Book Review: Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway

17825061Title: Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits

Author: Mary Jane Hathaway

Series: Jane Austen Takes the South #1

Release Date: 2013

Book Summary:

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.

This was a good story. While it is a Pride and Prejudice spin-off, it has it’s own distinct story line that has similarities to Pride and Prejudice but that is uniquely its own. I like the Pride and Prejudice quotes that started off each chapter and related to what happens in the chapter. This book has really great characters. I didn’t want to put this book down and thought about it when I wasn’t reading.
About the only downside was the amount of editing mistakes and how details sometimes didn’t seem to line up, leaving me confused. Despite that, I really liked this book and look forward to reading the next in the series. And it does appear that this book has been republished, so that version might have less mistakes in it. I love the cover on this book, but am not as big of a fan of the cover of the newer version.
Rating: 4.5 stars – Highly Recommend
Content: Clean – 1 mild swear word
Source: personal copy
This book can be purchased from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.


  1. To be honest, I can’t really resist to a good Jane Austen spin-off! Thank you for bringing that to my attention! Will definitely check it out 🙂

  2. You know, it is a very rare book that I can recommend when it still needs a lot of basic editing. To me, there is just no excuse for more than a very few errors, and it’s not right to ask readers to pay for a book if it’s not really ready for prime time. This one sounds like it has a great storyline, and I hope you are right that there’s been a revision. Thanks for the review!

  3. Sounds great–I love the Jane Austen twist!

  4. This sounds fun to read and enjoy.

  5. Thanks! I thought this one might be too fluffy and silly when I first encountered it, but your review has got me re-thinking that assumption. 🙂