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Set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, book one of The Amish Classics series is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, covering the same issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage within the Amish community. SERIES DESCRIPTION: The Amish Classics Series is a retelling of novels by Jane Austen in a contemporary Amish setting. The main storylines are accur Set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, book one of The Amish Classics series is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, covering the same issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage within the Amish community. SERIES DESCRIPTION: The Amish Classics Series is a retelling of novels by Jane Austen in a contemporary Amish setting. The main storylines are accurately followed but told within the Amish culture and religion.


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Set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, book one of The Amish Classics series is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, covering the same issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage within the Amish community. SERIES DESCRIPTION: The Amish Classics Series is a retelling of novels by Jane Austen in a contemporary Amish setting. The main storylines are accur Set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, book one of The Amish Classics series is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, covering the same issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage within the Amish community. SERIES DESCRIPTION: The Amish Classics Series is a retelling of novels by Jane Austen in a contemporary Amish setting. The main storylines are accurately followed but told within the Amish culture and religion.

30 review for First Impressions: An Amish Tale of Pride and Prejudice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katrin

    a wunderbar gut novel! a classic translated into amish life - and very fun to read. definitely going to read more from this author.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin Cataldi

    I've read a lot of adaptations in my day and I thought this was one of the most unique. The Amish lifestyle is very well suited to Jane Austen's classic novels of love and society; instead of balls there are singings, but both still have horse drawn carriages (or rather buggies), modesty, manners, and grace. Lots of good clean fun. I look forward to reading the rest of the adaptations in this series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I just finished "First Impressions" by Sarah Price and loved it. I got the movie Pride and Prejudice well actually 2, just not sure which one would be the best to watch) from the library so now I am going to read a little bit of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin, which is what Sarah's book is based on but an Amish version, then watch the movie tonight or tomorrow. I don't have to read Jane Austin's book to understand Sarah's book, but being the addict ( book) I am you all know I must read the i I just finished "First Impressions" by Sarah Price and loved it. I got the movie Pride and Prejudice well actually 2, just not sure which one would be the best to watch) from the library so now I am going to read a little bit of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin, which is what Sarah's book is based on but an Amish version, then watch the movie tonight or tomorrow. I don't have to read Jane Austin's book to understand Sarah's book, but being the addict ( book) I am you all know I must read the inspiration for Sarah's book. With all the above said I give " First Impressions" by Sarah Price five stars. Sarah took a classic (one that I haven't read and made me want to read it). I haven't finished reading the classic or watched the movie but from what I have read and watched I can see that Sarah followed the book but from an amish point of view. Once again I am glad that Sarah's book did not disappoint this reader. If you have read the classics " Pride and Prejuice" by Jane Austin then you will want to read " First Impressions" by Sarah Price, and even if you haven't but you love the Amish genre you will want to add this book to your library. If you are a Sarah Price fan you will definitely want to read, or better yet own this book. This is a love story between Elizabeth and Frederick Detweiler but they don't like each other at first. The main reason is that they think each other to full of pride. Elizabeth has four sisters and her mother wants them to get married and makes sure every one knows. This story shows that "First Impressions" are sometimes wrong. I was given a pfd file for my honest review and I have given it and I don't usually buy a book if I have a copy in any form but this one will be the exception I will buy an ebook and it will have a place of honor in my kindle library. Well done Sarah Price!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Therese

    First Impressions is the first book in the Amish Classics series by Sarah Price. This was a sweet Amish romance book, but also a retelling of Jane Austen's beloved classic, "Pride and Prejudice", which I have read before. At first, it was a little boring to me. Why so many people like fairytale retellings is because of the twists and excitement and new spins the authors put on classic tales. This was just Pride and Prejudice in a modern/Amish setting. I definitely would have appreciated some sor First Impressions is the first book in the Amish Classics series by Sarah Price. This was a sweet Amish romance book, but also a retelling of Jane Austen's beloved classic, "Pride and Prejudice", which I have read before. At first, it was a little boring to me. Why so many people like fairytale retellings is because of the twists and excitement and new spins the authors put on classic tales. This was just Pride and Prejudice in a modern/Amish setting. I definitely would have appreciated some sort of twist I didn't see coming. However, as I kept reading, I grew to like the book more and more. Because I mean, who doesn't love Darcy?! I also admire the creativity it must have taken to think up believable situations that were relevant in this day and age, but also keep it to having a Pride and Prejudice feel. The author also followed the original book very closely/accurately, because if you aren't going to put a twist into a retelling, you might as well stick to the storyline as much as possible. I found myself really liking and relating to the characters. Lizzie was made likeable and had a good personality. I also liked that the author gave Mr. Bennett/Blank a little more depth, and toned down Mrs. Bennett/Blank's silliness a little. Charlotte was also likeable and had lots of personality. Although I am not a regular reader of Amish fiction, this impressed me. I will be reading the next book in the series -- once I get around to reading "Emma" first, of course! 4 stars out of 5.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lili

