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Mr Warren's Profession by Sebastian Nothwell
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it was amazing

Ignore the Cover, Read the Book!

Those few people who read my reviews understand that I have this thing about covers. In this case, my "thing" is that it's way too stylized to imitate Victorian era art and by extension takes away from the extraordinary impact which author Sebastian Nothwell makes when he gets around to describing how the high-hatted blond on the left, Lindsey Althorp, and the mousey looking lad on the right, Aubrey Warren, look.

Lindsey, who should not wear top hats with that coif, and Aubrey , who is repeatedly described as beautiful, are from completely different worlds, and they harbor secrets which author Nothwell unveils in a subtle step-by-step manner that completely surprised and excited me in every chapter.

As the tale unfolds, Lindsey could be typecast as a bit of a twit--and extremely naïve--and Aubrey as an extremely shy and somewhat poverty stricken young clerk without any hope for any kind of a future. And then they meet.

What follows is a truly believable and exceptionally insightful social, moral and eventually sensuous journey involving two young men whose personal hopes and dreams are almost non-existent when they meet, but strongly developed and fleshed out beautifully as they journey onward.

Crucial to this stunning romance is a cast of supporting characters who range from the venal to the naïve to the guilty to the innocent to the far sighted to the bigoted to the level headed. Every one of them has a surprise or shock in store for Lindsey and/or Aubrey, as well as us grateful readers.

This is a book which I passed by several times because of the cover, but purchased because I was enthralled by Mr. Nothwell's "Hold Fast," the cover of which is just as stylized but more definitive--I love gingers and that one caught my eye.

You can rest assured that this one doesn't even need a cover to enjoy--it's superb, and in many ways sublime. Even though the title (a one letter difference from a George Bernard Shaw play) is a cheeky and not-so-subtle hint of what we might find out about Aubrey, you will be surprised at every stop along his and Lindsey's journey.

Pour a glass of brandy and enjoy.
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Reading Progress

November 23, 2019 – Shelved
November 23, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
January 2, 2020 – Started Reading
January 5, 2020 – Finished Reading

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