Sequels and Spinoffs

  • What Kitty Did Next – A Pride and Prejudice Inspired Novel What Kitty Did Next - A Pride and Prejudice Inspired NovelAn Exclusive Preview of A Pride and Prejudice Inspired Novel
    What Kitty Did Next  by Carrie Kablean 
    “My impetus to write What Kitty Did Next was born of the simple fact that my idea of what Catherine Bennet looked like didn’t accord with her portrayals in either the 1995 BBC TV series of Pride and Prejudice, or …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 108 – Janeites and Shelley Go-to books for a JaneiteJaneites! What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 

    Mary Bennet and Frankenstein’s Monster

    This is an important year for fans of Mary Shelley, it being the 200th anniversary of the publication of her most famous novel, Frankenstein. There will be plenty of books published this year which centre on the book and on the author herself, …

  • Why Adapt Persuasion for Musical Theatre? Persuasion A New MusicalBy Harold Taw
    “She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.”
    —Persuasion, Chapter 4
    I’ve encountered three reactions from those who learn we’ve adapted Jane Austen’s final complete novel Persuasion as a musical. The first is delight. This comes from people who hold …
  • Jane Austen For Children: Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pieby Alice Chandler
    How did I come to write Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie: A Jane Austen Mystery for Children?

    Jane Austen has been part of my life for almost all of my life, ever since my parents took me to see the 1940 movie version of Pride and Prejudice when I was nine. They …

  • A Dangerous Intimacy: Mansfield Park and Playing at Love Contrary WindBy Lona Manning

    A group of young people, passing the rainy weeks of autumn together in “a dull country house,” decide to entertain themselves by staging a play. So what’s so wrong about that, as the critic Lionel Trilling asks rhetorically in his 1954 essay?
    The characters in Jane Austen’s great novel, Mansfield Park, devote a great …

  • A Letter to Jane Austen – Part Three This is the third and final instalment of a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands. (Part one can be found here, and part two can be read here.)
    Hans is hoping to receive remarks and tips for improvements from native speakers of English, preferably Jane Austen devotees, and …
  • A Letter to Jane Austen – Part Two Jane austen biographyThis is part two of a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands. (Part one can be found here)
    Hans is hoping to receive remarks and tips for improvements from native speakers of English, preferably Jane Austen devotees, and the purpose of sharing the letter with us is …
  • A Letter to Jane Austen – Part One Jane austen biographyThis is part one of a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands.
    Hans is hoping to receive remarks and tips for improvements from native speakers of English, preferably Jane Austen devotees, and the purpose of sharing the letter with us is so that some valuable feedback might …
  • Meeting Young Jane Austen “It’s exciting to be contributing to the Jane Austen 200 celebrations, with performances of Young Jane and Meeting Miss Austen, my adaptations inspired by Austen’s Juvenilia.” – Cecily O’Neill
    The exuberance and absurdity of the short novels, plays and letters known as the Juvenilia immediately captured my interest. Many of the characters, situations and issues in …
  • Mr Bennet’s Bride, by Emma Wood
    It’s a pleasure to have a chance to connect with other Jane Austen enthusiasts. Like many people, my passion for Jane Austen grew hugely with the 1996 mini-series of Pride and Prejudice. The theatricality of the characters and the beauty of her dialogue delivered by that magnificent cast made that series one that was watched …
  • Book Review: The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen the particular charm of Miss Jane AustenThe Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen
    by Ada Bright  and Cass Grafton
    A review by Laura Boyle

    When I was asked to review The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen, I had no idea what the story was about, the cover giving only the vaguest idea that it might have something to do with the lovely topaz …

