The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

by Syrie James
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The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061341427
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/06/2007
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 247,877
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

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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The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Jenafyre21 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story.  Anyone that loves Jane Austen will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book from start to finish
Danny_R22 More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this book! The cover is fantastic and is what drew me to it. It was the first book that I cried at the end. I found that I had to remind myself to stop reading so that I could eat and sleep. lol. I thought that it would be like Becoming Jane, the movie, but found that it wasn't at all. Definitely a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Congrats to James for weaving a wonderfully entertaining and thoroughly researched historical fiction! The author makes Austen and her world come alive! I passed the book to several of my fellow Jane Austen fans and we all loved this novel! We are looking forward to James' next release, on Bronte!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Syrie James for reincarnating Jane Austen. It was a delicious feeling to read the back story, to be transported to the romance and manners of Jane¿s world. The author¿s thorough research shows in the detailed descriptions of places and people. The author perfectly captures Jane¿s style of writing--her thoughts, her feelings, her values. I loved the book and recommend it most highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Syrie James's personal & professional accomplishments serve her well in her reverent presentation of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. Her website brims with such a diversity of talents that one does not question why she is qualified to write about such a sensitive subject, but rather why she waited so long! Even Jane Austen's discerning character Mr. Darcy might consider her one of the 12 most accomplished women of his acquaintance. Breaching the hollowed halls of Jane Austen para-literature is a daunting task for none but the stout-of-heart and thick-of-skin writer. Mrs. James wears her Austen-armor well and delivers a sincere and honest love story that will engage and delight most Jane Austen devotees, and raise an inquisitive eyebrow of the Austen purists. Her Jane is real and approachable, flesh and bone, human and fallible -- not the stour judgemental old maid envisioned in the 19th-century portraits. We feel her troubles, her joy, her pain, understand her life decisions, and appreciate her all the more for it. It is not often that this discerning reader can offer unqualified praise, so I will not break my streak. Five Austen stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly, this is one of the most heartfelt stories I've had the pleasure to read in a really long, long time. This is not only the story of a secret romance, but of a writer who overcomes her doubts and her daily concerns for financial security to fully embrace the need to put pen to paper and write the stories from her heart and head. I happened to finish to the book on a plane and was in tears, which may have concerned my fellow flight-mates! But the story was over too soon and I look forward to many more stories from Ms. James.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Historians and romance readers have always wondered whether Jane Austen, author of six novels and many letters, kept a dairy as none were found yet that was popular in early nineteenth century England. None were found until now. In Chawton Manor House, one of the homes owned by Ms. Austen¿s brother, a worker repairing a roof found a seaman¿s chest inside are manuscripts of the previously LOST MEMOIRS OF JANE AUSTEN. The chest was probably left there and forgotten by Jane¿s beloved sister Cassandra who admitted to having destroyed much of the letters written by Jane to her. This particular publication is one manuscript whose condition is excellent but written when the great author was ill and dying sometime in 1815-1817, but relates to events from an earlier time. --- With the death of her father Reverend George Austen in 1805, his suddenly impoverished daughter Jane gave up writing, a pastime she enjoyed since she had already expected to be a spinster having never met a man she considered her intellectual equal. That is until the summer of 1810 in Lime when she meets witty and intelligent Mr. Ashford she is excited by this handsome charmer who inspires her to return to writing by revising a novel she had drafted years ago but never finished (Sense and Sensibility). --- Every time this reviewer assumes there is no new way to dissect Jane Austen, I am proven clueless by an author with a new spin. Syrie James is the latest to pay homage (some might say chutzpah) as she uses the device of finding a long forgotten hidden journal written by the author to tell the tale of Ms. Austen¿s inspirational romance that led to her completing her great novels. Readers will believe Syrie James captures the voice of Ms. Austen with this fictionalized entertaining account by romantic literature¿s first author ¿in her words¿. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the opening pages of this novel, I was so deeply engrossed that I couldn't put it down. It is so beautifully written that you truly believe you are reading the memoirs of Jane Austen herself, and being offered a privileged glimpse into her heart and mind. The novel explores many of the experiences that shaped Jane Austen's life and evolution as a writer. At the same time, it is a wonderful love story. Readers will fall as madly in love with Mr. Ashford as Jane does. He is, in my opinion, even more dashing, likeable and charming than Austen's Mr. Darcy! The joy is in watching these two soul mates, who are believably drawn to each other at first sight, discover the many interests and tastes they have in common as 'despite plot complications' they fall deeply in love over time. You don't have to be a Jane Austen fan, or even be familiar with her books or movies, to enjoy this novel. It is so well done! I loved the lively and witty dialog 'very much in Jane Austen's voice', the moments of heartfelt emotion and humor, and the beautifully-drawn characters. Many are Jane Austen's real life friends and relatives, and others are inspired by several of her most beloved fictitious characters. The loving and close relationship between Jane and her sister Cassandra is particularly well- depicted. The novel simply brims with original plot and action, as well as depictions of true events from Jane Austen's life. There are also a few clever scenes or brief moments that are reminiscent of moments from Jane Austen's novels, and that is a great part of the fun. Not only is the source for these moments always acknowledged, but they always have a completely different spin or twist or ending, and it's clear that they are there for a specific reason: to imply that these personal experiences inspired Jane to later write about them. In this respect, part of the plot of this novel is a bit like the Oscar-winning movie 'Shakespeare in Love,' which was all about Shakespeare creating 'Romeo and Juliet' while experiencing certain elements of that love story first-hand. In every way, 'The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen' is brilliantly conceived, cleverly executed, and a pure delight. It's as if the missing seventh Jane Austen novel was just discovered, and it's her own personal love story. I can't wait to read it again!
CathyB More than 1 year ago
Imagine if you found the Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. Would reading them be any different than reading Ms. James novel? Probably, but I think only a true Jane Austen scholar would be able to discern the difference. Ms. James offers us a glimpse into the soul of Jane Austen. If you close your eyes, the events that shaped her life and ultimately her writing would unfold before your eyes. Many of the events and characters are reminiscent of those from Ms. Austen's own fictional writing. Ms. James always gives credit where credit is due and these scenes/characters are commented upon and their fictional reference identified. If you want something 'lite' to read, this is a book for you. I recommend it whether or not you are Jane Austen fan.
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Karen56 More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read. Syrie James has a true gift to write! I can't wait for other novels by her to come out!
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When I first picked this book up it was just to kill time. I love Jane Austen and thought hey why not. Once I started this book I could not put it down. I really felt like I could have been reading Jane Austen diary. I would recommend this book for any Jane Austen fan.
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