Book 5: The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
A wonderful look into the world’s most beloved author’s life, this novel was compelling and such a delight to read. James captures the voice of Austen and gives us a stunning and provocative look into Austen’s life in this story of what was in the greatest romance author’s own heart.
Many rumours abound about a mysterious gentleman said to be the love of Jane’s life – finally, the truth may have been found…
What if, hidden in an old attic chest, Jane Austen’s memoirs were discovered after hundreds of years? What if those pages revealed the untold story of a life- changing love affair? That’s the premise behind this spellbinding novel, which delves into the secrets of Jane Austen’s life, giving us untold insights into her mind and heart. Jane Austen has given up her writing when, on a fateful trip to Lyme, she meets the well-read and charming Mr. Ashford, a man who is her equal in intellect and temperament. Inspired by the people and places around her encouraged by his faith in her, Jane begins revising Sense and Sensibility, a book she began years earlier, hoping to be published at last. Deft and witty, written in a style that echoes Austen’s own, this unforgettable novel offers a delightfully possible scenario for the inspiration behind this beloved author’s romantic tales. It’s a remarkable book, irresistible to anyone who loves Jane Austen –and to any-one who loves a great story. (From back cover)
Book 11: Persuasion by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
A love story like no-other, Persuasion by Jane Austen was published in 1818, and was her final novel to have been written. The story centres on the love and drama of Anne Elliot and Fredrick Wentworth. It may have been the last story that Austen ever written, but it is a favourite love story that makes it a classic to read and enjoy this Christmas holidays.
More than eight years before the novel opens, Anne Elliot, then a lovely, thoughtful, warm-hearted 19-year old, accepted a proposal of marriage from the handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth. He was clever, confident, and ambitious, but poor and with no particular family connections to recommend him. Sir Walter, Anne’s snobbish father and her equally self-involved older sister Elizabeth were dissatisfied with her choice, maintaining that he was no match for an Elliot of Kellynch Hall, the family estate. Her older friend and mentor, Lady Russell, acting in place of Anne’s late mother, persuaded her to break the engagement, for she, too, felt it was an imprudent match that was beneath Anne. Now 27 and still unmarried, Anne re-encounters her former love when his sister and brother-in-law, the Crofts, take out a lease on Kellynch. Wentworth is now a captain and wealthy from maritime victories in the Napoleonic wars. However, he has not forgiven Anne for rejecting him. While publicly declaring that he is ready to marry any suitable young woman who catches his fancy, he privately resolves that he is ready to become attached to any appealing young woman with the exception of Anne Elliot.
It is a story that any romantic and classic reader would enjoy, as you read following the life of the sweet Anne, as she realises the utter mistake she made, and now have to watch the man she has loyal loved after all these years, be with another. Heartbreaking and overwhelming, Austen writing at her best, in her final novel.
Book 23: Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
P.D. James brings together crime and Jane Austen’s loveable characters Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. Now happily married for six years with two healthy sons, Elizabeth’s happiness in her marriage is complete. But the peace is interrupted when old sins and misunderstandings are rekindled on the eve of the annual autumn ball. With the sudden hysterical arrival of Lydia Wickham, screaming that her husband has been murdered.
P.D. James brings a wonderful recreation of the world of Pride and Prejudice, elegantly fuses her lifelong passion for the work of Jane Austen with her talent for writing detective fiction. The story is weaved with a compelling story, murder and mayhem and secrets deep within the halls of Pemberley. The mystery of what happened in the woodlands and who killed Danny continues to grasp the family of the house into a realisation that not everything is as perfect as they believed to be. With Wickham being sentenced to having done the crime, and a marriage proposal accepted but not for love, Elizabeth and Darcy are forced to question everything they know and maybe question the marriage of their own, as secrets and deceptions surface.
This book is a complete pitch perfect of the world that any Austen fans would love to read, with the drop of murder hidden in the pages. A psychological and emotional richness of characterisation, vivid evocation of place and a credible and superbly structured plot, in a powerful and distinguished work of fiction.
This book is a perfect Christmas time read, especially if you are a fan of Austen romances and gripping detective fictions. It is P.D. James writing at her best.