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

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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 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
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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...more
Maria Grazia
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...more
Maria
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...more
Carolina Echevarría
Jun 07, 2010 Carolina Echevarría rated it 5 of 5 stars 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...more
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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
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
Katherine
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
Soph
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
Mel B.
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
Misty
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 lessPride & 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 and...more
Sanalith
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
Jessica (BookRockGodess) 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
Alexa
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...more
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.
Amy
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
Janet
This Pride & Prejudice variation holds true to the second part of the title with much less prejudice and a lot less pride. It has all the same characters as the original with some of them having a slight alteration of personality. These changes make for a very interesting tale that is sweet and endearing with little angst. Following are a few of those changes.

Darcy does not insult Elizabeth at the Meryton Assembly but he does ask her to dance. She accepts and that is the beginning of the cha...more
Victoria
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!
Jayne
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!
Susan
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"!
Jennifer Gentry
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!
Heidi
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.
Christine
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.
Laura
Very fun and sweet. I finished it on one airplane ride.
Marcie
The author asks the question, 'what would have happened if Mr. Darcy had never spoken so disdainfully' when he first met Elizabeth Bennet. Well I can now answer this question: Nothing. Nothing happens. Well that's not entirely true. Some things do happen, but not enough.

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet meet at the Meryton Assembly . . . and dance together. From their first meeting they understand each other perfectly. No misunderstandings. No pride. No prejudice. And no spark between Darcy and Eli...more
Blodeuedd Finland
My thoughts:

Now this was a fun one. I think this is how PP was supposed to be, but then Austen decided to bring in some drama and Pride and Prejudice.


This one changes right at the start. Darcy holds his tongue and dances with Lizzy, and finds her rather witty. So he never tells Bingley to walk away from Jane, and he tells Mr Bennet that his younger daughters are making fools of themselves. I like this Mr Darcy with less pride because it all makes sense. It begins with little things and then the...more
Kim
I started this book really hoping that I would like it, because it's an interesting premise: what would have happened if Darcy hadn't shot his mouth off at that famous Meryton assembly?

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Dancer
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 Jane Austen's beloved novel would have transpired if Darcy and Elizabeth had danced together at the Meryton Assembly. Jane and...more
Beth
I so so so so so wanted to love this book. I love Austen variations and was intrigued by the idea of Darcy and Elizabeth being friends before marrying. But, as been mentioned in other reviews, there was no conflict in this story at all - no drama, no setbacks, no roadblocks to happiness - just happiness and more happiness. I would have loved if Darcy had still kept back the knowledge of Wickham's true nature even as his friendship with Elizabeth was blossoming- if Lydia had still disgraced herse...more
Warmisunqu Austen
Personajes con caracteres suavizados e irónicas escenas.

Disfruté mucho de esta variación, sobre todo por el estilo de la autora, es irónica en las descripciones de las situaciones que crea, las interacciones entre los personajes y mostrando ese lado ridículo de las circunstancias ante las normas y etiqueta de la sociedad londinense y sobre todo el aclamado uso del decoro.

Aunque el ritmo de lectura es tranquilo, no por ello aburrido o tedioso, debido justamente a ese tono socarrón que le impregna...more
Sophia
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...more
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A lover of Jane Austen since her childhood, Alexa Adams has is the author of First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride and Prejudice, Second Glances: A Tale of Less Pride and Prejudice Continues, and the novella Emma and Elton: Something Truly Horrid. Residing in the Delaware Valley with her husband and daughter, she looks forward to continuing her engagement with Austen and the remarkably familiar...more
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