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Possibilities (Thorndike Christian Romance) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Debra White Smith
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4 Jun 2008 Thorndike Christian Romance

Bestselling author Debra White Smith's popular Austen series has a new addition--a contemporary story based on Jane Austen's "Persuasion."

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Allie Ellen is the daughter of a respected, wealthy southern family who owns a plantation. Frederick Wently has no money and plans to join the Air Force. When the two meet, they feel a deep attraction. But Allie's unsentimental aunt dissuades her from the relationship--so when Frederick proposes, Allie runs off.

Years later, Allie and Frederick find themselves in the same city once again. But other love interests and Frederick's bitterness from their earlier break up may keep them apart. Will forgiveness and hope erase the memories of the past in time for Allie and Frederick to have a future?

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 459 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; large type edition edition (4 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410406806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410406804
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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4.0 out of 5 stars great book 16 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
very gripping book, Definately recommend you read the whole series. loved reading them all.Its easy reading but good storyline to keep it interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Re-write of Jane Austen's Persuasion 2 Mar 2007
By Meredith - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are new to this series, it is a re-write of all Jane Austen's novels in modern times with a Christian undertone. This one of the best ones, in my opinion. It was a very gripping read. The main charachter Allie starts off in love with the gardener of her father's plantation. She works along side hime and has a degree in horticulture. Her family is very rich, the gardener Fredrick, is not. Well the two talk about marriage and then Allie goes and talks to her Aunt Landon, who has been a second mother to Allie since Allie's mom passed away. Aunt Landon was not happy with Allie's choice in men and persuaded her that if she ever got engaged to Fredrick the family would be most unhappy with her and she may be cut out of her aunt's will.

So Allie, not wanting to disappoint her family does not marry, Fredrick.

10 years later he reappears in her life. She feels sad, miserable, lonely, pathetic and he feels bitter, hurt, but still love for her.

Other great characters join the mix and the question is will Allie and Fredrick get back together?

Read the book to find out, there are many obstacles for them to overcome and many miscommunications that just make the book a real page turner.

I loved this series and recommend it to anyone who loves Jane Austen and Christian literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very sorry to see the series end 21 July 2008
By Amanda-Marie - Published on Amazon.com
As a Jane Austen addict, I've read many variations of Jane Austen's work including several sequels and retellings. I was beginning to despair of finding any with a good clean story line that didn't include graphic sex. I enjoyed this series so much I'm sorry to see it end.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light romantic read! 8 Sep 2006
By Rel Mollet - Published on Amazon.com
Debra White Smith continues her series of contemporary retellings of Jane Austen novels with a fresh look at Persuasion. Possibilities tells the story of wealthy Allie who regrets her decision of a decade past to reject the proposal of the family's yardman Frederick Wently on the basis of social prejudice.

Frederick reenters Allie's life after sacrificial service in the war in Afghanistan as a pilot. Allie's family fortunes have waned due to the indulgent lifestyle sought by her father and sisters and Frederick harbours bitterness stemming from Allie's rejection of him in the past. Both Frederick and Allie must search their hearts to determine if forgiveness and acceptance will take precendence over heartache and disdain.

While traditional fans of Jane Austen's work may balk at reading such a book, Ms Smith will no doubt convert many with her emphasis on looking at the heart and rising above inane social restrictions that continue to influence us today.
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible translation of a classic 26 Sep 2012
By Mardigan - Published on Amazon.com
It's hard to rate a book like this. It's a rewrite of my favorite classic Jane Austen novel, and it is doubly rewritten to appeal to a Christian female audience. I am the target audience for the book, but I'm also a discriminating reader.

This book was awful.

The characters were completely unbelievable. Allie (the contemporary version of Anne Elliot) had all the personality of wet tissues, which she uses copiously during her six or so crying jags throughout the book. She is a weepy heroine who takes little to no action for herself. Anne of the original novel could not take action because of the culture of the time, but her character does not translate well to contemporary society. Allie comes off as a weak-willed spendthrift despite supposedly having more sense than her family members. She also can't figure out how to put a box in front of a broken pet door so a raccoon can't get into her house. She borders on too-stupid-to-live tropes.

The love interest, Frederick, is not a man. He is a late middle-aged, conservative woman wearing a man suit. He thinks nothing but wholesome thoughts and fantasizes about giving lectures to young, silly teens on how to dress modestly, drive safely, and respect themselves. He is a far cry from the objectified manly-man in most romance books but he's still revolting. He is a war hero and somehow that makes him "famous" in the book, but I doubt most people are even aware of Silver Star recipients nowadays, let alone chase after them as marriage prospects.

