Perhaps it’s because I didn’t take a weeklong family vacation this summer, or perhaps it’s just because I couldn’t resist the lure of these terrific JAFF stories? Whatever the reasons are, I found myself enjoying many of the books on this list as new reads, and some, as rereads, this summer.
My own summer reads this year leaned towards enjoying JAFF stories that took me away from typical JAFF settings in the hopes that I could experience some more unusual settings through my very active reading life. Once I discovered this pattern in my reading selections, I wanted to share these fabulous reading selections with my readers, in the hopes that you too may indulge in some of these great “JAFF Staycation” reads during any time of the year that you want to escape a bit from Derbyshire, or Meryton, or from Regency-era England altogether, and enjoy the pleasures of Jane Austen’s characters in a whole new setting.
With this said, here’s my top ten list of JAFF Staycation reads, for when you desire a really terrific JAFF story, and a bit of a well-deserved staycation.
To make this list even better, and to help kick off the launch this week of my newly redesigned blog, I am giving away a copy of each book on this list. This is my way of saying thank you to all of my readers who have supported me since the beginning of this blog, and as a way to thank all of the JAFF authors who have also supported Just Jane 1813.
Just Jane 1813 Top 10 JAFF Staycation Reads
1. The Sheik of Araby Series by Lavinia Angell
Oh, my… I read this entire series in three days and I still wanted more. The sun, the sand, that sheik. Need I say more? You’ll feel the brilliant sun in your eyes and see the magnificent sand dunes in exotic Algiers, all while enjoying a super sultry Pride and Prejudice variation! When Elizabeth Bennet heads to Algiers with the Gardiners to explore the country and go along on an expedition, she expects to come away with plenty of unforgettable memories. What she doesn’t plan for is to return from there desiring a life that she never imagined for herself.
My rating: 5 stars for the series / Amazon
2. Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer edited by Christian Boyd
I have come to love and appreciate JAFF short stories , and this delicious sun-kissed collection is one I couldn’t get enough of either! Eight talented authors bring us summer-loving, JAFF-style, and these stories will have you laughing and sighing in all the right places. This anthology is brimming with many Pride and Prejudice variations, as well as some others based on Austen’s other books. Inside you’ll find plenty of romance, humor, and enticing locations. This is one collection that you could happily dip in and out of again and again. Just remember to bring along your sunscreen!
My rating for the anthology : 4.5 stars / Amazon / Also available through KindleUnlimited
3. At the Edge of the Sea by Karen Cox
I reviewed this book several months ago and loved it from start to finish. What feels like a coming-of-age story set in the late 1950’s in America, is also an alternate era JAFF story based on the themes and characters from Pride and Prejudice. As we meet young Lizzy Quinlan and Billie Rae, two young people trying to figure out what they want for their futures, they both struggle to learn that they can’t believe everything that they see or hear from the folks living in their small hometown. Karen Cox is one of my favorite JAFF authors, and this book certainly demonstrates her abilities to tie Austen’s themes into a story that also feels uniquely her own!
My rating : 5 stars / Amazon / Also available through KindleUnlimited
4. Denial of Conscience by Cat Gardiner
I had to read this book because I was tired of hearing from so many of my JAFF friends how great this story was and how sizzling the chemistry is between Darcy and Elizabeth. I just finally had to find out for myself! Add to the fact that the book takes place in the Washington D.C. area, and I was all curiosity! In true fashion, Cat Gardiner did not disappoint with this intense, action-packed, hotter-than-ever JAFF modern story. Knowing that a sequel is due out this fall has my heart aflutter!
My rating: 5 stars / Amazon
5. Pride and Pyramids: Mr. Darcy in Egypt, by Amanda Grange and Jacqueline Webb
Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated by ancient Egypt culture. With that said, I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book, but once I did, I felt like that little girl again, taking in all of the details and the history of Egypt that I fell in love with so very long ago. Amanda Grange has teamed up with Egyptologist Jacqueline Webb to create an unusual and engaging Pride and Prejudice staycation reading experience. Spending this time with the Darcys, their six children, some interesting new characters, and a few uninvited guests, was a bit of heaven for someone like me. Add a mysterious ancient Egyptian treasure to the mix and I’m tickled with delight to say the race is on!
