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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Review: The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

Author: Syrie James
Genre: Fiction, romance, ?historical

From Harper Collins:

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.

My Thoughts:

This was a great little read...very light hearted, easy, quick, and fun... exactly what I needed to cheer me up. I'm sure it's no secret that I'm a huge Jane Austen fan, but that's not the reason why I liked this book so much.

It's presented as a true story (which it's not), and so it allows your imagination to take over right from the beginning. This "secret memoir" of Austen's details events in her life, which are similiar to some of the plot lines of her beloved books. The places, characters, and conversations are very familiar to those who have read Austen's novels. I chuckled and oohed and awed over some parts. You may think this is corny, but aren't books supposed to be entertaining?

It is quite clear that James is an Austen fan. The author's insights and extras at the end of the book are also worth reading. I think James' research is excellent and does Jane Austen and her novels proud.
I highly recommend this book.
My Rating: 4.75/5


Toni said...

Oh! This looks like a great little read. I must read it soon! Thanks for the great input!

The Bookworm said...

sounds excellent! I'm a big Austen fan too.
Great review :)
Have you read 'Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler? Its a great one for Austen fans too.

Jenny Girl said...

Thanks Ladies!
Naida: I did read Rigler's book and throughly enjoyed as well. I believer she also has another coming out later this year.

Darlene said...

I saw another review of this recently and it looks great. I'm going to have to give it a read soon.

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