First Impressions

First Impressions : A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

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A thrilling literary mystery costarring Jane Austen from the""New York Times"" bestselling author of""The Bookman s Tale ""Charlie Lovett's newest book"""The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge"""is now available from Viking Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customersrequest a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of"ALittle Book of Allegories"by Richard Mansfield. Their queries draw Sophieinto a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of"Pride and Prejudice" andultimately threatenSophie s life. In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophie s quest to uncover the truth while choosing between two suitors and a young Jane Austen s touching friendship withthe aging cleric Richard Mansfield, Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 308 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 498.95g
  • Viking Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 0525427244
  • 9780525427247
  • 1,196,445

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"A delightful novel." --"People" "[A] thrilling romance." --"Woman's Day, ""WD Picks" "Part mystery, part love story, "First Impressions" is a 100 percent thumping good read and a loving homage to one of literature's most beloved authors. Lovett takes readers on a rollicking adventure that cleverly weaves in the best elements of Austen's novels, while also giving life to Austen's own personal history in a satisfying and captivating way. It's a giddy novel that celebrates books and the people who love them as much as it entertains, making it the perfect read for bookworms and Janeites alike." --"Bookpage" "A completely captivating and charming book....the author's passion for Jane Austen and his knowledge of printing methods and practices of the 1700s truly make this book a standout. The reader gets a nice adventure story, a little bit of romance and mystery, and a real feel for book collecting and for the author's love of Jane Austen. If it's a love you share, you may well find this book irresistible." --"Mystery Scene" "[An] ingenious novel....Ardent fans of Jane Austen and lovers of gripping stories will enjoy following Sophie's pursuit of the truth." --"Publishers Weekly" "[An] appealing combination of mystery, romance, and bibliophilism....An absolute must for Austen fans, a pleasure for others." --"Booklist " "A delightful read that Janeites will love....[Lovett] adds bookish intrigue to the life of another luminary of English literature." --"Library Journal" "Lovett's love of books and libraries once again energizes his storytelling." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Charlie Lovett's delightful "First Impressions" weaves together two stories: one about a modern young woman who loves books and the other about the friendship between nineteenth-century novelist Jane Austen and a clergyman. The result is an inventive tale with elements of romance and suspense, wrapped around a bookish mystery that will please lovers of old libraries and Austen fans." --Deborah Harkness, #1 "New York Times "bestselling author of "The Book of Life" "Jane Austen, true love, great books, and a literary mystery of epic proportions: Charlie Lovett packs all my favorite things into a thoroughly engaging story that keeps us enthralled to the very last page. Austen herself would adore the counter-point heroine, the bright and delightful Sophie Collingwood. A pure gem." --Katherine Reay, author of "Dear Mr. Knightley" "Brimming with charm and intrigue, Charlie Lovett's new novel will leave a lasting impression on lovers of books, literary enigmas, and the eternally fascinating Jane Austen. "First Impressions" spans centuries, but time ceases to exist as Lovett's riveting story begins to unfold." --Erika Robuck, author of "Hemingway's Girl" "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a reader in want of a marvelous mystery and lovely literary fiction must be in want of "First Impressions." With a deep understanding of Jane Austen and a deft hand at mystery, Lovett strikes the perfect chord between literature and a first rate thriller." --Craig Johnson, "New York Times "bestselling author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, the basis of A&E's hit series "Longmire"show more

About Charlie Lovett

Charlie Lovett is a former antiquarian bookseller, an avid book collector, and a member of The Grolier Club, the preeminent club for bibliophiles in North America.He and his wife split their time between Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Kingham, Oxfordshire, in England."show more

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3,774 ratings
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4 38% (1,452)
3 30% (1,132)
2 10% (383)
1 2% (79)
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