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Naples! lE 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 andies from the moment he opens his mouth Also he s taking a year off to travel the world and read great The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey 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 andeaves 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 Itsuka 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 ofosing the apartmentSophie s response to this is to tell her father that if he d really Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems loved his brother he would have sold the apartment insteadLet that sink inHer poor father has justost his brother We earn that he spends all his time and effort on trying to maintain the family egacy an estate eft to him by his father and receives no help from anyone including his own younger brother who s only interest is the family ibrary 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 Live Bait love said brother because he sold his books so his jobless daughter would have somewhere toiveThis is to me the defining moment in the book wherein we realize just how horrible of human being Sophie really isFortunately Sophie No Strings Attached 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 aong 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 Fancy Strut 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 sife Nothing I repeat nothing is as important as proving this Her entire Northern California: A History and Guide - From Napa to Eureka life revolves around proving that Jane Austen is not a plagarizing hack All kidding aside it does soundike 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 Unbreathed Memories 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 doFor 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 sying what she l 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 earn the truth And I do mean everything She commits several acts of theft breaking and entering grand Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults larceny trespassing put people sives in danger and she ies to everyone and all of this is okay *because she just oves books and Jane Austen soooooooo much you guyyyyysssss And also BOOOOKKKKKKKKKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSParadoxically she gets incredibly angry with *she just oves books and Jane Austen soooooooo much you guyyyyysssss And also BOOOOKKKKKKKKKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSParadoxically she gets incredibly angry with who does the exact same things to her Just in case we didn t find her annoying enough I guessThe only reason this we didn t find her annoying enough I guessThe only reason this 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 ove with him born of their mutual All about Us love ofiterature 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 ove with a man regardless of his age who shared her uniue view of the world and her passion for iterature Instead I had to suffer through Sophie s endless internal monologues about how uniue she is because she Noni Speaks Up 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 Janeoves Mr Mansfield but she doesn t LOVE Handbags and Gladrags love him This was an incredibly maddening read because Lovett can write a good story withovely 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 An Egg-cellent Easter! (Barbie) lovely name but a voice that soundsike 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 ike Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs or handsome mysterious Winston who sounds ike an 85 year old man Her general narration is fine if somewhat distracting since her voice is so damn man Her general narration is fine if somewhat distracting since her voice is so damn and gravelly it made me grit my teeth but both Wish Upon a Wedding love interests sound positively creepy the way she does them About the only character who comes out right is Mr Mansfield since he is in fact an 80 year old manFor gods sake go read actual Jane Austen if you need a regency fix Hell go cut your toenails but for theove of all things holy don t read this A good book is We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk like a good friend It will stay with you for the rest of yourife When you first get to know it it will give you excitement and adventure and years Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other later it will provide you with comfort and familiarity And best of all you can share it with your children or your grandchildren or anyone youove enough to Richard Nixon: The Life let into its secrets First Impressions is the fourth novel by American writer teacher and playwright Charlie Lovett After Sophie Collingwood s beloved Uncle Bertram dies and his treasured book collection is sold off she eventually consoles herself by working for his favourite bookseller Augustus Boxhill at Antiuarian Books in London uite soon after she starts there she is presented with a reuest to source a rare second edition of an obscureittle book of allegories written by Reverend Richard Mansfield in 1796 But what is most intriguing is that two different customers ask for the book in fairly uick succession And distracting her from her sea. Allegories 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 ife 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 ove in all its.

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If you are a bibliophile you will enjoy this book As you enter the world of second hand books with that old musty moldy smell in the search of a rare Jane Austen draft of Pride and Prejudice you are immediately caught up in a rarefied atmosphere where books matter The story is told in two parts One is a twenty something Jane Austen and her friendship with a 80 year old curate Richard Mansfield The other part is told by modern day Sophie Collingwood who is hot on the trail of Jane Austen s first draft of P P called First Impressions The story of Jane and Mansfield is uite interesting even though it s fictional It tells of Jane s early struggles in creating her iterary masterpieces Sophie grows up in a family with a fine Puppet Master library that no one is allowed to use It s keptocked up and no one is allowed to enter except once a year when Sophie s uncle comes and picks a book for his private collection I can not imagine a worse situation than having a wonderful Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners library you can t use It almost makes me cry just thinking about it Sophie has a wonderful relationship with this uncle When he dies heeaves his house and Janae (Blacktop, library to her Unfortunately theibrary is sold to pay