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First Impressions: A Novel | Charlie Lovett
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Charlie Lovett first delighted readers with hisNew York Timesbestselling debut,The Bookmans Tale. Now, Lovett weaves another brilliantly imagined mystery, this time featuring one of English literatures most popular and beloved authors, Jane Austen. Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition ofLittle Book of Allegoriesby Richard Mansfield. Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the trueauthorship ofPride and Prejudiceand ultimately threaten Sophies life. In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophies quest to uncover the truthwhile choosing between two suitorsand a young Jane Austens touching friendship with the ageing 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.
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Susanita
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I only exchange Christmas gifts with a few people, and nobody uses or consults wish lists! There are some books on my Amazon list, though, mostly as place holders.

Anne Bogel was talking about the tagged book recently, and it sounds like a good choice for my sister who likes Jane Austen and mysteries.

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday! 1w
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Pickpick

Could Jane Austen have plagiarized her beloved Pride and Prejudice? This novel explores such a mystery—with plenty of bookish references—and it was charming.

Book 3 of #24b4Monday + #SummersEndReadathon ✔️
Time: 9h31m

#bfcr3 #smallsteppers

Clwojick Ooh this sounds intriguing! Stacked! ♥️📚🙈 4mo
smilingshelves Love this one! And pretty much everything by Charlie Lovett! 😀 4mo
Andrew65 Fantastic first day, 👏👏👏 4mo
jillrhudy We need a “To Listen To“ icon for stacking. 4mo
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Eggs
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fitzhuu
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Panpan

TL;DR: skip this one, guys.

Prose and plot with promise are overshadowed by bad characterization. Sophie, the protagonist, is unbearably naïve – a stereotype of a bookish female whose head spins at male attention. Her suitors prove to be scummy clichés who behave as expected. The overall story landed somewhere between mediocre and good, but even the thread involving Austen doesn‘t remotely scratch the Regency itch.

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Tereses
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Sitting on the deck, reading and watching the last of the yachts sail up the Derwent. On my 91st read of the year; hoping to finish on 92. Life is good.
Another Austen/bookshop crossover, perhaps its a new genre?

#janeausten #reading on the deck #summerreading

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Heideschrampf
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Panpan

Jane Austen would have despised a protagonist so shallow and lifeless such as this ‚crime romance‘ heroine.

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Heideschrampf
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First impression: not impressed.

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Amabear
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I‘m so excited to delve into this book and hopefully many more by Lovett. I loved hearing his perspective on Alice and wonderlands history, and it was such a joy to meet him!
First book festival ✔️
first author meet ✔️
first signed book✔️
first time meeting littens ✔️
First time on TV ✔️
😍 a great day 🙌🏻
#bookmarksfestival #NC

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Melissa_J
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Crinoline_Laphroaig Oooh! I've never heard of that one. Curious to hear your review. 1y
CrowCAH Lol 😂 1y
CoverToCoverGirl Lol.. a really good first impression! 🤣😉 1y
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Sarah83
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It's a #prejudice, that only women write books about Jane Austen. 😍📚

#150pnpcoverparty @CrowCAH @LeahBergen

rubyslippersreads Lovely cover! 😍📚 2y
CrowCAH You have a good point; never thought about it before. Now on the search for a male author who writes about Jane and her novels! 2y
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CrowCAH @Sarah83 you already found them! 😆 2y
Sarah83 @CrowCAH at least some. 😉 In Germany there was a little hype last year and so there were tables with books about Jane Austen in every bookshop. 😁 2y
CrowCAH @Sarah83 that‘s neat! 😊 2y
Sarah83 @CrowCAH hope you find some of them for your museum. 😍 2y
LeahBergen This cover is so different from mine. Cool! 👍🏻 2y
Sarah83 @LeahBergen really? Which one do you have? 2y
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LeahBergen
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#FirstImpressions was Jane Austen‘s working title for the book that was eventually published as Pride and Prejudice.

(The tagged book is still TBR but the author‘s first book, The Bookman‘s Tale, was a fun little read. 👍🏻)

#150PnPCoverParty (Day 6).

erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve read both, they are fun reads! 🙂 2y
CrowCAH This book looks pretty good! 2y
rubyslippersreads That cover! 😍 2y
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KVanRead Great fact! Thanks for sharing! 2y
Melissa_J I have that on my shelf and didn‘t even think to use it 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm I hope to get to this soon. 👍🏻 2y
LeahBergen @CrowCAH It does, doesn‘t it? 2y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I quite like it! 👍🏻 2y
LeahBergen @Melissa_J I say that so many times AFTER a prompt. 😂 2y
LeahBergen @Sarah83 This is my edition. 😀 2y
Sarah83 Gorgeous edition. 😍 It is quite often, that I like the English edition more than the German one. 😁 You still didn't get the parcel? 😥 2y
LeahBergen @Sarah83 Not yet! I‘m still holding out hope though as one time a parcel from Europe showed up 3 months after it was posted. 😮 2y
Sarah83 Oh. This was quite a long journey. Would you do me a favour? Would you take a picture of your Folio shelf? I got for some others Folios in the booktown last time and I want to get for you the next time I drive there. 🤗 2y
LeahBergen @Sarah83 I have so many on so many shelves - I would have to send you like 10 photos! 😂😂 2y
Sarah83 Mhm. 🤔 I think you collect for some time already. 😊 Maybe you can tell me, which books you are still looking for? 🤗 2y
Sarah83 Or you send me ten photos. 😂 2y
LeahBergen 😂 I‘ll message you on Goodreads tomorrow. I have a bunch of family coming over for dinner right now. 😘 @Sarah83 (edited) 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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This is a fun book for book lovers & a delightful read for those who love Jane Austen. There are some historical details of Austen's life but mostly a richly imagined story behind Austen's writing of her novels & her relationship with a clergyman which raises the question of plagiarism. Another alternating narrative follows present day Sophie, in search of a rare book, the mystery surrounding her uncle's death & being caught in a love triangle.

