Elizabeth Aston Books
I’ve always loved Pride and Prejudice and felt the loss when I had finished all the Jane Austen books many years ago. I recently became aware that there have been many who have tried to pick up the Pride and Prejudice story and take it further – most I found fell sadly short. One author though got it right. Elizabeth Aston books work I think because she skips to the next generation, while keeping the same tone and feeling. I suggest you start with Mr. Darcy’s Daughters but it isn’t necessary to read them in order.
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
Think love is only for the young? It’s easy to overlook cultural differences when you are young, perhaps not as easy when you have a lifetime of being taught to think in a certain way. This novel is a terrific exploration of examining the way we think and how it affects relationships.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
This book is a bit different than my previous suggestions. Not quite as light, but an intriguing story well worth reading.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Left the best for last – This is just the most superb book. Even if you were made to read it in school, reread it just for pleasure. It’s not on the current best seller list (it was first published in 1960), but I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel! (And here’s a little surprise information – The young neighbor boy Dill was fashioned after Harper Lee’s childhood friend Truman Capote).