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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 int
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Paperback, 303 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published October 1st 2007)
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Jeanette
Mar 12, 2008 Jeanette rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans, anyone!
Shelves: 2008
"Do you mean to say, that if I believe in your story as you have told it, then it is as good as if it were true?" (303) So asks Jane Austen's nephew in this fictional account of her life and so sums up my feelings for this book. While I know the story is fiction, it was written in such a true and believable fashion that I had to remind myself that it wasn't actually a recently discovered memoir of Jane Austen.
What fan of Jane Austen has not, at some point, lamented the fact that Cassandra Austen
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Michaela Wood
I cannot imagine anything more distressing than reading this book and continuing to be confused as to the real sentiments and affairs of the author. I do admire historical fiction but when you unconcernedly blend fact with fiction, so one cannot tell what has really occured, it is chaotic for those of us who would like to UNDERSTAND a little more about Jane Austen. Her books tell plenty about her imaginary life, I don't need someone else to steal her voice, robbing sentiments out of direct quote ...more
Christina
Jane Austen. Fact: born December 16, 1775; died July 18, 1817 at age 41. Fact: never married. Fact: wrote six complete novels, including a few unfinished works, and juvenilia. Fact: lived out her life in a quiet Chawton Cottage with her older, spinster sister Cassandra and aging mother. Also known is that not long before her own death, Cassandra burned much of Jane's private correspondence and even cut out entire passages of the letters saved, driving many discussions as to why? Many Jane Austen ...more
Brianna
This was a page-turner, thanks only to Jane Austen's wonderful storylines.

I would not read this book again, because there was virtually no originality in it. I would also be offended, if I were Jane, at the idea that I'd lifted every one of my stories' events and characters and dialogues directly from happenings in my life.

It might have been more of a treat if there were any sort of suspense as to who each character in her life would turn out to resemble in her books, but there was no subtletie
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Becca
To start off with, I must say that I absolutely loved this book – just as I loved the movie Becoming Jane. Anyone who doesn’t know a thing about Jane Austen’s life probably should not read any further in this review, though you are welcome to if you wish.

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen mirrors the tone and style of the film Becoming Jane - which personally makes me think that both film and book have adequately and accurately captured Jane Austen’s character from what we know of her. The Lost Mem
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Jennifer Messina
"Imperdibile per gli appassionati di Jane Austen."
Hai voglia.

Mi duole il cuore a parlare male di qualcosa quando c'è di mezzo Jane Austen, ma mi duole ancor di più dover parlare di questo romanzetto inutile. Quindi esprimerò il mio giudizio nella maniera più concitata possibile e spero che la mia recensione basti a saziare la curiosità di chi si accinge a leggerla. Ebbene, si tratta di un insalata scadente condita con fatti estrapolati dalla lettere di Jane Austen, fatti estrapolati dai romanzi
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natalie
I wanted to hate this book. I've been so possessive of Jane Austen since I read Northanger Abbey 20 years ago. How can everyone love her as much as I do? No one else listens to the bands I love, they don't go see my favorite movies. It doesn't make any sense. I feel that something so personal and private to me is out there for the whole world to take and I don't like it. I vowed to never read all these Jane Austen spin-off novels. Anyway, this book was alright. I think the girl in me that loves ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
What a wonderful book! Those who know Jane Austen, know she never married, and know that there isn't much to be said about her romantic life. There was a fliration when she was 20 with an Irishman named Tom Lefroy and there was an unknown man who Jane met at an unknown time while she was at a seaside place. The movie Becoming Jane although fictional, portrays that Tom Lefroy and Jane Austen fell in love and that it was more than a flirtation! This book on the other hand takes the route of the un ...more
Aysu
Gerçekten çok güzeldi.Herkes okusun ! Jane gerçekten harika biri (sanki askerlik arkadaşım)
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
The Book Report: Every Austenian knows Jane went quiet for 10 years, then produced what is arguably the finest body of novelistic work to come out of nineteenth-century England, then died. Nobody knows poo-diddly about Miss Jane's romantic life, or even if there ever was one, in large part because Jane's sister Cassandra went wild with the scissors and made like a Nazi with a Torah (burn, baby, burn) to make sure none of Jane's letters or diaries (if any) survived unexpurgated. Cassandra doubtle ...more
Serena
Aug 13, 2008 Serena rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anna Horner
Syrie James' The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen is a fantastic addition to all things Jane. The novel invents the discovery of Jane Austen's memoirs in an attic chest and spins a artistic web that intertwines the beauty of Austen's novels with historical truths and imagined fictions.

***Spoiler Alert***

The memoir is discovered in an old seaman's chest, which has been bricked up into a wall--perhaps by Jane's sister Cassandra. Many of the facts we know about Jane's life are peppered throughout the bo
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Marie
Competently written and readable. Why, then, only three stars? First, the people who will want to read this book already know a great deal about Jane Austen. So -- the footnotes (in a memoir!) are not only redundant but seem cute and intrusive.
Second, though the book smoothly incorporates known facts from JA's life, it misses as fiction, most importantly because of a major plot inconsistency half way through. This inconsistency is then, incredibly, repeated -- all of which reflects a weakness i
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Stacey
Jun 03, 2009 Stacey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans
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Christy B
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen is a fictional memoir. It does a great job at making you feel like it's a real memoir, with an 'Editor's Forward' at the beginning explaining how an old chest was found bricked up behind a wall in the attic of Chawton Manor House – a home owned by Jane's brother Edward. There are also running footnotes throughout the book. All of this giving the impression that this is a long lost memoir written by Jane. Only at the very end is the spell broken.

I really love this.
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Sarah
This is really more of a 2.5, but I'm feeling generous today, so I rounded up.

My biggest complaint is that I found Mr. Ashford, Jane's romantic interest, to be fairly boring. If he's boring, the romance is boring, and if the romance is boring, then I'm not really all that crushed when it doesn't work out (spoiler alert, I guess, although everyone knows Jane Austen died unmarried, so I hope I'm not wrong in assuming that I'm not ruining the story for someone or anything...). So that made the book
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Liz
The premise of this novel is that a lost journal of Jane Austen’s is discovered hidden away in an attic, and is now being published for the first time. The journal, written by Austen as a sort of autobiography, tells the tale of her relationship with a Mr. Ashford. From the first moment Jane meets Mr. Ashford, there is an instant chemistry between them, and she finds herself falling head over heels in love. Though adverse circumstances and Mr. Ashford’s own strange behavior leave Jane in constan ...more
Ana T.
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
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Maria Grazia
In Becoming Jane young Jane Austen is hooked by dashing Tom Lefroy and even agrees to an elopment. In Miss Austen Regrets , mature Jane regrets missing the chance of marrying and looks melancholicly at her niece’s love life . In the beautiful book I ‘ve just finished reading , THE LOST MEMOIRS OF JANE AUSTEN, Syrie James imagines quite mature Jane in love with and loved by a rich, handsome and fascinating Mr Ashworth. Their love story has got traits of the stories we all well know and love: Sens ...more
Ruth
This is passable chick lit. What is is not -- as the cover quotes claim -- is an "utterly charming and remarkably authentic...creating of Jane Austen's voice." Austen would never have written such stilted and often didactic dialogue, for one. Second, true readers of Austen come away with a greater estimation of her emotional depth than to believe that she'd display the school-girl tendencies which author Syrie James attributes to her in later chapters.

Although one would assume that a novel such
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Emily
Jan 09, 2009 Emily rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Becoming Jane fans
Recommended to Emily by: Jane Austen Today
It was an enjoyable read, and I really did want to know what would happen to the characters. The problem is that it draws so many comparisons with Jane Austen's work that you cannot help but compare them. James doesn't really write in the style or capture the voice of Austen (as well as, say, Stephanie Barron does). Her characters are rather one dimensional. There is a fantastic cameo by Sir Walter Scott which almost bumped it up to three stars, and the characters offer some fairly nice interpre ...more
Bethany
I have mixed feelings about this book.

