Yes, CW, both the Brontes and Jane Austen have it all – romance, heart-break, drama, adventure. They are epic and yet intimate. I would pick Jane Eyre as my favourite Bronte novel and Northanger Abbey for Austen I did the latter in school and hated it. Then, I was on holiday in Greece and it was the only book in English they had at this little taverna. I had loads of time and really enjoyed it.
I don’t know Allan Garner but I’m going to check him out. Any recommended reads for a Garner newbie?