  • Our Books of the Year 2016 Books of the Year 2016It’s been an extremely varied 12 months here at the Jane Austen Gift Shop as far as reading matter goes…
    Our biggest sellers have been the Jane Austen Classic Colouring Book and the Pride and Prejudice Colouring Classic. Whether young or old, it’s hard to resist getting out the pencils, paints or crayons to add a …
  • The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part Five – At the Assembly Rooms, at last! Dear Reader,
    I hope that this journal of my time in Bath should prove to be helpful to you. In reading it may you be spared the numerous faux pas and embarrassments that I was not. I truly feel that if this work should prevent even one other young lady from public ridicule in the …
  • The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part Four – To the Regency Ball… Dear Reader, 
    I hope that this journal of my time in Bath should prove to be helpful to you. In reading it may you be spared the numerous faux pas and embarrassments that I was not. I truly feel that if this work should prevent even one other young lady from public ridicule in the …
  • The Sheet Music for Austen Film Scores Where to find them. What they include…
  • Captain Wentworth’s Diary, by Amanda Grange: A Review The latest peek into a hero’s thoughts by Amanda Grange
  • Jane Austen Lives Again by Jane Odiwe – A Review A review of Jane Odiwe’s Jane Austen Lives Again by Laura Boyle. Imagine a world where Jane Austen and her favorite characters exist in a Downton Abbey atmosphere— Ms. Odiwe’s book will captivate you from the first. Finally we are able to see Jane “live again” sans vampires and magic, and enjoy her introduction to …
  • Mr. Darcy the Duck (Series)- a Review Translating the themes of Pride and Prejudice to a farmyard full of animals is not too much of a stretch, but how does Mr. Darcy fare as a duck? Tania McCartney reviews…
  • Mr Darcy’s Christmas Calendar – Book Review Some of my earliest memories of Christmas involve the endless waiting for the big day and the delight we took in counting down the hours with an Advent calendar. Sometimes the tiny door would reveal a portion of the Nativity story, other years we would be greeted with a festive sentiment, and by far our …
  • A Guinea Pig Pride and Prejudice: A Review a review by Tania McCartney
  • Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall by Winston Graham, A Review ross poldarkThe Calico Critic, Laura Hartness takes a look at the original novel
  • Mistaking Her Character by Maria Grace: A Review Laura Hartness reviews Maria Grace’s latest P&P spin off
  • A Darcy Christmas A Holiday Tribute to Jane Austen
  • Lizzy & Jane by by Katherine Reay A review by Meredith Esparza, from Austenesque Reviews
  • Jane Austen’s First Love: A Novel, by Syrie James – A Review jane austen's first loveA review by Christina Boyd of Austenprose
  • The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick – A Review The Secret Diary of Lizzie BennetA review by Lisa Galek of Austenprose.com
  • Northanger Abbey: The Austen Project, by Val McDermid Northanger Abbey by Val McDermidA review by Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose
  • The Pursuit of Mary Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Novel, by Pamela Mingle – A Review A review by Kimberly Denny-Ryder of Austenprose
  • Longbourn: A Novel, by Jo Baker a review by Syrie James
  • Project Darcy: A Review Project DarcyJane Odiwe’s latest time travel adventure
  • Austenland, the Novel: A Review Who can say “no” to an all expense paid vacation to Regency paradise, Austenland?
  • A Jane Austen Daydream: A Review a review of Scott D. Southard’s newest novel
  • Christmas at Pemberley by Regina Jeffers A review by Meredith Esparza
  • Christmas with Mr. Darcy, by Victoria Connelly – A Review Jeffery Ward gets into the holiday spirit with this review from Austenprose
  • Searching for Captain Wentworth: A Review Jane Odiwe’s latest Austen inspired novel
  • Mr. Darcy Forever by Victoria Connelly a review by Jakki Leatherberry of Leatherbound Reviews
  • Mercy’s Embrace: Elizabeth Elliot’s Story Jakki Leatherberry discovers “Jane Austen’s Other Elizabeth” in Laura Hile’s trilogy
  • Hermsprong: Man as He is Not A witty comedy from 1796
  • Second Impressions: A Review Ava Farmer’s in depth sequel to Pride and Prejudice
  • Death Comes to Pemberley, by P. D. James A review by Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose
  • Pride and Prejudice: Little Miss Austen, A Baby Board Book a review by Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose
  • Jane Austen Made Me Do It, Edited by Laurel Ann Nattress a review by Vic Sanborn
  • Jane and the Cantebury Tale by Stephanie Barron: A Review a review by Laurel Ann Nattress
  • Prada & Prejudice; Love, Lies and Lizzie; Enthusiasm: Three Reviews Three reviews by Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose
  • Castle of Wolfenbach by Eliza Parsons a review by Heather Laurence Castle of WolfenbachA “Gothic” horror story, reviewed by Heather Laurence.
