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Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 0.76 (inches)
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Series: The Amish Classics
Lydia's Hope, Lost Sisters: Pleasant Valley Series #1Marta PerryBerkley Trade / 2013 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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With five daughters and no sons, Daed and Maem Blank are anxious to find their girls suitors who might eventually take over their family farm. When news arrives that Charles Beachey, the son of a prominent Amish farmer, will be returning from Ohio with his cousin Frederick, they are hopeful that the young men might be good matches for their daughters.
The oldest daughter, Jane, starts courting Charles, a well-mannered and very respectful young man, but her younger sister Lizzie is not interested in either courtship or Frederick. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him, finding him full of pride and disdain for her family’s way of life. But in a community and culture where pride is scorned, Lizzie must learn that first impressions can be dangerous and people are not always who they seem to be.
This Amish retelling of the popular Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice is a beautiful take on the power of love to overcome class boundaries and prejudices that will win your heart.
DonnasBookshelfTennesseeAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5You wont want to put this book down until you get to the end and the exciting conclusion.September 16, 2014DonnasBookshelfTennesseeAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An Amish tale of Pride and Prejudice
Honestly, when you begin reading, this story doesnt grab you it seems refreshingly normal however, its anything BUT normal
Sarah begins this story by describing the sunset and the peaceful surroundings on the farm. I could hear the robins, see the cows, chickens, a rooster, and the barefoot young girl wearing a prayer kapp, walking to the mailbox to find a letter the family has been waiting for
Somehow I didnt expect the mother to be so impatient, so scheming, so nervous, yet so demanding! She gives a delightful bite to the story!
The relationship between Lizzie and her mother is somewhat strained and uncomfortable, but this doesnt bother Lizzie much, since she spends most of her time outside, helping her father.
until her mother decides that its time for Lizzie to marry a distant cousin and move away to Ohio! When Lizzie tries to refuse, her mother says shell shun her if she refuses him!
I didnt really catch the connection to Pride and Prejudice until the end, but it is truly a great description for the characters in this story the trouble is figuring out which are more prideful and which are more prejudiced!
Sarah weaves an intriguing story line. I was soon caught up in the story because the characters are so true to life it was easy to see and hear Lizzie and her family as they find encouragement in their new neighbors and when their hopes are dashed.
You wont want to put this book down until you get to the end and the exciting conclusion.
Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Lessons on Pride and PrejudiceSeptember 1, 2014Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have seen Sarah Price's name as an author of Amish books for some time but had just never gotten around to trying one of her stories until now. After finishing First Impressions, I'm really glad I gave her a try!
One of the things I enjoy about reading from a variety of authors is the different voices and twists they take on the same genre. Sarah's style in this book is a little different from any other Amish fiction I've read, and I enjoyed the difference. Her characters were fun to get to know. Watching them -- especially Lizzie -- struggle and grow through the lessons life throws at them kept me thoroughly engaged in the story. At different times throughout the story, I was drawn into a variety of feelings and emotions -- from heartbreak and aggravation to joy and tenderness, with some subtle humor thrown in for good measure.
Although I have to admit that I have never read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, from what I do know of the story, First Impressions is a very nice retelling. I would think that crafting a story that deals with differences in social classes among the Amish would be quite a challenge, a challenge that Sarah successfully met.
I would definitely recommend First Impressions to fans of Amish fiction. Fans of Jane Austen who do not normally read Amish fiction might also enjoy re-reading the story in a new setting.
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Making Snap DecisionsJuly 23, 2014MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved First Impressions, and am very guilty of this sin, and have regretted it a number of times. I have told others that I am quick to judge, and then silently regret my impression, and was told I am not alone.
Yes this story is about the decision to judge, and very quickly at that, which I guess I do too. The first time you meet someone, and ah how wrong you can be, and that is exactly what Elizabeth Lizzie Blank does when Frederick Detweiler comes to Lancaster Amish Community. Lizzies Mother has five daughters and is anxious to have them married of, what a desire for a mother. She doesnt seem to care who they marry, of course they must be Amish, but age, looks, and jobs have nothing to do with it. Thank goodness her Dad is a smart and wonderful man, and in this patriarchal society is the final word.
This is a very interesting story and you never see where help is coming from, and was thoroughly surprised. You will love this book, it keeps you hopping and your heart will break and heal. The story is based on the original Pride and Prejudice, and now that is in my to be read pile, TBR. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did, and I cant wait for the next book in this series.
I received this book from the Publisher Realms and the Author Sarah Price and was not required to give a positive review.
JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A story well worth reading!July 18, 2014JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4OK. I'll admit it. I almost put this book down and I might not have even picked it back up - had it not been for mom.
She picked it up and would not give it back until she finished it.
Then she handed it to me and told me I had to read it! So of course I did!
And yes_ it may have a bit of a slow start but give it a chance. It won't take any time until you are pulled right in to the story.
And WHAT a story!
I never could have expected such a powerful story with so many little surprises and some absolutely priceless laugh-out-loud moments.
Realms was a genius to snap up Sarah Price when they had the chance!
This series is going to be amazing - I can tell!
And while I've never been much of a fan of the original stories by Jane Austin, I can tell I'm going to LOVE these! But then_ the Amish aspect brings so much to it and Sarah's writing is positively wonderful!
Whether you enjoy Amish fiction or not, if you enjoy a good romance with fun quirky characters and a solid moral - you will LOVE this book!
