STORY: The first in this Southern series is, appropriately a spin (or perhaps more of an influence) on Pride & Prejudice. Set in college, Shelby Roswell is a hard-working professor passionate about her research as a Civil War historian, only her class size is pitiful and the one book she publishes is lambasted by a prestigious historian. Her life gets complicated when that historian, Ransom Fielding, takes a job at Shelby’s small-town college leaving her more hackled than honored. This sets into motion a clash of the two personalities, which includes debates on everything, all served up with a side of cheese grits!
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REVIEW: If you’ve been a reader here for any length of time, you know I’m pretty much game for any kind of Austen re-telling. This Southern series is something I saw on Amazon as an Indie novel, and it’s now getting reissues by HarperCollins and its Christian division Howard Books. As I read this, Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits is one of those novels that isn’t – honestly – what I expect. The rapid introduction of characters causes us to try to figure out their counterparts. Most ends up being not how we know the story, but how the author revises it. What’s most attractive about this story is its blend of contemporary and history. There’s a ton of trivia because of the the Civil War banter between feuding historians, which becomes maybe a bit too monotonous, to be honest. That being said, the reason for this fits the story well and isn’t just there.
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Half the fun of this book is puzzling out what pays homage to Austen. Aside from Shelby (Lizzie) and Ransom (Darcy), it’s really anyone’s guess and interpretation who is who. This because the secondary characters don’t seem as important. In this version, there’s only two additional “Bennet sisters,” and both are younger than Shelby; a combination of Lizzie and Jane. She’s got spunk, and a kind heart. For readers who aren’t a fan of Austen retellings, I’d encourage you to give this a shot. It’s not a traditional retelling, and I mean this in the best way. It’s got Austen flavor, but is a quirky romance that stands alone. I also really like Shelby’s friend Rebecca. Their hilarious bond reminds us of the best sister moments in the classic Pride & Prejudice which makes for a lovely lighthearted break from the historical facets.
Entertaining in the best sense, this Southern novel has all the right characteristics to work and it’s one of those books that is about more than meets the eye!‘Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits’: Jane Austen Novel Goes South! A review of the novel by Mary Jane Hathaway. #FWArchives #Books #BookReviews #JaneAusten Click To Tweet
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Author: Mary Jane Hathaway
Publisher: Howard Books
Source: Publisher Provided – thank you!
Publication Date: 2014 (re-issue)
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Series: Jane Austen Takes the South, book 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5
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