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Pride, Prejudice, And Cheese Grits (2000)

by Mary Jane Hathaway(Favorite Author)
3.66 of 5 Votes: 5
Jane Austen Takes The South
review 1: TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Modern Adaptation, Christian (Inspirational) FictionSETTING: A small liberal arts university in present-day MississippiSERIES: Jane Austen Takes the SouthMAIN CHARACTERS: Shelby Roswell (a Civil War professor – Elizabeth), Ransom Fielding (a visiting professor and acclaimed Civil War historian – Darcy), Aunt Junetta (Mrs. Gardiner) David Bishop (Mr. Collins and Mr. Wickham rolled up in one lovely little package!), Tasha (Caroline Bingley), and Rebecca (Shelby’s Jane Austen lovin’ roommate)WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS:Jane Austen in the South! I live in and love the south!I love modern-retellings of Jane Austen’s novels, and I especially love that this book is part of a series!Civil War re-enactments, antebellum mansions, good ol’ souther... moren cooking – sounds fabulous!WHAT I LOVED:A Visit to Academia: Several main characters work at a university in this novel. We see Shelby meet with students during her office hours and witness Shelby and her roommate go through the stressful ordeal of applying for tenure. Having loved my experience at college and still living in the town where I went to college, I was thrilled to be amongst professors, lecture halls, and all those departmental politics and dramas!A Clean, Southern Romance: Often, modern-day retellings of Jane Austen’s works come with modern-day language and modern-day sensibilities. I liked how this story was clean in content and language. And speaking of language, I’m real grateful that Ms. Hathaway didn’t give her characters clichéd, over-exaggerated southern dialects and accents!An Inspired Retelling: Drawing from some of the characters and events from Pride and Prejudice, Mary Jane Hathaway creates her own tale that doesn’t closely shadow Jane Austen’s plot. And integrated with her characters and their obstacles is an inspiring message about forgiveness and letting go of your anger and hurt.The Beautiful South: Following our heroine, Shelby, through the various places she visits was a real treat. I loved hearing about her parent’s historic old home, taking the country roads to Aunt Junetta’s picturesque house, and joining Ransom and Shelby as they visit a prominent plantation home. The descriptions of these homes and locales were so detailed and complete, that is was easy to see them materialize in my mind’s eye.WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:More Ransom!: I would have loved to see Ransom receive more page time, to understand how his feelings for Shelby changed and developed (he was so against her romantically in the beginning!) Also, since he undergoes a transformation in faith, it would have been great to witness that change happen on page as well. Without it, his feelings for Shelby and his grief about his past felt like they underwent an abrupt change.CONCLUSION:I went into this series with a high level of excitement and expectations – (it couldn’t be helped, this book was on my wish-list for over a year!) I’m thrilled to say that Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits was an extremely absorbing and entertaining read that definitely exceeded my expectations. It has a perfect balance of southern charm, sweet romance, and clever nods to our dear Jane!
review 2: Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway is an entertaining, well written and humorous book. The two main characters in this book, Shelby and Ransom, are both professors teaching at the same Southern college. Ransom is a celebrated historian who has negatively reviewed the heroine's book and has just arrived at the college as a visiting professor. This serves as the perfect set up since the heroine has been negatively affected and embarrassed by his scathing review. When she meets him it is hate at first sight. That's when the real fun begins as Shelby and Ransom butt heads at every turn. Things I loved: The Austen quotes at the beginning of the chapters served as a brilliant tie in. I loved the heroine's feisty personality. The scene with the chips was hilarious. And Ransom was quite delicious, even though he was a bit of a brat at the beginning. The journey was terrific...and I oh so love when the hero becomes tender and his layers are peeled back. Ransom has layers and a tragic past. Things I didn't love: Absolutely nothing. I loved it all.This is a great, witty read. Parts of it made me laugh out loud, which doesn't happy very often. A very entertaining read! less
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Fun book! I can't wait to read her next book. I loved that it had a Christian theme in it.
It's a cute, quick read. It's a Christian, Southern twist to an Austen classic.
Very amusing. I loved this modern retelling. I can't wait for more!
Cute novel roughly based on Jane Austen.
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