8 Modern Romance Novels That Jane Austen Would Definitely Read

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Modern Novels Jane Austen Would Love

Jane Austen is often held as the queen of romance. After writing Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and other romances that have withstood the test of time, how could she not be? We're created a list of modern romance novels Jane Austen would approve of!

Why you ask? Well, because, as one of the great American writers, Jane Austen's opinion matters. It's impossible to know exactly what she'd think of modern books, but we can hazard a few guesses and feel we've compiled a pretty fantastic list. Whether you enjoy your romance with a dash of mystery, intrigue, or would prefer it set in modern times, there's a romance for everyone!

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

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Lady Felicity Faircloth is a spinster wallflower and absolutely perfect for Devil's plans of revenge. Devil is the bastard son of a duke and rules London's underworld. He has everything he needs for his plans but the woman. He's going to turn Felicity into a temptress, make her irresistible, and in return, she'll get to marry a duke and he'll have everything he needs to destroy his enemy. The problem is that he begins falling for her.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

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As an infant, Sue Trinder was left in the care of an odd baby farmer who took a shine to her. She grows up surrounded by petty thieves and transients in the slums of London. So when conman Gentleman arrives with plans for a longcon with Sue as the key player that will earn them a lot of money, she agrees. All she has to do is become maid to gentlewoman Maud Lilly and convince her to marry Gentleman so he can inherit her wealth after Maud is declared mad and sent to live in an asylum. Sue never expects to develop feelings for Maud, and she really doesn’t expect to discover that there’s more to Maud than meets the eye.

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

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Hailed as the Muslim Bridget Jones' Diary, Sophie Khan is Not Obligated follows Sophie Khan who recently broke up with sort-of-boyfriend. She's perfectly happy being single, but now her boss wants her to write a book about Muslim dating, which requires a bit of research on her part. Author Ayisha Malik credits Jane Austen as an inspiration for the novel.

A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian

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Hartley Sedgewick has locked himself away in home he inherited after his secrets were exposed to high society. Sam Bell, a former boxer, owns The Bell, a pub seen as a safe haven to London’s free black community. His friend Kate comes to him, begging him to help her destroy a scandalous painting of her. He’ll do anything to help her. But when he meets Hartley, he finds a lonely man who makes Sam feel things he isn’t prepared for.

Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

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While many young women in Lady Pandora Ravenel's position dream of landing the perfect husband, she just wants to stay home and draw up plans for her board game business. After being dragged to a ball, Pandora ends up on the receiving end of a scandal with a stranger. Pandora wants nothing to do with Lord Gabriel St. Vincent, but he finds her irresistible. He strikes a bargain with her and they enter into a marriage of convenience, but before long, it will be up Gabriel to save her life.

Petticoats and Promises by Penelope Friday

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Clara Battersley and Serena Coleridge, approximately the same age and station in life, are neighbors and quickly become friends upon meeting. They discover their mutual attraction and become lovers, but are forced to keep their love a secret from everyone they care about. As they prepare to leave for London for the season, Napoleon escapes from Elba, compromising Serena’s fortune and forcing her to stay behind. As both familial and societal pressures begin closing in on the two women, will they find a way to listen to their hearts?

Austenland by Shannon Hale

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Jane Hayes may seem normal, but she has a deep, dark secret: she's absolutely obsessed with Mr. Darcy from the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice played by Colin Firth. It's to the point that it's totally ruined her love life. So when a rich relative give Jane a bit of money, she uses it to take a trip to an English resort "catering to Austen-crazed women." Jane knows it's just a game, but as she's dressed in Regency gowns, Jane feels closer to finding the love of her life than ever before.

I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend by Cora Harrison

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Jenny Cooper may be Jane Austen's cousin, but they are from entirely different worlds. Jenny doesn't know anything about the world of "beautiful dresses, dances, secrets, gossips, and romance" the way Jane does. But Jane is more than happy to help Jenny out when she falls for Captain Thomas Williams. The problem is that Jenny has a secret of her own, one that if discovered, would destroy not only herself but the entire Austen family.

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