Well, I will get it over with and confess that I am not a Jane Austen fan. I don’t dislike her books – I am just not sure if I have ever read any. I do now have several of them on my Kindle but it is anyone’s guess when I will find time to read them. For that reason, I may have missed subtle references to any Austen novels, particularly Pride and Prejudice.

Despite my unfamiliarity with Austen novels, I did thoroughly enjoy “Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits”. As a born and bred Southerner, I definitely picked up on all the southern peculiarities exhibited by various characters. As a history lover, I liked the occupation of the two main characters and found their disagreements amusing. The contrast between feisty and informal Shelby and the all too proper Ransom was perfection. It was not too hard to guess that they would end up together despite their intentions otherwise.

A sweet romance, plenty of humor, and a subtle message of faith combined to make a highly entertaining read for a lazy summer evening.

This book was provided for review by Howard Books.


Pride Prejudice and Cheese GritsThis hilarious Southern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice tells the story of two hard-headed Civil war historians who find that first impressions can be deceiving.

Shelby Roswell, a Civil War historian and professor, is on the fast track to tenure—that is, until her new book is roasted by the famous historian Ransom Fielding in a national review. With her career stalled by a man she’s never met, Shelby struggles to maintain her composure when she discovers that Fielding has taken a visiting professorship at her small Southern college.

Ransom Fielding is still struggling with his role in his wife’s accidental death six years ago and is hoping that a year at Shelby’s small college near his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi, will be a respite from the pressures of Ivy League academia. He never bargained for falling in love with the one woman whose career—and pride—he injured, and who would do anything to make him leave.

When these two hot-headed southerners find themselves fighting over the centuries-old history of local battles and antebellum mansions, their small college is about to become a battlefield of Civil War proportions.

With familiar and relatable characters and wit to spare, Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits shows you that love can conquer all…especially when pride, prejudice, love, and cheese grits are involved!