THE LOST MEMOIRS OF JANE AUSTEN
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 existence of a secret romance? That’s the premise behind this “thoughtful, immensely touching” novel (Regency World Magazine), which gives us insight into Jane Austen’s mind and heart.
When Jane Austen’s father dies, Jane, her sister Cassandra, and their mother are left homeless and nearly penniless. Although Jane’s brothers pitch in to offer financial support, Jane still lacks privacy and a settled place in which to live and write. She has long since given up her dream of becoming a published author.
On a fateful trip to Lyme, Jane meets the well-read and charming Mr. Ashford, a man who is her equal in intellect and temperament. The two fall deeply in love. Inspired by the people and places around her, and encouraged by Mr. Ashford’s faith in her, Jane begins revising Sense and Sensibility, a book she began years earlier, hoping to be published at last.
Written in a compelling and witty style that echoes Austen’s own, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen stays faithful to the facts of Jane Austen’s life, while revealing the untold story of Jane’s impassioned, life-changing love affair. At the same time, the novel showcases Jane’s struggle with her own talent, and offers a possible scenario for the inspiration behind some of her most beloved romantic tales.AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | BOOKS-A-MILLION | AUDIBLE |
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PRAISE & AWARDS
• International and USA Today Bestseller
• Winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award
• Library Journal starred review, Editor’s Pick, Best First Novel
• Regency World Magazine Best New Fiction
“Tantalizing, tender, and true to the Austen mythos, James’s book is highly recommended.”
—Library Journal, starred review, Editor’s Fall Picks; Best First Novel
“Suspense builds, and it’s a tribute to the world James creates that readers will anxiously root for Jane to find true love and wealth even though we know it never happened. Deserves front-runner status in the field of Austen fan-fiction and film.”
“There are not enough accolades I could use to recommend this book ... It is a love affair equal to anything Jane Austen wrote. Thank you, Syrie James.”
“A thoughtful, immensely touching romance that does justice to its subject and will delight anyone who feels, as Syrie James does, that Jane Austen couldn’t possibly have written with such insight without having had a great romance of her own.”
— Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine
“Through humor, Jane comes alive … James offers a deeper understanding of what Austen's life might have been like, and the reader pulls for the heroine and her dreams of love.”
—The Los Angeles Times
Published by: Harper Collins: Trade paperback, ebook, audiobook