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 reading was excellent in parts, extremely annoying in others. The narrator has the habit of finishing sentences with a long drawn out syllable in the throat. It's really annoying. But the voices during the Austen part of the story were excellent, and I found myself enjoying the book about halfway through. I think I would have enjoyed it more with a different narrator. I did notice some modern colloquialisms that would not have been in a true Austen novel, but I think one has to look past those little things. It's not actually written by Austen, after all. It felt sort of like a mashup of all of Austen's novels and it was actually fairly satisfying in that way. I found the modern part of the story quite lacking and undeveloped though. I nearly would have rather had just the Austen story and not bothered with the surrounding modern tale.
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Like The Pink Carnation series, this story jumps back and forth between the present where researchers have found a lost manuscript and the past that has been written down. I enjoy this double point of view.
The "found" manuscript is written very much in the Jane Austen style, full of the minutiae of daily life in the 18th Century. This author, however, doesn't make that minutiae as interesting as Jane did.
I really disliked the English accent she used. It sounds haughty and pretentious. You can actually hear the British stiff upper lip.
Yes. I love Jane Austen and would go to see this movie on the basis hof her name only. Also, the story wouldn't suffer from being edited down to two and a half hours or so.
I've listened to and read a lot of Regency romances in the last 20 years and there are few that literally caused me to swear out loud but this was one of them. The hubris of this author to even suggest that the "missing manuscript" of the title is even remotely like something from Jane Austen is astounding. If you love Jane Austen and respect her works do yourself a favor and steer clear of this drivel
I have listened to other books by Syrie James and Justines Eyre's voice was distracting and bizarre. She draws out her words in a strange way, I found it distracting and annoying. I will avoid her from now on.
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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