Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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 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.

What a wonderful book! I was hooked right from the first page. It was a perfect way to visit Jane and spy on her and family and friends. Even knowing that this is fictional it gave me a little glimpse on Jane Austen's life and her love for a man that sounds a lot like Colin Firth (just saying!).

I love the way the author writes, it flows and it's easy to follow, and she paints a pretty picture too. Did I mention Colin Firth? Excuse me, a man that I think looks like him. Anyway, the author targets a period of time that there isn't too much information on Jane Austen's life, but the way that it's written it sounds possible.

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James (4.5/5) Historical Fiction; Published: Avon A (11/2007); 2009 100 + Reading Challenge (119);


Nise' said...

Great review! I loved this book too.

Anonymous said...

Well, the double mention of Colin Firth grabbed my attention! I'll have to make a note of this one.