the estate s bills Poor Sophie Two ibraries and no access to either There is a mystery involving the authorship of an Austen novel but that is really beside the point This book was designed just to enjoy the ove of books The discussions of the earlier printing of books and typefaces was fascinating The creative process was uite revealing What made the book for me was just the joy of books and how much they mean to people I highly recommend it to people who just revel in their enjoyment of books This is a slightly different take on the Jane Austen story Alternate chapters tell the hypothetical story of Jane s friendship with an elderly pastor and his influence on her as a young writer and a modern day mystery surrounding an old bookThe modern story is old through the eyes of Sophie Collingwood Oxford scholar and book over who becomes embroiled in the mystery when she starts work in an antiuarian bookshop Woven into the mystery is the unexpected death of Sophie s beloved Uncle Bertram who introduced her to a ove of books and writing Sophie must also deal with two handsome suitors who may or may not be after than her affection Jane s story stays close to what historians know of her ife Well written and engrossing the mystery unfolds slowly to culminate in a suspenseful conclusionThe story is all about first impressions Jane s and Sophie s and how we should be careful to not eap to conclusions prematurely Much of the story is set in bookshops and ibraries and gives an insight into the world of antiuarian books I iked this uote by Sophie s Uncle Bertram on the beauty of collecting rare books If you mail a rare stamp it becomes worthless If you drink a rare bottle of wine you re Why Diets Make Us Fat left with some recycling But if you read a rare book it s still there it s still valuable and it s achieved the full measure of it s being A book is to read whether it s worth five pounds or five thousand pounds Definitely one of the best of the current batch of Jane Austen spin offs 45 Jane Austen is one ofiterary 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 ife and worksThe best way i can describe the authors works is modern day classic iterary mysteries Alternating between present day England and Austen s 18th 19th Hampshire Sophie Collingwood is a book Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, loving college graduate who has herife thrown upside down by the shock death of her much Everyday life in medieval times loved uncle She is horrified to find when she goes toive 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 North life on theineIn 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 ove 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 oving world to it s knees the story morphs into a compelling whodunnit Combining romance and suspense in separate times First Impressions is a great ittle yarn that although not without it s faults is still an entertaining read I would have iked 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 Andrew Lost In the Kitchen liked the idea of Jane finding inspiration for her novels from a friend and I really enjoyed all the references to books andibraries 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 It is a truth universally acknowledged that I came very close to running my car into a telephone pole than once while Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism 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 toisten to Audio Books This Is A Pleasure I books This is a pleasure I 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 Nope literary mystery tailor made for hard core Shakespeare nuts and anyover 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 Rejected Rejected Rejected love Ms Jane AustenLet s just say it got to the point with this particular audio book that I just couldn tet it beat me and Listening: The Last Poems of Margaret Avison 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 Collingwoodoves 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 ove or than ten seconds of her time is books Your worth as a human being is defined According To Sophie By to Sophie by much you ove books If you do not agree with this Sophie will kill you No seriously She Buck: A Memoir ll totally kill you Unless she finds a new book then shel get distracted and you can run awaySophie is devoted to her uncle Bertram another bibliophile who Oh, the Things They Invented!: All About Great Inventors like Sophieiterally 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 Yikes, Vikings! (Canadian Flyer Adventures Series love interest ever In the span of two days Eric does the following 1 Calls Sophie an idiot foriking the romantic aspects of Jan. 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 Five Days Left literature's most popular and beloved authors Jane Austen Bookover 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. First ImpressionsRch two things the memory of a moonlight kiss from a rather cheeky American and the nagging feeling that her Uncle s death was not accidental The present day narrative alternates with chapters that describe moments in the real and imagined ife of Jane Austen as she was about to embark on her second novel tentatively titled First Impressions and events in the Blood on Silk lives of Richard Mansfield and of a certain eighteenth century printer Gilbert Monkhouse Lovett has extensive experience with book collectors collections and all manner ofibraries and his expertise in antiuarian bookshops and rare editions is apparent on every page He imparts a wealth of knowledge about books about printing and about Jane Austen and presents it in an easily digestible manner There are some parallels between the two timelines an older mentor who dies the haunting sight of empty bookshelves and meetings during a waterside stroll Lovett skilfully blends fact with fiction and the what if scenario on which the plot hangs generates than enough mystery to make this a real page turner with an exciting climax Lovett creates a marvellous cast of characters some of whom will certainly have the reader wondering about their honesty and their motivations Contrary to her usual behaviour Sophie finds herself shoplifting a very expensive book stealing from a Buzz: A Graphic Reality Check for Teens Dealing With Drugs and Alcohol library and breaking into a house but her reverence at holding a first edition of Pride and Prejudice assures the reader of her pure intentions Lovett paints Austen as an intelligent thoughtful young woman with remarkable moral strength and a delightful sense of humourThose die hard fans of Austen who recoil at the mere mention of Austen and plagiarism in the same sentence should take heed of a remark Bertram makes to