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  • by Charlie Lovett
  • Narrated by Jayne Entwistle
  • 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Charlie Lovett first delighted listeners with his New York Times best-selling 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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A booklovers book

Translation of my title: if you love everything about reading about people who love books, physically and mentally, you will love this book. If you love Jane Austin you will not be able to put it down.
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- lyl

A jewel of a book

I loved this book. Lovett is able to breathe life into the historical character of Jane Austen in a wonderfully unexpected way. And I felt Sophie's deep connection to Jane and the mystery that drives her in every line of the prose, so much so that I found myself in tears (the good kind) frequently as I listened. Entwistle's voice seemed too young for the story at first but within a couple of chapters I was so involved in the plot her narration seemed perfectly natural. If you like books about books, and love Pride and Prejudice then this book would be a great pick.
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- Louise Thwaite

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-16-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio