• Avon, an imprint of
  • HarperCollinsPublishers
  • ISBN: 978-0061341427





THE LOST MEMOIRS OF JANE AUSTEN

THE BEST-SELLING NOVEL

"5 out of 5 Regency Stars." —Austenprose


"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.

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.

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.


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LIBRARY JOURNAL EDITOR'S PICK

LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST FIRST NOVEL 2008

Nominated as BEST NEW FICTION — Regency World Magazine

DISCOVER GREAT NEW WRITERS SELECTION — Barnes and Noble


"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

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

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

"Suspenseful... and filled with surprises...one of the best additions to the current spate of books featuring Jane Austen." —Santa Barbara Independent

"Witty, deft, and impeccably researched...it's hard to tell where the history ends and invention begins." —Author Lauren Willig, The Pink Carnation Series

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

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