  • Shades of Milk and Honey: The novel Jane Austen might have written, had she lived in a world with magic. A review by John Ottinger.
    Mary Robinette Kowal’s, first novel, Shades of Milk and Honey, is a homage to Jane Austen, but with a fantasy twist. Kowal, the 2008 recipient of the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and a Hugo nominee, tells the story through the eyes of poor plain Jane. The daughter of a …
  • Self-Control and Discipline by Mary Brunton Mary Brunton's Self ControlSelf-Control and Discipline by Mary Brunton
    If Mary Brunton’s name rings any bells, you are most likely thinking of this quote from Jane Austen:
    I am looking over Self Control again, & my opinion is confirmed of its’ being an excellently-meant, elegantly-written Work, without anything of Nature or Probability in it. I declare I do not know …
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith A review by Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose
  • Pemberley Manor By Kathryn Nelson It is a truth universally acknowledged that one of the most romantic stories of all times must be in want of a sequel. And so, Pride and Prejudice gains another completion, this time in the form of Pemberley Manor, by first time author, Kathryn Nelson. Unabashedly inspired by A&E’s Miniseries, Pemberley Manor gives new life …
  • The Pemberley Chronicles by Rebecca Ann Collins A criticism that used to be applied to the works of Jane Austen were that, with a few exceptions (like why the militia are stationed at Meryton or the references to war in Persuasion), she incorporated very few of the stirring events of her own time in her works; she focused, as …
  • Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma by Diana Birchall Five and twenty years after the close of Pride and Prejudice, Mr. and Mrs. Darcy watch their three children’s romantic adventures in this short novel. England hovers on the brink of the Victorian era, but the Darcys’ eldest son, Fitzwilliam, has distressingly profligate tastes. Henry, the younger son, about …
  • According to Jane & Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart: Two Reviews A review by Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose
  • Willoughby’s Return: A Tale of Almost Irresistible Temptation By Jane Odiwe Set four years after the close of Sense and Sensibility, Willoughby’s Return starts off apace with a surprise visitor (no, not that one…) plans for a ball and mounting tension in the Brandon household. Marianne Brandon wonders if she has lost that part of herself that used to be so wildly impetuous and romantic. Has …
  • Lydia Bennet’s Story By Jane Odiwe “I decided that as no one else had written Lydia Bennet’s story, I must.” So writes author Jane Odiwe in her latest book, Lydia Bennet’s Story. Presented as a novel interspersed with diary entries, Part one of Lydia’s story retells the now familiar events of Pride and Prejudice through a new heroine’s eyes, adding details …
  • Jane and His Lordship’s Legacy by Stephanie Barron As the eighth book in the Jane Austen Mysteries series opens, it is July, 1809, and Jane and her mother have arrived in Chawton to take possession of the cottage in which Edward Austen’s late bailiff lived. Village sentiment is against the squire’s womenfolk displacing the bailiff’s widow, and when a …
  • Excessively Diverted by Juliette Shapiro This sequel recounts the first year of Elizabeth, née Bennet, and Fitzwilliam Darcy’s marriage. Many things happen in that short time; four engagements/marriages, a reconciliation, two births and a death. There are many problems along the way, but all ends happily.
    Most of the Pride and Prejudice characters are present here. I am happy to say …
  • Mr. Knightley’s Diary by Amanda Grange Our affection for the Rev. Mr. Henry Tilney is well-documented, but we must confess to an occasional fling with Mr. Knightley of Donwell Abbey (and have been known to sit adoringly at Captain Wentworth’s knee whilst he tells sea-stories, but that is neither here nor there). Conceive our delight, then, when we were informed that …
  • The Jane Austen Book Club By Karen Joy Fowler The Jane Austen Book Club CoverThe Jane Austen Book Club By Karen Joy Fowler
    “We have tried to get “Self-control,” but in vain. I should like to know what her estimate is, but am always half afraid of finding a clever novel too clever, and of finding my own story and my own people all forestalled.”
    A letter from Jane Austen to …
  • Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating by Lauren Henderson  
    One might think, from the title of this book as well as the cartoony-cute cover design, that Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating is the latest chick-lit novel on the order of The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, or perhaps a tittering sendup of Jane’s work such as Pride and Promiscuity, but Lauren Henderson …
  • The Watsons/ Emma Watson by Joan Aiken The Watsons/ Emma Watson by Joan AikenThe Watsons/ Emma Watson by Joan Aiken
