The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Many rumors abound about a mysterious gentleman said to be the love of Jane's life—finally, the truth may have been found. . . .

What if, hidden in an old attic chest, Jane Austen's memoirs were discovered after hundreds of years? What if those pages revealed the untold story of a life-changing love affair? That's the premise behind this spellbinding novel, which delves into the secrets of Jane Austen's life, giving us untold insights into her mind and heart.

Jane Austen has given up her writing when, on a fateful trip to Lyme, she meets the well-read and charming Mr. Ashford, a man who is her equal in intellect and temperament. Inspired by the people and places around her, and encouraged by his faith in her, Jane begins revising Sense and Sensibility, a book she began years earlier, hoping to be published at last.

Deft and witty, written in a style that echoes Austen's own, this unforgettable novel offers a delightfully possible scenario for the inspiration behind this beloved author's romantic tales. It's a remarkable book, irresistible to anyone who loves Jane Austen—and to anyone who loves a great story.

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User Review  - Rosa.Mill - LibraryThing

This work takes known facts from Jane Austen's life and combines them with a great imagination. It tells the story of how Jane Austen almost got married to the man of her dreams. The most fun and ... Read full review

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User Review  - CharityBradford - LibraryThing

I loved this book! I loved how Syrie James stayed true to Jane Austen's voice. It was fun seeing events from Jane's life that contributed to her writing. It was well written and I kept wishing that it were true. Great novel of what Jane's life might have been like! Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Syrie James is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Nocturne; Dracula, My Love; The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte (Great Group Read, Women's National Book Association; Audie Romance Award, 2011), and the international bestseller The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen (Best First Novel 2008, Library Journal.) Translation rights for Syrie's books have been sold in sixteen languages. An admitted Anglophile, Syrie loves paranormal romance and all things 19th century. She lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Writer's Guild of America.

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