First Impressions, Amish Classics Series #1   -     By: Sarah Price
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Realms / 2014 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Realms
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 0.76 (inches)
ISBN: 1621366073
ISBN-13: 9781621366072
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Series: The Amish Classics

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Publisher's Description

Will pride and prejudice keep the Blank sisters from finding love?
 
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.

Author Bio

Sarah Price’s family emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area's first wave of Mennonite families. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm. Twenty-five years later, she splits her time between her family in the NYC Metro area and a home that she shares with an Amish woman in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where she retreats to reflect and write. As a masterful storyteller, Sarah Price prides herself on presenting an authentic Amish experience for her readers. 

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Impressive!
    November 18, 2014
    Nancee
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "First Impressions" is the first in The Amish Classics Series by Sarah Price. The story parallels Jane Austen's "Pride & Prejudice." The author has blended a compelling story of Amish tradition and values with integrity and familiarity. Based in Leola, Pennsylvania with glimpses into Holmes County, Ohio, the similarities and differences within the Amish communities are well defined and factual. The Amish culture is steeped in tradition and rich in history as detailed by the author who knows her topic well. Written with a familiarity that only living within the community can provide, the author has penned a convincing novel that is rich in detail and represents depth in her characters.

    The landscapes in both Amish communities are described in a pictorial design transporting the reader to the locale, enabling one to visualize the settings through rich and descriptive elements. Detailing is paramount in this novel, both in fact and fiction. Relationships and romance develop in a natural and believable progression while emotional events are interwoven throughout the plot. Faith and reconciliation are important aspects of this tale of overcoming pride and prejudices that stem from misunderstanding and erroneous assumptions.

    Sarah Price has developed her craft and come into her own as an author. "First Impressions" has elevated her to the novelist category in my estimation. I highly recommend "First Impressions," the first in her Amish Classics Series. I was engrossed in this story and found it very difficult to put the book aside when life interrupted my reading. Don't miss this beautifully told story of pride and prejudice!



    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
  2. St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved this book
    September 17, 2014
    wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I must say that this was a wonderful story and the way Sarah tells it is really amazing. You will feel as if you are right there with the Blank family. Sarah made me stop and think about how many times I have had to change my opinion of someone after a first impression. As I get older I like to think that I have changed and try to give a person a chance before forming my opinion. Keep in mind that it works both ways on forming opinions, it isn't always thinking bad about someone and having to change your mind but beware of people you think will be trustworthy but turn out to be just the opposite.

    I would recommend "First Impressions" to anyone that likes Amish stories, stories of faith and if you liked "Pride and Prejudice". The second book in the series, "The Matchmaker" will be out February, 3, 2015 and I'm anxiously waiting for it.
  3. Tennessee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    You wont want to put this book down until you get to the end and the exciting conclusion.
    September 16, 2014
    DonnasBookshelf
    Tennessee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    An 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.
  4. Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lessons on Pride and Prejudice
    September 1, 2014
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I 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.
  5. Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Making Snap Decisions
    July 23, 2014
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I 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.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Sarah Price
Located in: Morristown, NJ
Submitted: June 11, 2014

    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

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