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First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride & Prejudice (Tales of Less Pride and Prejudice Book 1)

First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride & Prejudice (Tales of Less Pride and Prejudice Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alexa Adams
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In Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy begins his relationship with Elizabeth Bennet with the words: "She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present togive consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men." What would have happened if Mr. Darcy had never spoken so disdainfully? First Impressions explores how the events of Jane Austen's beloved novel would have transpired if Darcy and Elizabeth had danced together at the Meryton Assembly. Jane and Bingley's relationship blossoms unimpeded, Mary makes a most fortunate match, and Lydia never sets a foot in Brighton. Austen's witty style is authentically invoked in this playful romp from Longbourn to Pemberley.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 264 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (30 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V4B6J6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing 6 Nov 2011
By Laura
I understand the point of view of the other reviewers and I can concede this is not as engaging as Pride & Prejudice itself; BUT, I also have to point out, it doesn't even try to be P&P!
I mean, seriously, have those reviewers read the blurb before buying the book?!
A huge part of P&P appeal is the verbal clashing between Lizzie and Darcy, I know, I'm a huge fan too.
But, a couple of times, while rereading P&P, I wondered "what if he hadn't said she wasn't handsome enough? what if they had liked each other at first sight?", and this book is the answer to those questions.
Is it my favourite JA fan-fiction? No; but it's also not my least favourite.
It's a relaxing read, perfect for when we need a smooth romance.
I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review: 'First Impressions' by Alexa Adams 20 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
We all know what happened when one of the greatest couples of all time, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, first laid eyes on each other. While Mr. Darcy decided the young woman `not handsome enough' to tempt him, Elizabeth immediately wrote Darcy off as too proud. But how would their love story have turned out if things had been different? In this novel the whole storyline of Austen's `Pride and Prejudice' is altered by a big change at the start of it all: Darcy and Elizabeth dance with one another at the Meryton assembly and slowly start to fall in love, which also alters the paths of almost all the people around them...

Over the years I've read many adaptations of Austen stories, and I have to say that this is definitely one of my favourites so far. I loved what Alexa Adams did with the plotline; changing almost everything by altering a detail at the beginning of it all. The novel still has Austen's beloved basic storyline and keeps close to the events in the original and characters at its core, but with a fascinating twist. I especially loved the focus on characters like Mary Bennet, Kitty Bennet and Georgiana Darcy, who don't play very big roles in the original, and how this focus gives them the attention they deserve and manages to answer questions readers might have about what could have happened to these characters.

It is clear Alexa Adams treats Jane Austen's writing and original novel with respect and I was surprised by how she managed to get close to Austen's writing style and that authentic feel of her work. This adaptation has enjoyable dialogues and wittiness, and is a read I'd definitely recommend to lovers of Austen and/or `Pride and Prejudice.' Alexa Adams' `First Impressions' is a wonderful debut novel; a charming and well-written retelling of a classic many of us can't get enough of, and I personally am already excited about reading the two other sequels the author has written!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Short Story 25 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book and was shocked by the negative comments it received. The book is what it is, a short story and a "what if" nothing awful happened and everything was plain sailing and why not? I love the P & P sequels but sometimes there are so many obstacles in the way of Darcy and Elizabeth getting together that they can be frustrating at times. I thought this was a nice, light quick read with a really good twist at the end and would definitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and unique story! 21 Nov 2013
By Sophie
Format:Kindle Edition
I was contacted by the lovely Alexa Adams asking me if I would like to review her trilogy, Tales of Less Pride and Prejudice, and I was only too happy to agree! I was provided with a review copy but this is my honest, unbiased opinion. This `what if' variation captured my intention as soon as I read the blurb - I had always wondered what might have happened had Darcy danced with Elizabeth at the Meryton assembly rather than insulting her, resulting in Elizabeth's opinion not being immediately prejudiced against this mysterious man, and their relationship beginning on a much happier note.

Summing up... This is Pride and Prejudice with all the same events taking place, but perhaps as they should (or rather, could) have happened, had all gone smoothly! I say `should have', but I do not really mean `should' - after all, Pride and Prejudice is Pride and Prejudice, and it is loved for all the misunderstandings and miscommunications between Darcy and Elizabeth! But, it is enjoyable to read a version of Pride and Prejudice where, for example, all carries on smoothly between Bingley and Jane and Elizabeth is warned much earlier of the true nature of Wickham and therefore does not fall for his charms. Basically, all the things which while reading the original make you think `if only so and so had/hadn't done this or that...' happen that way in this variation.

It was a nice change to read a variation which keeps very close to the original - all the assemblies and events being the same - with only the slight (but important!) difference that Darcy and Elizabeth are favourably disposed towards one another. I haven't read a variation which kept this close to the events of the original before, and I like it.
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“Mr. Darcy, you must allow me to apologize for the behavior of my many well-intended well wishers. While they will misconstrue our interactions, I wish to assure you that I understand the nature of our friendship, appreciate it, and seek no further claim on your affections.” &quote;
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