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First ImpressionsJane Austen is one of literary histories most influential writers Her small number novels have not only The Age of Apollyon proved veryopular but she is also regarded as a great social commentator of her time First Impressions is one of many books lays 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 resent 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 Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples plagiarized Pride and Prejudice and in therocess uts her life on the lineIn the arallel The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 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 theush she needs to The National Debt: A Short History 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 oflagiarism 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 This is a slightly different take on the Jane Austen story Alternate chapters tell the hypothetical story of Jane s friendship with an elderly Rites, Rights and Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia's Black Pacific 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 lover 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 love 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 historia 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 twoarts One is a twenty something Jane Austen and her friendship with a 80 year old curate Richard Mansfield The other art 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 literary masterpieces Sophie grows up in a family with a fine library that no one is allowed to use It s kept locked up and no one is allowed to enter except once a yea I love reading books I love collecting and owning books and am a fan of Jane Austen That indicates that this book should be at least 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 lus as they do capture the style of conversation of the time stilted and olite But I am hardly convinced that an 80 year old man who had written a erfectly 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 ortions of the book Sophie who is an Oxford educated bibliophile is a total idiot who uts 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 like it since I have enjoyed the author s other works but it was a disappointment I adored this book I simply didn t want to Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde put it down I could identify with the mainrotagonist this book I simply didn t want to Karneval, Vol. 4 put it down I could identify with the mainrotagonist with her 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 Uncle Bertram talked of love and appreciation of reading and books in general I liked that there was a little 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 The Hiding Place 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 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 love and Jane Austen It sounds like everything I love and I was thrilled when I got a copy on NetGalley As much as I love Austen s work I also enjoy spin offs and variations I m not an Austenurist I m totally open to new interpretations So I m typically not bothered by an author taking some liberties Unfortunately I was unable to finish this book and I think it s because I m almost too familiar with Jane Austen and her lifeFirst Impressions alternates between two time eriods resent day and Jane Austen s time 1790s 1817 In the ortions 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 establish a friendship At this oint she hasn t written a full book yet but is working on an epistolary novel that will eventually become Sense Sensibility Mansfield just to note is an entirely fictional character He did not actually exist so the historical The Elephants Journey portions are really an invented version of history not a fictionalized version of Austen s actual life I was expecting the Austenortions to be realistic which definitely threw me off from the startMansfield and Austen have long conversations about books and spend lots of time together Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' presumably alone During those chats she reads him samples of her writing She goes away at oneoint and they continue their friendship by correspondence Not only do I find it a little unbelievable that Jane would be spending that much time alone with a man regardless of his age but I find it even of a stretch to believe that she would be writing him letters Men and women could spend time alone together during that time eriod but the rules for correspondence were much stricter If letters were being exchanged by eople of the opposite sex it was typically a sign that they were engaged And if they weren t it was a breach of Changing Face of the Hero propriety just look at Marianne and Willoughby I have no idea if the age gap would make it less improper for Austen and Mansfield to correspond but at thatoint I was uestioning everything that I was reading It just didn t feel like it fit within the time The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry period Then Jane begins to discover that she loves him But it s not as a lover or aarent I don t even know It was not she knew the ache of a lover but she found that she could no longer think of him merely as a friend or companion 11% It s well known that Jane never married but there has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not she ever had a romantic relationship Obviously this book is a work of fiction But I wanted it to at least StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story present a version that felt a little bitlausible But Jane falling for someone who could be her grandfather Ugh It s It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life particularl. 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 mostopular 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. ,
