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First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride & Prejudice (A Tale of Less Pride & Prejudice #1)

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  666 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
In Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy begins his relationship with Elizabeth Bennet with the words: "She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present togive consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men." What would have happened if Mr. Darcy had never spoken so disdainfully? First Impressions explores how the events of Ja ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Outskirts Press
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Have you ever noticed that not everyone finds a happy ending at the close of Pride and Prejudice? Did you ever feel that poor Charlotte Lucas deserved a better fate than Mr. Collins? Or that Lydia didn't deserve to suffer life married to Mr. Wickham? If so, then you will be delighted with First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride or Prejudice by Alexa Adams, a Pride and Prejudice variation where all characters, even the detestable and ridiculous ones, are treated to a happier fate.

So how did Alexa
Dec 08, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen-related
What would have happened had Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth danced together at the Meryton Assembly? What if Mr. Darcy had never said those awful words (“She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me”) towards Elizabeth? That is how this delightful book starts. Ms. Adams shows us how things would have been without pride and prejudice. Definitely everything would have been easier and smoother.

To start off the author writes an apology letter to Jane Austen and I found it lovely! That was a good w
Maria Grazia
Mar 30, 2010 Maria Grazia rated it really liked it
Alexa Adams, First Impressions. A Tale of Less Pride & Prejudice
Love is in abundance at Longbourn
Using Alexa Adam’s words … it is nothing less than a fabulous dream come true. Imagine the authoress as a witty fairy with a magic wand, that is her pen. Wish that all the characters in our beloved Pride and Prejudice have the most satisfying destiny and … here you have “First Impressions”. It is indeed a story of less pride and prejudice ( as the subtitle annouces) and it is just that which ma
Feb 09, 2013 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austenesque
This is another book that I read but neglected to review so I am now rereading and reviewing. 6/25/16

The perfect P&P book when you have had your fill with angst, drama and pain. This is "Everything is Awesome" or the Jane and Bingley (so nice, so sweet) version of P&P. Yet somehow it works wonderfully. Mr. Darcy dances with Lizzy, Mr. Collins marries Mary, Kitty and Lydia go to finishing school.

This book is like being wrapped up in a soft blanket and sipping cocoa.
Carolina Echevarría
Apr 30, 2010 Carolina Echevarría rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every Pride & Prejudice fan
What if Darcy didn't say those awful words about Lizzie...? They'd become friends and short after be in love...? What if Mary found love in a less than expected man...? What if the wicked and handsome Wickham didn't become part of the Bennett family...?

That's what Alexa is telling us... she's answering lots of questions that many lovers of this story had (it is her own idea, perhaps each reader of this amazing story has got its own, I've got my own, but I loved this one).

Seriously, it was an awe
I knew this was a low angst tale and in the beginning I liked the kinder, gentler path taken for Elizabeth and Darcy. However, by about 60 percent in, I was wanting some more depth. Not necessarily conflict, maybe some more quality time between them; more spark in their interactions. That being said, I also appreciate that this story is not as saccharine-sweet as some low-angst P and P fiction I've read in the past. I liked how they started out as friends and attempted to tamp down their own fee ...more
Sheila Majczan
Feb 23, 2015 Sheila Majczan rated it it was amazing
What if an author decides to take Jane Austen's canon and make those changes many readers have said to themselves over the centuries should have been made?

This is a variation that I can envision the author, with tongue in cheek, writing. (You must read "the apology" in the beginning.) Think: Mr. Darcy's comment in the assembly and his subsequent refusal to dance with anyone. Think: his interference with Bingley's intentions to propose to Jane. Think: Mr. Collins proposing to the wrong sister. Th
Jan 25, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
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In Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy begins his relationship with Elizabeth Bennet with the words: "She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men." What would have happened if Mr. Darcy had never spoken so disdainfully? First Impressions explores how the events of Jane Austen's beloved novel would have transpired if Darcy and Elizabeth had danced together at the Meryton
Feb 10, 2013 writer... rated it really liked it
A delightful variation of JA's own, Pride and Prejudice, sans the foibles of that book's illustrious characters. Here, the reader is treated to reason and rectitude, rather than rancour and raucousness. Thus, allowing for a read of pleasing diversion. Which is not to say there aren't surprising twists to add to our reading enjoyment. Quite the opposite. Setting to rights a particular grievance from the original.. can we all say 'Wickham'? all done in excellent humour and in keeping with JA's wit ...more
Feb 15, 2013 Victoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: austen, reviewed
This story is a big "What-if". It's more than just Darcy not insulting Elizabeth at the Meryton Assembly, it's "what if everything went smoothly".

