This retelling of Persuasion was very well done. The characters are both authentically Amish, yet the storyline stays true to the original Austen book. The author does a great job of changing various settings and events to become decidedly Amish, while keeping the original Austen storyline flowing.
I loved these characters! Anna Eicher and Freman Whittmore lost out on their first chance of love together and they need a second chance. However, the author builds in great tension throughout the book and Anna’s hurt is truly palpable. She struggles with her emotions as she has to be around Freman and is constantly reminded about what she gave up.
Austen was a master at creating complex characters and also adding in frustrating family members and situations they must deal with. Sarah Price captures that same essence in her retellings of these famous works. I enjoyed this story so much! (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a positive review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
At twenty-five years of age, Anna Eicher has never married. When she was seventeen, her parents convinced her to break off her courtship with Freman Whittmore, the youngest son in the Whittmore family and her best friend. Afterward, a distraught Freman moved away from Lancaster County.
Eight years later Freman has returned to visit his sister, who is renting the Eichers’ house for the winter. Now the owner of the largest dairy farm in his church district, Freman has neither married—nor forgiven Anna.
Although he begins courting someone else, Anna hopes to convince him that she has never stopped loving him. Will Freman be persuaded to forgive Anna and open his heart again?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
The Preiss family emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area’s first wave of Mennonite families. Sarah Price has always respected and honored her ancestors through exploration and research about her family history and their religion. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm throughout the years.
As a masterful storyteller, Sarah Price prides herself on presenting an authentic Amish experience for her readers. Many of her stories are based on actual people she has met and her own experiences living among the Amish over the years. Sarah now resides in Morris County, New Jersey with her family.
While she started out as an Indie author, she signed on with Realms, an imprint of Charisma House and Waterfall Press, an imprint of Brilliance Publishing. Her first book, First Impressions: An Amish Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was released in May 2014.