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
GazpachoClare, MIAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A scene by scene re-enactment you'll love!July 14, 2014GazpachoClare, MIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"First impressions can be dangerous and people are not always who they seem to be." [from the back cover]
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is pretty much a staple for those of us who love historical romance novels. Literary experts tell us that Austen developed the pattern for romance stories that touch the readers' hearts most, a pattern modern stories still follow today more than 200 years later. Austen wanted her readers to experience the "happily ever after" ending that she herself never experienced. The most recent film adaptation has refreshed the popularity of the tale for romantics of all ages and backgrounds so much that once you begin reading First Impressions, you may very well hear the actors' voices playing the parts out in your mind, as I did. That's because this book is a scene by scene re-enactment of the movie, modified to fit into the Amish lifestyle. It's a remarkable fit.
The Blank family (the Bennett counterparts) lives in the small farming community of Leola in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Their 100-acre farm is kept by the father and his five daughters. Lizzie, the second eldest, enjoys working outside at her daed's side. The remaining girls assist their maem inside. Lately, it seems her maem is so preoccupied with finding her dochders husbands that Lizzie is happy to be outside away from the constant speculation and match-making attentions. All that changes when a distant cousin from Ohio writes of his intention to return to a neighboring farm. The women are thrown into a flurry of preparations and anticipation, especially when the Amish grapevine buzzes with rumors of not just two, but three eligible bachelors to arrive on the farm.
The dochders' first glimpse of the Beacheys (the Bingley counterparts) is in church one Sunday. Jane, the shy sister, is immediately drawn to Charles Beachey. His sister, however, seems to hold their little community in disdain. And Lizzie's impression of Charles' silent friend, Frederick, is of a similar attitude. She does not like Frederick (the Darcie counterpart) at all. So when a severe thunderstorm and a twisted ankle strands Jane at the Beachey farm, Lizzie is determined to rescue her sister. Conflicts and misunderstandings seem to keep surfacing between the disparate parties. Would harmony ever settle between the two families and their friends?
I love how this classic tale fits so well into an Amish setting. The author has done a remarkable job of creating a realistic set of circumstances and personalities that mirror Pride and Prejudice so closely. For me, the similarities were often hilarious, or at least afforded an occasional chuckle or two. But beyond the humor, I could also see how well Christian themes of good character, godly lifestyle, worship of God, charity, selflessness, sacrifice, family, and behind-the-scenes good works were woven into the tale and served as the meat on the bones of a classic work. The misunderstandings were smoke screens that hid the depth of character until main players were compelled to face their faulty assumptions and re-evaluate themselves.
Another aspect of this adaptation I particularly enjoyed was the rich descriptions of daily Amish life on the farm, the inclusion of Amish terminology and vocabulary, and an up close and personal glimpse of the weekly worship services. All this combined with a winning plot line made reading this book so enjoyable.
What endeared this story most to me was the way the author solved the tension between the sharp-tongued, quick-witted Elizabeth and the quiet, stoic person of Frederick Detweiler. Action often speak louder than words, especially in romance fiction. When Lizzie and Frederick exchanged bitter words, it was the Ohio Amish man's silent actions that eventually won over her stubborn resistance. It's my favorite part of the book and so credibly Amish that it breathes new life into the familiar classic.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from The Booketeria on behalf of Charisma Media/Realms. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Tell us a little about yourself. With over 30 books published, Price is a prolific writer that has topped the charts of Amazon was ranked #13 on the bestseller list for ECPA (June 2013) and continues to earn recognition worldwide for her authentic portrayal of the Amish culture and religion without sacrificing literary finesse. Originally publishing as an Indie author, she now publishes with Realms (Charisma House) and Waterfall Press (Brilliance Publishing). Her family originally came from Pennsylvania, a long heritage of Mennonites, which is how her interest in the Amish began over 35 years ago. Price has earned degrees from Drew University (BA), Fairleigh Dickerson University (MA), and Centenary College (MBA). She is currently A.B.D. at Trident University. Price is a life-long resident of Morristown.
What was your motivation behind this project? I love classic literature as much as I love the Amish. Most of my books are different, focused on sharing my experience growing up in a Mennonite family and spending so much time living among the Amish. A few years ago, I had the idea to retell Jane Austen's books in an Amish environment. After all, the themes of Austen's novels are timeless. Blending my love of the classics with the Amish culture and religion was challenging in a fun and inspiring way.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? A lot of my readers have never read Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Now, I'm hearing from a lot of them that, after reading First Impressions, they are exploring Jane Austen's book. I think that is an amazing compliment and I'm thrilled that my writing has inspired people to step outside of their comfort zone and read her amazing books.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I believe that the challenge of retelling Jane Austen's book in the Amish environment helped me raise the bar on my own writing. My goal isn't just to write books but to write quality literature. I feel that First Impressions took my writing to a new and very exciting level.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Obviously Jane Austen (LOL) as well as other authors of classic literature (Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, the Bronte Sisters, etc.). On a more contemporary level, I'm a huge fan of Max Lucado, Karen Kingsbury, and Tracy Chevalier.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: On May 31, 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I never once asked the question "Why me?" Having breast cancer has been one of the best things that has happened to me--it has changed my life. Despite the complications and the treatments (which I'm still going through), my life is richer, fuller, and happier since that day. God knows what He is doing. He never gives us more than we can handle. And, even when you feel as though your life is full of storms, you can still dance in the rain. :D Jer 29:11