Summary

Samantha McDonough cannot believe her eyes--or her luck. Tucked in an uncut page of a two-hundred-year old poetry book is a letter she believes was written by Jane Austen, mentioning with regret a manuscript that 'went missing at Greenbriar in Devonshire.' Could there really be an undiscovered Jane Austen novel waiting to be found? Could anyone resist the temptation to go looking for it?Making her way to the beautiful, centuries-old Greenbriar estate, Samantha finds it no easy task to sell its owner, the handsome yet uncompromising Anthony Whitaker, on her wild idea of searching for a lost Austen work--until she mentions its possible million dollar value.After discovering the unattributed manuscript, Samantha and Anthony are immediately absorbed in the story of Rebecca Stanhope, daughter of a small town rector, who is about to encounter some bittersweet truths about life and love. As they continue to read the newly discovered tale from the past, a new one unfolds in the present--a story that just might change both of their lives forever.Praise for the Lost Memories of Jane Austen named one of the best novels of the year by Library Journal'Offers a deeper understanding of what Austen's likfe might have been like.' Los Angeles Times'A beautiful fictional what-if.' Austenprose'Suspense builds, and it's tribute to the world James creates that readers will anxiously root for Jane to find true love and wealth, even though we know it never happened.' Kirkus Reviews'Syrie James is a fine storyteller, with a sensitive ear for the Austenian voice . . . The result is a thoughtful, immensely touching romance . . . Well researched, well written, and beautifully plotted.' Jane Austen's Regency World