The Lost Memoirs of
    Jane Austen

  • Avon, an imprint of
  • HarperCollinsPublishers
  • Trade Paperback 338 Pages
  • $13.95
  • ISBN: 978-0061341427


"5 out of 5 Regency Stars."

"A love affair equal to anything Jane Austen wrote." —News Review

"Austen and Mr. Ashford seem a perfect match in matters of head and heart."
Publisher's Weekly

"Jane comes alive...the reader blindly pulls for the heroine and her dreams of love." —Los Angeles Times

"Deserves front-runner status in the field of Austen fan-fiction and film." —Kirkus Reviews

What if, hidden in an old attic chest, Jane Austen's memoirs were discovered after hundreds of years?

What if those pages revealed the existence of a secret romance?

That's the premise behind this "thoughtful, immensely touching" novel (Regency World Magazine), which gives us insight into Jane Austen's mind and heart.

Written in a compelling and witty style that echoes Austen's own, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen stays faithful to the facts of Jane Austen's life, while revealing the untold story of Jane's impassioned, life-changing love affair. At the same time, the novel showcases Jane's struggle with her own talent, and offers a possible scenario for the inspiration behind some of her most beloved romantic tales.


When Jane Austen's father dies, Jane, her sister Cassandra, and their mother are left homeless and nearly penniless. Although Jane's brothers pitch in to offer financial support, Jane still lacks privacy and a settled place in which to live and write. She has long since given up her dream of becoming a published author.

On a fateful trip to Lyme, Jane meets the well-read and charming Mr. Ashford, a man who is her equal in intellect and temperament. The two fall deeply in love. Inspired by the people and places around her, and encouraged by Mr. Ashford's faith in her, Jane begins revising Sense and Sensibility, a book she began years earlier, hoping to be published at last.

Library Journal

Nominated as BEST NEW FICTION 2008
Regency World Magazine

Barnes and Noble

"You don't have to be a Jane Austen expert to enjoy this book. You just need to be in the mood for a page-turning, romantic story filled with warm characters, great passions, enjoyable language, and a terrific plot. And it's to James's credit that her novel reads a lot like--what else?--a classic Austen novel. —Goodreads

"A thoughtful, immensely touching romance ... well-researched, well-written, and beautifully plotted." —Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine

"A delicious novel. Jane Austen comes alive from the first page to the last. You truly believe that you are reading her long-lost memoirs."
Angela Gavrili,

"Witty, deft, and impeccably researched... it's hard to tell where the history ends and invention begins."
Lauren Willig, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose

"Tantalizing, tender, and true to the Austen mythos, James's book is highly recommended."
Library Journal, starred review

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