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 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 last.Deft 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- Publication Date: 06/11/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780061341427
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Review by bearette24
This was a charming take on Jane Austen's love life. The author dreams up a handsome member of the landed gentry for our Jane; he also encourages her to pick up her pen. I thought the author did a remarkable job of mimicking Jane's voice. While not an exact imitation, it was close enough to be enjoyable, while also a little modernized.A screenwriter, Ms. James also kept the plot moving merrily along, with a few twists at the end. Austen fans will be delighted at the many references to her work, including a "real-life" Mr. Collins.I didn't feel that the Editor's Notes, which insisted this was a memoir, not a piece of fiction, really worked as a literary device. Also, some of the footnotes were clunky, and interfered with the flow of the story. Fortunately, they decreased in number after a few pages, and some of them were quite interesting.But these are minor flaws, and despite them I would recommend this book to any Austen fan.
Review by kaitlinanna
I was very excited to read this book and I am sorry to say that I ended up terribly disappointed. One of my biggest complaints is that there was a focus on Sense and Sensibility, though I prefer Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. It was a slow read in the beginning. I kept reading waiting for it to get better, but it never really did. People who really like historical fiction may enjoy this book.
Review by amanaceerdh
this book is sure to delight all the jane austen fans out there!
Review by stephaniechase
Some Austen devotees just can't stomach that Jane Austen might have had a whole life we modern readers don't know about; still others are certain that Jane simply must have personally experienced some of the emotions and situations that she writes so stunningly about. I'm in the latter camp, and admit to being a hopeless romantic in Austen's case.This light and fun book is a fun look into a love that Jane Austen may or may not have had, and is a pleasure to read. Folks who loved AS Byatt's "Possession" would likely enjoy James' novelized memoir as a nice beach read, or perfect for the bus. James did her research, and came out with something that echoes Austen in spirit.
Review by jfslone
I enjoyed this book as a bit of quick reading that I didn't have to think too hard about. I am a devotee of Jane Austen, and even the fictional things written about her usually grab my interest. I think that, on the whole, James' story is a good concept, and the fictional blends with the factual with seamless effort. However, I think the book is a bit on the predictable side, and therefore not something that I would find myself reading over and over again. I did pull a lot of quotes out of it while I was reading, and jot them down in my journal. It's great for one liners of inspiration, just as Austen's works were themselves. I enjoyed it as a quick, springtime, lazy read, but I wouldn't recommend it as anything more than that.
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