by Debra White Smith
pages ISBN 0743243978
Harvest House Publishers
a modernisation of the P&P story, set in London, Texas. "Elizabeth"
is a lawyer starting her own business there, and "Darcy" is a somewhat
mysterious local guy, in possession of a good fortune and duly chased
by all the single females except for "Elizabeth". "Lady Catherine" is
producing a community play and - yes you guessed it - they're doing
Pride and Prejudice and the two leads get cast as Darcy and Elizabeth.
"Christian fiction". I was a bit dubious of how this would turn out.
Jane Austen meets Christian fiction meets Mills&Boon romances?
(Mind you, I haven't really read any "Christian fiction romances"
before, so I cannot compare and I didn't have any specific
expectations. I just had some impressions from discussions on "typical"
Christian fiction at our Library board.)
I thought that the "Christian fiction" label shows mostly in that the
protagonists attend church, have certain kinds of values and are
occasionally shown as praying. No sermonizing and no radical
conversions etc. as far as I can recollect. And I was actually a bit
surprised by how much and how often the mutual (physical) attraction of
the Darcy and Elizabeth characters was described, and right from the
start - though they're both fighting the attraction for various reasons
(pride, prejudice, fear of commitment, misunderstandings, whatnot). A
lot less subtle than Austen, certainly...
isn't Jane Austen, but IMHO it's pleasant and fun enough for a light
reading. I'd love to hear other people's opinions as well?
Review by Linda Waldemar,
10 February 2005
This s a modern retelling of Pride
and Prejudice. It is set in London, Texas, a small town with a
population of just over 6000. Eddi Boswick has opened a one-person law
office and Dave Davidson owns a very large ranch nearby. Dave's Aunt,
Mrs. Madelynne DeBloom starts a dinner theatre. The first performance
Pride and Prejudice, the play. Eddi and Dave play Elizabeth and Darcy.
The author tells us right up front which characters correspond to Jane
Austen's and most of the main ones are present. Her plot follows JA's
very closely and she uses many of Austen's lines; which is easy since
they are rehearsing that play.
Ms White is writes Christian fiction and this story fits into that
The characters go to church and pray a lot and have rather
old-fashioned moral values. However, I did not find the book to be
overly preachy. In fact, I enjoyed it a great deal. It is a very quick
and pleasant read.
I suggest that you give it a try.
Review by Chantel, 11 October 2005
It was fun to read! Eddie (the main character, the equivalent of Lizzy) is not as
great as Lizzy, but it is such fun to see what the author does with the plot and events
of P+P and the relationship between Darcy and Lizzy/Dave and Eddie. One thing I really
disliked about First Impressions, though it is rather minor I guess, is that when Mrs. Smith
converted Georgiana, she made Georgiana a male: George or Georgie
who ****SPOILER WARNING***is dead.***END SPOILER***. Kitty and Mary are also left out,
but the characters there are very easy to identify. I especially like the relationship b/w
Eddie and Jenny(Jane).