Syrie is delighted to announce that her next book, JANE AUSTEN'S FIRST LOVE, is about a time in Austen's life which has rarely been written about before--her teenage years.

Intensely researched and inspired by real people and events, the novel brings to life the untold story of Jane's romantic relationship with an extraordinary young man: Edward Taylor.

Fifteen-year-old Jane Austen dreams of three things: doing something useful, writing something worthy, and falling madly in love. When she visits her brother in Kent to celebrate his engagement to Miss Elizabeth Bridges, Jane meets wealthy, devilishly handsome Edward Taylor, heir to the nearby estate of Bifrons--a fascinating, highly accomplished young man who is truly worthy of Jane's affections. Jane knows a match between her and Edward is unlikely, but every moment she spends with him makes her heart race--and he seems to return her interest. Much to her displeasure, however, there is another seeking his attention.

Unsure of her budding relationship, Jane seeks distraction by attempting to correct the pairings of three other prospective couples. But when her matchmaking aspirations do not all turn out as anticipated, Jane discovers the danger of relying on first impressions. The human heart cannot be easily deciphered, nor can it be directed or managed. And if others must be left to their own devices in matters of love and matrimony, can Jane even hope to satisfy her own heart?

JANE AUSTEN'S FIRST LOVE is due out on August 5, 2014 from Berkley, an imprint of Penguin.

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