Jun 172016

Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin' CornbreadForgive the Past and Persuade Your Heart to Hope!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Mom

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Persuasion Modern-day Adaptation

SETTING: Tupelo, Mississippi present-day

SERIES: Jane Austen Takes the South

MAIN CHARACTERS: Lucy Crawford (curator at the Civil War Interpretive Center – Anne), Jeremiah Chevy (new doctor at the Free Clinic of Tupelo – Wentworth), Dr. Stroud and his wife Theresa (the Crofts), Aunt Olympia (Lady Russell)


  • Not a native southerner, but after living here 12 years, I find my soul loves the south!
  • I enjoyed the first two books of this series – Book 1 and Book 2
  • I can never get enough Persuasion-inspired stories!


  • Wentworth: I’ll just go ahead and say it – sometimes I don’t like Wentworth characters. *gasp* Typically in the first half of the book, Wentworth is portrayed as bitter, resentful, and a little mean – like when he delivers some zingers or acts flirtatiously on purpose in front of Anne.  In this adaptation, Ms. Hathaway focused more on Jeremiah’s hurt and feelings of rejection than his resentment and bitterness.  In his thoughts we don’t see spite or hurt pride, we see undiminished and inescapable love although Jeremiah wishes it were otherwise.

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Mar 062015

Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-Slaw DogsAusten, Antebellum Homes, and Antiques

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

After reading any thoroughly delighting in Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits, the first book in the Jane Austen Takes the South series by Mary Jane Hathaway, I knew her inspired retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma would combine elements of Jane Austen, southern cooking and living, and an inspiring, faith-filled message. As a transplant from New York, I dearly love seeing Jane Austen’s world and characters melded with the beauties and traditions of the south, the two worlds certainly do have a lot in common! In this inspired retelling we see the story of two dear friends, who against their will fall in love with each other, but because of fear, misapprehension, and misconstrued feelings hesitate to pursue a deeper relationship with each other.

Similar to Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits, this contemporary romance draws from the characters and events in Jane Austen’s, Emma. It isn’t a carbon-copy that updates each character and translates each event to our modern world. While there are characters similar to Emma, Knightley, Harriet, Jane Fairfax, Frank Churchill, and Mr. Woodhouse, readers will find some of the other beloved inhabitants of Highbury to be missing. In addition, some story-lines travel distinctly different paths. Continue reading »

Jul 252014

Pride and Prejudice and Cheese GritsThe South is Brimming with History, Hospitality, and High Society!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy form Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Modern Adaptation, Christian (Inspirational) Fiction

SETTING: A small liberal arts university in present-day Mississippi

SERIES: Jane Austen Takes the South

MAIN 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)


  • 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’ southern cooking – sounds fabulous!

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