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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (395 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Syrie James Narrator: Justine Eyre Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781101605165
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The minute I saw the letter, I knew it was hers. There was no mistaking it: the salutation, the tiny, precise handwriting, the date, the content itself, all confirmed its ancient status and authorship…

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.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/18/2014

    " I found this a interesting concept... a book within a book. The weird thing was that I loved reading the newly discovered novel but really had a harder time with the main frame of the story which was still well written but just not as enjoyable or interesting to me, mainly because it seemed to be a little too predictable. Having said that, I enjoyed how the two stories mirrored each other at times and found that I read through this quickly because I couldn't wait to find out what was in store for both of the heroines. A quick and easy read that has now put me in the mood for reading some Jane Austen! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patty | 1/24/2014

    " I enjoyed the Lost Memoirs, but this one fell short for me. Predictable and trite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista Mercer | 1/21/2014

    " Another Austenesque quick read, this one concerning a "missing" manuscript. The Austen "novel within the novel" was engaging and certainly in the Austen style. Unfortunately I found the modern-day protagonist, Samantha McDonald, less appealing. Not only did she could off a touch fickle in regard to her relationships with men, but her attitude towards her job struck an unattractive chord. If only all us liberal arts-types could find an archives job so easily! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/7/2014

    " Loved the book... particularly the layers of stories offered by the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 12/25/2013

    " James did a wonderful job recreating an Austen novel within her novel... a great read for Austen fans! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 12/15/2013

    " Beautifully written. I loved the concept of a novel within a novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 12/10/2013

    " All things Jane Austen, and, if you are a fan - this is a welcome addition to her world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 12/8/2013

    " This book gets better as it goes along. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Huey | 12/6/2013

    " It was an easy read and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry Friend | 11/4/2013

    " This was very lightly written book that kept me connected to Jane Austin and that historical era. I liked how the author connected to the present and the past however the present part of the book was very transparent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C | 10/21/2013

    " 4.5 stars. Recommend reading previous book The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 8/19/2013

    " Lots of fun! The audiobook version was read by Justine Eyre, one of my favorite narrators. She brought the story to life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 8/18/2013

    " Although somewhat predictable, she is an Austen scholar after all, weaving two plots together in one story was fun to read and the "missing manuscript" was a good "Austen" read. I will probably seek out her other novel on Austen's Memoir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 7/21/2013

    " This was a wonderful new take on a new Jane Austen novel. I lived the book within the book. The stories kept me guessing and not wanting to put it down. Just wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 6/30/2013

    " Fluff and fun. While I felt the beginning was awkward with not enough "beginning" I really enjoyed the actual "missing book". It was very Austen-like and enjoyable. The outside story was okay. Under-developed a smidge, but light and fluffy. Austen fans, you will enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 VM | 6/14/2013

    " This book was a mix of some Jane Austen history, a modern romance, and a new "Jane Austen" story. I enjoyed the story within a story. It definitely had the Austen feel with bits of characters from other books coming through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Cheuka | 4/15/2013

    " Loved the mystery of discovering this new manuscript as well as the story of love "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamra | 3/12/2013

    " Three and a half stars. I really liked this story-within-a-story although the ending was a little too neatly summed up making it a tad implausible. But the idea of a seventh Jane Austen novel!? Who can resist that! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 gertt | 2/28/2013

    " If you love Jane Austen, then you will enjoy this newest book by Syrie James. Well done...Ms Austen would approve. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica Doman | 1/6/2013

    " I love everything that Syrie James has written and this latest novel is no exception. I loved the interweaving of both novels and the "lost manuscript" was a real gem! I rarely give 5 stars and this was a true joy to read. "

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About the Author
Author Syrie James

Syrie James is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including the bestseller The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë, Nocturne, Dracula, My Love, and Forbidden. Her books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages.

About the Narrator

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated dozens of audiobooks and has a prestigious Audie Award and seven AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt. Eyre is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.