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Ebook ´ First Impressions ã 558 pages É Charlie lovett É [Epub] ➢ First Impressions ➣ Charlie Lovett – Helpyouantib.co.uk Charlie Lovett first delighted readers with his New York Times bestselling debut The Bookman's Tale Now Lovett weaves another brilliantly imagined mystery this timeForms and the joys of a life lived in books Charlie Lovett is a writer teacher and playwright whose plays for children have been seen in over 3000 productions worldwide He served for than a decade as writer in residence at Summit School in Winston Salem NC He is a former antiuarian bookseller and he has collected rare books and other materials related to Lewis Carroll for than 25 years He and his wife split their time between Winston Salem and Kingham Oxfordshir Jane Austen is one of literary histories most influential writers Her small number novels have not only proved very popular but she is also regarded as a great social commentator of her time First Impressions is one of many books plays movies and TV shows inspired by her life and worksThe best way i can describe the authors works is modern day classic literary mysteries Alternating between present day England and Austen's 18th 19th Hampshire Sophie Collingwood is a book loving college graduate who has her life thrown upside down by the shock death of her much loved uncle She is horrified to find when she goes to live in his home that his beloved books have been sold Sophie finds solace working for a friend of her Uncle at his bookstore Things will become sinister when two customer reuest a copy of an obscure work the second edition of Little Books of Allegories Sophie's detective work will see her discover something so unpalatable that it beggars belief that her favorite author could of plagiarized Pride and Prejudice and in the process puts her life on the lineIn the parallel plot Jane Austen will find herself inspired by a visiting clergyman Richard Mansfield Over time there relationship will strengthen from mentoring to friendship and then with Jane love Despite the vast age difference between the two the relationship will be the push she needs to pursue her writing Thanks to Mansfield's critical assessments and encouragement Jane would evolve into the writer she is who is revered the world overThe story is a slow grind to start of with but when things kick into gear as Sophie tries to unravel the circumstances of her uncles death and whether Jane Austen was guilty of plagiarism something that would rock the book loving world to it's knees the story morphs into a compelling whodunnit Combining romance and suspense in separate times First Impressions is a great little yarn that although not without it's faults is still an entertaining read

Ebook ✓ First Impressions ã Charlie Lovett

Charlie Lovett first delighted readers with his New York Times bestselling debut The Bookman's Tale Now Lovett weaves another brilliantly imagined mystery this time featuring one of English literature's most popular and beloved authors Jane Austen Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiuarian bookshop in London when two different customers reuest a copy of the same obscure book the second edition of Little Book of I would have liked this if Sophie had not been such a complete idiot Really she was a very unlikeable and even moronic main character The rest was good I liked the idea of Jane finding inspiration for her novels from a friend and I really enjoyed all the references to books and libraries In fact all the chapters about Jane were interesting but then we were inflicted with the terrible Sophie which pretty much ruined it for me Not a bad book but not a very good one either