My rating : 4 stars / Amazon
6. The Road to Understanding by Regina Jeffers
In this vagary inspired by Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which I reviewed here a few months ago, we meet an array of characters who find themselves joined together for the journey of a lifetime. As Darius Fitzwilliam and Eliza Harris travel with a large group of travelers through the Great Valley Road between eastern Virginia and western Tennessee in the years following the Revolutionary War, they find themselves also experiencing a personal journey that will change their lives forever. Forced to face dangerous enemies and obstacles along the way, Darius and Eliza come to see that there’s more to each other than what meets the eye. They story allowed me to enjoy many of the things that I love about Pride and Prejudice while traveling across America during the nation’s early years.
My rating: 5 stars / Amazon
7. Pirates and Prejudice by Kara Louise
Kara Louise certainly knows how to turn on the romance between Darcy and Elizabeth, and in this book, she doesn’t hold back. This time, she does place ODC on another seafaring adventure, and the results are filled with a bit of humor, suspense, and plenty of swooning. Yes, I had to get over the fact that Darcy was in disguise as a pirate, but once I allowed myself to enjoy the story, the rest sailed by like a cool summer breeze!
My rating : 4 stars / Amazon
8. Longbourn’s Songbird by Beau North
Can you really lose your heart to a songbird? The answer is a resounding yes, and as readers journey to the back roads of Meryton, South Carolina along with Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, they will find themselves not only drawn into this beautifully written love story but also exploring Austen’s themes and characters in a whole new context. Ms. North’s debut novel, which I reviewed late last year, allows readers to recapture the pride and the passion found between Austen’s beloved couple, while she also folds new social issues into a story that never asks us to choose between indulging our hearts or our minds.
My rating: 5 stars / Amazon / Also available through KindleUnlimited
9. Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Abigail Reynolds
As one reviewer on Amazon declared in her review of this story, hairpins have never been so sexy! In this story, which takes place after Hunsford, our characters remain in England, but they join together here at a house party given by the Marquess of Bentham at Bentham Park, which is not only the home of Mr. Darcy’s noble connections, it’s also the home of Lady Eleanor, who happens to also be Elizabeth Bennet’s childhood friend. Once it becomes apparent that Darcy’s cousin, the infamous rake, Lord Charles, has made it clear that he plans to compromise the enticing Elizabeth Bennet, Darcy must decide how to help Elizabeth avoid this awful fate. I loved exploring this new part of England with Darcy and Elizabeth and feeling truly immersed in a grand British house party. The fact that there’s such a captivating and ever-so-romantic story woven within this setting took this story to new heights for me!
My rating : 5 stars / Amazon
10. The Falmouth Connection by Joana Starnes
The Falmouth Connection has been a favorite amongst Joana Starnes’ fans for I believe two reasons; the dashing and heroic measures taken by Mr. Darcy to protect Elizabeth and the unforgettable seaside setting of Cornwall, England. Not only is the setting a terrific getaway for readers to dive into, the way its landscape is explored throughout this story will make its setting stay with you long after you read the final pages of the epilogue! I always love how Ms. Starnes brings such fascinating and mesmerizing locations within her native England to life for her readers, while also capturing a whole new side of Darcy and Elizabeth for her readers.
My rating : 5 stars / Amazon
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The giveaway details are as follows:
The Sheik of Araby Series by Lavinia Angell/ readers’ choice of an ebook from this series
Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer by Christina Boyd/paperback copy of this book, U.S. or Canadian mailing address required
At the Edge of the Sea by Karen Cox/ ebook
Denial of Conscience by Cat Gardiner /ebook
Pride and Pyramids: Mr. Darcy in Egypt, by Amanda Grange and Jacqueline Webb/ paperback copy of this book, U.S. or Canadian mailing address required
The Road to Understanding by Regina Jeffers/ebook
Pirates and Prejudice by Kara Louise/ebook
Longbourn’s Songbird by Beau North/ebook
Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Abigail Reynolds/ ebook
The Falmouth Connection by Joana Starnes/ ebook
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