Book Review: First Impressions by Debra Smith White

Title: First Impressions: A Contemporary Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
Written By: Debra Smith White
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Recommended Ages: 15 and up (due to mention of out-of-wedlock pregnancy and drug use)


One of my favorite Jane Austen books is Pride and Prejudice, so when I had the opportunity to read this book, I took it to see how the author managed a contemporary retelling of the book. The way she wove in Pride and Prejudice was interesting, but I honestly had a hard time reading the book. For more specifics, keep reading.

Characters: .75/1

For the most part, the characters were well-written, interesting, and developed. There were times when I had a hard time understanding the reactions the characters had, but they were few and far between.

Dialogue: .75/1

I thought the dialogue was good. It was realistic for both the parts that were quoted from Pride and Prejudice as well as for the parts set in contemporary times. On occasion, I felt like the dialogue could have been written better, but overall it was good.

Plot/Storyline: .5/1

Since this is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice there were parts that were changed from the original and that was fine as it made things more realistic for modern times. However, there were also parts that I had issues with. I won’t get into them too much since the issues I had were parts that would spoil the book, but the way she handled Wickham and Georgianna’s retold characters was a little disappointing to me, especially since Georgianna is one of my favorite characters.

Overall Writing Quality: .75/1

I thought that overall, the writing quality was good. I found Debra’s writing style a little hard to follow sometimes, but not all the time. I did find a couple typos, but they were minor ones. My main issue with the writing is that there were times I found myself skimming a page and realizing I missed an important detail and had no idea what was going on after half a page.

Un-put-down-ability: .5/1

I actually found the book easy to put down for the first half. After that it started to pick up more and actually be interesting to read. Luckily I had plenty of time to read at that point, so I could finish it.

Conclusion: 3.25/5


If you like Pride and Prejudice, you would probably enjoy this fresh look at the story. I found it a little hard to read at times mostly due to the writing style, but otherwise I did enjoy the book.

Note: I received this book from the publisher and all thoughts in this review are my own.


Writing a Mystery Without an Outline

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I used to be a panster. Then I started doing basic outlines, but often ended up not following them. Around the time I started writing my first mystery novel, I was a planster, with no big ties to either camp. Having never written a mystery before, I wasn’t sure how to do it. But I decided to try something kind of different. I knew the basics I wanted for the mystery itself, but not how it would all turn out in the end or who it would get solved. And I was okay with that. Continue reading

Book Review: Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

Title: Deadly Proof
Written By: Rachel Dylan
Genre: Contemporary Christian Thriller
Recommended Ages: 15+


I like lawyer novels, but so many of them have content I don’t care for. This book was refreshing for it’s thrilling, but clean content. Continue reading

God CAN take care of you

God CAN Take Care of You

Everyone faces hard times in their life. Some are harder than others. Some seem hard at the time, but in the long run aren’t that hard. Other things feel like they will break you and that life can never get back to normal. Today, I would like to share a little bit of encouragement in the form of a true story. The names have been changed for safety purposes.

SUV + electrical fire + 30 gallons of gas

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon. My brother-in-law, John, decided to bring his family to town. They stopped at the gas station and filled the SUV up with 30 gallons of gas. Next on the agenda was a stop at the local Tire and Lube place to see if there were any openings for an oil change.

John went inside and was waiting in line when his wife, Jane, ran in and said there was smoke coming from under the hood. John ran outside and popped the hood. A small fire had started. He ran back inside to get the 20 pound extinguisher the Express had while Jane got the kids out of the car.

John tried to put out the flame, but the extinguisher did nothing and soon the SUV was engulfed in flames and burned to a crisp.

Praising God

All my husband and I could think of after being told of this was how gracious God was. Bill has said a few times that this weekend could have been the worst in his life. But it wasn’t.

God took care of our family and He can take care of you no matter what is happening in your life. I would be honored to pray for you if you have a situation you need prayer for. If you do, please comment below or email me (author [at] faithblum [dot] com).

May 2018 Goals

Happy May! A month ago, I said that April in Wisconsin could mean either temperatures of 70 or we could get snow. Well, we got both. Over 30″ of snow this month, including one weekend snowstorm where we got about 20″! Then yesterday, the temps got to 77 degrees! Talk about crazy weather.

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My goals for April were:

  • Finish Lo, How a Rose (Tales of the East #2) Done!
  • Start and finish Rock of Ages (Tales of the East #3) Almost done!
  • Finish Trust and Obey edits #2-4 and send to proofreaders Mostly done!
  • Send Rachel’s blog tour info and promote it Done!
  • Get audiobooks ready for publication and set publication date Done!

May Goals

  • Finish editing Trust and Obey and send to proofreaders
  • Finish writing Rock of Ages
  • Start editing Lo, How a Rose and send to beta-readers
  • Finish 2 edits of He Leadeth Me
  • Audiobook Release

What goals do you have for this month?