Review: First Impressions

Title: First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride & Prejudice (A Tale of Less Pride & Prejudice #1)
Author: Alexa Adams
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Published: March 30, 2010
ASIN: B003V4B6J6
Genre: Pride and Prejudice retelling
Source: Purchased

Goodreads Summary:
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 to give 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.

My thoughts:
The author asks the question, 'what would have happened if Mr. Darcy had never spoken so disdainfully' when he first met Elizabeth Bennet. Well I can now answer this question: Nothing. Nothing happens. Well that's not entirely true. Some things do happen, but not enough.

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet meet at the Meryton Assembly . . . and dance together. From their first meeting they understand each other perfectly. No misunderstandings. No pride. No prejudice. And no spark between Darcy and Elizabeth.  Part of what I love about the Pride and Prejudice retellings is the journey the couple makes to be together. And this book didn't have much of a journey. Even Lady Catherine didn't offer any amusement. The only two people that lived up to their reputations were Caroline Bingley and Wickham. However this side-story could have used more page time.

This book had been on my kindle shelf forever. I'm glad I finally got a chance to read it, however I was disappointed. This book had good possibilities, but it fell short.

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