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First Impressions: A Contemporary Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

(Jane Austen #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  966 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
First Impressions: A Contemporary Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Lawyer Eddi Boswick tries out for a production of Pride and Prejudice in her small Texas town. When she's cast as the lead, Elizabeth Bennet, her romantic co-star is none other than the town's most eligible--and arrogant--bachelor.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2006)
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Jessica
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for an honest review.

I had actually just finished reading Pride and Prejudice before starting this book so everything was still fresh in my mind.

As a retelling this was pretty spot on. There was even a list of the cast of characters and their Pride and Prejudice counterparts at the beginning of the book. Personality-Wise, the characters stayed true to their Pride and Prejudice version. Linda (Lydia in P&
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Sophia
A modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice takes us to Eastern Texas where the sparks fly when a feisty lawyer overhears a handsome rancher stick his boot in his mouth.

It was fun to see Austen's novel and characters transplanted to small town Texas and seeing them enact the familiar scenes twice since everyone is brought together for a community play. Some characters are absent, thankfully not the Lady Catherine, Collins, or Caroline Bingley characters who never cease to make me s
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Gracelyn Buckner
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This was interesting. Not my favorite in the world, but interesting.

~wonderfuls~

Austen-feel

I've never read a Jane Austen retelling before this one, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I enjoyed it. I wasn't completely predictable like I was afraid it would be, but it still stayed true to some of Pride and Prejudice's plot. I liked that.

the characters

All of Ms. Smith's character were well-done. Although I had a few issues with a character (and the content that came with her), all of
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Amanda Tero
When it comes to Jane Austen retellings, this is probably one of the best that I’ve read, as in there was enough of Austen to know what was going on and how it was implied, but there were also enough original creativity to where I didn’t think, “Well if I wanted to read Austen, I would have just read Austen.” What Debra did with her characters was very clever and creative and fit so well for a modern “Pride and Prejudice.” If she did quote the book through the character’s modern dialogue, it was ...more
Megan
Today I bring to you another Jane Austen retelling! "First Impressions: A Contemporary Retelling of Pride and Prejudice" by Debra White Smith is a retelling I read many years ago when it first released. It is a part of the “Jane Austen” series. I still have some of the old editions of this series, but I don’t have this specific book anymore, so I was excited for the chance to read it again! I love the new covers they are using to re-release the series with.

My first (and second) impression of “Fi
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Brittany
I was excited about reading First Impressions, as I am a big Jane Austen fan. I loved Pride and Prejudice and I have enjoyed many of the retellings of this classic novel that I have read over the years. Unfortunately, this retelling fell flat for me.

I do think that the storyline was a creative set up. The new characters shared initials with the original characters and followed along fairly well with updated personas. It was cute having the characters acting in a small theater production of Pride
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Haley S
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
All Jane Austen lovers this way. All Pride and Prejudice lovers to me. Seriously, if you liked Pride and Prejudice, book or movie, READ THIS BOOK!!! It might be a little different but it is SO sweet. I fell in love with the book immediately.

Official Review:
After re-watching North and South (the one with Richard Armitage) for the umpteenth time, I decided to write a review on First Impressions. Now, why would I write a review for a Pride and Prejudice retelling? I have no idea. I was scrolling th
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Nichola
Jan 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: austenesque
Beware, the story is a Pride and Prejudice reworking but this is a ministry book- the author is trying to make religious points through the whole thing. It is very judgemental regarding each character's faith and relationship with 'God'... the Darcy character's parents fought a lot but were co-pastors of a church, his own redeeming feature is that he is founding a ministry to mentor troubled young boys like his childhood foster cousin- Rick (Wickham) who dabbled in drugs and premartial sex. And ...more
Jenna Van Mourik
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
In exchange for a full review posted to my blog, Bethany House sent me a free copy of First Impressions by Debra White Smith. However, just a friendly reminder, this in no way has affected my opinions of this book.