    3.5 stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Creative & moving way to retell the story of Pride & Prejudice. I LOVED THIS NOVEL!!! I will definitely be purchasing it and rereading it this much I know. Creative & moving way to retell the story of Pride & Prejudice. I LOVED THIS NOVEL!!! I will definitely be purchasing it and rereading it this much I know.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    "First impressions can be dangerous and people are not always who they seem to be." [from the back cover] Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is pretty much a staple for those of us who love historical romance novels. Literary experts tell us that Austen developed the pattern for romance stories that touch the readers' hearts most, a pattern modern stories still follow today more than 200 years later. Austen wanted her readers to experience the "happily ever after" ending that she herself never "First impressions can be dangerous and people are not always who they seem to be." [from the back cover] Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is pretty much a staple for those of us who love historical romance novels. Literary experts tell us that Austen developed the pattern for romance stories that touch the readers' hearts most, a pattern modern stories still follow today more than 200 years later. Austen wanted her readers to experience the "happily ever after" ending that she herself never experienced. The most recent film adaptation has refreshed the popularity of the tale for romantics of all ages and backgrounds so much that once you begin reading First Impressions , you may very well hear the actors' voices playing the parts out in your mind, as I did. That's because this book is a scene by scene re-enactment of the movie, modified to fit into the Amish lifestyle. It's a remarkable fit. The Blank family (the Bennett counterparts) lives in the small farming community of Leola in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Their 100-acre farm is kept by the father and his five daughters. Lizzie, the second eldest, enjoys working outside at her daed's side. The remaining girls assist their maem inside. Lately, it seems her maem is so preoccupied with finding her dochders husbands that Lizzie is happy to be outside away from the constant speculation and match-making attentions. All that changes when a distant cousin from Ohio writes of his intention to return to a neighboring farm. The women are thrown into a flurry of preparations and anticipation, especially when the Amish grapevine buzzes with rumors of not just two, but three eligible bachelors to arrive on the farm. The dochders' first glimpse of the Beacheys (the Bingley counterparts) is in church one Sunday. Jane, the shy sister, is immediately drawn to Charles Beachey. His sister, however, seems to hold their little community in disdain. And Lizzie's impression of Charles' silent friend, Frederick, is of a similar attitude. She does not like Frederick (the Darcie counterpart) at all. So when a severe thunderstorm and a twisted ankle strands Jane at the Beachey farm, Lizzie is determined to rescue her sister. Conflicts and misunderstandings seem to keep surfacing between the disparate parties. Would harmony ever settle between the two families and their friends? I love how this classic tale fits so well into an Amish setting. The author has done a remarkable job of creating a realistic set of circumstances and personalities that mirror Pride and Prejudice so closely. For me, the similarities were often hilarious, or at least afforded an occasional chuckle or two. But beyond the humor, I could also see how well Christian themes of good character, godly lifestyle, worship of God, charity, selflessness, sacrifice, family, and behind-the-scenes good works were woven into the tale and served as the meat on the bones of a classic work. The misunderstandings were smoke screens that hid the depth of character until main players were compelled to face their faulty assumptions and re-evaluate themselves. Another aspect of this adaptation I particularly enjoyed was the rich descriptions of daily Amish life on the farm, the inclusion of Amish terminology and vocabulary, and an up close and personal glimpse of the weekly worship services. All this combined with a winning plot line made reading this book so enjoyable. What endeared this story most to me was the way the author solved the tension between the sharp-tongued, quick-witted Elizabeth and the quiet, stoic person of Frederick Detweiler. Action often speak louder than words, especially in romance fiction. When Lizzie and Frederick exchanged bitter words, it was the Ohio Amish man's silent actions that eventually won over her stubborn resistance. It's my favorite part of the book and so credibly Amish that it breathes new life into the familiar classic. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from The Booketeria on behalf of Charisma Media/Realms. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB 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- BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB 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. The 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. MY REVIEW 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    J. W. Garrett

