The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In the attics of Chawton House is a false wall. Behind this wall is a trunk and inside this truck there is a treasure trove of works by Jane Austen. Most notably are her memoirs. This is the set up of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen.
This section of her memoirs tells the story of her lost love and her journey to publication. On a trip to Lyme Regis Jane meets a man who sparks within her a love and a desire to write again. Syrie James has given the reader a man worthy of our beloved Jane and a story that let's us believe we can see a piece of her through her novels. Our fictional Jane uses the world around her as inspiration while editing Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice.
I enjoyed this book and I'm a little upset that I let it sit in my To Be Read Pile for so long. While it was a nice read, I did find myself losing interest every once in awhile. I can't pin point anything in particular about the book, maybe it was just the fact that I knew it wouldn't be a happy ending. Poor Jane doesn't get her happily ever after. I liked how we see references to different characters and plot lines from Jane's novels. I have always liked to think that Jane wrote from what she knew and this plays into that idea.
I highly suggest this novel!
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