Debra White Smith has managed to bring a tale as old as time, to a new and modern era while still maintaining the original wit and wisdom of Jane Austen. Her adaptation follows the life of Eddi Boswick, and her somewhat difficult relationship with the town of London, Texas’ most eligib
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Diane Estrella
First off, full disclosure, i generally do not enjoy contemporary fiction... however, I read a blogger's review and I am a Pride and Prejudice fan, so I thought this one could be a winner. I will say it was OK. Not the highest of praise but I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

What I did like, and any Austen fan will love, is that the author did her absolute best to keep it as true and parallel to P and P as possible. The only significant difference I could detect was that instead of five Bennet
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Courtney Clark
First Impressions accomplishes what any good retelling does: a fresh take on the classic with its own unique elements and wonderful nods to the original text. In this case, the tropes are all present with a new setting, time period, and extra quirks to familiar typecast characters.

This story is likable overall, BUT, some situations and behaviors felt contrived because of the expected underlying storyline. I would have liked a little more emotional depth in a grab-your-heart and relate way. A lar
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Emily
The name of this book, "First Impressions," was (if I'm recalling history correctly) the original title that Jane Austen used for the book we now know as "Pride and Prejudice." I believe this history was the reason Debra White Smith chose the name for this book, her contemporary retelling of "Pride and Prejudice."

In "First Impressions," Lawyer Eddie Boswick, living in a funny small town called London in the middle of Texas, decides to audition for the town play of "Pride and Prejudice." She is
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Samantha
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romantics, Pride and Prejudice fans who love Texas
Where oh where to begin? Pride & Prejudice is one of my favorite novels and I just love Texas (best state ever!), so when my mom gave me this book to use for my senior project, I was more than thrilled.

The characters were excellently depicted and had many aspects to them that made them incredibly realistic. The setting was perfect. I lovehow the checkpoints with the play they are working on coincide withthe events as they occur.

A lot of the little details are what made this book so compara
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Deon
*This is a review copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.*

This is a cute modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Originally published in 2004, but has been re-released with a new cover. The cover is so unique, I love it. The story was original (taking place in the South), but predicable. But I loved it anyway. I am looking forward to read more of this series.
Kelly
May 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
First Impressions is the first book in Debra White Smith's Jane Austen Series, originally published in the early 2000's by Harvest House Publishers and re-released (along with the five following books) this year by Baker. I was intrigued when I first received this book to review, but unfortunately it was very disappointing.

First Impressions very closely mirrors Pride and Prejudice, and this is primarily where it flops: the "retelling" is too similar to the Austen classic and not realistically "c
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Faith
Title: First Impressions: A Contemporary Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
Written By: Debra Smith White
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Recommended Ages: 15 and up (due to mention of out-of-wedlock pregnancy and drug use)

Introduction:
One of my favorite Jane Austen books is Pride and Prejudice, so when I had the opportunity to read this book, I took it to see how the author managed a contemporary retelling of the book. The way she wove in Pride and Prejudice was interesting, but I honestly had
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Carmen8094
First impressions di Debra White Smith è, come ci indica il titolo, un retelling - in chiave moderna - di Orgoglio e Pregiudizio di Jane Austen.

La protagonista, Eddi/Edwarda (Elizabeth), è un'avvocatessa che sceglie di trasferirsi nella piccola cittadina di London, Texas, desiderosa di vivere una vita più semplice - nonché di allontanarsi dalla propria famiglia.
Dave (Darcy) è invece l'uomo più ricco del posto, e per questo lo scapolo più ambito, ma nasconde dei segreti riguardo se stesso e il su
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Sabrina Fox
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
First Impressions was published first in 2006, but on April 17 they came out with this brand spanking new to-die-for cover!

I had a fairly small TBR list for this month so I decided to squeeze this one in as well. I started reading it immediately after I finished my previous book and I couldn't get it down once I got about 50 pages in.

First Impressions is a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice set in a small town in Texas.