Normally, I am not a fan of such sanguine P&P stories, especially when they are sequels of perfect married bliss, but I must admit I was lost in the easy joy of this novel.

The only drawback was the handful of typos I picked up.

A sweet story, I read it in an evening and throughly enjoyed it!
First Impressions was okay. The author was too good to most of the characters and each circumstance. Everything was wrapped a little too neatly in a tight little bow, it was as if this novel was written by Jane Bennet herself. Sweet can be somewhat boring at a certain point.
Nov 14, 2013 Sophie rated it it was amazing
I was contacted by the lovely Alexa Adams asking me if I would like to review her trilogy, Tales of Less Pride and Prejudice, and I was only too happy to agree! I was provided with a review copy but this is my honest, unbiased opinion. This ‘what if’ variation captured my intention as soon as I read the blurb – I had always wondered what might have happened had Darcy danced with Elizabeth at the Meryton assembly rather than insulting her, resulting in Elizabeth's opinion not being immediately pr ...more
This review is for both First Impressions AND Second Glances (the sequel):

I decided to review these two together, as I read them back to back, both are fairly short, and I think my review of the one hinges upon my review of the other.

Billed as "a tale of less Pride & Prejudice," and being novellas, I went into the series expecting the "playful romp" it is described as, and on that score, it delivers. It's a light, sweet style that seeks to remove a lot of the conflict and, you know, pride an
Feb 17, 2014 Matilda rated it really liked it
Mon billet sur le blog

Je ne pensais pas le dire, mais j'ai vraiment beaucoup aimé cet ouvrage !
Pourquoi suis-je surprise ? Eh bien parce qu'il s'agit d'une réécriture d'Orgueil et Préjugés et que ce n'est pas mon Austen favoris. Mais peut-être parce qu'il ne s'agit pas de mon préféré, j'ai eu la possibilité de ne pas rendre ombrage d'une hypothétique infidélités à l'oeuvre originale. En fait j'ai trouvé ce petite bouquin (une centaine de pages) très bien écrit, amusant et assez passionnant.

Jody - A Spoonful of Happy Endings
We all know what happened when one of the greatest couples of all time, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, first laid eyes on each other. While Mr. Darcy decided the young woman ‘not handsome enough’ to tempt him, Elizabeth immediately wrote Darcy off as too proud. But how would their love story have turned out if things had been different? In this novel the whole storyline of Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is altered by a big change at the start of it all: Darcy and Elizabeth dance with on ...more
Mel B.
Sep 23, 2011 Mel B. rated it it was ok
Make it stop. We do not need any more reinterpretations of Pride and Prejudice. Yes, very romantic. Part of the romantic part is tension of separation and conflict -- will Lizzy and Darcy ever get together? It's like Mulder and Scully -- once their relationship became more resolved, it was infinitely more boring. [return][return]I agree with the previous reviewer that without any sort of conflict or plot in particular, this becomes a rather flat book. While you would think you'd be very happy to ...more
Dec 28, 2011 Sanalith rated it liked it
Shelves: regency, romance, 2012
I actually had high hopes for this book. A couple of friends had read it and said it was one of the best P&P re-writes they'd read, and I thought the author captured Jane Austen's writing style quite closely. She also didn't make the colossal mistake of actually re-writing any of the original dialogue, which I despise. The basic premise is what would happen if Darcy decided to dance with Elizabeth at their very first meeting, instead of brushing her off as merely "tolerable." This allowed th ...more
Jun 24, 2011 Katherine rated it really liked it
This books follows the same story line as pride & prejudice but a few things are omitted that change the course of the book. For example - What if Darcy never insulted Elizabeth when he met her at the assembly and actually danced with her. This prevents her from feeling a loathing towards this man. What if when Darcy and Bingley bump into Elizabeth, Jane, their cousin and younger sisters talking to Wickham in Meryton and Darcy decides instead of avoiding this confrontation to talk to Elizabe ...more
Jessica (BookRockGoddess) Bolton
This a good retelling but not as good as some. I enjoyed it but I've read so many great retellings that I could only give this one three stars. I enjoyed the outcome of the characters the way Alexa wrote it. This book really gives you a sense of right, but not the conflict you crave. All the characters really get the ending that you think they should have and I guess that's what makes this retelling different. Although, it has a lot of really great moments it left me feeling unsatisfied. I think ...more
Oct 09, 2011 Sophia rated it liked it
This was a nice 'what if' rendering in that it answers the question of how things could turn out differently if Darcy, Lizzy, Lady Catherine, Mr. & Mrs. Bennet, Mary, and Mr. Collins were milder versions of themselves. Any character I did not mention in the above sentence was pretty much the same. It stayed true to the writing style of the times- a steamy romance this story is not turned into.
Obviously with this many personalities behaving differently, we have ourselves a different story. (A
Ann Smith
Jan 03, 2016 Ann Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff, reviewed
I enjoyed this variation on Pride & Prejudice very much. It has a very simple premise - that Mr Darcy never made his infamously insulting remarks about Elizabeth Bennet, thus enabling their love story to proceed much more smoothly. Jane and Bingley also enjoy a more straightforward courtship and marriage and Mary makes a very suitable match. I can understand why some reviewers have found the story slow but I actually found it very true to Austen both in the use of language and the sense of t ...more
May 02, 2010 Alexa rated it really liked it
You know, I typically love the passion-filled bodice-ripping what ifs (which this is NOT); but just for once, it was really nice to read the 'original' story with no obstacles. I understand what a lot of people mean when they say the story isn't the same without the characters' overcoming their foibles....but really, haven't you ever read it and said to yourself, "Why can't they just meet and have everything go smoothly? Don't they deserve it?"

