Want to know how to spend New Year’s Eve this year? I highly recommend curling up with a glass of champagne and The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, a new Austen-inspired novel by best-selling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, Syrie James! *squee*
I had the honor of reading a working copy of this exciting novel months ago and offered Syrie a few suggestions. I would love to tell all…right now…but of course I will only offer this teaser description from the publisher:
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 that 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 multi-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.
On sale December 31, 2012 from Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Books, Janeites and historical fiction lovers will delight in discovering the parallel stories: one from the early nineteenth-century England and the second from contemporary times: both full of mystery, passion and Jane Austen’s indelible influence. The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen is on the top of my reading list to ring in the New Year!
The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, by Syrie James
Berkley Trade (2012)
Trade paperback (432) pages
© 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose