Book 5: The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
A wonderful look into the world’s most beloved author’s life, this novel was compelling and such a delight to read. James captures the voice of Austen and gives us a stunning and provocative look into Austen’s life in this story of what was in the greatest romance author’s own heart.
Many rumours abound about a mysterious gentleman said to be the love of Jane’s life – finally, the truth may have been found…
What if, hidden in an old attic chest, Jane Austen’s memoirs were discovered after hundreds of years? What if those pages revealed the untold story of a life- changing love affair? That’s the premise behind this spellbinding novel, which delves into the secrets of Jane Austen’s life, giving us untold insights into her mind and heart. Jane Austen has given up her writing when, on a fateful trip to Lyme, she meets the well-read and charming Mr. Ashford, a man who is her equal in intellect and temperament. Inspired by the people and places around her encouraged by his faith in her, Jane begins revising Sense and Sensibility, a book she began years earlier, hoping to be published at last. Deft and witty, written in a style that echoes Austen’s own, this unforgettable novel offers a delightfully possible scenario for the inspiration behind this beloved author’s romantic tales. It’s a remarkable book, irresistible to anyone who loves Jane Austen –and to any-one who loves a great story. (From back cover)
Book 7: Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (2000) (Confessions of a Shopaholic in the United States and India) is the first in the popular Shopaholic series. It is a chick-lit novel by Sophie Kinsella. This book is funny, sweet and just a great read. Perfect to fit in for some Christmas reading.
Meet Rebecca Bloomwood. She’s a journalist. She spends her working life telling others how to manage their money. She spends her leisure time…shopping. Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can’t. She tries cutting back, she tries making more money. But neither seems to work. The stories she concocts become more and more fantastic as she tries to untangle her increasingly dire financial difficulties. Her only comfort is to buy herself something – just a little something…Can Becky ever escape from this dream world, find true love and regain the use of her Switch card?
Book 8: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler’s Wife is the debut novel of American author Audrey Niffenegger, published in 2003. It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences. This story is a beautiful romance with science fiction. The book examines issues of love, loss and free will.
A perfect book to read this Christmas.
Book 10: A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks is an extraordinary writer, his book A Walk to Remember, brings a lovely story of a young girl and a young boy, as they learn to accept each other for what they are and for in love, with the problems of their lives, affecting them. An achingly moving and well written story of adolescence joy and learning that falling in love can be heartbreaking.
Landon Carter would never have dreamed of asking Jamie Sullivan out, but a twist of fate throws them together, in the months that follow, Landon breaks down Jamie’s natural reserve and begins to get to know her –and to fall in love. But then he discovers that Jamie has a reason for not letting people close – a secret that will break his heart.
Book 11: Persuasion by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
A love story like no-other, Persuasion by Jane Austen was published in 1818, and was her final novel to have been written. The story centres on the love and drama of Anne Elliot and Fredrick Wentworth. It may have been the last story that Austen ever written, but it is a favourite love story that makes it a classic to read and enjoy this Christmas holidays.
More than eight years before the novel opens, Anne Elliot, then a lovely, thoughtful, warm-hearted 19-year old, accepted a proposal of marriage from the handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth. He was clever, confident, and ambitious, but poor and with no particular family connections to recommend him. Sir Walter, Anne’s snobbish father and her equally self-involved older sister Elizabeth were dissatisfied with her choice, maintaining that he was no match for an Elliot of Kellynch Hall, the family estate. Her older friend and mentor, Lady Russell, acting in place of Anne’s late mother, persuaded her to break the engagement, for she, too, felt it was an imprudent match that was beneath Anne. Now 27 and still unmarried, Anne re-encounters her former love when his sister and brother-in-law, the Crofts, take out a lease on Kellynch. Wentworth is now a captain and wealthy from maritime victories in the Napoleonic wars. However, he has not forgiven Anne for rejecting him. While publicly declaring that he is ready to marry any suitable young woman who catches his fancy, he privately resolves that he is ready to become attached to any appealing young woman with the exception of Anne Elliot.
It is a story that any romantic and classic reader would enjoy, as you read following the life of the sweet Anne, as she realises the utter mistake she made, and now have to watch the man she has loyal loved after all these years, be with another. Heartbreaking and overwhelming, Austen writing at her best, in her final novel.
Book 16: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
A beautiful masterpiece written by Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights, has been a classic since it was first published in 1847. Surrounded by the wild moors, falling in love, choices of marriage, and dark vengeful jealously, it is a book that everyone should read and meet the much beloved characters, Cathy and Heathcliff.
“My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath…I am Heathcliff – he’s always, always in my mind – not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself – but as my own being”
In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in 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.
Although Wuthering Heights shocked many of its readers in 1847, it none the less enjoyed modest success in its time. After the death of Emily in 1848, an interest in the work was boosted by association with the success of Charlotte’s novels.
Charlotte Bronte comments on her sister’s novel, “Wuthering Heights was hewn in a wild workshop, with simple tools, out of homely materials. The statuary found a granite block on a solitary moor…with time and labour the crag took human shape and there it stands colossal.”
Book 22 to Christmas: Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
The first book in the Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn, Silent in the Grave, begins the story with “To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband’s dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor,” and from here we dive into a world of dark mystery and murder with the swarthy, inscrutable private investigator Nicholas Brisbanen who informs Lady Julia that her husband’s death may not have been due to natural causes. Lady Julia finds herself thrust into surroundings she could never have imagined, from the elegant home of a renowned courtesan, to a volatile boxing match in a gypsy camp, determined to bring her husband’s murderer to justice. Only when the truth begins to emerge, it seems there was a great deal Julia did not know about her husband.
With smartly and enigmatic characters, especially the eccentric relations of Lady Julia and the charming dark enigmatic Brisbane, whom Lady Julia may find herself become rather attached to, this book is perfect mystery to read this Christmas holidays. A wholly original mystery set in upper-class Victorian England; it combines a plot full of mystery and secrets with a romance that would leave you wanting to read more of Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane in the sequel, Silent in the Sanctuary.