erzascarletbookgasm This book is not only a homage to Jane Austen but to book lovers who will identify with the joy of reading and collecting books. Just don't take things seriously, and this will be an enjoyable read. You will want to pick up an Austen book for a read or reread after this. 🙂 2y
Bluebird Sold! I've been considering this book for some time. It sounds right up my alley--I'm a book lover and Janeite, how can I resist! 2y
batsy Lovely review, sounds like something light and fun :) 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @Bluebird I hope you'll enjoy it :) 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @batsy thanks, it is super fun to read. I like this better than his other one 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#tonighttonight Starting this new read tonight.
#90sinjuly @Cinfhen @Robothugs

MrBook Ooh, a new one! 2y
Cinfhen Interesting, I'm pretty sure the tagged book shown in the blurb is the same cover of another book 2y
erzascarletbookgasm You're right, @Cinfhen ! I have The Book of Speculation in the same cover as the tagged book shown! 🤔You think they used stock photos? 2y
Cinfhen Yes, definitely! It seems so lazy-ass 😒bothers me!!! 2y
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howjessreads
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Pickpick

Completely preposterous, but super fun! Loved the audio production.

mcipher I loved his first one, from what I recall, so I want to read this now! 2y
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howjessreads
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Started this one today - loving it!

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janeycanuck
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Pickpick

Plowed through this audio (I usually only need one for #24in48!) This is my second Charlie Lovett book and I love his humour and style. Though I'm still not sure how I feel about his idea to toy with the authorship of P&P

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janeycanuck
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Switched to my audio to walk the dog and get the weeding done in the garden but it's started to rain. The good part about rain is that I can read guilt-free and ignore the garden. But the bad part is that I can't read outside.

#24in48

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smilingshelves
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Ah, summer.

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howjessreads
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This book sounds awesome. Apparently it does for Jane Austen what Jennifer Lee Carrell's books do for Shakespeare! I love literary thrillers! I didn't have any money with me today though, and we aren't allowed to stash any books this week (bc of inventory), so it better be on the shelf still on Thursday!! 😜 #behindthescenesatbookmans

LazyOwl Fingers crossed, sounds interesting 2y
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Amie
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Listening to this cute audiobook and working on my never-ending cross-stitch project.

Sace I am in awe of the cross stitch. 😍 3y
Amie @Sace Thanks! It has been a challenging project but I refuse to give up! 3y
Sace It's going to be a masterpiece when you finish! 3y
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bookandbedandtea
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I wanted to love this book as much as his first novel but it just wasn't as good. For the most part I enjoyed the parts set during Jane Austen's life, and her friendship with the fictional Rev. Mansfield, but the parts set in the present time weren't as good. Those characters weren't fleshed out very well and the most interesting one was the dead uncle, seen through flashbacks. Sophie herself was just annoying.

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lynneamch Maybe not. But, a good story often reveals a truth. 😉 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
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On to F! #LitsyAtoZ

DebinHawaii This is in my TBR stack--looking forward to hearing what you think! 👍📚 3y
erzascarletbookgasm On my TBR too! 😊 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Listening to this audiobook while I make dinner. #LitsyAtoZ

Alfoster Yum!😍😍 3y
saresmoore Gorgeous! 3y
Lmstraubie Looks delicious! 3y
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Texreader ❤️ caprese salad. This looks lovely. 3y
sprainedbrain Yummmmmm 3y
Vexingcircumstance There are two pictures of caprese salads in my newsfeed back to back from different people lol. 3y
Vexingcircumstance Oh wait you're tagged in the other one so maybe it's the same salad lol. 3y
WanderingBookaneer @Vexingcircumstance : The other one is from my wife, @BookishMarginalia . 3y
LeahBergen Yes, please! 3y
Reviewsbylola 😍😍 3y
Vexingcircumstance lol that makes sense. :) 3y
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DebinHawaii
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Day3 #seasonsreadings2016 #setinlibrariesbookstores Here are two books set in bookstores, or in the case of the wonderful 'The Bookshop on the Corner'-a van/bookmobile. 'First Impressions' is a fairly recent addition to my TBR stack from the library bookstore and it's supposed to be a mystery/love story/homage to Jane Austen set in an antiquarian bookstore in London (which sounds right up my alley!) Has anyone read it yet? 📚❤️#setinbookstores

RealLifeReading I've not heard of First Impressions but it does look pretty! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm I have First Impressions on my TBR. Have you read his other book, ? Interesting. 3y
DebinHawaii @RealLifeReading Yes, I was pulled in by the cover and description! 📚👍 @erzascarletbookgasm No, I have not. I grabbed this one when I saw the description but the first book does sound interesting so I'm going to keep my eye out for it. 👍 3y
raelaschoenherr Wow, First Impressions sounds right up my alley! 3y
Jaimelire Have to read these 3y
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books_cats_art
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#spinepoetry

First impressions:
the woman in blue
the elements of style
the little prince.

Change of heart - much ado about nothing
a light in the window, the witching hour.

Shakespeare's words,
an everlasting meal,
the virgin's lover:
RIPE.

Boy meets girl.

#24in48

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books_cats_art
Pickpick

#spinepoetry

First impressions:
the woman in blue,
the elements of style,
The little prince.
Change of heart - much ado about nothing
A light in the window, the witching hour,
Shakespeare's words, an everlasting meal,
The virgin's lover, RIPE.
Boy meets girl.

#24in48