Reason and Romance

Reason and Romance

by Debra White Smith
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Reason and Romance by Debra White Smith

First Impressions revealed the soul of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Now, echoing the themes in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, Debra White Smith crafts a delightful, contemporary story about passion and love.

When Ted arrives, Elaina assumes he can’t be interested in her. But Ted surprises her. Attracted by his charming personality, Elaina dreams about love. But then comes shocking news. Has she made a mistake?

The handsome Willis hints at engagement...and Elaina’s sister, Anna, is delighted. But when he is called away, he doesn’t leave a forwarding address. Brokenhearted, Anna falls into depression. Will she love again?

Readers will be enraptured by this story about the joys and follies of infatuation and how faith in God reveals true love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736908771
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2004
Series: Austen Series , #2
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Reason and Romance 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read the first book in the Austen series{First Impressions}I was hooked on Debra White Smith's writing and could not wait for the release of the second book in series{Reason and Romance based on Jane Austen classic Sense and Sensibility}This series is truly worth the read espesially if you are a Jane Austen fan.They are funny romance novels that you cozy up on the couch on on a friday night and stay up all night reading.Set in a time of the internet and cell phones they bring alive Jane Austens cherished characters and what they would have been like in 2004 and not 1810.Great read for all ages but probally would be more exciting for the age group 15-25,since they books I thnk an realate to a younger crownd because of all the humor.I know First Impressions had me laughing all the way through:}
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Vovo More than 1 year ago
Out of all of the novels by Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility has always whispered to my heart in a special, gentle way that even Pride and Prejudice has been incapable of doing. Naturally, I was charmed to be reading Reason and Romance, the contemperary version of the immortal novel by Ms. Austen. The plot itself is very unique even for a 'spin-off' of a classic. As Ms. Austen was handy with witty ironies, the authoress of the Austen Series is very capable of writing eloquent metaphors. It was also very creative of Ms. Smith to arrange the positions of the characters in such a way as to not conflict with the original novel's eighteenth century social trends. Yet, I personally felt that Elaina Woods' character was far, far different from graceful Eleanor Dashwood. Ms. Woods reveals herself as a snooping, silently begrudging, and confronting character. In Jane Austen's book, Marianne and Eleanor were considerably opposite in opinions yet retained a loving relationship throughout the novel. In Ms. Smith's book, the sisters are hateful adversaries who are vocally judgemental and cynical when regarding each other's love affairs. In all honesty, I felt more pitiable toward Anna Woods than I felt toward Elaina. Whereas Anna actually developes a romantic attachment with Willis Kenney (the counterpart of Mr. Willoughby), Elaina simply imagines a grand, marriage-destined relationship with Mr. Farris (the counterpart of Mr. Ferrars) and openly accuses Mr. Farris in a confrontational manner after finding out about his secret engagement with Lorna Starr (the counterpart of Lucy Steele). I have never believed kisses bind people in an unspoken understanding that matrimony is impending, yet Elaina seems to believe such nonsense as she hatefully questions Mr. Ferris on his intentions, even though he has never dated or kissed her at that point in the book.(CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO) Eleanor Dashwood would have never feigned to be half so spiteful! She was friendly, loving, humble, and understanding-privately suffering in a melancholy manner. Although Eleanor never approved of Lucy Steele in Sense and Sensibility, she would have never have been so detestible toward Mr. Ferrars' fiance. Furthermore, Elaina is said to have worn a size ten, yet she is constantly referred to as being 'skinny'. When regarding Lorna Starr for the first time, Elaina detests Lorna because of her beautiful appearance. Unlike the popular opinion, ladies with handsome features are not all airheads, they are not all hateful to heavier girls like Elaina, and neither do they always get the beautiful man. It is the same with Willis Kenney. Elaina is always suspicious of him because, to quote from CHAPTER TWELVE, "A suspicious imp suggested that the guy behind the car might be superficial, conceited, and immature, just to name a few of his 'better traits'. Elaina had watched too many men who fit Willis Kenney's description break the hearts of too many women to ever offer blind trust to his type-or any type, for that matter". Although Mr. Willoughby and Mr. Kenney will inevitably disappoint the reader, Ms. Smith is somewhat discriminatory and type-cast about her characters who are more fortunate looking, which was not Jane Austen's taste at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago