How exciting! The cover reveal of Charlie Lovett's upcoming novel, First Impressions (Oct. 16, 2014). As a huge fan of Lovett's last book, The Bookman's Tales: A Novel of Obsession (here's the link to my review), I have been eagerly anticipating the release of his next work. And now, thanks to Viking Books I can see what the book cover will look like and find out what the story will be about:
lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job
at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers
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.
Sounds fantastic, doesn't it? Books, Austen, mystery, intrigue - what more could I ask for? Now all I have to do is wait until this fall to get my hands on a copy of it.