The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen

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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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About the author

Syrie James is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including the bestseller The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, Nocturne, Dracula My Love, and Forbidden. Her books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages.
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Publisher
Penguin
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Published on
Dec 31, 2012
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Pages
432
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ISBN
9781101618851
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Romance / General
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Stories by: Lauren Willig • Adriana Trigiani • Jo Beverley • Alexandra Potter • Laurie Viera Rigler • Frank Delaney & Diane Meier • Syrie James • Stephanie Barron • Amanda Grange • Pamela Aidan • Elizabeth Aston • Carrie Bebris • Diana Birchall • Monica Fairview • Janet Mullany • Jane Odiwe • Beth Pattillo • Myretta Robens • Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway • Maya Slater • Margaret C. Sullivan • and Brenna Aubrey, the winner of a story contest hosted by the Republic of Pemberley
 
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In Lauren Willig’s “A Night at Northanger,” a young woman who doesn’t believe in ghosts meets a familiar specter at the infamous abbey; Jane Odiwe’s “Waiting” captures the exquisite uncertainty of Persuasion’s Wentworth and Anne as they await her family’s approval of their betrothal; Adriana Trigiani’s “Love and Best Wishes, Aunt Jane” imagines a modern-day Austen giving her niece advice upon her engagement; in Diana Birchall’s “Jane Austen’s Cat,” our beloved Jane tells her nieces “cat tales” based on her novels; Laurie Viera Rigler’s “Intolerable Stupidity” finds Mr. Darcy bringing charges against all the writers of Pride and Prejudice sequels, spin-offs, and retellings; in Janet Mullany’s “Jane Austen, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!” a teacher at an all-girls school invokes the Beatles to help her students understand Sense and Sensibility; and in Jo Beverley’s “Jane and the Mistletoe Kiss,” a widow doesn’t believe she’ll have a second chance at love . . . until a Miss Austen suggests otherwise.

Regency or contemporary, romantic or fantastical, each of these marvelous stories reaffirms the incomparable influence of one of history’s most cherished authors.
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the air, she is immediately taken by the smooth, deeply masculine voice
of caller number twelve, Kyle Harrison. Later that afternoon, the man
behind the voice walks into her studio, and Desiree is instantly
smitten.

Kyle Harrison is not only devastatingly handsome, he is
a brilliant, extremely wealthy entrepreneur from Seattle who is used to
getting what he wants. Desiree can't help her attraction to Kyle—and if
the intense way he looks at her and keeps delaying his flight back to
Seattle is any indication, it seems her feelings are more than
reciprocated.

They embark on a thrilling, passionate love affair
that plays havoc with the life Desiree has struggled so hard to
carefully control. With a divorce under her belt and her career finally
going places, she is concerned that their whirlwind romance is doomed to
long-distance failure.



It might take a Maserati, dozens of red
roses, and a lot of airplane tickets, but Kyle is determined to sweep
Desiree off her feet and claim her as his own—forever. Can Kyle convince
Desiree to risk her heart and her career for love?

Sexy, witty,
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ignite your senses and bring a smile to your heart.


PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF SYRIE JAMES

The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen

“A
novel within a novel honoring what we love most about Austen: 
her
engaging stories, her rapier wit, and her swoon-worthy romance. James’s
pitch perfect, brilliantly crafted prose will have you enchanted and in
awe of her mastery until the very last page. 5 out of 5 Regency Stars!”
—Austenprose

Forbidden

“Hands down the most fascinating
book I have read in quite a while... As the characters develop and the
story unfolds you will find yourself wrapped up in their world,
indulging in every kiss and holding your breath with every twist.”
—Luxury Reading

Nocturne

“You will love this beautiful and
mysterious story, full of love and longing, but with a passion that
sizzles through the pages. The characters are bold and imaginative, and
our hero Michael is everything a woman looks for in a man, but just a
bit more.” —The Romance Reviews

Dracula, My Love



“Syrie
James weaves a tale of quite a different Dracula: a mouth-wateringly
handsome, powerful, cultured, and passionate one. And…I...Loved...It!
This is a gripping story, infused with passion, excitement and emotional
turmoil. It sheds a whole new light on Count Dracula. In true
über-vampire style, he completely outdoes Edward Cullen and Buffy’s
Angel in the sexy tortured soul stakes. This vampire can bite my neck
any time!”” —American Book Center

The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë



“For
fans of biographical tales and romance, Syrie’s story of Charlotte
offers it all: longing and yearning, struggle and success, the searing
pain of immeasurable loss, and the happiness of a love that came
unbidden and unsought. I did not want this story to end.” —Jane Austen’s
World



The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen


“This
fascinating novel will make readers swear there was such a man as Mr.
Ashford and that there is such a memoir…Tantalizing, tender, and true to
the Austen mythos…highly recommended.”
—Library Journal, starred review
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An
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Pembroke Advertising, is in town to bid for the lucrative Cassera's
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Kelli is determined to keep things
professional, but that won't be easy, considering the high-voltage
charge that sizzles between them from the start. With his creative
ingenuity and broad-shouldered, dark-haired good looks, Grant makes it
very difficult for Kelli to concentrate on her work—especially when it
becomes clear that his feelings for her go far beyond the workplace.

They
make a wonderful team. But Grant is as headstrong as he is talented,
and at times the two of them clash.
Can business and pleasure mix? If
Kelli and Grant play their cards right, can a whirlwind love affair last
forever?


PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF SYRIE JAMES

The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen

“A
novel within a novel honoring what we love most about Austen: 
her
engaging stories, her rapier wit, and her swoon-worthy romance. James’s
pitch perfect, brilliantly crafted prose will have you enchanted and in
awe of her mastery until the very last page. 5 out of 5 Regency Stars!”
—Austenprose

Forbidden

“Hands down the most fascinating
book I have read in quite a while... As the characters develop and the
story unfolds you will find yourself wrapped up in their world,
indulging in every kiss and holding your breath with every twist.”
—Luxury Reading

Nocturne

“You will love this beautiful and
mysterious story, full of love and longing, but with a passion that
sizzles through the pages. The characters are bold and imaginative, and
our hero Michael is everything a woman looks for in a man, but just a
bit more.” —The Romance Reviews

Dracula, My Love



“Syrie
James weaves a tale of quite a different Dracula: a mouth-wateringly
handsome, powerful, cultured, and passionate one. And…I...Loved...It!
This is a gripping story, infused with passion, excitement and emotional
turmoil. It sheds a whole new light on Count Dracula. In true
über-vampire style, he completely outdoes Edward Cullen and Buffy’s
Angel in the sexy tortured soul stakes. This vampire can bite my neck
any time!”” —American Book Center

The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë



“For
fans of biographical tales and romance, Syrie’s story of Charlotte
offers it all: longing and yearning, struggle and success, the searing
pain of immeasurable loss, and the happiness of a love that came
unbidden and unsought. I did not want this story to end.” —Jane Austen’s
World



The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen


“This
fascinating novel will make readers swear there was such a man as Mr.
Ashford and that there is such a memoir…Tantalizing, tender, and true to
the Austen mythos…highly recommended.”
—Library Journal, starred review
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