Amanda - The Austen Series, Bk 5 Author:Debra White Smith The Austen Series — If you're a Jane Austen fan, you'll love the engaging characters, contemporary situations, issues of faith and the intricacies of love in Debra White Smith's updated retelling of Austen's endearing book Emma. — Smart, funny, and generous, Amanda Priebe is a great friend to have...until the matchmaking bug bites.... more » Deciding that her secretary, Haley, needs a beau, Amanda dreams up the perfect match--Pastor Mason Eldridge. Never mind that Haley is seeing Roger, a respectable dairy farmer. And it doesn't really matter that Mason might be attracted to someone else.
When it comes to her own heart, Amanda can't seem to make up her mind what she wants to do. The handsome and debonair Franklyn West is available...so is the ever-present Nate Knighton.
In this tangled web of best-laid plans, who will end up with whom? Will Haley find true love? Will Amanda realize what her heart's known all along?
A lively tale of plans gone awry, affection in unexpected places, and the ultimate power of faith and love.« less
There are so many remakes of Jane Austen novels out there, that one despairs of ever finding one that stays true to Jane Austen. "Amanda" is part of the Austen Series written by Debra White Smith and I must say that I was refreshingly suprised when reading all of the series. She takes the Austen plots and puts them in completely modern plots and situations that are entirely believable and completely endearing. All of the novels end as you would expect them to. Being a diehard Austen fan myself, this is completely necessary. You can appreciate each book for itself, instead of reading a Jane Austen sequel and being sick to your stomach at the liberties the writers have taken. I believe Jane Austen herself would approve of the Austen series that Debra White Smith has created, and that is high praise indeed.