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Possibilities (The Austen Series, Book 6) [Paperback]

By Debra Smith (Author)
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Bestselling author Debra White Smith?s popular Austen series has a new addition?a contemporary story based on Jane Austen?s Persuasion.

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?

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Pages   312
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2006
Publisher   Harvest House Publishers
Series  Austen  
Series Number  6  
ISBN  0736908765  
ISBN13  9780736908764  

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More About Debra Smith

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Debra White Smith is a seasoned author, speaker, and media personality who has fifty-four books to her credit, both fiction and nonfiction, with more than one million copies in print. Her work has appeared on various bestseller lists, and she has repeatedly been voted a reader favorite. She holds a BA and MA in English and lives in Texas. Visit her at for more information.

Debra White Smith currently resides in Jacksonville, in the state of Texas.

Debra White Smith has published or released items in the following series...
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Great Re-write of Jane Austen's Persuasion  Mar 2, 2007
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.
Persuading enough to read on  Jan 12, 2007
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.
Impossible  Oct 4, 2006
This writer is an amateur and to say that that the book is based on Austen's Persuasion is a true slight to Austen's writing. This book was so silly and so poorly written that I found it hard to read. I kept at it since I did not have anything else to read at the time. But do not waste your time, it is just not that good.
Light romantic read!  Sep 8, 2006
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.

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