The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

Book - 2008
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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? 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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Avon,, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780061341427
Branch Call Number: FIC JAME
Characteristics: 303 pages : map ; 21 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

The discovery of Jane Austen’s memoirs reveals an untold love affair between Jane and Mr Ashford. This occurs while Jane’s family are staying at Bath and later when they move into Chawton Cottage where, encouraged by Mr Ashford’s regard, Jane starts writing again. This novel satisfies every Janeites fervent wish, that Jane did experience love and passion in her life even if she was unable to marry the man she loved.

crystal_dark Nov 26, 2014

This was a great book that immerses you into possibilities for the inspiration of several of Jane Austen's Novels. Syrie James is a really good author that creates a vivid background that allows the reader to fully immerse themselves into the story. I plan to read more of her Austenesque novels.

Another_Opinion Nov 04, 2014

Didn't care for "The Missing Manuscript . . . " and will not read this one.

hope1982 Mar 02, 2012

This is my first book by Syrie James, but I did buy Nocturnal and Forbidden, I just haven’t had a chance to read them yet. To tell you the truth I’ve been experiencing a reading slump right now. It’s not as bad because I am still reading just as much slower pace.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite some time, well since the time I discovered it. I love anything Jane Austen and this sounded like a good read. This was a good and fast read for me. I read through this book in couple of days. It was very well written and entertaining. It is a fictional retelling if Jane Austen’s life and romantic relationship with Mr. Ashford. Syrie James does a wonderful job of writing this story. I’ve never read any biographies about Jane Austen, but I have read all of her books number of times. I am not sure how true this book is to Jane Austen’s life. Either way it was well done. This book does make you wonder who Mr. Ashford was and was he real. Makes you wonder what was Jane Austen’s life like and was there a man in her life. The thing is that we will never know and I think that is one of the reasons that makes Jane Austen and her personal life so interesting.

I love 18th century period, it is one of the most fascinating periods in history. I love Jane Austen because her works are not about romance but about women and their life in male dominated society. Women struggling to survive in absence of male provider. There are number of different issues that I can talk about when you say Jane Austen, or Jane Austen and her books, but that’s not what this review is about. Author does touch on some of these issues but since they are not the main focus of this book the author does shift away from them.

If you have not read this book but you are planning to than you should. Honestly it is a very good book, it’s a light and entertaining read. While I was reading this book I felt like I was there with Jane Austen in her time period. The dialog between characters was very well done and author does a good job of using the English that was used in 18th century. I would recomand this to all the Jane Austen fans, give it a try and see how you like it. Keep in mind that this is fictitious retelling of Jane Austen’s life so there might be some inconsistencies or inaccuracy about her life. I give this book 5/5 STARS. Happy Reading.


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