The Lost Memoirs Of Jane Austen

Paperback | November 6, 2007

bySyrie James

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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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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 thi...

Syrie James is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimedNocturne;Dracula, My Love;The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte(Great Group Read, Women's National Book Association; Audie Romance Award, 2011), and the international bestsellerThe Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen(Best First Novel 2008,Library Journal.) Translation rights for...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:November 6, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen Brilliant! What happens when the lost memoirs of the adored author, Jane Austen, are found in a long-lost and forgotten trunk? Syrie James rewrites the author’s secret memoirs to reveal a poignant tale of dreams, love and the surrendering of hope. Bliss and sadness meshed into a story that could end in no other way… In The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, her soul mate, Mr. Ashford, is the great, yet impossible love of her life. Taking us through her father’s death and relocation of her family (sister Cassandra and her mother)from one brother’s house to another, Jane retells how through various acquaintances she meets her Mr. Right. The story, resembling many of her own writings, does not take the smooth road to bliss. Mr. Ashford was betrothed to the young Isabella since birth- a commitment he cannot reverse…or can he? The turn of fate that is presented leads Jane and Frederick (Mr. Ashton) back into eachother’s arms..but for how long? Brilliantly written, James blends historical facts with fiction to bring us a credible memoir that may ultimately lead to wishing it were so… Like waking from a dream that you wish were reality, the disappointment quickly fades and you’ll be delighted to have been indulged in a purely splendid tale that would have made Jane Austen very proud. I absolutely LOVED this Austen spin-off and highly recommend it. It’s an easy read that keeps you entertained from beginning to end. ..How I wish it were so!
Date published: 2010-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely a "must-read" for Jane Austen fans!!! I have read virtually every sequel and re-imagining of Jane Austen's books and life, and this is one of the BEST!!! Syrie James does an exceptional job of convincing you that this truly IS Jane Austen's lost journal. She captures precisely the tone, style and language of Jane's time, she does a masterful job of speaking in what seems perfectly Jane's voice, and her imagining of "what might have been" is utterly captivating and delightful!! As an added bonus, if you've read all of Austen's books, you will notice circumstances, people and conversations in the "memoir" of Austen's life as you read that will demonstrate how certain parts of the books "might" have been inspired by "real" events in Austen's own life. It's lots of fun to look behind the books, so to speak and James does a terrific job in mixing those scenes in quite naturally. They pop up as lovely surprises throughout the book and will certainly make you nostalgic for Austen's books and may even encourage you to re-read them yet again. It is clear that James did a tremendous amount of research about Austen's life, because the fictional account of Jane's life is seamlessly woven in with real, factual people, places, and events from Jane's real life and times. This really adds to the feeling as you read that you've been given the tremendous opportunity to peek into Jane's journal somehow. The story itself - without including any spoilers - is sweet, and endearing and if you are a true Jane Austen fan as I am, I am certain that it will leave you satisfied, albeit also feeling a little bittersweet. If you are a Jane fan you simply MUST read this book. It's simply wonderful!!!
Date published: 2009-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, by Syrie James Just as general FYI - if you are have read any of my other reviews, you may have noticed I have given them all really high ratings. To be clear, my policy is NOT to give praise where it isn't due, but rather that I can't be bothered to write reviews of books I don't enjoy. Unless, that is, I find they greatly upset me in some way and I feel the need to point out why! ********************************************************************** If you are a hardcore Austen fan, then chances are you will greatly enjoy this book. Aside from accurately keeping to the timeline of her known whereabouts throughout her life, and other known facts, one should keep in mind that this book is a work of pure fiction. As the concept is set up so well, starting with the forward from a "professor" who is the supposed President of the Jane Austen Literary Foundation, it is often hard to remember that fact! James writes in the 1st person as though she is Austen herself, confessing in her secret journal about the details of her one great love, now lost to her for all time. She [James] is a talented writer and does a wonderful job of convincing the reader it is Austen herself speaking and that the story she tells is real. It makes you really believe that this "lost journal" actually exists and was only recently discovered, just as shown in the forward. I will happily sing it's praises and look forward to James' upcoming book - The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte - scheduled for release this summer. However, I did find that after checking back with some genuine Austen works, that she is ever so minutely off in terms of providing a perfect mimic of her voice and style. One of the novels charms is that it effectively allows one to believe the situations, people and events described, acted as the actual inspiration for Austen's real works. For example, there are several various clues throughout the book which cleverly set up the "history" for how she came up with several of the scenes in her novels. A based-on-real-life but not really kind of premise. If you know your Austen novels, you will recognize them without the footnotes that James provides when said clues pop up. All in all, it left me chuckling every time one appeared. It was an awesome read and succeeded admirably in re-igniting my own love affair with the works of Jane Austen. I am now re-reading all her novels and have located a site featuring the text of all her famous novels - available for free if you don't already own paper copies. (Or plan to buy them.) It also features a ton of other Austen related stuff, and links to Austen's Juvenilia. It's a huge site with lot's to explore and using it as a base starting point, I've been able to find out a lot about her life that I never before knew, including the text of some of her surviving personal correspondence, reading discussion guides, and much, much more. Considering which group this is, you may already be aware of this website. But just in case, here it is: Happy Reading!
Date published: 2009-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Syrie James has done a wonderful job in writing "as Jane", which I thought was very daring on her part. I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of fact and fiction that Syrie portrayed in her novel, from the amount of research she has done on Jane's life. It was quite intriguing to be able to live through Jane in this novel! At times it was clear that some of the writing was a bit modern, but overall very well done! This is a must-read for all Jane Austen fans!
Date published: 2008-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read! I greatly enjoyed this book! Once I picked it up it was hard to put down. It was fun to see how all the characters this book fit in with Jane Austens novels.
Date published: 2008-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for Austen Fans! Gave this as a gift over Christmas, and they absolutely loved it. Couldn't put it down. It reads very similarly to the books Jane herself penned, and provides an interesting view to what people are always curious about - what was she actually like?
Date published: 2008-01-18

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“A story that not only leaves you believing ‘it could have happened,’ but wishing ‘oh… I hope she had this’ ... I was wholly engaged from beginning to end ... When I closed the cover (the very tactilely pleasing cover) … I felt as though I’d made a friend.”