His and Hers: Favorite Books

Embed from Getty Images

I asked my husband what his favorite book is. He said his favorite book is by Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo. (Six years of marriage and I did not know this. Am I a terrible wife?) When I asked him why, this is is what he said:

Because it’s part fantasy and part adventure. It’s a perfect rags to riches story of someone who is deeply wronged. It’s a revenge story, but it’s the best revenge story ever written because the really bad people get their comeuppance.

I asked him what his least favorite part about The Count of Monte Cristo is.

My least favorite part of the book is that it’s so melodramatic.

I love my cloth-bound copy. So pretty!

Now it’s my turn!

Absolutely no one asked me what my favorite book is, but I’m going to tell you anyway. It’s Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Why?

This letter to Anne from Captain Wentworth is one of my favorite parts of the book.

Because this book has it all! It’s the beautiful love story of two very nice people who, years earlier, made mistakes because Anne, our heroine, was persuaded to part ways with the man she loved, Captain Wentworth. I also love this book because Anne is older than the traditional heroines of the era (I was an older heroine bride too). I really like reading about nice people getting all the good things they deserve. Plus Jane Austen is such a genius at mocking the ridiculous (Anne’s sisters and father). It’s just a really great story with an even better love story.

Which book is your favorite?

(This is the free Persuasion US Kindle book. If you haven’t read this book, then you are in for a treat.)

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. It doesn’t cost you anything extra to use the links. xoxo, Jane

Pairing books with tea (Northanger Abbey)

close up photo of assorted books
Photo by Leah Kelley on Pexels.com

Northanger Abbey by the inimitable Jane Austen is a charming novel made even more wonderful by the novel’s heroine, Catherine Morland, who is darling. At least I think so.

low angle photography of church
Photo by Tobi on Pexels.com

Northanger Abbey is a satire and a fun poke on gothic novels. Jane Austen really was spectacularly genius. If you haven’t read it yet, then be prepared. Simply put, this novel contains a darling heroine with an oversized imagination, silly characters, loving parents, a thriller-like abbey, a handsome young hero (hello, Mr. Tilney), his ridiculous, callous brother and their mean father. What’s not to love about this novel?

gray concrete pillars
Photo by NAUSHIL ANSARI on Pexels.com

“No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be a heroine.”

gray concrete column inside vintage building
Photo by Flickr on Pexels.com

So, this brings us to our cup of tea. Which tea would go well with this over-the-top faux gothic tale?

Image via Fortnum & Mason, the best store in the whole wide world.

How about Fortnum’s Assam Superb? It’s dark and rich and full of flavor, just like Northanger Abbey.

I think this tea would make a fine cup of tea while you are reading (or watching) Northanger Abbey. What do you think?

You can read this novel for free at Project Guttenberg or you can buy this beautiful Penguin Clothbound Classics book on Amazon (affiliate link).

Also, because I like to be extra, there is a Pinterest board for this tea pairing. Happy Reading! xoxo, Jane

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. It doesn’t cost you anything extra to use the links, but it’s also ok if you don’t use the links. I’m just grateful you are here and reading my blog. xoxo, Jane

Pairing books with tea (Pride & Prejudice)

person holding white ceramic teapot on white wooden surface
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com

Pride & Prejudice is the original romance novel. And I think that sassy Lizzie Bennet is the original heroine. She needs no introduction! She’s strong, she’s fierce, she’s funny, she’s loyal and she’s witty. 

Embed from Getty Images

Which brings us to our tea pairing.

(c) Fortnum & Mason

The perfect tea match for Pride & Prejudice is Fortnum’s Fortmason. Fortmason is a strong, black tea perfumed with orange blossom. 

Fortnum’s description:

A fine blend of Indian and China teas that is then perfumed with the delicate aroma of orange blossom to produce a subtle, floral flavour. Fortnum’s aromatic Fortmason Tea Blend is best served in the afternoon with or without milk.


This week, we’re taking it one step further and drinking out of the teacup made by Burleigh exclusively for Fortnum & Mason.

What do you think of this week’s tea pairing? xoxo, Jane

PS. This tea pairing has a Pinterest board.

Pairing books with tea (Persuasion)

person holding white ceramic teapot on white wooden surface
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com

It’s time for another book/tea pairing.

Jane Austen’s Persuasion is one of my favorite novels. It has all the elements I love in a romantic novel: love lost and love found, a returning hero, an “older” heroine (mostly because I was “older” when I married), ridiculous, over-the-top family members (because we can all relate) and a very romantic letter. What’s not to love about this novel?

(c) Fortnums

It’s no secret that my favorite tea is Fortnum’s Countess Grey. I’m not kidding when I say I want to live inside Fortnum’s. Can you just lock me in there and throw away the key? Anyway, it only makes sense to pair my two favorites together. So, next time you read Persuasion, brew yourself a cup of Countess Grey. I’m sure you will find it a perfect combination.

Embed from Getty Images

Austen’s last novel, Persuasion was published in 1818. In this scene, Captain Wentworth gives Anne Elliot his note of declaration. (Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)

PS. Here is the Pinterest board for this pairing.

My Two Favorite Novels

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.

I am so happy with my new editions. They are so beautiful.

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!!

xoxo, Jane