Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
Avon A , an imprint of HarperCollins
Published Nov 6, 2007
Hadrcover, 303 pages
If you are a Jane Austen fan, you will surely enjoy reading this book. The premise behind this fictional tale is that Jane Austen’s memoirs were discovered after being hidden hundreds of years in an old attic chest. What do they reveal? They disclose events that happened within a span of ten years in Jane Austen’s life. Best of all, they reveal that Jane Austen had a true love—a reciprocated love with the very likeable gentleman, Mr. Ashford. But we know that Jane died young and unmarried, so what truly happened between her and the love of her life?
I kept turning the pages to find out and I was not disappointed by author Syrie James’ deft manner of weaving the known facts of Jane’s life into her novel to create a story so believable, so well-written, with a voice that captures Jane Austen’s own that it felt like I had truly read a memoir penned by Jane’s own hand. It was such a pleasant, wholesome book to read.
This novel is also easier to read and has a simpler plot than Jane Austen’s own novels. It includes great characters but unfortunately no villain. Nonetheless, I loved reading this historical fiction, and I look forward to reading more of Syrie James’ works.
Disclosure: I bought this book from Doubleday Book Club. It was not sent to me for review.