First Impressions, Amish Classics Series #1   -     By: Sarah Price
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Realms
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 0.76 (inches)
ISBN: 1621366073
ISBN-13: 9781621366072
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Series: The Amish Classics

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Publisher's Description

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. 

This 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.

Author Bio

Sarah Price’s family emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area's first wave of Mennonite families. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm. Twenty-five years later, she splits her time between her family in the NYC Metro area and a home that she shares with an Amish woman in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where she retreats to reflect and write. As a masterful storyteller, Sarah Price prides herself on presenting an authentic Amish experience for her readers. 

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  1. MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Making Snap Decisions
    July 23, 2014
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved First Impressions, and am very guilty of this sin, and have regretted it a number of times. I have told others that I am quick to judge, and then silently regret my impression, and was told I am not alone.

    Yes this story is about the decision to judge, and very quickly at that, which I guess I do too. The first time you meet someone, and ah how wrong you can be, and that is exactly what Elizabeth Lizzie Blank does when Frederick Detweiler comes to Lancaster Amish Community. Lizzies Mother has five daughters and is anxious to have them married of, what a desire for a mother. She doesnt seem to care who they marry, of course they must be Amish, but age, looks, and jobs have nothing to do with it. Thank goodness her Dad is a smart and wonderful man, and in this patriarchal society is the final word.

    This is a very interesting story and you never see where help is coming from, and was thoroughly surprised. You will love this book, it keeps you hopping and your heart will break and heal. The story is based on the original Pride and Prejudice, and now that is in my to be read pile, TBR. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did, and I cant wait for the next book in this series.

    I received this book from the Publisher Realms and the Author Sarah Price and was not required to give a positive review.
  2. JCMorrows
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A story well worth reading!
    July 18, 2014
    JCMorrows
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    OK. I'll admit it. I almost put this book down and I might not have even picked it back up - had it not been for mom.

    She picked it up and would not give it back until she finished it.

    Then she handed it to me and told me I had to read it! So of course I did!

    And yes_ it may have a bit of a slow start but give it a chance. It won't take any time until you are pulled right in to the story.

    And WHAT a story!

    I never could have expected such a powerful story with so many little surprises and some absolutely priceless laugh-out-loud moments.

    Realms was a genius to snap up Sarah Price when they had the chance!

    This series is going to be amazing - I can tell!

    And while I've never been much of a fan of the original stories by Jane Austin, I can tell I'm going to LOVE these! But then_ the Amish aspect brings so much to it and Sarah's writing is positively wonderful!

    Whether you enjoy Amish fiction or not, if you enjoy a good romance with fun quirky characters and a solid moral - you will LOVE this book!

    I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Gazpacho
    Clare, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A scene by scene re-enactment you'll love!
    July 13, 2014
    Gazpacho
    Clare, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "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."
  4. Debbie
    Litchfield, Illinois
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    makes me want to read the classics
    June 12, 2014
    Debbie
    Litchfield, Illinois
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!
  5. Gloria Johnson
    Liberty Township, Ohio
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    First Impressions is a book to be treasured.
    June 11, 2014
    Gloria Johnson
    Liberty Township, Ohio
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sarah Price takes the themes from the classic novel Pride and Prejudice to write a superb Amish romance, First Impressions (Realms). First Impressions is the first book in a new series by Sarah entitled The Amish Classics Series. In the series, the author will be taking novels by the famed writer Jane Austen and recreating them in current day Amish settings.

    Our protagonist is Lizzy who has a strong, clear voice in the book. She is the second oldest of five marriage-aged daughters living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Her Maem (Mother) is constantly plotting to find suitors for her girls and is thrilled to find out that three eligible bachelors from Holmes County, Ohio have arrived in town to begin farming. Lizzy's Daed (Father) is a sweet, tenderhearted man who tries to tame his wife's plotting and favors Lizzy when her Maem gets too out of control.

