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Can we in good conscience say we have enough Jane Austen in our lives? We can not! But while Austen’s stories are timeless, a little twist won’t hurt anyone, and we love seeing our favorite characters in a different setting and facing new challenges.
This list features six brand new and upcoming retellings from Jane Austen. Buy them from your favorite indie bookstore, request or pre-order them from your library, but don’t miss any of these awesome titles!
Where the rhythm takes you by Sarah Dass
Everyone around Reyna seems to find their way in life including Aiden, her first love who left Tobago two years ago to pursue a music career.
Now Aiden is returning to Tobago with his band and a Grammy and staying at The Plumeria, Reyna’s family resort. To Reyna’s dismay, he doesn’t seem to be alone …
Where the rhythm takes you is a retelling of the conviction coming out in May.
Pudge & Prejudice by AK Pittman
Some titles are more meaningful than others, and it’s easy to find out which books inspired this retelling.
Pudge & Prejudice takes place in 1984 and Elyse Nebbit has just moved to Northfield Texas High School.
When Elyse’s older sister starts dating the football team captain, Elyse develops an interest in his best friend Billy, but her insecurities about her body make things a little difficult.
Fortunately, Elyse has a little help from her sister and friends.
Fresh from Margot Wood
Elliot McHugh knows exactly what she wants in life, and that’s why she doesn’t care about choosing a major when there is so much more to experience like making new friends, partying, and having sex. But as the finale of her freshman year draws near and Elliot takes a closer look at her life, it is clear that things are far from her expectations and she needs to find a way to fix everything.
This retelling by Emma will be out in August.
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A taste for love from Jennifer Yen
In an attempt to improve her relationship with her mother, Liza agrees to judge the junior baking competition hosted by her mother’s bakery, but soon realizes that the contest contestants are not random decisions: they are all young Asian American Men who were selected by her mother as potential partners.
Liza wants her mother’s approval to depend on more than just her love life, but it gets worse when she falls in love with one of the candidates, James Wong.
Pride & Resolution of Tirzah Price
Lizzie wants to prove her worth as a lawyer, but in a male-dominated world, it’s no easy task.
When Mr. Bingley is incarcerated, Lizzie tries to convince him that she is able to solve the murder to prove his innocence, but so many things are against her, including Mr. Darcy, Bingley’s official attorney.
This novel was written by our own Book Riot editor, Tirzah Price, and you won’t want to miss it! It will be published in April and is the first in a series of Austen retellings.
Talia Hibbert, best known for her Brown sisters series (Get A Life, Chloe Brown), also did an Austen retelling called Skybriar. There’s not a lot of details on it or a cover yet, but we know it’s a trilogy due out in 2022.
Looking for (even) more Jane Austen? We’ve covered you in the links below!