I have different favorite novels depending on my mood or what I’m currently reading. There are, however, two novels that are always my favorites: Persuasion by Jane Austen and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
Out of all the Austen novels, I find that Persuasion is the most romantic and heart-warming. It’s about love lost and love found. The heroine, Miss Anne Elliott, is older than the usual Austen heroine (27) and we meet her when she has already suffered and endured a broken heart. She is steadfast and strong (as are all Austen heroines), and I love, love, love her rapturously romantic happy ending with the one and only man she has ever loved. (The tall, dashing and handsome Captain Wentworth is my favorite Austen hero.)
“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.” – Captain Wentworth
Jane Eyre is my other favorite because I can relate with Jane a little bit. I, too, was left without parents at a young age and lived with relatives and older siblings throughout my childhood. I probably wasn’t treated as nicely as children should be treated and I probably wasn’t really wanted and was taken in as an obligation. When I first picked up Jane Eyre at age 16 I felt a kinship with her.
Late last year, I donated my older copies of Persuasion and Jane Eyre and replaced them with these beautiful Penguin editions.
I hope you have a great weekend!!