The evil characters of Macy (Mary Elliot) and Evelyn (Elizabeth Elliot) are mean, stupid, and petulant because they are, that's all. The degree to which they are overbearing and petty makes them loathsome, but their abuse is supposed to make the heroine sympathetic for dealing with them. It doesn't work. Sisters Helena (Henrietta) and Louise (Louisa) are trashy, flirtatious, gold-digging, and uncontrollably idiotic. They were wild in the original Persuasion, but not to this extent.

The main solution to the problem of unruly girls is to get them married. Hooray for sensible men turning their unruly girls into respectable wives. Barf.

The love story isn't. It was hokey, and the long, heartwarming speech at the end dragged out the ending until I was just skimming to reach the end of it.

The language of the book is silly. It was written by an older woman, and it shows. Where was the editor to check all this drivel? "Mid-drift" shirts rather than midriff, sweaters too tight to breathe in (How is this possible? They stretch), characters wearing moo-moos (isn't it muumuu?), everyone wears "spike heels" and pantsuits, every piece of clothing gets described even if it's only a "cotton shirt," characters describe each item of makeup they are wearing, someone rents a Mustang Thunderbird(?) despite being a "granny driver," everyone is coated in diamonds to make them sound rich, and THE ACCENTS... OHMYGOSH, the accents. Anytime a Southern word is written phonetically, it is painful to read. "I nevah knew your fathah was evah here," something like that. Even worse is the Russian-ish maid at the end who says "Dis is not vour day." NO ONE TALKS LIKE THAT.

This book really didn't have any redeeming qualities. As a translation of Persuasion, it was terrible. Even the Christian message was about as satisfying as watered-down skim milk.

Skip it. Find something better, like Liz Curtis Higgs or Francine Rivers.
4.0 out of 5 stars twists the plot so tightly you can't envision how Allie will come out on top. 12 Jan 2007
By Reader Views - Published on Amazon.com
Reviewed by Tammy Petty Conrad for Reader Views (1/07)

I can't remember if I've ever read "Persuasion," the novel by Jane Austin that this contemporary version is based on. But I know I've seen various movies by the same title and most readers will be familiar with the storyline of two lovers pulled apart by demanding family members who think they know what's best.

Allie is set to accept Frederick's proposal until her meddling aunt convinces her that family, social class and the amount of money in one's bank account are more important and that Frederick, the yardman, will never amount to anything. It seems that plantation families in Georgia still think they are all that! As the reader, I wanted to shake Allie by the shoulders and say "Wake up! Do what makes you happy."

The story continues ten years into the future where, of course, Frederick and his family members have improved their standing in the community and Allies' family is sinking fast. Both lovers continue to pine for each other relentlessly, but don't realize how much until they meet again under interesting circumstances. The plot thickens as they say, and it seems that the two will never actually hook up despite their best efforts.

Each character introduced adds another layer to the story. Landon, Allie's aunt, comes on strong with a thick Southern accent. I had to reread the first few pages to figure out what "fathah" was. Once I got it, the device blurred into the background as the story took over. Speaking of Allie's father, Richard Elton, I could have kicked him for being so unaware of everything about his family, including his mounting debt. Allie's sisters couldn't have been more different than their practical, selflessly-devoted sister. Sarah serves the role of the cheerleading best friend to Allie's suffering soul, when no one in her own family performs up to par. Several characters get in the way of Allie's happiness and a few even try to swindle what's left of the family fortune. You'll enjoy meeting each of them.

I can't imagine giving up someone I loved, but I suppose women do it all the time. Or they put up with other things, like bad marriages, for the good of others. Then there is the selfishness that some of the other characters display. I don't want to give away the conclusion, but there is a scene on an airplane that twists the plot so tightly you can't envision how Allie will come out on top.

I appreciate that although "Possibilities" is categorized in the Christian genre, it isn't overly obvious when reading it. Values are discussed, but no one should feel uncomfortable if they don't happen to be of any religious persuasion. Also listed in the romance category, it is not a Harlequin-type read with ripping bodices, but a contemporary, adult love story that is enjoyable. I stayed up late a few nights because I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Evidently the author, Debra White Smith, has written a series of books based on Austen's novels. I can't wait to try another one. Maybe I'll even take a look at the original novels instead of renting the DVDs.

Received book free of charge.
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