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Amanda (Austen Series #5)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  265 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
"Amanda, "Book #5 in Debra White Smith's Austen Series, is a delightful contemporary novel set in Australia that captures the wit and humor of Jane Austen's "Emma."

Amanda is a bit bored--until she meets Haley and decides that with a little sprucing up, she would be the perfect wife for the local pastor. Amanda's plan is falling into place when she discovers that Haley is d
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Harvest House Publishers
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Nov 29, 2008 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, christian
If I hadn't been told that this was a 'modern retelling of Emma,' I would never have noticed a resemblance. It's a very tenuous connection. The movie "Clueless" stuck closer to the story as Jane Austen told it.

The reason I like Jane Austen's "Emma" is because Emma is so sure she knows what love is (for other people, mind you), that she doesn't recognize it until it hits her (and Mr. Knightly) hard at the end. I also love that her friendship with and scoldings from Mr. Knightly help her grow int
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Feb 21, 2014 Deanne Townshend rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read, read-in-2014
Once again Debra White Smith turns a Jane Austen classic into a modern, Christian drama full of wit. In this case, Emma is transformed into Amanda and moved from England to Australia. One of the best parts of this book was getting to see not only Emma/Amanda and Mr. Knightley/Nate thinking and acting throughout the novel, but also Harriet/Haley!
May 02, 2007 Nikki rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans Of Jane Austen
Based on Emma from Jane Austen:

Amanda is a bit bored—until she meets Haley and decides that with a little sprucing up, she would be the perfect wife for the local pastor. Amanda’s plan is falling into place when she discovers that Haley is dating Roger...and Pastor Eldridge is seeing someone else. Not to be thwarted, she steers Haley toward newcomer Frederick West. But when Haley is attracted to Nathaniel, why is Amanda’s heart suddenly anxious?

Readers will love this lively tale of plans gone aw
Aug 07, 2010 Melanie rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-books
Yes, Ms. Smith's writing quality is average. It cannot come close to comparing to the quality of Jane Austen's writing. But let's face it: whose can? Nobody's, in my humble opinion.

The thing that saved this book for me personally is simply that I am a sucker for a love story, and I really appreciate that it is clean. This book is like popcorn. It's not going to satisfy a hunger for good literature, but it's kinda fun for a diversion. I liked it enough to give her other "Austen" books a try, but
Aug 09, 2014 Awjtf rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-books
loved it!
Apr 20, 2016 Leah rated it did not like it
I didn't think Emma did well in this particular modern setting, as there were key character elements missing. I did like how we were shown a deeper view into Knightley's head. I thought the Christian aspect wasn't well written either, it was almost like an after thought and just randomly thrown in, instead of being a part of the whole story.
Jul 02, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
Another great one by Smith. Didn't like this one as much as her others in the Austen series but that's only because the plot was so well known to me. The whole time I was reading it, I was picturing the movies "Emma" and "Clueless" as they are also both based on Austen's Emma. I guess the reason I like the others in the series is b/c I am not familiar w/ the books by Austen that they are based upon (shame on me, I know).
Apr 15, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans
This was a nice easy read. It wasn't amazing, but I enjoyed it. I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. I absolutely love Jane Austen books, though sometimes not always the attempted remakes of them. I liked her modern version of Emma in this book. (Debra White Smith has a series of modern version Jane Austen books)
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A lovely re-telling of Emma that is very much like the original but has a quality all it's own. A sweet contemporary romance that delivers the essence of each character and the story all the way to Australia. 3.5 stars
While marked "read," I could not finish this book. It's fine to write a modern adaptation of Austen's Emma, but NOT fine to lose all the subtlety and charm of the writing.
Feb 14, 2013 Arielle rated it really liked it
I've always liked the story, Emma, and this is a cute modern retelling. Lots of humor, very sweet, this is a very enjoyable lighthearted book!
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Apr 11, 2010 Andrea Coffey rated it really liked it
Like I said about the other ones...its been a while. But I do remember this was a really really cute version of this story.
Dec 28, 2012 Lauri rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, christian
Modern day adaptation loosely based on Jane Austen's Emma.
May 31, 2010 Ralynn rated it it was amazing
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a really cute take on jane austins book emma.
Oct 31, 2008 Brigitte rated it really liked it
This one is based on the book, Emma. Fun read.
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Debra White Smith is a seasoned Christian author, speaker, and media personality who has been regularly publishing books for over a decade. In the last twelve years, she has accumulated more than 55 books sales to her credit with more than 1 million books in print. Her titles include such life-changing books as Romancing Your Husband, Romancing Your Wife, The Divine Romance: Developing Intimacy wi ...more
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