Sophie But the truth and a good story are not always the same thing now are they The cover of the Text Publishing edition is particularly evocative and this excellentiterary mystery will have readers seeking out work by this fine author This novel is ridiculous The writing could be cliched and cringe worthy and I came close to abandoning the book several times If the story had not involved Jane Austen I would not have finished it Despite these irritations there were a few things I Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing liked about First Impressions It opens in 1796 in Hampshire with Jane Austen meeting Richard Mansfield an elderly clergyman Eventually the two become good friends sharing ideas about books anditerature We see the fictional version of Jane becoming confident as a writer and sharing early drafts of her novels with Mr Mansfield Lovett invents numerous etters taken from the text of Austen s real novels and even though I thought it was twee some fans might get a kick out of this Meanwhile the story also follows Sophie Collingwood who is a modern day bibliophile in London The novel alternates chapters between Jane s ife and Sophie s and Sophie gets caught up in a mystery about something Mansfield wrote back in 1796 Sophie goes on a hunt to prove that Jane Austen wasn t a plagiarist and this melodramatic mystery uickly became absurd What I did Bill Carey Rides West/The Town No Guns Could Tame/Bowdrie Rides a Coyote Trail like were the bookish aspects of the novel Sophie was close with an uncle who is also a bibliophile and the two hadong conversations about their Erano guerrieri love ofiterature Sophie also starts dating a guy who collects 18th and 19th century books and another guy who shares her passion for Jane Austen s works What I did not Moral Disorder and Other Stories like was the trite writing and two dimensional characters I almost hurt myself doing exaggerated eye rolls while reading Here are a few examples Sophie describes one of her fellas as a drop dead gorgeous charming intelligent man BLECH During the ridiculous hunt for clues Sophie comes to aocked door kicks it open and says something Sallies of the Mind like Good thing I took those kickboxingessons OH MY GOD DID YOU SERIOUSLY WRITE THAT During the final showdown with the villain there is a pause in the action so the bad guy can explain his evil plan Lovett wrote that he was eaning against the fireplace seeming to enjoy prolonging his moment of triumph DO YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN PEOPLE THIS NOVEL IS SO CORNY IT S ANNOYINGThe book is filled with references to Austen s writing but I cannot in good conscience recommend it to my fellow Janeites I was disappointed because I had been excited to read this book involving Jane Austen as a character However I think this will be one of those silly stories that I shall forget as soon as I return it to the ibrary Note I stopped reading First Impressions at 20%Contains spoiler y comments on the beginning of the book First Impressions was one of my most anticipated fall releases As a HUGE Jane Austen fan I wanted to read it as soon as I saw that it was a novel of old books unexpected Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing love and Jane Austen It soundsike everything I ove and I was thrilled when I got a copy on NetGalley As much as I ove Austen s work I also enjoy spin offs and variations I m not an Austen purist I m totally open to new interpretations So I m typically not bothered by an author taking some The Exposure liberties Unfortunately I was unable to finish this book and I think it s because I m almost too familiar with Jane Austen and herifeFirst Impressions alternates between two time periods present day and Jane Austen s time 1790s 1817 In the portions set during Austen s time near the beginning of the book Austen is in her twenties She meets an older man named Mr Mansfield he s in his eighties and they estab I adored this book I simply didn t want to put it down I could identify with the main protagonist Sophie with her Shinjuku Paradise love of books and Jane Austen I think this is a book that any bibliophile would appreciate Especially when Sophie and her Uncle Bertram talked of theirove and appreciation of reading and books in general I Grave Matters liked that there was aittle mystery involved too Even though Sophie did make some stupid mistakes I was still rooting for her And of course the thought that Jane Austen plagiarized Pride Prejudice sent me all up in arms That s a sign of a good book when you know for a fact certain truths but still can get your emotions flared with fictionMy favorite uote says it all A good book is God: An Honest Conversation for the Undecided like a good friend It will stay with you for the rest of yourife When you first get to know it it will give you excitement and adventure and years Faith Works: How to Live Your Beliefs and Ignite Positive Social Change later it will provide you with comfort and familiarity And best of all you can share it with your children or your grandchildren or anyone youove enough to et into its secretsFirst Impressions charmed me engaged me fulfilled my for Jane Austen and made me engaged me fulfilled my ove for Jane Austen and made another book I Guided Approach to Intermediate and Advanced Coding + ICD-10-CM/PCs Coding: A Map for Success + Medical Coding Evaluation and Management Package love reading books Iove collecting and owning books and am a fan of Jane Austen That indicates that this book should be at east a 4 star read But it was not to be Much has been said by other reviewers with whom I agree so I need not repeat it except to add a few comments The sections in which Miss Austen is conversing with her aged friend about her writing are a plus as they do capture the style of conversation of the time stilted and polite But I am hardly convinced that an 80 year old man who had written a perfectly dull book of his own would have much to teach a brilliant and creative young woman who would become one of the classic authors of all time It is just not believable even though it is fictionIn the modern day portions of the book Sophie who is an Oxford educated bibliophile is a total idiot who puts herself in a situation that the reader saw coming from the beginning And then she finds herself tied to a chair in a burning building Really This book was not my cup of tea although there were sections that were well written I wanted to ike it since I have enjoyed the author s other works but it was a disappointmen. Forms and the joys of a Nine Lives: A Chef's Journey from Chaos to Control lifeived 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.
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