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November 20, 2014



Syrie James


  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425271358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425271353
(from Amazon)
Fifteen-year-old Jane Austen dreams of three things: doing something useful, writing something worthy, and falling madly in love. When she visits her brother in Kent to celebrate his engagement, she meets wealthy, devilishly handsome Edward Taylor—a fascinating young man who is truly worthy of her affections. Jane knows a match between her and Edward is unlikely, but every moment she spends with him makes her heart race—and he seems to return her interest. Much to her displeasure, however, there is another seeking his attention

Unsure of her budding relationship, Jane seeks distraction by attempting to correct the pairings of three other prospective couples. But when her matchmaking aspirations do not all turn out as anticipated, Jane discovers the danger of relying on first impressions. The human heart cannot be easily deciphered, nor can it be directed or managed. And if others must be left to their own devices in matters of love and matrimony, can Jane even hope to satisfy her own heart?

Jane Austen, 15 years old in 1791 went to Kent for the engagement of her brother Edward to Elizabeth Bridges of Goodneestone Park. Edward Taylor, the intelligent, worldly and oh, so handsome lives next door, and sweeps her off her feet.  Then she enters into a world of love and romance.  The celebration of her brother's engagement lasted a month long and they are always together.  Jane experiences her first pangs of love that may have given her inspiration for her future writing.
Syrie James discovered the real Edward Taylor that were mentioned in Jan Austen's letters.  Ms. James wrote a wonderful story full of information of Austen's life, family and writing.  Ms. James wrote with such perfect historical content, wonderful loving characters and humor that you will laugh out loud at.
I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.  A lovely romance with a little humor tucked in.

I was given a complimentary copy of JANE AUSTEN'S FIRST LOVE from the author, Syrie James and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

Syrie JamesSyrie James, hailed by Los Angeles Magazine as the queen of nineteenth century re-imaginings, is the bestselling author of eight critically acclaimed novels, including THE MISSING MANUSCRIPT OF JANE AUSTEN, THE LOST MEMOIRS OF JANE AUSTEN, THE SECRET DIARIES OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE, NOCTURNE, DRACULA MY LOVE, FORBIDDEN, and The Harrison Duet: SONGBIRD and PROPOSITIONS. Her books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages.

In addition to her work as a novelist, Syrie is a screenwriter, a member of the Writers Guild of America, and a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. An admitted Anglophile, she loves romance and all things 19th century. Syrie welcomes visitors and messages at, and invites you follow her on Facebook and on Twitter.



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