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.
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My favorite book in a long, long time!
Lukewarm and annoying, but a decent story.
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.