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First ImpressionsAllegories by Richard Mansfield Their ueries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice and ultimately threaten Sophie's life In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophie's uest to uncover the truth while choosing between two suitors and a young Jane Austen's touching friendship with the ageing cleric Richard Mansfield Lovett weaves a romantic suspenseful and utterly compelling novel about love in all its It is a truth universally acknowledged that I came very close to running my car into a telephone pole than once while listening to this atrocious book just to make it stopOne of my favorite things about my job is the wonderful uninterrupted time my commute gives me to listen to audio books This is a pleasure I have not been afforded in many years so I tend to be super choosy about what makes its way into my CD player As a genuine fan of Charlie Lovett's The Bookman’s Tale a literary mystery tailor made for hard core Shakespeare nuts and any lover of antiuarian books I had every reason to believe First Impressions A Novel of Old Books Unexpected Love and Jane Austen would be a similar delightful foray into the world of another author I love Ms Jane AustenLet's just say it got to the point with this particular audio book that I just couldn't let it beat me and listened right to the bitter end despite every fiber of my being screaming TURN IT OFF Seriously I was actually yelling at the CD player by the endLet me introduce you to Sophie Collingwood She is an idiot Why you ask? Well Sophie Collingwood loves books Nothing wrong with that you say Certainly not I reply The problem is that is the only thing Sophie Collingwood cares about The only thing in the entire world according to Sophie worth any attention love or than ten seconds of her time is books Your worth as a human being is defined according to Sophie by how much you love books If you do not agree with this Sophie will kill you No seriously She'll totally kill you Unless she finds a new book then she'll get distracted and you can run awaySophie is devoted to her uncle Bertram another bibliophile who like Sophie literally does nothing other than read and purchase books I think he may have a job as an accountant somewhere but that's only so he can get money to buy books Lovett mentions this all of one time so I could be wrongThen Sophie meets Eric who is the single most horrendous love interest ever In the span of two days Eric does the following;1 Calls Sophie an idiot for liking the romantic aspects of Jane Austen's writing2 Stalks her to her parents house 3 Insults her father to his face repeatedly within ten minutes of meeting him4 Strong arms Sophie into kissing him after promising he's not interested in getting her into bedOf course none of these things are deal breakers because its totally charming when a guy stalks you insults you and your family repeatedly and lies from the moment he opens his mouth Also he's taking a year off to travel the world and read great literature in its country of origin For someone who would clearly eat wear and sleep on books if she could this is the height of romanceThen dear old uncle Bertram dies and leaves Sophie his amazing collection of dusty books along with his apartment This is actually great since Sophie just graduated from Oxford where I have no idea what in the hell she studied because it is never ever mentioned and she doesn't have a job or any idea what to do with her life She is horrified to discover upon her arrival at the apartment that her father has had to sell uncle Bertram's collection to pay off his apparently outstandingly huge debts at the risk of losing the apartmentSophie's response to this is to tell her father that if he'd really loved his brother he would have sold the apartment insteadLet that sink inHer poor father has just lost his brother We learn that he spends all his time and effort on trying to maintain the family legacy an estate left to him by his father and receives no help from anyone including his own younger brother who's only interest is the family library which he will not allow Sophie's dad to sell because BOOKKKKKKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS His daughter thinks he's a jerk and spends all of her time with her uncle and then when he dies tells him he didn't really love said brother because he sold his books so his jobless daughter would have somewhere to liveThis is to me the defining moment in the book wherein we realize just how horrible of human being Sophie really isFortunately Sophie lands a job as a clerk in a used bookstore which is apparently all you need to pay for an apartment in London these days But she's barely gotten started when not one but two different clients call seeking the same second edition of an obscure work of allegorical stories written by a long dead curate One client threatens her with bodily harm if she doesn't find the book and the other a handsome guy named Winston becomes Sophies boy toy since Eric is now in Paris on his reading vacation Before too long Sophie is embroiled in a hunt for the elusive author of the allegories Richard Mansfield who appears to have had a very intimate connection with none other than Jane Austen and as she researches she discovers to her horror that it may have been Richard Mansfield who was responsible for Jane's most famous work Pride and PrejudiceProving that Jane Austen did in fact write Pride and Prejudice on her own becomes the entire focus of Sophie's life Nothing I repeat nothing is as important as proving this Her entire life revolves around proving that Jane Austen is not a plagarizing hack All kidding aside it does sound like a cool story right? Its bound to be exciting and tense as she works to discover the truth isn't it? Its totally not Lovett's detestable characters are not helped out at all by his writing which consists mainly of repeating himself over and over and over and over Scenes go something like this;Sophie had no idea what she would do if it turned out Jane hadn't really written Pride and Prejudice Would she reveal this information to the world? What would she do? Would she keep it to herself? She felt so strongly that Jane had written Pride and Prejudice But what if she hadn't? What did it all mean? Had Jane really written Pride and Prejudice? And if she hadn't what would Sophie do?For every step forward in the plot we take twenty backwards into Sophie's brain while she wonders over and over and over and over who's telling the truth who's lying what she'll do to save Jane's honor blah blah blah blahAGGHHHHHHThis book goes on and on and on while Sophie does absolutely everything she can think of to learn the truth And I do mean everything She commits several acts of theft breaking and entering grand larceny trespassing put people's lives in danger and she lies to everyone and all of this is okay because she just loves books and Jane Austen soooooooo much you guyyyyysssss And also BOOOOKKKKKKKKKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSParadoxically she gets incredibly angry with anyone who does the exact same things to her Just in case we didn't find her annoying enough I guessThe only reason this book even has two stars is because of the one thing Lovett does right in this atrocity Horrid Sophie and her stupid friends and crappy story are intertwined with a fictional flashback account of Jane's relationship with Richard Mansfield an 80 year old curate who she meets one day while out walking The two begin a passionate friendship Lovett goes out of his way to repeat that she is NOT in love with him born of their mutual love of literature and writing The chapters devoted to their story are honestly wonderful written very much in Jane Austen's style I would have happily read an entire book about the two of them provided Lovett acknowledged the notion that Jane Austen might very well have fallen in love with a man regardless of his age who shared her uniue view of the world and her passion for literature Instead I had to suffer through Sophie's endless internal monologues about how uniue she is because she likes to read and how no one understands the value of books and who should she choose Eric or Winston interspersed with Lovett bending himself into a pretzel to remind me that Jane loves Mr Mansfield but she doesn't LOVE love him This was an incredibly maddening read because Lovett can write a good story with lovely characters so I don't know what the hell was going on when he wrote this horror show Nothing is helped by the wackadoo narration provided by Jane Entwhistle who has a lovely name but a voice that sounds like your 125 year old grandmother dealing with a serious head cold and therefore isn't exactly appropriate for a dashing young American Eric who sounds a bit like Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs or handsome mysterious Winston who sounds like an 85 year old man Her general narration is fine if somewhat distracting since her voice is so damn cutesy and gravelly it made me grit my teeth but both love interests sound positively creepy the way she does them About the only