Item description for Amanda (The Austen Series, Book 5) by Debra Smith...
Overview Amanda Priebe is quite satisfied with her easy life, although she is a bit bored--until she meets Haley and decides that with a little sprucing up, she would be the perfect wife for the local pastor. Amanda's plan hits a snag when she finds out that Pastor Eldridge is dating someone else. Don't miss this lively tale of plans gone awry, affection cropping up in unexpected places, and the ultimate power of faith and love.
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.615 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2006
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
Series Number 5
ISBN 0736908757 ISBN13 9780736908757
Availability 0 units.
More About Debra Smith
DEBRA WHITE SMITH lives in Palestine, Texas, with her husband and two children. She is an accomplished author and speaker who has written hundreds of articles and more than 50 books, with more than one million in print. A seasoned media personality, Debra has been featured on major national TV and radio stations for more than a decade. She enjoys writing both fiction and nonfiction.
Debra White Smith currently resides in Jacksonville, in the state of Texas.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Amanda (The Austen Series, Book 5)?
Emma? Not really. Jun 26, 2006
If I hadn't been told that this was a 'modern retelling of Emma,' I would never have noticed a resemblance. It's a very tenuous connection. The movie "Clueless" stuck closer to the story as Jane Austen told it.
The reason I like Jane Austen's "Emma" is because Emma is so sure she knows what love is (for other people, mind you), that she doesn't recognize it until it hits her (and Mr. Knightly) hard at the end. I also love that her friendship with and scoldings from Mr. Knightly help her grow into someone worthy of that fine gentleman's love. In Amanda, Nate (Knightly) realizes that he loves Amanda from the start of the book and is frankly a wuss in how he handles it. Amanda is also interested in Nate from the start (though she tries to deny it) instead of realizing it only at the end. Also, Amanda doesn't grow up a lick in this book. I'd give this book about 1.5 stars in how closely it sticks to the heart of Jane Austen's book.
However, if you take this book on it's own and don't compare it to Emma, I'd say it's a very funny story and better than many Christian romance stories out there. I do find it silly that Amanda and Nate, these life-long friends, don't say, 'gee, I love him/her for their fine character qualities' more than once but obsess about their physical attraction throughout the book. I can understand focusing so much on the physical looks if you just met the person but isn't that a bit odd for life-long friends? However, I'd give this book 4 stars when ignoring any comparisons with Emma.
Sweet! Mar 14, 2006
Sweet, laughable entertainment! Amanda Priebe is a young, powerful executive--too busy for love herself, but plenty of time to meddle in the lives of her closest friends.
Her friends, however, have issues of their own. Haley, her secretary and best friend, is totally subject to Amanda's suggestions. Mason Eldridge, respectable on the surface, has an evil agenda of his own. Family friend and sensible ally, Nate Knighton keeps secrets that need to be told.
Hidden jealousies, obvious attractions, and the confusion that results from ineffective communication make this book funny yet very, very sweet.
Amanda is the contemporary telling of Jane Austen's story Emma.
I've never actually read "Amanda" yet, but I'm hoping to soon. I've read like 2 of the series. The series seems pretty good thus far. By the way, Debra White Smith was my 8th grade creative writing teacher so I've gotten a lot of good writing tips from her. I thought she's was a hard, strict teacher at the time, but looking back I'm glad she was as hard as she was 'cause I've learned a lot about writing from her. I definitely would recommend her books. Check out her book, "Best Friends", too. I really liked that one.
Debra just keeps getting better with each book!!!!!!! Jan 28, 2006
Amanda is a great friend to have... until the matchmaker bug bits. deciding that her friend Haley need a guy who is better then Roger (Haley's Boyfriend). Amanda thinks paster Mason would be perfect for Haley. well paster Mason has his eye on someone else. when it comes to her own heart there is well Nate and the new guy Frankln. it's a funny and great book for a winter day or any day!!!!! i love it and my sister loves it!!!!!