”First Impressions”, Book One in the Austen series, revealed the soul of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice”. Now, echoing the themes in Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility”, Debra White Smith crafts a delightful, contemporary story that contrasts love-at-first-sight passion with the deep, abiding love that comes from the heart and mind.
When Joseph Woods dies and leaves his fortune to his son and his greedy wife, Faye, Elaina Woods is forced to move her mother and younger sister. Anna, from their home and into a modest cottage. When Faye's brother. Ted Farris, arrives. Elaina assumes he is a fortune-hunter like his sister. But Ted surprises Elaina by taking her side in a dispute over some valuable antiques. Finally admitting she is attracted by Ted's charming personality and understated good looks. Elaina dares to dream about a life rich with love. But when she finds out that Ted is engaged to another woman, her heart trembles. Did Elaina misjudge Ted's character? Did she misread his intentions?
Willis is young, handsome, and debonair - everything a young woman would desire in a future mate. And when he rescues Anna, Elaina's sister, she nearly swoons. Swept into a whirlwind romance. Willis and Anna are heralded as the perfect couple. Willis hints at an engagement . . . and Anna is truly delighted. But the passion of love can fade quickly. When Willis is called away indefinitely on business, he doesn't leave an address or phone number for Anna. Brokenhearted, she falls into a deep depression. When the pain begins to subside, disillusionment sets in. Will Anna open her heart again? Can her impulsive nature be curbed enough to recognize a true, steadfast love?
Readers will be delighted with how this tale of two sisters weaves together to present the joys and follies of infatuation and how a deep, abiding faith in God reveals true love.