Title: Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits (Austen Takes the South #1)
Author: Mary Jane Hathaway
Publisher: Gumbo Books
Release Date: January 1st, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
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.
First things first, this book is ADORABLE. ‘Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits’ definitely delivered in the romance department. The Austenian vibe, Southern charm and great characters were the perfect balance. Not too saccharin sweet, but just enough to give me goosebumps!
The author, Mary Jane Hathaway, has created some fantastic characters. I was continuously intrigued and entertained by all of them. What would a Southern romance be without a devastatingly handsome leading man? Ransom is both brooding and sweet. I loved how the author explained his clothing in detail in each scene. Hey, it’s the little things, and if I were Shelby I would be drooling over him too.
The relationship between these two is what really kept my attention. The build up was torture for me! The innocence of this story was perfect and the beautiful southern backdrop just amped up the romance even more.
Shelby, our leading lady, is headstrong, smart and dedicated to her family. Austen lovers will be completely smitten with Shelby. She gets thrown some curve balls in this story and I loved her tenacity. Her roommate, Rebecca, is an Austen fanatic. She throws in some great references to ‘Pride and Prejudice’ throughout the story that lovers of the classic will really appreciate. Everyone will love the great villains in this book as well. My personal favorite was the too-tan bridezilla. The recipes at the end was just the cherry on top of a perfect sundae! Everything about this book was so charming. I would highly recommend it as a romance novel, but think that history lovers and Austen lovers should read it as well. I was also thrilled to see that the next edition in the Austen takes the South series will be out in May!
Reviewed by: Chelsea Cloud