    Two of the new young men, Charles and George, make a good first impression. Both are charming and good looking. But the third man, Frederick, is immediately labeled proud and haughty. And that first impression sticks to Frederick without regard to whether there is any truth behind the label.

    Lizzy's older sister Jane begins to consider Charles as her special friend. All are expecting a wedding and Maem is thrilled beyond belief to be marrying off one of her daughters.

    Meanwhile a distant widower cousin, Wilmer, arrives trying to force Lizzy to become his wife. Lizzy clearly tells Wilmer she has no interest in becoming his wife and that she will only marry for love, not for convenience. Lizzy's Maem is furious that she turned down Wilmer and is convinced that Lizzy will end up as a "maedel" - an older unmarried woman. Thankfully, her Daed, agrees with Lizzy and insists that she does not need to marry Wilmer.

    To make matters worse, unexpectedly Charles is called back to Holmes County due to a family illness, but he doesn't write or attempt to contact Jane. Jane eventually receives a letter from his sister stating Charles is considering marriage to another woman from Holmes County. Such bad news throws the whole household into a depression.

    At this point it is hard to think that there can be a happy ending for all of the characters. But as the book so eloquently states, "Different perspectives engender different realities." Such a deep thought, but so true. When Lizzy figures out that her own pride and prejudices have caused her to misjudge others, she decides to embrace God's plans. The author has included a beautiful Bible verse, "'For I know the plans I have for you' declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" Such glorious words of hope for Lizzy!

    First Impressions is a book to be treasured. It has a thought-provoking message on the foolishness of letting pride get in the way of our relationships, wrapped in an exciting and fast paced, very readable novel. First Impressions was released May 6, 2014.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Sarah Price
Located in: Morristown, NJ
Submitted: June 11, 2014

    Tell us a little about yourself.  With over 30 books published, Price is a prolific writer that has topped the charts of Amazon was ranked #13 on the bestseller list for ECPA (June 2013) and continues to earn recognition worldwide for her authentic portrayal of the Amish culture and religion without sacrificing literary finesse. Originally publishing as an Indie author, she now publishes with Realms (Charisma House) and Waterfall Press (Brilliance Publishing). Her family originally came from Pennsylvania, a long heritage of Mennonites, which is how her interest in the Amish began over 35 years ago. Price has earned degrees from Drew University (BA), Fairleigh Dickerson University (MA), and Centenary College (MBA). She is currently A.B.D. at Trident University. Price is a life-long resident of Morristown.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I love classic literature as much as I love the Amish. Most of my books are different, focused on sharing my experience growing up in a Mennonite family and spending so much time living among the Amish. A few years ago, I had the idea to retell Jane Austen's books in an Amish environment. After all, the themes of Austen's novels are timeless. Blending my love of the classics with the Amish culture and religion was challenging in a fun and inspiring way.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  A lot of my readers have never read Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Now, I'm hearing from a lot of them that, after reading First Impressions, they are exploring Jane Austen's book. I think that is an amazing compliment and I'm thrilled that my writing has inspired people to step outside of their comfort zone and read her amazing books.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I believe that the challenge of retelling Jane Austen's book in the Amish environment helped me raise the bar on my own writing. My goal isn't just to write books but to write quality literature. I feel that First Impressions took my writing to a new and very exciting level.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Obviously Jane Austen (LOL) as well as other authors of classic literature (Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, the Bronte Sisters, etc.). On a more contemporary level, I'm a huge fan of Max Lucado, Karen Kingsbury, and Tracy Chevalier.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  On May 31, 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I never once asked the question "Why me?" Having breast cancer has been one of the best things that has happened to me--it has changed my life. Despite the complications and the treatments (which I'm still going through), my life is richer, fuller, and happier since that day. God knows what He is doing. He never gives us more than we can handle. And, even when you feel as though your life is full of storms, you can still dance in the rain. :D Jer 29:11

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