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A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen
Author(s): Charlie Lovett
Original Publish Date: Oct 16, 2014
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.87 hours)
Product Number: Z100080758
Released: Oct 16, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780553546583
Narrator/s: Jayne Entwistle
Publisher: Books on Tape
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A thrilling literary mystery costarring Jane Austen from the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman's Tale 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.

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Author(s): Charlie Lovett
Product Number EB00389389
Released: Oct 16, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9780698162921

Professional reviews

"Jayne Entwistle narrates with a perfect combination of engaged enthusiasm and subtlety as bibliophile Sophie Collingwood is led into a scandalous mystery: Did her favorite author, Jane Austen, plagiarize PRIDE AND PREJUDICE? The chapters alternate between SophieÕs story in the present day and AustenÕs story in the late 1700s. Entwistle delivers both delightfully with her sublime English accent and ability to completely disappear from the narration. She allows both stories to unfold at a leisurely pace as LovettÕs beautiful writing shines through. Even EntwistleÕs American accent is excellent, just enough for listeners to get the idea without being distracted. ThereÕs mystery, danger, and romance as Sophie sets out to prove AustenÕs innocence. Book lovers, Austen lovers, and cozy mystery lovers will find this an enchanting listen. M.M.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"