"Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen
"Sense and Sensibility" is my favorite book by this author. I have read it many times but always end up crying tears of joy at the end. This was Jane Austen's first novel that was published in 1811. You can read the first eight chapters free by clicking on the Amazon link to the book Sense and Sensibility and then clicking on the photo..
You do not have to buy it until you have read those chapters. I dare you not to want to read the rest of "Sense and Sensibility" when you are finished.
Sense and Sensibility
It is about two main characters, sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Their father has just died and they have to leave their large house and comfortable life behind in the city to live in a small cottage on the English countryside.
Their Family Situation
When he was widowed he married again and had three daughters, Elinor, Marianne and the much younger Margaret. It was normal in 1800’s England for the eldest son to take over the business and house when his father died.
John was married and so his wife became mistress of the house. John gave the second Mrs Dashwood, his stepmother and her family a modest income to live on. The story centres on the two older sisters and their romantic hopes for meeting a suitable gentleman to fall in love with and marry.
It is a very gentle book which relies on the reader connecting on an emotional level with the two very different sisters and their day to day life. I have read this book many times but every single time I come to the final few pages I cry with joy. And I mean really cry, it’s mad but true. I get caught up in the emotion of it all.
I can not go in to detail as it would spoil it for you if you have not read the book. Jane Austen has the power in all her writings to get the reader involved with the characters feelings and thoughts. I love this book and would recommend it 100%
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice is another favorite book of mine. It was first published in 1813 and was the very first Jane Austen book I ever read. It was on my school list over forty years ago. I loved it then which was unusual because even though I was an avid reader at that age most of the books on our school list were terrible.
The Bennet Family
We meet Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters in the first few paragraphs. They live in a small town near London in England in the 1800’s. Mrs Bennet like most mothers of the time is pre occupied with getting all her daughters married to suitable gentleman.
You can read the first four chapters of Pride and Prejudice free by clicking on the Amazon link to your right. You will immediately get involved with the family and love the wit of the father of the girls. Jane Bennet is the eldest daughter and is easily taken in by people because she believes everyone is good.
Elizabeth Bennet is the second eldest daughter and the one who is the strongest in character. We follow them as they do the rounds of society balls and house visits. Elizabeth would love to meet the right man and fall in love but is not prepared to marry any suitable man just for the sake of it.
This is a very moving and humorous look at life for single women in 19th century England. But at the same time the reader instantly becomes involved with the main characters and their family. What about the men in the book? There are excellent twists and surprises with all the male characters and they are as complex and interesting as the women. I recommend Pride and Prejudice 100%.
Emma by Jane Austen
The main character is Emma Woodhouse who lives a very pampered and spoiled life in 19th century England. She lost her mother when she was very young. When her elder sister got married Emma was living with her father and was in charge of the household.
We meet her when she is twenty one years old and very confidant about her looks and abilities in society She spends her time match making for her friends and acquaintances. She believes she knows best and continues to interfere in the romantic lives of the people all around her.
There are many characters that the reader gets to know and really care about. It is actually a very witty book and you can get carried away with the gentle life. There are also moments of sadness and misunderstanding where you will want to shout at the characters to wake up and realise what is happening.
Emma does not sound like a very likable person but you will be enthralled by her journey as she finally realises that she doesn't know what is best for everyone and should be more careful what she does. And you will be delighted for her when she too finds love.
I have not read this book so can not give my personal view of it. But I know from reading other books by Jane Austen that the reader will instantly like the main character of seventeen year old Catherine Morland.
It is set in 1800’s England. Catherine is a young lady who reads many mystery Gothic books. She takes a trip with family friends to Bath. We see her become friends with other characters her own age.
She is invited to stay with some of these new friends at their estate in Northanger Abbey. Catherine is in awe when she stays at this very large estate. We follow her as she becomes involved in the daily life of the people and events there.
You can read the first five chapters of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen free by clicking on the link to the book here and then clicking on the photo of the book.
All of the books written by Jane Austen are available to download as eBooks. They are extremely cheap at only 99c each and you can read them immediately. In fact all these eBooks have the first few chapters free for you to read online. Just click on the Amazon link to your right of the eBook by Jane Austen that you are thinking of buying. Then click on the photo of the book on the left. You can now read chapters of a Jane Austen book for free. The print is very large so it is very easy and comfortable to read.
Each Jane Austen book is available here at Amazon to download instantly as an eBook. Each eBook also has some beautiful color illustrations where you can get an idea of the setting and era that the books are written about. This illustrations also bring the characters to life as all of them are depicted here.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 03, 2013:
I do love to read Jane Austens books over and over. Thank you MargaritaEden for your comments and sharing it
MargaritaEden from Oregon on June 27, 2012:
Jane Austin's writing is wonderful and timeless, great hub! sharing it.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on May 31, 2012:
Her book Sense and Sensibility is one of my all time favourite. I have read it many times over.
Beth Godwin on May 25, 2012:
Thanks, I love Jane Austin!