    I loved this book. It was well written and kept to the character and story of Austen’s P&P. It gave a new dimension to the feelings and beliefs of the Amish congregation as compared to the feelings and beliefs of Austen’s time period. I was amazed at how Price kept us involved in a community that is vastly closed to us English. It took a little adjusting to the name changes and situations but that was soon forgotten as I was pulled along in the story. I kept waiting for the next happening and wo I loved this book. It was well written and kept to the character and story of Austen’s P&P. It gave a new dimension to the feelings and beliefs of the Amish congregation as compared to the feelings and beliefs of Austen’s time period. I was amazed at how Price kept us involved in a community that is vastly closed to us English. It took a little adjusting to the name changes and situations but that was soon forgotten as I was pulled along in the story. I kept waiting for the next happening and wondered how Price would solve those problems. I had an unfortunate experience reading an Amish story [author name withheld to protect the guilty] that left me with a bitter taste. Since I’d not read one since… I was reluctant to read this. I didn’t want a JAFF ruined for me. I began to trust this author as I visited her on the Austen Authors website and I am glad I did. I would have missed a wonderful story. It reinforced my own beliefs and strengthened my faith in my fellow man. There is a strong Amish and Mennonite presence in my area and my family and I have bought their vegetables when in season. They are wonderful people and Price has given readers an insight into the inner workings of their lives. I now have an even greater respect for them. Thanks Sarah Price for your love of community and family. Price opened the door to a closed community of faith, family and love of the land. Excellent…I challenge anyone to read it and not be moved or changed.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    What a exceptional read this was. This book was filled with humor, charm and warmth that made the last page come all too soon. A lot of Amish fiction wrote now seems to encompass just as many English characters as Amish; and this book was a true to the last page story of a Amish family and surrounding friends and ups and downs across the miles. Everyone finding their way in most unexpected places. You will love Jane, Elizabeth and snicker at their most unusual mother. Charlotte will help you rem What a exceptional read this was. This book was filled with humor, charm and warmth that made the last page come all too soon. A lot of Amish fiction wrote now seems to encompass just as many English characters as Amish; and this book was a true to the last page story of a Amish family and surrounding friends and ups and downs across the miles. Everyone finding their way in most unexpected places. You will love Jane, Elizabeth and snicker at their most unusual mother. Charlotte will help you remember that we all have a place in this world; it just might not be exactly what you had envisioned. Bloom where you are planted. This was a read that will inspire you long after the story is over. What more could I say?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deliasue

    I just finished this book by Ms. Price and It is just as good as the buggy ride. Her description of the Amish and how they interact with each other as a family is interesting. I could picture Frederick with his unsmiling way, and to find out from him how he perceived her family, her mother and sisters, it must have hurt her feelings bad. Sometimes when we are told the truth it hurts us deeply, and we tend to get mad and hate the person who told us, but Lizzie did a lot of thinking and pondering in I just finished this book by Ms. Price and It is just as good as the buggy ride. Her description of the Amish and how they interact with each other as a family is interesting. I could picture Frederick with his unsmiling way, and to find out from him how he perceived her family, her mother and sisters, it must have hurt her feelings bad. Sometimes when we are told the truth it hurts us deeply, and we tend to get mad and hate the person who told us, but Lizzie did a lot of thinking and pondering in her heart and ask for help from God to give her insight. She was very smart in that way. I won't tell you any more you must read it for yourself.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    This was the first book I read by this author and it was pretty good.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I tried again. I really did. I just can't get into it. Saying farewell to this one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Excellent!! "These were all good questions, questions whose answers would come in due time, she realized. But learning from them could be even more important than getting the answers, for life had a way of constantly changing. Still, there were moments when everything appeared to return to its rightful place, like the scattered pieces of a puzzle coming together to form a beautiful picture." "Indeed, despite their initial pride and prejudices-the very two traits that ultimately united them- God ha Excellent!! "These were all good questions, questions whose answers would come in due time, she realized. But learning from them could be even more important than getting the answers, for life had a way of constantly changing. Still, there were moments when everything appeared to return to its rightful place, like the scattered pieces of a puzzle coming together to form a beautiful picture." "Indeed, despite their initial pride and prejudices-the very two traits that ultimately united them- God had yet worked out his greater plan, a plan that only He had known and one that not only brought prosperity and happiness to all, but also taught them both a great lesson in life and faith."