Y annoying since rior to that there are a number of comments suggesting there was no The Lady and the Lionheart possibility for romanceHowever that s not what I hated about the book I can accept the somewhat uestionable development of their friendship and the unwelcome introduction of romantic feelings But what I could not abide were the contents of their conversations Let me explain As Jane begins reading her writing aloud to Mr Mansfield he offers her suggestions for improvement Prior to the conversation below he has just told her how she could improve the character of Sir John Middleton in Sense Sensibility Then they have this exchange It is I think said Mr Mansfield the sign of a well crafted novel when the minor characters are as fully realized as the hero and heroine Wisely spoken Mr Mansfield And I am certainly guilty of giving less life to those whose time upon theage of my novel is but brief It is a fault I shall endeavor to correct 6% WHAT This was very early on in the book and I was immediately issed To have Jane Austen say that she isn t good at writing secondary characters Are you kidding me Jane Austen wrote extensively as a teenager long before she wrote her first full length novel Many of her short stories can still be read today and anyone who has taken two seconds to read them would see that Austen s wit and keen eye for characters was already on display They aren t as olished as her later works but her talent is still evidentI found the implication that Jane Austen needed the help of an eighty year old man to improve and instruct her on writing to be insulting and absolutely ridiculous Jane Austen is my homegirl and I will not stand by and see her treated thus At one oint Mr Mansfield offers this oh so helpful advice on Willoughby I only feel that when Mr Willoughyby first comes into the lives of the Dashwoods one already gets the sense that he is a scoundrel The shock of Miss Marianne s rejection would be so much owerful if we had no reason to suspect Willoughby of duplicity until his true character is revealed So Willoughby should come onto the stage as of a hero Exactly That is Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church precisely how I shouldut it I do hope you do not think me impertinent to say so 11% GET REAL At that A (kinda) Country Christmas point I was rolling my eyes and feeling stabby There s no way I could continue to read a book that implied even if fictionally that Jane Austen s books were good because this old man helped her make them that way or that some of the bestarts were things that he told her to do It s a stupid remise and I hated it Maybe it was supposed to show that Jane finally met someone who was her intellectual match Unfortunately it didn t read that way to me It basically came across like this totally annoying and fictional old man is how Jane Austen became an incredible writer NOPE NOPE NOPEI m retty sure that if I had continued one of the mysteries concerned the authorship of one of Austen s books and the uestion of whether or not she had lagiarized Mr Mansfield I m sorry y all but I don t have the atience for that kind of nonsense In my world that s basically blasphemy We DO NOT speak so of AustenThe National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 portions set in theresent day were annoying but a little less so because I obviously didn t care about that heroine Sophie outside the context of the novel However I did find a number of things totally ridiculous in the modern ortion too For example Sophie s beloved uncle dies from falling down the stairs while reading a book and she immediately recalls a conversation where he told her to never read and walk She then becomes absolutely convinced that he was murdered What It was so out of nowhere that I was flipping back a few ages to see if I had missed something anything that would have implied there was foul Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism play and supported Sophie s radical leap to murder When I realized I d read everything correctly I knew I was doneI never write DNF reviews because I don t want to review a book that I didn t finished reading However I typically stop reading a book because I m not hooked on it not because I actively dislike what I m reading Since I had very specific reasons for my DNF and had a lot to say about it I decided to share my thoughts However I can t speak to the novel as a whole because I don t know how it ends However as an Austen fan I thought it was awful I wanted tounch Mr Mansfield and toss the book across the room Maybe the book will ull a Mr Darcy and improve upon further acuaintance Unfortunately I found it barely tolerable and not good enough to tempt me to finish and find out I m sorry First Impressions but you are wasting your time with me 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 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 and literature 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 letters 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 life and Sophie s and Sophie gets caught up in a mystery about something Mansfield wrote back in 1796 Sophie goes on a hunt to rove that Jane Austen wasn t a lagiarist and this melodramatic mystery uickly became absurd What I did like were the bookish aspects of the novel Sophie was close with an uncle who is also a bibliophile and the two had long conversations about their love of literature Sophie also starts dating a guy who collects 18th and 19th Century Books And Another Guy Who century books and another guy who her assion for Jane Austen s works What I did not 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 a locked door kicks it open and says something like Good thing I took those kickboxing lessons OH MY GOD DID YOU SERIOUSLY WRITE THAT During the final showdown with the villain there is a ause in the action so the bad guy can explain his evil lan Lovett wrote that he was leaning against the fireplace seeming to enjoy Everyone Loves Clowns and Other Tales 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 library A good book is like a good friend It will stay with you for the rest of your life When you first get to know it it will give you excitement and adventure and years later it willrovide you with comfort and familiarity And best of all you can share it with your children or your grandchildren or anyone you love enough to let into its secrets First Impressions is the fourth novel by American writer teacher and The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles 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 isresented with a reuest to source a rare second edition of an obscure littl It is a truth universally acknowledged that I came very close to running my car into a telephone ole 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 leasure I have not been afforded in many * commute gives me to listen to audio books This is a leasure I have not been afforded in many so I tend to be super choosy about what makes its way into my CD layer As a genuine fan of Charlie Lovett s The Bookman s Tale. 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 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.