Book Selections

Pride and Prejudice

This classic tale, consistently listed among the most popular titles in English literature, chronicles protagonist Elizabeth Bennet’s journey to love with the wealthy Mr. Darcy, considered an archetype of the aloof romantic hero. Fans of Jane Austen will adore the complete and unabridged collection of her novels—a beautifully styled clothbound hardback volume presented in an elegant slip case—featured in the November/December 2019 issue of Victoria and now available in our online shop. Companion materials below, including links to our discussion forum and to a delightful teatime menu, offer opportunities for connection. Plus, learn how one of today’s best-selling writers finds inspiration in the legacy of the foremost author of Regency fiction.

Jane Eyre

A haunting journey of self-discovery, this novel by Charlotte Brontë follows the travails and triumphs of a young orphaned girl whose indomitable spirit cannot be broken. During her tenure as governess to the children of the handsome Mr. Rochester, Jane falls deeply in love with her mysterious and moody employer, but dark secrets threaten to swallow their budding romance. Find a charming clothbound edition of this volume in our shop. Companion materials below, including a link to our discussion forum and a visit to the former home of the Brontë sisters, bring the gothic tale to life. Plus, sample a trio of dessert recipes chosen as an ode to the custards, cheesecakes, and French pastries the main character helps make in Chapter Seventeen.

Gift from the Sea, Victoria Book Club

Gift from the Sea

In this inimitable classic, Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares meditations on youth and age, love and marriage, peace, solitude, and contentment during a brief escape to the shore. “I have read this wonderful book at least once a year since 1996,” says Victoria reader Linda Chudej, “and each year the author’s words mean something different to me. No matter where I am in my thoughts about life, Gift from the Sea helps clarify my path.” This review echoes the sentiments of many others who have found inspiration in Lindbergh’s musings on the shifting shapes of a woman’s relationships. Find the 50th-anniversary edition of the book in our shop, and explore companion materials below, including discussion questions and a tantalizing menu perfect for hosting a book-club gathering. Plus, our readers share memories of treasures discovered at the water’s edge.

Little Women

In celebration of the novel’s 150th anniversary, we are pleased to announce Little Women as our inaugural Victoria Classics Book Club selection. Whether the March sisters have been your treasured friends since childhood or you will meet them for the first time, we hope that you will join us in delving into this timeless tale of unconditional love. Find a commemorative hardback edition of the book in our shop, and peruse companion materials below, including discussion questions and a peek into Louisa May Alcott’s childhood home.
And don’t miss our recipe for Rose and Raspberry–Infused Blancmange, an English berry pudding every bit as elegant as Meg’s “too pretty to eat” version that Jo presented to Laurie in Chapter Five.