First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen by 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 antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of Little Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield. Their queries 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 quest to uncover the truth—while choosing between two suitors—and a young Jane Austen’s touching friendship with the aging 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.
Charlie Lovett resides in Winston-Salem and is a writer, teacher and playwright whose plays for children have been seen in over 3,000 productions worldwide. He served for more than a decade as Writer-in-Residence at Summit School. He is a former antiquarian bookseller and has collected rare books and other materials related to Lewis Carroll for more than twenty-five years. Lovett is also the author of the critically-acclaimed The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession, which was released in 2013 by Viking Penguin and was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Recommends selection.