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The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen
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The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen

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by Syrie James

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The minute I saw the letter, I knew it was hers. There was no mistaking it: the salutation, the tiny, precise handwriting, the date, the content itself, all confirmed its ancient status and authorship…

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 she believes was

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The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
DaniC More than 1 year ago
I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I loved The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen. I am a huge Jane Austen fan so I was just hoping that this would be an enjoyable book. What I did not expect was a captivating story that I had trouble putting down! Samantha is revisiting England while her boyfriend is in medical conferences all day. As an American librarian who once attended Oxford it is no wonder she went shopping in a bookstore where she came across an old book of poetry. As she looks at her purchase she finds a letter that had been placed inside a long time ago. After reading the partial letter she starts to believe it was written by Jane Austen herself. Following the clues in the letter she goes to a house called Grennbriar where she believes Jane may have lost a book she had written. After finally convincing Anthony, the new owner of the house, they start their search and they do discover more proof that the Austen family did in fact visit the house on several occasions. That discovery helps them to continue until they do find an old manuscript called The Stanhopes. Samantha and Anthony start to read the book together in order figure out if it is a real Jane Austen novel. Samantha is of course excited about the discovery and wants to make sure it becomes available to everyone. Anthony though wants it to be real so that he can sell it to make money. The Stanhopes manuscript really did sound like something Jane would have written and it was such an engaging story. I loved how the author let us ‘hear’ the story and how well it added to the plot between Samantha and Anthony. I recommend this book to any Jane Austen fan who is looking for a wonderful and lovely story to read!
emilyfan76 More than 1 year ago
Definately one of her better books. It wa charming and I couldn't put it down. I can easily see Jane Austen in the missing manusript. With every character, could easily identify someone in Jane Austen's novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a younger person I never was interested in the Jane Austen books. However, as an adult I find them refreshing. This was a very good read. Highly recommend it. Since reading this I've purchased the Jane Austen dvd's of her books.
ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
Loved, loved, loved this book!!! Who wouldn't want to be Samantha finding a mysterious document that may be Jane Austen's and then finding out it is followed up by a hunt and a great read of an unpublished Austen novel. GEE! It makes this Austenite extremely happy to be able to enjoy novels such as this one. I cannot wait to read Syrie James other Austen themed novel, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen.  Recommended For: Lovers of Jane Austen and anyone looking for a literary mystery with some romance thrown in.
Allyssa More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy this very much. I can't say it's one of my absolute favorites, but I will definitely go back and reread it again in the future. James does a pretty decent job of going into Austen's voice. There is definitely the Austen feel of the story within the story. Her transition between today's world and Austen's era is good, and easy to keep up with. She keeps them separated out enough that the reader doesn't feel overwhelmed. The majority of the story is set in the story within the story. I take that to mean James might be more comfortable with the style Austen wrote rather than what she wrote for the modern time.  I will definitely look at reading James's other work
lotsofpuppies More than 1 year ago
Samantha loves English literature, especially Jane Austen. When she discovers an old letter tucked into a worn, antique book of poetry she is astonished to learn that is was penned by none other than Jane Austen herself. The letter provides new insights into Austen's life and describes the loss of one of Austen's early manuscripts. Samantha's stay in England provides her with a short period of time to decipher the clues to not only Jane Austen's missing manuscript, but to Austen's mysterious early life as well. This was a wonderful novel and I look forward to reading more books by Syrie James!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightful and charming book!
Karen56 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I didn't want it to end and could hardly wait to turn the page at the same tim I love this book and author!
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MommaG More than 1 year ago
The premise of this story was good but very similar to the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig, without the style. I found the writing dry and kept hoping for the witty Jane Austen to take command of the "lost manuscript". The background story was a little too predictable and the characters staid. I think followers of Jane Austen fan fiction would be pleased with the story but it is not likely to please those with a wider reading style.
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