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Review 1 for First Impressions, Amish Classics Series #1
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A story well worth reading!

Date:July 18, 2014
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JCMorrows
Age:35-44
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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.
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Review 2 for First Impressions, Amish Classics Series #1
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A scene by scene re-enactment you'll love!

Date:July 14, 2014
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Location:Clare, MI
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"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.”
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Review 3 for First Impressions, Amish Classics Series #1
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makes me want to read the classics

Date:June 12, 2014
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Debbie
Location:Litchfield, Illinois
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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!
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Review 4 for First Impressions, Amish Classics Series #1
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First Impressions is a book to be treasured.

Date:June 11, 2014
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Gloria Johnson
Location:Liberty Township, Ohio
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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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Review 5 for First Impressions, Amish Classics Series #1
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A Fascinating Tale of Pride and Prejudice!

Date:May 25, 2014
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dianaFlow
Location:W Columbia, SC
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In her own eloquent, exquisite style, author Sarah Price has penned a delightful Amish tale — reminiscent of the timeless classic by the memorable Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice.
Lizzie Blank lives a contented life on a modest farm with her parents and four sisters, in a close knit Amish community in Pennsylvania. The Blank household – especially Lizzie's mother – is abuzz with excitement upon learning that the rental farm next door would soon be occupied with three marriageable young Amish men from Ohio! The matriarch of the Blank family had spent many a sleepless night wondering who might take over the farm someday; having five daughters, no sons, and not many single men in the community.
When Charles Beachey arrives with his cousin, George Wickey, and a friend, Frederick Detweiler, it is not long before the sparks begin to fly. Handsome, godly Charles Beachey is immediately drawn to Lizzie's older sister, Jane, who is as lovely on the inside as she is on the outside. His cousin, George Wickey, is dashing, mysterious, and full of charm, and Lizzie's first impressions of Frederick are not favorable at all. She finds him puffed up with pride, prejudice, and arrogance — and overhears him telling Charles that she is just "tolerable." When Charles returns to Ohio leaving Jane heartbroken, Lizzie deems the insufferable Frederick responsible, and neither does she understand the distasteful attitude he takes towards the charming, handsome George Wickey. As Lizzie seeks to draw closer to God, will she realize that first impressions aren't always as they seem…but are they destined to be lasting impressions?
Although this novel is an Amish contemporary, I just loved the old fashioned Jane Austen-ish feel to it! I could actually envision the characters from the movie, Pride and Prejudice, in my mind's eye (especially Mr. Darcy, er, uh, Frederick that is)…so accurately were they portrayed by the author…and I fell in love with every one of them! Except for…well, I best not say! Sarah Price is extremely talented, and I highly applaud her for this wonderful book that made me laugh, smile, cry, and think about how easily we prejudge people based on appearances or what someone else has told us about them. This is easily one of the best novels I have read this year, and one of my fave Amish books ever!
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Review 6 for First Impressions, Amish Classics Series #1
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Another winner from Sarah Price!

Date:April 21, 2014
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Michelle Dawn
Location:Ohio
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At one point or another we are all guilty of forming an opinion of a person based on a first impression. Whether you are met with a well-kept and well-groomed appearance or a rumpled hot mess, more than likely, you will make assumptions. And that’s exactly what Elizabeth “Lizzie” Blank did when Frederick Detweiler strolled into her life. His pompous attitude and fancy clothes coupled with his sheer look of disdain every time he glances at her with his piercing eyes, leaves Lizzie feeling ferhoodled. The more she comes in contact with him the more right her first impression of him feels: he is a stick in the mud. Lizzie becomes quite sassy during her run-ins with the dashing Mr. Detweiler which perplexes her even more. He stirs her up something terrible. She has never in all her life, met such a contrary man! His sour puss attitude grates on her nerves and rattles her emotions. Something with the fella just doesn’t add up. Why is he so hostile? Why does he act so superior to others? And why does she care, anyway?
A series of events occur and Frederick’s tough exterior begins to soften. Lizzie starts to see him in a different light and she can’t help but wonder if her first impression (and what an impression it is) was wrong. Why was she so quick to cast judgement on a man she barely knew? What does that say about her own character?
In true Sarah Price fashion, she was able to take a classic book and put her own spin on it as only she could. Her ability to capture the hearts of readers with endearing characters and compelling stories are the qualities that make her stand out among fellow authors. Readers know that when Sarah Price writes a book, they will be both captivated and fully charmed by her one-of-a-kind characters. First Impressions will certainly catapult her to the top spot of the best Amish fiction authors. Fans will be pleasantly surprised and delighted with her adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Sarah Price’s First Impressions has the makings of a true classic.
This book was provided to me for review purposes.
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