Annotations for Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen


Baker & Taylor
Discovering a letter written by Jane Austen inside of a centuries-old book, a delighted Samantha McDonough investigates the letter's suggestions about a possible undiscovered Austen manuscript and searches the historical home of handsome-yet-stern Anthony Whitaker, with whom she explores truths about life and love. Original. 50,000 first printing.

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Baker & Taylor
Discovering a letter written by Jane Austen inside of an old book, Samantha investigates the letter's suggestions about a possible undiscovered manuscript and searches the historical home of handsome Anthony Whitaker.

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Penguin Putnam
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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