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THE MISSING MANUSCRIPT OF JANE AUSTEN
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
This is a lovely story about the possibility of an unpublished book by Jane Austen. James weaves a magical book and takes readers back into the life of one of the most beloved female writers of all time, giving us memorable characters and a believable storyline. This is one book that readers will definitely store on their keeper shelf and read more than once.
While Samantha McDonough is doing some sightseeing in Oxford, before meeting up with her boyfriend, she buys a book of poetry and discovers a letter sewn into the cover. She realizes immediately that the letter is written by Jane Austen and learns the author wrote a manuscript during a visit to Greenbriar, but it was lost. What are the chances she could actually find this lost manuscript? She meets the current owner of this estate, Anthony Whitaker, who at first does not want to go along with her wild scheme to look for the lost treasure. Then they discover a box, the contents of which will change the course of both their lives. As they read through the script they also discover it is the story of Jane’s lost love. Will they share this find with the world, or will it be auctioned off to the highest private collector, never to see the light of day? (BERKLEY, Jan., 432 pp, $15.00)
Reviewed By: Patsy Glans
Published: January 2013