Posted by: Shirley | April 1, 2011

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

WHEN: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2011
WHERE: Panera
200 Hancock St.
Quincy, MA 02171
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“The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen” by Syrie James

What if, hidden in an old attic chest, Jane Austen’s memoirs were discovered after hundreds of years?

What if those pages revealed the existence of a secret romance?

That’s the premise behind this “thoughtful, immensely touching” novel (Regency World Magazine), which gives us insight into Jane Austen’s mind and heart.

Written in a compelling and witty style that echoes Austen’s own, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen stays faithful to the facts of Jane Austen’s life, while revealing the untold story of Jane’s impassioned, life-changing love affair. At the same time, the novel showcases Jane’s struggle with her own talent, and offers a possible scenario for the inspiration behind some of her most beloved romantic tales.


When Jane Austen’s father dies, Jane, her sister Cassandra, and their mother are left homeless and nearly penniless. Although Jane’s brothers pitch in to offer financial support, Jane still lacks privacy and a settled place in which to live and write. She has long since given up her dream of becoming a published author.

On a fateful trip to Lyme, Jane meets the well-read and charming Mr. Ashford, a man who is her equal in intellect and temperament. The two fall deeply in love. Inspired by the people and places around her, and encouraged by Mr. Ashford’s faith in her, Jane begins revisingSense and Sensibility, a book she began years earlier, hoping to be published at last.


  1. This looks good!

  2. Thanks!!