On one hand I loved the romance in it. The author intertwines some of my favorite moments in Jane Austen's books into a wonderful love story that I found myself wishing could be true. Doesn't it seem fitting that one of the greatest author's of romance should be entitled to a little romance of her own?

On the other hand, I was somewhat bothered that the author used so much of Austen's story lines. Although it sucked me into Austen's world and made me want to
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Maia B.
Dec 25, 2011 Maia B. rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
I liked:
-reading about Jane Austen
-thinking maybe Austen was really in love once in her life

I didn't like:
-Ashworth
-the bad Sense and Sensibility rip-off of a plot (doesn't this author have something maybe ORIGINAL to say?)
-the characters (all self-absorbed)

I HATED:
-the writing (absolutely terrible!)
-the dialogue (even worse!)
-the second half (and the first half, too)

This book is written in a way that literally made me pull my hair. There is no other word for it: horrendous.

Other than the horre
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lielabell lielabell
Okay, so I'm not really into RFP at all. And I don't like the idea of playing with history unless it is on a massive scale with full on AUs taking place. But I really, really enjoyed this book. The writing style was very believable as being Jane's and the plot itself worked very well. There isn't a happy ending, since none of that AU stuff happened, but I found I was satisfied with the reasons why things played out the way they did.

My only complaint was the number of "editor's notes" scattered
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Duane
This book is tagged as historical fiction but it is more fiction than it is historical. That's not to say that it is bad fiction because it was quite good. If you are a Jane Austen fan then you probably will like this. It was a light, quick, fun read, a nice change of pace from Dickens and Zola.
Julie
I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved the story and wanted to keep coming back to the book whenever I had to put it down. However, I was frustrated that the author mixed fact with fiction. I knew going into this the book was fiction. What I didn't know is that Syrie James wrote in non-fiction style, complete with footnotes! While I was reading I didn't know what to absorb as fact and what to ignore as fiction. That was maddening. It wasn't until the end, the author's note, that I realiz ...more
Georgiana 1792
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Prendi i personaggi maschili più significativi di Jane Austen:
1/4 di Frederick Wentworth;
1/4 di Fitzwilliam Darcy;
1/4 di Edward Ferrars;
1/4 di John Willoughby;
1 pizzico di Henry Tilney;
1 spruzzatina di George Knightley:

ecco ottenuto il cocktail perfetto per l'uomo misterioso a causa del quale Cassandra ha bruciato tutte le lettere e i diari di sua sorella Jane alla sua morte.
Una fan-fiction ben congegnata, con uno stile fedelissimo a quello della scrittrice e numerosissimi riferimenti pr
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Kayla Tornello
This book covers the fictitious discovery of Jane Austen's long lost memoirs. Fact and fiction are interwoven together to create a secret love affair. If you are not already somewhat of a Jane Austen fan, you will have a difficult time telling what is fiction and what is factual.

I liked the blending of fact and fiction, but some of the occurrences in this story were too blatantly similar to situations in Austen's novels. I understand that the author is trying to suggest that Austen based her nov
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Lacie Ernst
I absolutely loved this book! It was charming, witty, and well-written. I enjoyed the parallels from Jane's life and the books that she wrote. I'll definitely be reading more from the author!
Valerie
What can I say?? I was totally blown away by this story! Once I started reading, I just COULDN'T put it down until I finished it! It was fabulously written, and I loved that I could "see" so many of Austen's characters within this story. Many times I literally laughed out loud - one example being of "Mr. Morton" (Collins-like) who was clearing a rock from the path of Jane & hit a squirrel with it! Great descriptive writing, wonderful parallels between the characters in this story & those ...more
Melinda
This fictional work begins with the premise that Jane Austen's lost memoirs have been found. The book is written from Austen's point of view and covers her late 20s and early 30s. The author, an Austen scholar, did an excellent job researching this work and much of it is based on fact, merging real people, places and events in Austen's life with a fictional love affair. The author really captured Austen's writing style in this fun read. (James also did a similar novel "The Secret Diaries of Char ...more
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Syrie James is the bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, Nocturne, Dracula My Love, Forbidden, and The Harrison Duet: Songbird and Propositions. Her books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages.

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