    I confess: I had not read The Watsons before reading this edition and Aiken’s take on it. It felt very odd to be reading something of Jane Austen’s that was not as dear and familiar to me as the six completed novels are.
    The Watsons begins with Emma Watson, newly …
  • Duty and Desire by Pamela Aidan In the second volume of her “Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman” trilogy, Pamela Aidan expands the world of Pride and Prejudice from Jane Austen’s preferred “3 or 4 families in a country village,” sending her hero into the glittering world of England’s Regency aristocracy. Lords and ladies abound; one imagines Sir William Lucas, the …
  • Mr Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange When Lady Catherine de Bourgh tells Elizabeth Bennet that Mr. Darcy comes from an ancient family…well, she isn’t just being a snob.
    The beginning of the newlywed Darcys’ life together, in which Mr. Darcy takes advantage of the Peace of Amiens to show his wife continental Europe, should be a time of unalloyed …
  • Mr. Darcy’s Secret by Jane Odiwe  
    “With little exception, the anticipation of a long awaited and desirous event will always give as much, if not more pleasure, than the diversion itself. Morever, it is a certain truth that no matter how gratifying such an occasion may prove to be, it will not necessarily unite prospect and satisfaction in equal accord.” …
  • The Way of the World/Mr. Darcy’s Daughters by Elizabeth Aston Just imagine Fitzwilliam Darcy, who had been openly critical of Mr. Bennet’s parenting skills, saddled with five headstrong daughters of marriageable age, or close to it. Further imagine that Mr. and Mrs. Darcy have been called to Constantinople on a diplomatic mission, leaving those daughters loose upon the ton under the auspices of a frivolous …
  • Sourcebooks Landmark presents A Darcy Christmas, a collection of three Christmas-themed short stories set in the world of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The contributing authors are the talented Amanda Grange, Sharon Lathan and Carolyn Eberhart.
    Story 3 – A Darcy Christmas
    by Sharon Lathan
    While Sharon Lathan’s novella is the concluding story of the book, I …
  • Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange Captain Wentworth's Diary by Amanda GrangeCaptain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange
    When one feels that one’s support of Jane Austen paraliterature is a hopeless business as the genre has become a quagmire of revolting twaddle written by people who think Jane Austen was a sweet little spinster penning pretty romances, it is a real relief to be reminded why we still …
  • Wickham’s Diary by Amanda Grange Wickham's Diary by Amanda GrangeWickham’s Diary
    by Amanda Grange
    George Wickham is a bad man. Let’s get that out of the way right up front. He is vain, self-centered, and doesn’t seem to care how many lives he destroys as he seeks personal gain. Why would we want to read his innermost thoughts? At least, that’s what we thought when …
  • Jane Austen in Boca By Paula Marantz Cohen
    Reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran
    Jane Austen’s classic novel PRIDE AND PREJUDICE begins with the oft-repeated line, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Paula Marantz Cohen lets her readers know, right on the …
  • An Assembly Such as This Book One of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman
    by Pamela Aidan
    This book is the first of a trilogy that promises to take the reader through the events of Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy’s point of view, the first volume ending as Mr. Bingley and his party go to London after the Netherfield ball. The story, previously …
  • The Jane Austen Mysteries The Jane Austen Mysteries series by Stephanie Barron feature Jane Austen as an amateur detective, presented as entries in journals recently “discovered” in the basement of an old house previously owned by one of Jane’s relatives. Some Janeites might recoil in horror at such a notion, but there are biographies of Jane Austen that have …
  • Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict & Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict A review by Laurel Ann Nattress reviews by Laurel Ann Nattress
  • Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron: A Review Jane and the Madness of Lord ByronBeing a Jane Austen Mystery, by Stephanie Barron, review by Laurel Ann Nattress
  • Dearest Cousin Jane: A Jane Austen Novel by Jill Pitkeathley
  • The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy / Searching for Pemberley: Two novels by Mary Lydon Simonsen Reviewed Two alternate tellings of P&P by Mary Lydon Simonsen, reviewed by Laurel Ann Nattress
  • In Love with Love: Regency Romances Reviews of popular “Regency Romance” writers of today. What WOULD Jane think?????
  • Persuading Annie A review of Melissa Nathans’ engaging update of Persuasion.
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