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Mary Jane Hathaway’s Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits

About

Shelby Roswell is a history professor on the fast track to tenure until her new book is crushed in a review by the famous historian, Ransom Fielding. She struggles to regain her momentum only to discover that Fielding has taken a visiting professorship at her college. The place that was once a refuge from the poverty of her past is now a battlefield of Civil War proportions.
Ransom is still struggling with his role in his wife’s accidental death six years ago and was hoping a year at Shelby’s small college would be a respite from the reminders back home. He never bargained for falling in love with the one woman who would give anything to make him leave. Together Shelby and Ransom learn that home is never very far away, and when you least expect it, love arrives.
With a cast of Civil War re-enactors, an evil wedding planner, antebellum mansions, and several mysterious diaries, ‘Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits’ will take you on a touching and hilarious ride through a modern South you haven’t seen before.

Review

So cute! Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books and films (the five hour version thank you very much). And therefore I’m not very fond of modern retellings. To use the same formula generally seems like a lack of creativity. So, yes, I was very hesitant to read this book, but it had so many positive reviews I bit the proverbial bullet. First off, let me say that the Jane Austen’s story was merely a template. I could see traces of Darcy and Elizabeth, but the author was most definitely creative  because had the author changed the title I would not have immediately guessed that this book was influenced by P&P.

Now, Ransom. He was suitably prideful and yet endearing. I will say, that unlike Shelby, I found him to be rather annoying. And yet, he grows on you. Shelby, was such a relatable heroine. I found her actions to make complete sense. I will say that at the end, for once I wanted a heroine to give a hero a bit of a harder time. I will admit that as a Civil War lover, I loved every little Civil War tidbit so I found even the fact that they were history professors to be engaging.  Spiritually, you see Ransom began to open his heart to God and see Shelby’s faith get strengthened. This novel was a joy to read and very romantic. Recommended!

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