005’s Mr. Darcy) isn’t what she may expect in real life.
Over You by H.M. Ward
Hot, Sexy, and Oh So O! This book will keep you up at night just dreaming of your own Mr. Darcy. H.M. Ward write sexy stories and this book was on my Pre-order list because it was her standalone P&P. A must read in my book.
Epic Fail by Claire LaZenik
This YA I like because our Elizabeth (Elise) is at a new school and her mother is the principle!!! Hello can you imagine Mrs. Bennett (She doesn’t go by that in the book) as the Principle of a high school. HA! Also our Darcy (whose name is Derek) is the son of a famous movie star couple; think of Brad and Angelina (before the separation). You will read this book multiple times, just for an easy, lazy read.
Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
One of my Favorite YA’s. I came across this story while I was working at my library. I couldn’t put it down. Read it in one day. Fun and smart. Enjoy a clean P&P story you can read with the youngsters.
Lucky 13: Matchmaking and Misunderstandings by Cat Gardiner
I love this book. It is fun, different and sexy. It is a book that is interactive with the readers. One thing the author did was write a blog that correlated to the text. It is mainly an eBook, so it works really well. I will say it is a book for Christmas time. Curly up next to the fire and dream of sexy fireman Santa Clause holding a present just for you. ☺
Disclaimer: Not all of the books listed have been formally reviewed on BookPlusHeart.com.
I want to say thank you to EverAfterRomance.com for inviting me to be a guest on their site. I hope you all will take the time to visit bookplusheart.com and check out my latest reviews and post. If you know of any other P&P inspired books that I should take a look at email me or comment below. I would love to review them and get your input on the story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Books to her are a passion. The smell and feel of a good book is her “personal brand of heroin.” Her husband loses her in any and all book stores. Give her a romance book and a sandy beach, and you will not see her for the rest of the day. She is a complete sucker for Happily-Ever-After’s. Some of her favorite modern-day authors are: Kaylee Ryan, Ali Dean, Kiera Cass, Lisa Kleypas, Quinn Lofits, Ginger Scott, Rachel Van Dyken, Valerie Bowman, and Eloisa James.
Traci turns 30 TODAY and is originally from Southern California. She attended college in Idaho, but finished her B.S in University Studies focusing on Communications and English. She has worked for over 5 years in different city libraries and her aspiration is to someday be a Librarian. She currently resides in Georgia with her husband, 4-year-old son and their dog Sammie.