First Impressions

First Impressions

A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

Book - 2014
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Sophie Collingwood is drawn into a mystery when two people request a copy of the same very rare book from the antiquarian bookshop where she works.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, 2014
ISBN: 9780525427247
Branch Call Number: F LOV NVD
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm


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STPL_JessH Oct 09, 2020

Well, this is one of those wholly unbelievable stories. So if you suspend your disbelief entirely and read it the way one might approach a Disney film, then it is a delight. If you prefer stories to be based in the realm of what is believable, perhaps a biography of Jane Austen would be a better bet. First Impressions is a light, quick read best enjoyed on a sunny summer's day. Since we are well into October ... ;)

Feb 25, 2019

Really enjoyable for fans of Jane Austen...and, while parts of the ending are predictable, there is a nice little twist.

Feb 12, 2018

Beautiful writing in the style of and about Jane Austen. I've enjoyed all of Charles Lovett's books.

May 30, 2017

I found this novel immensely satisfying. The authour's experience with the antiquarian book trade shines through, but more importantly, he captures the character of Jane Austen and her milieu beautifully. The modern characters are equally as engaging and the plot makes for a great read. I recommend this book wholeheartedly to Janites, lovers of historical fiction and mystery enthusiasts! Enjoy!

cals_readers Oct 12, 2016

PW and Booklist praised it. Kirkus Reviews panned it. (August 15, 2014) Got to read it now...

Oct 19, 2015

The shifting between Jane Austen's story and the modern one was particularly well handled. I was prepared to almost believe the whole thing. Looking for others by this author.

Aug 23, 2015

Might have a good plot, but I couldn't get past the second page for the writing--to me, it was "tell" not "show." I have higher expectations for someone writing about Jane Austen.

Aug 06, 2015

I found this to be a quick, summer read. Loved the suspense and fiction about Jane Austen's early life. Recommend it to everyone.

Jul 18, 2015

The book follows two timelines: 18th century England with Jane Austen and an elderly clergyman, Richard Mansfield, as main characters and 21st century with Sophie Collingwood and her family and friends as main characters. When the book begins, Jane Austen is writing her first draft of what would become Sense and Sensibility. She meets and develops a warm friendship with Richard Mansfield, who becomes a mentor and help in her writing. Sophie Collingwood has just graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature and is at loose ends as to her future when she receives an unexpected legacy and starts work in an antiquarian bookshop. Soon the two timelines become intertwined when two customers ask Sophie to find a second edition of a book by Richard Mansfield.

This was a fun book for anyone who loves Jane Austen, old books, and mysteries. I really enjoyed the plot, the descriptions and love for books, the relationship between Sophie and her sister, Victoria, the mystery itself, and especially the friendship between Jane Austen and Richard Mansfield. I would have liked to see more interaction between Sophie and Victoria. The writing was a bit cliched at times and the mystery was fairly obvious, however, it was fun to read and had a charm about it, especially for me, who loves Jane Austen and old books and mysteries.

Jul 06, 2015

I enjoyed the fictional chapters about Jane Austen, I thought they were well written. The "mystery" kept me intrigued. The only thing that didn't seem well developed to me was the main character's relationships with the two possible love interests.

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