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!FREE EPUB ♬ The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen ☦ 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 heartJane 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 lastDeft and witty, written in a style that echoes Austen s own, this unforgettable novel offers a delightfully possible scenario for the inspiration behind this beloved author s romantic tales It s a remarkable book, irresistible to anyone who loves Jane Austen and to anyone who loves a great story What would happen if somebody found by chance a manuscript written by Jane Austen and never read by anybody because hidden for hundreds of years in an old attic And what if that manuscript contained the tale of a love story experienced by the English writer herself It would be an indescribable emotion for all those who love Jane Austen But thanks to Syrie James brilliant idea, all the Janeites can imagine how dear Jane s life would have been if she had met as her heroines did her true love What would happen if somebody found by chance a manuscript written by Jane Austen and never read by anybody because hidden for hundreds of years in an old attic And what if that manuscript contained the tale of a love story experienced by the English writer herself It would be an indescribable emotion for all those who love Jane Austen But thanks to Syrie James brilliant idea, all the Janeites can imagine how dear Jane s life would have been if she had met as her heroines did her true love.This is such a heart wrenching book It is beautiful, but there are a lot of sad moments Of course, I was prepared to suffer a little because, knowing the real story of Jane Austen, I knew that most of the plot was fictional, but I cannot deny that while reading some scenes I dreamt of them to be true I have always thought that Jane deserved a love story as enchanting and romantic as the ones she wrote about in her novels, and I am sure she met some people some men from whom she got inspiration to create characters like Mr Darcy, Captain Wentworth and villains like Willoughby and Wickham In this manuscript there is anything a Janeite could wish for Jane herself tells us about her life and her family s problems after her father s death Alone with her sister Cassandra and her mother, Jane will have no home and will be forced to move constantly to her relatives and old acquaintances houses, stopping by Southampton, until her brother Edward will offer them Chawton Cottage where Jane will be able to start writing again in peace and quiet But there is not only this in these pages There isbecause Syrie James imagines for our dear Jane a unique love story An encounter with a man that will change her life and will give her the perfect inspiration to pick up again some abandoned novels and bring them back to life Mr Ashford has in himself the main traits of almost all the Austen heroes I really liked finding some of them throughout the story and experiencing somehow the emotions I felt while reading the novels where they are the protagonists and thanks to him, Jane will perfect and finish Sense and Sensibility putting in it all of her experiences, her feelings and sufferings Mr Ashford believes in Jane s talent and will do everything he can to make her dream come true But, alas, as we know, Jane Austen will never get married so unlike her novels, in this book there is not that happy ending we all would have wanted for her Besides the references to the male characters of Austen s books, we can find in this one some hints to the female characters as well The most important in my opinion is the reference to Jane Bennet In this story I think that Cassandra is the personification of the eldest Bennet sister Jane Austen s sister is kind, understanding, sweet and has always a positive opinion about anything She never let bad news guide her decisions and influence her mood, but she always tries to find a reasonable explanation to everything I like to think that Cassandra was really like that and this makes the relationship between Jane Austen and her sister evenspecial to me.The author made a unique and extremely captivating work in this genre Written in first person, with a strong allusion to the real Jane Austen s style and wit, this book could easily tell a real story Being able to find a lost manuscript written by Austen is a wonderful dream that, probably, will never come true but, in the meantime, do try to dream with this touching and definitely special story The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen is a book that every Janeite should have on their shelf Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars I ve had this book sitting on my shelf for a few years, but it wasn t until Meredith Austenesque Reviews blog hosted a group read that I was motivated to pull it down and read it.Before you get the idea that my reticence is a result of not thinking I would like the book or not having interest in it any , let me assure you that is not the case No, my reasoning was just the usual type of laziness toward a book on the shelf paired with a certain amount of trepidation each time I pick up a bo I ve had this book sitting on my shelf for a few years, but it wasn t until Meredith Austenesque Reviews blog hosted a group read that I was motivated to pull it down and read it.Before you get the idea that my reticence is a result of not thinking I would like the book or not having interest in it any , let me assure you that is not the case No, my reasoning was just the usual type of laziness toward a book on the shelf paired with a certain amount of trepidation each time I pick up a book that promises to stay pretty close to fact when it comes to Jane Austen s life I know how it ends and what happens before that not going to offer a fluffy fairytale happily ever after So yes, I was dragging my heels there.The story did indeed hold close to true And for that I am grateful to the author I loved