Not sure what to read after finishing Jane Austen’s classic? A love story that compares to the one between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy can be difficult to come by. There’s a good chance that one of these 17 books like Pride and Prejudice will meet your needs. These romantic tales, set in the Regency era or in retellings, will restore your faith in the power of true love.
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
The suitor has Marianne Daventry’s attention, and she would prefer to avoid marriage if at all possible. As a result, accepting her sister Cecily’s offer to move in with her at her country estate appears to be the ideal solution. A quiet summer is dashed when she discovers the Edenbrooke estate brings intrigue and even romance to her life. Marianne had no intention of courting anyone during her vacation, much less her entire summer. However, can she keep her heart from falling in love with him?
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Ayesha, a Muslim Canadian woman, discovers herself and falls in love in this modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. As Ayesha approaches the end of her twenties, her mother is constantly on the lookout for a man who she can marry. Ayesha, on the other hand, isn’t as concerned about her future spouse. She has a rewarding job, close friends, and two sisters she cares about. It’s hard to imagine what else she could want. Until she meets Khalid, that is.
Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan
Having found his happily ever after, Mr. Darcy’s tale can finally be told. Georgiana is a talented pianist, but her true passion is her music. Traveling across Europe, she learns that the world is much bigger than she thought it was while living on her English estate. But it’s in Paris that she’ll experience a love and a loss she never expected. When two men—completely different in every way—catch her eye, they quickly become bitter rivals. There is only one man who can be her husband, and Georgiana is unable to bear the thought of losing either of them.
My Fair Gentleman by Nancy Campbell Allen
As a My Fair Lady fan, this is the book for you if you’ve ever wanted to read a Regency version. The Earl of Stansworth is a distant figure in the life of Jack, an accomplished sailor. He prefers to spend his time on the ocean floor rather than in the company of other people. His grandfather’s estate, title and wealth are passed on to Jack when he dies. It means giving up his seafaring ambitions, but he accepts the responsibility to look after his sister and mother. Despite his disinterest in aristocratic life, he can’t help but be smitten by his new tutor’s charms.
The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer
Horatia Winward is well aware that she is the least attractive member of her family in the eyes of the people around her. Because of her stutter, men tend to judge her before they get to know her. The Earl of Rule, on the other hand, proposes to her eldest sister, saving her money but causing her sister’s heart to break. As a result, Horatia decides to marry the Earl in place of her sister. Horatia, on the other hand, is apprehensive and has never dated before. If she can’t make the Earl love her, how can she possibly persuade him to fall for her?
The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lenn
Arabiana, a daughter of a Marquis, is obsessed with romance books. She craves the adventure, passion, and love that the heroines of her favorite books appear to stumble upon in the pages of her favorite books. However, reality tends to be duller than what she reads on the page. It doesn’t matter: Arabella decides to take matters into her own hands and turn her life into a romance—even if it comes at the expense of herself and those she loves. There is now a book written by Jane Austen and Miguel Cervantes that answers the question, “What if?”
Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan
Mathematician Rose Sweetley, the shopkeeper’s daughter, aspires to study the stars. She prefers a quiet and simple life to the commotion of her community. As a result, she is surprised to find someone in her town interested in her mathematical endeavors when Stephen Shaughnessy, an enigmatic and flirtatious advice columnist, takes an interest in her. Her impression of Mr. Shaughnessey deepens as she gets to know him better and better.
An Assembly Such As This by Pamela Aidan
How many times have we wished that Pride and Prejudice had been written from Mr. Darcy’s point of view? That’s the focus of an Assembly like this. Charles Bingley’s Hertfordshire home is where Fitzwilliam Darcy unexpectedly falls in love with his friend Fitzwilliam Darcy. Not even with Elizabeth Bennet, whom he finds himself attracted to in a…complicated manner. To make matters worse, George Wickham, his longtime arch-enemy, has shown an interest in Elizabeth as well. Mr. Darcy’s perspective on the classic love story is given a new voice in this novel.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
In addition to her Afro-Latino heritage, Zuri Benitez is proud of where she grew up in Brooklyn, as well as her large family. Because of the gentrification process, she doesn’t like the fact that her neighborhood may soon be unrecognizable. It doesn’t take Zuri long to decide that she doesn’t want the wealthy Darcy family living next door to her house. After meeting their arrogant and equally proud son Darius, this decision appears to be justified. But as she gets to know Darius, feelings that neither of them are willing to admit begin to emerge.
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Lily Bart, a twenty-nine-year-old New Yorker, is on the hunt for a wealthy husband. The upper class no longer consists solely of aristocrats. The aristocracy isn’t happy about the rise of the nouveau riche, whose families made their fortunes through railroads or banking. Lily is desperate to find a husband, but her search is complicated by her current predicament. When she’s accused of being a married man’s mistress, her reputation is destroyed. In a style reminiscent of Jane Austen’s work, this dark comedy satirizes upper-class values.
Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
Lydia Pallas is a translator for the United States Navy, a position she values highly. She enjoys her job as a linguist and her neighborhood’s proximity to Boston’s waterfront. Lieutenant Alexander Banebridge asks her to help him with his latest project and she can’t wait to get started, even though he both charms and frustrates her at the same time. As it turns out, this assignment is more complicated than Lydia first thought. She is drawn into an opium-related conspiracy as she grows closer to Banebridge.