So no, it's not angst filled, and you won't be bitin
Oct 12, 2010 Amy rated it it was ok
This books asks that age old question: "What if Mr. Darcy hadn't of said those awful things about Elizabeth at the dance?" The answer: a ho hum story where Elizabeth and Darcy never spar (only have intelligent conversations) and Lidia never runs off with Wickham, but goes to bording school instead. If you're looking for a fast read with characters that you vaguely recognize, then definately read this book. Otherwise, stay away from this and go do something worthwhile (like watch another episode ...more
May 29, 2013 Jayne rated it it was amazing
Excellent! 'what if Darcy was nicer to Elizabeth at their first meeting' this is where the story would change and I really enjoyed the re-telling of Janes classic. With all the relationships heading into a new direction its a hole different story and the author has written this in a style so close to the original. Loved it!
colleen churm
Mar 25, 2016 colleen churm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First Impressions

Wonderful tale in the style of Jane Austen, with an every day look of how are couple managed without the original insult at the Meryton assembly. Where they became friends and then fell in love.
Jan 09, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this version of the events in P&P
very much, as it gives both Lydia and Mary,
as well as Caroline, a very appropriate destiny.
I was completely enchanted by this "alternate Jane Austen universe"!
Martina the Book Fairy
What if Mr. Darcy danced with Elizabeth Bennett at the Meryton assembly instead of insulting her and their love progressed without the pride & prejudice in the original story? Well, this answers that question in a way that remains fairly true to Jane Austen's original style.
Aug 22, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it
Finally, a book where both Mary Bennet and Miss Caroline Bingley get exactly what they should- karma I say . . .Yay for Mary, and serves Caroline right.
Jennifer Gentry
Jul 02, 2010 Jennifer Gentry rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
WHAT YOU WON'T FIND IN THIS BOOK - Sex scenes. Many of the Austen continuations have them, making them unreadable for me. I appreciate Ms. Adams for NOT including them in her book!
Aug 03, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it
As a lover of Pride and Prejudice, I admit to enjoying the fanfic Jane Austen books. This one was very sweet and a nice read.
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Alexa Adams has been a devoted reader of Jane Austen since her childhood. She is the author of Tales of Less Pride and Prejudice (First Impressions, Second Glances, and Holidays at Pemberley), The Madness of Mr. Darcy, Emma & Elton: Something Truly Horrid, Jane & Bingley: Something Slightly Unsettling, Becoming Mrs. Norris, and the short story collection And Who Can be in Doubt of What Fol ...more
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