This hilarious Southern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice tells the story of two hard-headed Civil war historians who find that first impressions can be deceiving. Shelby Roswell, a Civil War historian and professor, is on the fast track to tenure—that is, until her new book is roasted by the famous historian Ransom Fielding in a national review. With her career stalled by a man she’s never met, Shelby struggles to maintain her composure when she discovers that Fielding has taken a visiting professorship at her small Southern college.
Ransom Fielding is still struggling with his role in his wife’s accidental death six years ago and is hoping that a year at Shelby’s small college near his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi, will be a respite from the pressures of Ivy League academia. He never bargained for falling in love with the one woman whose career—and pride—he injured, and who would do anything to make him leave. When these two hot-headed southerners find themselves fighting over the centuries-old history of local battles and antebellum mansions, their small college is about to become a battlefield of Civil War proportions. With familiar and relatable characters and wit to spare, Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits shows you that love can conquer all…especially when pride, prejudice, love, and cheese grits are involved! (From Amazon.com)
Well, bless my soul! I’m tickled Magnolia pink to have found Mary Jane Hathaway and her “Jane Austen Takes The South” novels. The South is a perfect venue for Austen-inspired tales with all its tradition and social mores. This story was absolutely dee-light-full. Shelby and Ransom were the perfect dueling duo and the dialogue is hilarious. I found many well-done Pride and Prejudice allusions and no, I never got sick of them! Shelby’s mother and sisters are so shallow and snarky, it would be as satisfying as a slice of pecan pie to pop them all in the mouth.
I know that one is not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but some of these covers lately have been so gosh darned lovely that I just can’t help it. Just look at that cover. Look at it, I say! That’s a frothy confection if ever I’ve seen one! And the color! And the little magnolia blossom in the middle between the title and the author? Scrumptious.
Good for us that the book inside is just as yummy!
Exactly! Shelby and Ransom have that instant attraction-at-first-sight thing going on. There are little frissons of romantic tension every time they are within 20 feet of each other. Mary Jane Hathaway is so skilled at writing that you can feel it from your armchair. And then Shelby keeps putting her foot in her mouth and Ransom keeps misunderstanding things and it just gets more deliciously tangled the further you read.
There are two intriguing subplots going on as well. One involves Shelby’s graduate student Katie and the greasy slimester real estate man (David Bishop) that Shelby’s vapid mama wants her to date. The other is a civil-war era mystery that can make or break Shelby’s bid for tenure. The whole thing is engaging and entertaining. And guess what? I’m fixin’ to go out and buy myself book two in the series, called Emma, Mr. Knightly, and Chili-Slaw Dogs. Who can resist a title like that? And here’s even better news: book three comes out in November and it’s titled Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin’ Corn Bread.
I’m not sure exactly what a chili-slaw dog is, but since I plan on stealing the next book from Sissy as soon as possible, I bet I’ll find out! One last thing that I loved about Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits is the Pride and Prejudice quote at the beginning of every chapter. They just added a little bit more happiness to my overall enjoyment of the book.
Yes, I loved those quotes. They gave a hint of what was going to happen in each chapter. I enjoyed Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway more than a deep-fried bacon cinnamon roll at the county fair.
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We received a copy of this book from Netgalley in return for a fair and honest review. © Bubble Bath Books 2014