THE MISSING MANUSCRIPT OF JANE AUSTEN
In this heartwarming and suspenseful book-within-a-book, the romantic tale from a priceless, long lost Jane Austen novel is interwoven with the story of the modern-day librarian who discovers it, only to fall for the man who could take it from her.
Samantha McDonough cannot believe her eyes -- or her luck. Tucked in an uncut page of a two-hundred-year-old poetry book is a letter that she believes was written by Jane Austen, mentioning with regret a manuscript that "went missing at Greenbriar in Devonshire."
Could there really be an undiscovered Jane Austen novel waiting to be found? Could anyone resist the temptation to go looking for it?
Making her way to the beautiful, centuries-old Greenbriar estate, Samantha finds it no easy task to sell its owner, the handsome yet uncompromising Anthony Whitaker, on her wild idea of searching for a lost Austen work -- until she mentions its possible multi-million dollar value.
After discovering the unattributed manuscript, Samantha and Anthony are immediately absorbed in the story of Rebecca Stanhope, daughter of a small-town rector, who is about to encounter some bittersweet truths about life and love. As they continue to read the newly discovered tale from the past, a new one unfolds in the present -- a story that just might change both of their lives forever.AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | BOOKS-A-MILLION | AUDIBLE |
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“A literary feast for Anglophiles ...[with] an Austen-worthy ending.”
“This richly imagined Jane Austen ‘road novel’ is such a page turner ... A standout addition to the archive of Austen homages.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“For two hundred years, Jane Austen fans have bemoaned the fact that six novels from their favorite author is just not enough. Syrie James rectifies this dilemma in The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, offering the ultimate Janeite fantasy: a novel within a novel honoring what we love most about Austen—her engaging stories, her rapier wit, and her swoon worthy romance. James's pitch perfect, brilliantly crafted prose will have you enchanted and in awe of her mastery until the very last page. 5 out of 5 Regency Stars!”
“Readers will relish this latest ‘find’ from James, who does have a flare for re-creating the sense and style of the beloved author ... Unpredictable and absorbing. Fans of Austen and of James will enjoy this new discovery.”
“Syrie James has surpassed herself. She did a brilliant job both at delivering a well-designed plot echoing Jane Austen’s voice ... and at enclosing it in an intriguing frame of quest and romance. False impressions and false friends, handsome rogues and selfish antagonists … it’ll be one of your favourite reads of the year!”
—My Jane Austen Book Club