I've voted for Jane Eyre, not surprisingly, since it's one of my comfort books. I've never read Austen (though I watched all the movies), neither I have read other books in this list except for Wuthering Heights (which is a close second) and Little Women.
I haven't read any of these *Big shame* I really should. I have seen "Uncle Tom's Cabin" as a play, but that doesn't count... I love to read books placed in 19th century, but I think the books I have read were written in 20th or 21th century...
Is that "The Secret Garden" the one written by Frances Hodgson Burnett? Wasn't it written in 1911?
She's one of my favourite authors (although I don't like Ruth Maybe I should read it again, I had it on audiobook before). She gets lovely imagery into her writing, which Austen doesn't really do (not that I don't love Austen as well, but her books aren't so 'visual' ) and she's quite sarky at times, too. It's such a pity that she never finished Wives and Daughters.
No, Gaskell died when there was still about a chapter to go, so the lovely happy ending is (in my version, at least) covered in a write up of the notes she left. So we know what happens, but not how, which is a real pity. The BBC came up with their own ending when they filmed it in 99 – I haven't seen the earlier BBC version, so I don't know what happened in that one.