Cover Reveal: Jane Austen’s Lost Letters by Jane K. Cleland

Take a first look at Jane K. Cleland's upcoming Josie Prescott Antique Mystery, Jane Austen's Lost Letters (Minotaur Books, December 2021), and read on for a note from the author on writing the novel and Jane Austen's influence in her life.

Jane K. Cleland On Writing Jane Austen’s Lost Letters

I was born loving Jane Austen—I mean that literarily. Some expectant mothers play classical music to their unborn children. Others sing lullabies. My mother read Pride and Prejudice to me in the womb. To say my mother was a Jane Austen fan is like calling the ocean wet. It’s true, but it misses the point. My mother was a mega-fan, a devotee, a true believer. She was active in the Jane Austen Society most of her adult life, and attending the group’s annual conference was the highlight of her year. It was therefore double humbling to write Jane Austen’s Lost Letters—I was able to acknowledge my mother’s gift—an early love of Jane Austen—while honoring one of the world’s most beloved authors. And, oh, by the way, did you hear? It might be that some never-before-seen letters written by Jane Austen  have come to light.

Welcome to Rocky Point, New Hampshire, where my gal, Josie Prescott, runs Prescott’s Antiques & Auctions, one of the premier small antiques auction houses in the world. Join Josie on a quest for the truth—about the letters and herself. As she draws close to the answers, she finds herself in danger, and learns that some people will do anything to keep a secret—even kill.

More: #BookSeriesBinge: Q&A with Jane K. Cleland on Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries

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  1. Terri L Poster-Taylor

    Really looking forward #14 in the Josie Prescott series. I just wish I didn’t have to wait all until, until December!

  2. BethAnn Bates

    This looks so good! I can’t wait to read it.

    • Jane Cleland

      Thanks, Beth Ann! I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Shari Randall

    That cover is so enticing! Can’t wait to read this – from another Jane Austen devotee.

  4. Berly

    Very nice cover with all the autumnal color and pastoral romance of the era. Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading the story.

  5. Jane Cleland

    Thanks, Berly! I agree. Can’t you imagine Jane Austen sitting at that desk?

  6. Dina

    What a gorgeous cover! Can’t wait to read what’s on the inside of it!

  7. Diana Hardt

    Congratulations on your upcoming release! Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book, very intriguing.

  8. denise

    This sounds fantastic! Love the Josie Prescott series and I’m a Janeite!

    • Jane Cleland

      Denise, this comment got posted in the wrong place (my fault)!
      Thank you, Denise! I hope you’ll pass this along to your fellow Janeites! I’d love to speak to the various chapters.

  9. Jane Cleland

    Denise, that’s perfect! I’m so pleased you like the series. I hope you’ll share the news with your fellow Janeites!
    If you would go to Goodreads and list it on your “Want to Read” list, that would be fantastic! Here’s the link:

  10. Claire A Murray

    Great cover, Jane. There’s a softness to it while maintain the clarity needed for everything to stand out against the background and for the cover to stand out against the competition.

    • Jane Cleland

      Thank you, Denise! I hope you’ll pass this along to your fellow Janeites! I’d love to speak to the various chapters.

    • Jane Cleland

      Thank you, Claire. Your observations are astute. I especially love the autumn leaves!

  11. Lisbeth Mizula

    A premise and cover to die for–I can’t wait to be whisked away into another heart-felt Josie Prescott mystery adventure!

  12. Jane Cleland

    You’re so kind, Lisbeth! Thank you so much.

  13. michalstrutin

    Love the glowing, come-hither colors of your upcoming cover. And…lost letters of Jane Austen. Jane Austen! I’ve preordered.

  14. Jane Cleland

    Michal, thank you again!

  15. downeaster

    I just finished reading Pride & Prejudice, so this could be a very timely read

  16. jane doe

    I’m not a Jane Austen fan but I am an avid Jane Cleland one. Love Josie Prescott and can’t wait to read Jane Austen’s Lost Letters!

  17. Sherrie Wood

    I have enjoyed the books that you have written and enjoy the antiques along with the main character keeping her wits about her while trying to avoid danger. Looking forward to the new book. I will probably have to order this through the library and just be patient waiting.

  18. Susan Morrison

    So now we know why your name is Jane! So looking forward to the new Josie. Pride and Prejudice is one of two books I literally read to pieces. I still reread it and by the way, I’ve read all the Josies at least twice by now. Please keep them coming

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