Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits

Title:  Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits (Jane Austen Takes the South #1)
Author:  Mary Jane Hathaway
Story Pages:  310
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Howard Books
Shelby Roswell is an assistant history professor at Midlands College.  She has recently published her first book, but had it raked over the coals by a leading historian.  This historian has now come to her college to teach for a year.  Shelby is incensed and hurt by his cruel review of something so close to her heart.  Shelby has a habit of speaking her mind no matter the setting and sometimes this works very much against her.  She faces many trying situations with her family and her job as well as her budding feelings for Ransom Fielding.  She tries to put her daily Bible devotions into action, but sometimes fails miserably.  She knows nothing can come from a relationship with Ransom as he isn’t a believer.
Ransom Fielding is looking forward to the slower pace of the South and having somewhat of a vacation from his tenured position at Yale.  When he meets Shelby, he instantly regrets his harsh review, but the sparks fly and he doesn’t admit that to her.  He is drawn to her feisty personality and loyalty as well as her willingness to stick up for those needing a protector.  He is a widower who has grown far from God since his wife and child’s death.  He has decided he will not ever love again and keeps his distance from any woman who threatens this promise.  However, he can’t stay away from Shelby.  She makes him long for something missing in his life.
I thought from the title and description of this book that it would be a hilarious romance, but I was wrong.  There were a couple of somewhat humorous scenes, but nothing laugh-out-loud.  The romance aspect was just okay.  I didn’t feel a connection with the characters and I didn’t think the characters were well-developed and were somewhat two dimensional.  I did like Aunt Junetta and Shelby’s father, two characters that love Shelby just the way she was and didn’t try to change her.  I also liked the aspect of Shelby having daily devotions and prayer.  This was an okay book, but won’t be on my “keeper” shelf.
My rating is 3 stars.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy from Howard Books for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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