getting the details of Jane Austen s life paired with the authentic tone of a historical fiction work This was a poignant story told from Jane Austen s perspective Her wit and personality shone through She is a delight and I enjoyed having her settled amongst her family and friends and each of those painted with depth and authenticity as well I imagine there was liberties taken here and there, but they didn t stick out and gouge me as I read I loved encountering the real life characters surrounding her that became the characters in her novels I think I crowed with delight as much over Mr Collins, Lucy Steele, and Mrs Jennings sightings just as much as the Darcy, Wentworth, and Willoughby that showed their faces.My emotions ran the gamut from hilarity to tearful sadness This book was captivating in its own quiet way just like Jane Austen s own works For those who want a fictional account that will still allow them to really get to know the redoubtable Miss Jane Austen, I do heartily recommend this book 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 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 destroyed so many of her sister s letters Who amongst us has not harbored a wish that maybe Cassandra had not destroyed them but just hidden them away really, really well and someday they will be unearthed Or that some other forgotten and lost work of Jane Austen would be discovered That is the premise of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James Workmen, repairing the roof at Chawton Manor house, find an old trunk bricked up in the wall of the attic Inside the trunk they find several old manuscripts and a ring The manuscripts turn out to be the long lost memoirs of Jane Austen.The story takes place during a period of time when none of Jane Austen s letters remain for modern audiences to read This gap in time has left many today wondering what was happening in Jane s life during those silent years Syrie James gives us a beautiful tale of what could have happened during those years 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 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 I ll admit I was skeptical at first, but this is a love story befitting of Jane Austen I felt James captured Austen s essence and style James gave us a mature woman, secretly in love but still grounded in the reality of her time There have been many who have attempted to write about Jane Austen or her characters but few, if any, have done such a wonderful job James clearly knew her subject matter and blended the fact and fiction masterfully to give us a most enjoyable, romantic story.I did have a few complaints I felt that James took too much of this story directly from Austen s own novels and it readlike a novel than a memoir or journal How many people writing about events that happened years earlier can remember such long chunks of dialogue Withstanding these two things, the novel was wonderful and I highly recommend it to anyone, whether or not they are a fan of Jane Austen Do you want to be a novelist It is all I have ever wanted His eyes locked with mine, as a sudden breeze stirred the branches of the trees above us Then a published novelist is what you shall be, Miss Jane Austen I have always loved Jane Austen s works, but this book really enhanced that love This author did a simply fantastic job with blending historical accuracies with her own ideas and creative impulses It was absolutely brilliant She created a characterization of Jane Austen that wouDo you want to be a novelist It is all I have ever wanted His eyes locked with mine, as a sudden breeze stirred the branches of the trees above us Then a published novelist is what you shall be, Miss Jane Austen I have always loved Jane Austen s works, but this book really enhanced that love This author did a simply fantastic job with blending historical accuracies with her own ideas and creative impulses It was absolutely brilliant She created a characterization of Jane Austen that would please any aficionado of her writing There were so many times while reading this that I forgot it was a novel and not an actual manuscript written by Austen herself The author breathed life into Jane Austen, beloved by so many, and it was such a unique and amazing experience to be a part of that By the end of the book, I felt as if I knew Jane as a friend, and had to sadly remind myself that it was a novel and not a non fiction account of Jane s life If you are now or have ever been a fan of Jane Austen, I highly recommend reading this oneEvery body has the right to seek true love, to believe that she can and should marry for love, at least once in her life, does she not Must I sacrifice all my hopes The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen begins with a note from a supposed Austen scholar who has been tasked with editing and publishing a series of notebooks, discovered along with a ruby ring behind a wall in a house owned by one of Jane Austen s brothers The claim which we are not really expected to believe is that this manuscript is a memoir written by Jane Austen herself, detailing a story from her life that has never before been made public.Once this frame has been established, we launch witho The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen begins with a note from a supposed Austen scholar who has been tasked with editing and publishing a series of notebooks, discovered along with a ruby ring behind a wall in a house owned by one of Jane Austen s brothers The claim which we are not really expected to believe is that this manuscript is a memoir written by Jane Austen herself, detailing a story from her life that has never before been made public.Once this frame has been established, we launch without further ado into the tale We begin in 1801, with the Austen family s removal from Steventon where her father served as rector Upon his retirement the family relocates to Bath Mr and Mrs Austen and their two spinster daughters, Cassandra