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Lunsford

    I enjoy reading new interpretations of Jane Austen classics, ever intrigued to see how an author will put a new spin on such a beloved story. This adaptation was clever and well done. I don't read a lot of Amish fiction, so I also enjoyed learning more about the Amish culture and practices as portrayed in this narrative. It was fun to watch the story unfold, discovering how Price took specific scenes from P&P and tailored them to work for this setting. I enjoyed it so much that I found myself gi I enjoy reading new interpretations of Jane Austen classics, ever intrigued to see how an author will put a new spin on such a beloved story. This adaptation was clever and well done. I don't read a lot of Amish fiction, so I also enjoyed learning more about the Amish culture and practices as portrayed in this narrative. It was fun to watch the story unfold, discovering how Price took specific scenes from P&P and tailored them to work for this setting. I enjoyed it so much that I found myself giddy toward the end, just as when I read the original.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Wonderful Amish version of Pride & Prejudice!! I love classics!! And I wasn’t sure what to expect with an Amish version of a beloved Jane Austen classic, but it was wonderful! It followed the original Jane Austen story, but with an Amish twist and a few minor tweaks here and there. I appreciate the simple style of writing and forward storyline (not too wordy, stays focused on the characters, etc.). I definitely recommend! Wonderful Amish version of Pride & Prejudice!! I love classics!! And I wasn’t sure what to expect with an Amish version of a beloved Jane Austen classic, but it was wonderful! It followed the original Jane Austen story, but with an Amish twist and a few minor tweaks here and there. I appreciate the simple style of writing and forward storyline (not too wordy, stays focused on the characters, etc.). I definitely recommend!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This was a delightful retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The author fit all the important plot points into an Amish story that felt very natural in the telling. I will confess to imagining my favorite Mr. Darcy, Colin Firth, as Frederick Detweiler. I look forward to reading book 2 in the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    I have read a lot of Jane Austen adaptations, as well as re-reading Jane Austen a lot! Most of the modern day adaptations feel forced and contrived, but this one with its Amish twist is excellent! I'm excited to read the other books Sarah Price has written, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Pride & Prejudice I have read a lot of Jane Austen adaptations, as well as re-reading Jane Austen a lot! Most of the modern day adaptations feel forced and contrived, but this one with its Amish twist is excellent! I'm excited to read the other books Sarah Price has written, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Pride & Prejudice

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Leist

    The author brings Pride and Prejudice to the Amish. When I bought a collection of books that retell Jane Austen's classic, I had no idea I would enjoy this one. After trying to read a few that were full of sex, I was relieved to find witty dialogue and pure romance in this delightful story. Thank you.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    This book is an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and is therefore lots of fun. It’s set in the Pennsylvania Dutch world of the Amish, and the author describes a lot of Amish rituals and traditions that are very interesting. The fact that the story works even in such a unique, drastically different environment shows how timeless Jane Austen’s story is.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Rowland

    Sarah Price is becoming one of my favorite authors. I love how ahe takes a Jane Austen novel and writes it into the Amish culture. Through these books, I am learning a lot about the Amish culture and historical background.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    A lovely version of the classic. The one aspect I always felt was missing from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is God. This version centres on God and seeking to honour him, while staying true to the original novel. Quite a nice read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily Dean

    I enjoyed this one except for the random 19th century language sprinkled throughout. Kind of weird.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    The cover isn't the exact one I have, because Frederick looks better on mine..... :) But anyway, it was an awesome version of Pride and Prejudice.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Got bored with it and skipped to the end.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jo

    Cute, clean and an easy read. I am really enjoying these fan rewrites of Jane Austen' s classics.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emmie

    A wonderful retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I loved every page!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    This was a mostly fine book, but it wasn't really for me. Glad I read it, though.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    I love Jane Austen's books and I loved this retelling of Pride and Prejudice!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy Clipston

    Sarah Price’s First Impressions is a heart-warming story of faith, family, and renewal. It will delight fans of Amish fiction and those who love a tender romance.

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