While Pride & Prejudice is a beloved classic, it’s a bit outdated in some of its situations.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 My Opinion….
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 Eddie’s sister are attracted to each other, unwanted attention from Connor (Mr. Collins’s counterpart), the duplicitous man who reveals his true self by the end. It’s all there.
There are some silly parts. I loved Eddie and her older sister’s relationship. They are able to laugh at themselves which proves good humor in both of them. And the author allows more redemption to everyone at the end of the book.
I did find it odd that neither Eddie nor Dave draw any correlation between their own relationship and that of Lizzie and Darcy since they are playing said roles in a play. But overall, this is an excellent temporary version of one of my favorite classics. Next up for me from this author is Possibilities because Persuasion has always been my number one Austen read!
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About the Book
Loosely based on the beloved Pride and Prejudice, Debra White Smith’s First Impressions weaves a spellbinding, modern-day tale on the challenges and rewards of love.
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 leads a quiet life on his ranch. On a dare he tries out for the play and lands the role of Darcy.
Sparks fly each time the lawyer meets the rancher. When Eddi uncovers Dave’s secret will her heart soften? Will Dave’s fear of “being tamed” keep him from discovering love?