Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Review - First Impressions by Debra White Smith

From the Back of the Book

In an attempt to get to know the people of London, Texas - the small town that lawyer Eddi Boswick now calls home - she tries out for a local theater group's production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. She's thrilled to get the role of lively Elizabeth Bennet...until she meets the arrogant - and eligible - rancher playing her leading man.

Dave Davidson chose London, Texas, as the perfect place to live under the radar. Here, no one knows his past, and he can live a quiet, peaceful life with his elderly aunt, who also happens to own the local theater. Dave doesn't even try out for the play, but suddenly he is thrust into the role of Mr. Darcy and forced to spend the entire summer with Eddi, who clearly despises him.

Sparks fly every time Eddi and Dave meet, whether on the stage or off. But when Eddi discovers Dave's secret, she has to admit there might be more to him than she thought. Maybe even enough to change her mind...and win her heart. 

My Thoughts

I've never read Pride & Prejudice but I've heard enough about it to think that I would like a modern day retelling and I was right. I enjoyed reading First Impressions by Debra White Smith. 

There was a dramatic tornado scene near the beginning of the book that drew me in. I liked Eddi because she was independent and self-sufficient. I also liked watching the interaction between Eddi and her two sisters. I imagine their dynamics could be very realistic. I'm an only child so I'm always intrigued by larger family dynamics. I think the interactions of Eddi's parents could be very realistic, too. One of the sisters is  somewhat of a "wild child" and her parents don't seem to notice, but Eddi and her other sister are very concerned. I thought all of these family scenes added depth to the book.

There is a TON of snappy banter between Eddi and Dave. Although this does add to the story, at times I found myself thinking that Christians shouldn't really be behaving like this. 

I liked Dave. Although he was keeping a secret (or two), I understood why he was keeping things to himself. I thought he was a good hero.

I wasn't keen on how the situation got resolved for the "wild child" sister. That is a situation that I would definitely be praying for if this were real life!

This book had a storyline that dealt with prescription drug abuse, marijuana, abortion, premarital sex, and unplanned pregnancy. The topics were handled well and were an integral part of one of the storylines, but could be troublesome to some readers.

I liked the emphasis on prayer in this book and I thought it was a good story. If you like contemporary Christian fiction, I recommend this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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