Jane Villanueva lives quite the dramatic life, surrounded by her mother, abuela and young son, Mateo. Documenting the ups and downs of her life, Jane the Virgin is the CW show women everywhere relate to. These seven books remind us of the best parts of Jane the Virgin and we’ll be reading them long after the final episode airs.
Snow Falling by Jane Gloriana Villanueva
This is the novel that Jane wrote on the show. This historical romance is set in 1902 Miami, Florida where railroad tycoons, hotel booms and expansion are at every turn in the Magic City. The story mirrors what happened in the show with the main characters. Jane’s character is engaged to a detective but starts to fall for a handsome hotel owner. After a night of passion, she has a hard time figuring out who she truly desires. Then a villain gets in the way and puts Jane and her loved ones in danger. The question is whether Jane’s character will get the happy ending she has always wished for.
Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende
This author is one of Jane’s favorites on the show – Allende is even featured on an episode. Irene Beltrán is an amazing magazine journalist. Her investigative partner, Francisco Leal, the son of Spanish Marxist émigrés, is the kind of partner she’s always dreamed of. They are unstoppable together and despite her engagement to an army captain, they develop an intimate connection. But while they’re on an assignment, they discover an unspeakable crime. And now they will risk everything so justice is served.
Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos
This read captures women supporting women, similar to how Jane, her mother and grandmother support one another. Cornelia Brown’s life is changed forever when Martin Grace walks into the coffee shop she manages. Meanwhile, 11-year-old Clare Hobbs is abandoned by her mother and begins the search for her father. When Clare finds her father and she waits for him in Cornelia’s cafe, the two women will form a friendship that they carry with them throughout their lives.
In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero
This memoir is written by Diane Guerrero, who plays Jane’s best friend and co-worker on the show. It is the story about how Guerrero’s parents were detained and deported back to their home country. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was raised by family friends who helped her build a life and inspired her to pursue a successful career in acting, even though she didn’t have any family around. This memoir captures what it means to know and love someone who is an undocumented immigrant.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
A story about a daughter taking her future into her own hands as Jane did on the show, Julia is out to tell the world that she is not your perfect Mexican daughter. When a tragic accident leaves her perfect sister Olga dead, Julia needs to help her family cope through their grief. But it isn’t long before Julia discovers that Olga wasn’t as perfect as she seemed, and the truth about her beloved sister is revealed.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
The similarities between Jane and the main character Rachel are that they both were thrown into crazy situations because of their significant others. Rachel and her boyfriend travel to Singapore for the summer so she can meet his family for the first time. Little did she know, she’d have to deal with old and new money, nosy relatives and obnoxious social climbers. It’s during her trip that she starts to realize that this lifestyle and her beloved boyfriend might not be the right fit for her.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Main characters Jane and Nadia have to decide if having an abortion is the right thing for them in The Mothers. The decision Nadia makes will affect her for the rest of her life and she must answer the question that has always plagued her: what if she had chosen differently? Maybe then her life would be completely different than what it is now.
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