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 200-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.
©2012 Syrie James (P)2012 Penguin Audio
I absolutely LOVED this book! Both storylines were captivating, and Justine Eyre did a magnificent job, as always. I almost listened to it all the way straight through (interrupted only by a necessary night's sleep). The ending was satisfying, and I'm recommending it to everyone. SO fun for any Jane Austen fan!
The missing manuscript of the title and, without giving too much away, an interwoven story about its discovery; buy one get one free. All I can say is it did justice to neither. The reader has a flat colourless voice that drains the whole thing of any incipient charm, or humour or emotion and if there was ever a book that needed assistance, this is it. Please don't be put off, if this is your sort of thing. Just not mine, sorry.
"Great book for lovers of Jane Austen and Novices"
A Must Listen
The reading of the Manuscript
A sense of being right there with the characters in the book. She brings the story and characters to life.
Yes, I wanted to defend the characters in the manuscript for how they were treated. Wanted to cry along with them at times.
Having never read Jane Austen. this book has inspired me to do so. Also I look forward to more from the author Syrie James and the narrator Justine Eyre.
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