Our main characters are Eddie Boswick, who's a lawyer and gets to play Elizabe
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Janell R.
This story had some great elements that I really enjoyed! First of all, I enjoyed the way she changed certain elements of the original P&P story such as the relationship between Dave Davidson (Mr. Darcy) and his aunt. Instead of a certain animosity between them, he really respects and cares for her basically as his own mother (his parents are dead). Also his back story was unique and I very much enjoyed the way it developed. I would have to say he was pretty much my favorite character and no ...more
Jess Swann
Une version très très catholique de Pride & Prejudice... La version se veut contemporaine, par conséquent, l'auteure a un peu modifié l'histoire (notamment l'ordre des rebondissements et Georgiana est devenue un garçon en plus d'être morte). Les changements sont originaux et ne nuisent pas à l'histoire, la trame est respectée ainsi que les grandes caractéristiques des personnages principaux. J'aime beaucoup l'idée de Rick (Wickham) entrainant le frère de Darcy dans la drogue. Les soeurs ne s ...more
Suzie
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While Pride & Prejudice is a beloved classic, it’s a bit outdated in some of its situations. So, it’s always interesting (and often fun) to read how authors modernize this story.

In the re-release of Debra White Smith’s First Impressions, Eddie (Smith’s version of Lizzie Bennett) and Dave (AKA Darcy) butt heads from the start.

The events in this story happen in a bit of skewed timeline from the original, but it works. And all the important (favorite) encounters are there. Dave’s friend and Edd
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Dixie
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this modern re-telling of P&P. Eddi and Dave have life circumstances and personalities similar enough to Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy that it is ironic for them to be cast as Elizabeth and Darcy in a community theater production of Pride and Prejudice. I thought the character development and world building was handled well and organically, included in ways that carried the action of the story forward. Since this is told with a Christian worldview, I appreciate the insertion of c ...more
ASC Book Reviews
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and I think that her stories can't be "improved" and I was SO happy that that didn't seem to be Debra's goal! She keeps all the great classic parts of Pride and Prejudice yet still adds changes and twists to make it fit into a more modern style! I LOVED being able to read from different character's perspectives and really enjoyed all of these characters as well as the over all setting! The little town feel was nice and there were times I couldn't ...more
Susan
Aug 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't make myself read past the second chapter...what an awful read! Sorry!
Maryam
Apr 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE Jane Austen. This book is Disappointing and pedestrian

If only Jane Austen knew her work would be so diminished by a hack she would have never published
Jenn
Oct 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my. I saw this in a recent EW article about books based on Austen's work. I went through and saw what my library had and put them on a list to check out. This was the first one I tried. Wow.

Okay, so the Amazon blurb says that this is "loosely based" on P&P. Um, how about a complete rip off? The characters are performing P&P as a play and their lives mirror the story SO MUCH, yet no one remarks on it? Really? Also, I don't read Christian fiction. It's annoying and preachy and usually v
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Kristi
Feb 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kristi by: my mom
This book was not my favorite of her Austen series. I like her others much better. This one kind of annoyed me. I know others have enjoyed it so maybe it is just me. I didn't enjoy the double plot in the book. The characters are the same as in Jane Austen's, just in the 20th century. I enjoyed them and their humorous bantering. I just didn't enjoy that they were also playing roles in a play of the real book Pride and prejudice and they just happened to be playing the same role as their real life ...more
Nikki
Apr 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans Of Jane Austen
Based on Pride and Prejudice!!!! I really love this book...in fact this whole series :o)

First Impressions is the story of....well you know why should i type all of that out when i can cut and copy the description from amazon! Is that wrong?

Eddi Boswick has just settled in Texas to establish her law practice. Joining a local theater group, she is thrilled when she is given the role of Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice.

William “Dave” Davidson III amassed a fortune in the computer industry but lead
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Deborah
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It had potential but the Pride and Prejudice angle was beaten into the reader. The first pages have a list of characters and their counterparts from the original novel. Most people who are going to read this book already are very familiar with Pride and Prejudice, I would have had the list at the end and the reader could have proudly said, "I knew that." It was pretty obvious from the story.

The other thing I would have done is have the narrator stick with Eddi/Elizabeth. Nothing we learned from
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