and Jane There follow many years in which the family is rootless, especially after Mr Austen s death in 1805 At one point Jane s favorite brother, Henry, takes her for a brief holiday at Lyme and there she meets a handsome and interesting man, Mr Ashford They feel an instant connection, but that connection is severed all too soon when he is mysteriously called away.Back home with her family, Jane often thinks of Mr Ashford, but there seems to be no way to renew the acquaintance We hop back in time for a bit to an incident in which she received an offer from a longtime neighbor, Harris Bigg Wither she considered the offer seriously but in the end rejected it Back in the present, the Austen family settles for a time in Southampton by now the year is perhaps 1808 , and there by chance Jane meets Mr Ashford again.This being an Austenesque novel, there must of course be a romance I don t want to give away anyof the plot, but the course of true love cannot be expected to run smooth Those familiar with Jane Austen s biography are not expecting a happy ending, but we wonder what path will take us to that forgone conclusion.In keeping with the fiction that this is a scholarly edition, there are endnotes scattered throughout I didn t bother to click through to them, but some readers have complained that they give only rather obvious or well known information For myself, I would have dispensed with the scholarly edition element altogether, and simply told the story, starting with the Harris Bigg Wither incident I would even have dispensed with framing the tale as a memoir the author s grasp of Austen s writing style is limited in fairness, I read a later book of hers and she had improved in this regard It bothered me to be reading a supposedly first person narrative by Jane Austen that used largely modern vocabulary and forms.That said, the story itself is touching enough, full of twists and replete with situations that engage the reader emotionally I enjoyed following the events and discovering how they came out The Jane Austen who emerged from the book was probablyromantic and less caustic than my notion of the real one, but that suits contemporary tastes I might have liked the story better had it been about a fictional authoress whose life and ideas echoed Jane Austen s then I would have enjoyed recognizing the parallels without holding the work to such an impossible standard.For those interested in giving Syrie James a try, I would recommend starting with Jane Austen s First Love, apolished work I cannot imagine anythingdistressing 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 littleabout 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 I cannot imagine anythingdistressing 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 littleabout 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 quotes from her books, biographies, and arranging them with no thought for the integrity of the books or the life storyit s like body snatching Further biography that depends on strident historical research with perhaps little flights of fancy that should bare scrutiny under an academic s eye, is all I need from the other end Had there been a little less fact, or alot , I might have enjoyed it As it is, if you love butchery, here lies the torn body of Jane Austen 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 beenof 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 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 beenof 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 subtleties at all Each character that comes in contact with Jane is obviously linked to a character in her novels the minute they open their mouth A MUST READ FOR ALL AUSTEN FANSI have been on a bit of an Austen trip lately and this book was the perfect continuation It is a fictionalized account of Austen s life written as if by herself And how masterfully it was done Reading it I could almost image it really was Austen herself, who penned the words and coined the phrases WHAT I LIKED Writing There is just something about Austen s writing that is so uniquely hers, that I would probably always recognize it if confronted with it I ne A MUST READ FOR ALL AUSTEN FANSI have been on a bit of an Austen trip lately and this book was the perfect continuation It is a fictionalized account of Austen s life written as if by herself And how masterfully it was done Reading it I could almost image it really was Austen herself, who penned the words and coined the phrases WHAT I LIKED Writing There is just something about Austen s writing that is so uniquely hers, that I would probably always recognize it if confronted with it I never thought anyone else could get close to her style, but this book proved me wrong James almost perfectly matches Austen s style, language, wit and sentence construction I was very impressed.Inspiration Austen might not have enjoyed this particular part herself, but I actually enjoyed how James incorporated events from Austen s book into this one, making it seem as if Austen drew inspiration from her own life when penning her works It might not be truth, but for an Austen aficionado it was very pleasant experience these beloved scenes in new dressings.Fact and fiction Reading this it quickly becomes clear that James has done her research She stays extremely close to the actual facts of Austen s life, her whereabouts and her family life Still, she also adds her own spin on Austen s life with a fair splash of creative license but I felt like it was very careful and masterful, so I really enjoyed it.Jane The character Jane here is so close to what I imagine her to have been in real life She has wit, she is romantic, she is kind and she is loving All in all, she was the perfect Austen heroine.Follow me forbook loving content Blog Facebook Instagram Twitter Blog Post 8 Bodice Ripping Regency Romance Series This book is tagged as historical fiction but it isfiction 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.