Thursday, August 7, 2014

Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin' Cornbread --- Book Review & Giveaway

I was given a free copy for review purposes. All opinions are honest and are my own.
Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin' Cornbread.

Yep, that's pretty much all I have to say---and you're hooked, right? I am totally in love with this Jane Austen Takes the South series by Mary Jane Hathaway. What an awesome idea.

This third book of the series finds Lucy Crawford, daughter of a well-respected and well-to-do Southern family fallen on hard times, struggling to find a way to keep the family from losing all they have to her father's debtors. When the local free clinic rents out a wing of the house, Lucy is shocked to find that the doctor in charge is her former love-interest, Jem. 

Growing up, Jem's family was poor and redneck and Lucy's family once persuaded her to give him the boot when they found things were serious between them. Now that their paths have crossed again, well...you'll have to read it to find out!

I love this excellent retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. I may even love it more than Persuasion. At least the heroine isn't so depressed and mousy---Anne Elliott can be a real downer sometimes. The first thing I loved about the story was that the "traditional" race roles are reversed. Lucy's family is black and her family has been wealthy for generations. While this is surely a common scenario in real life, it's not one we see often in Southern fiction. I liked that. It was also fun to see the reference to the Bath festival I attended last year, as well as the BBC house tour my friend Katrina went on before our tour started.

It was refreshing to see romantic references that weren't contrived. They were touching and believable and the characters were likeable---or hateable!

Want to know something else that's awesome? The author lives not 30 minutes away from our old Oregon town! Those of you from the big city won't realize what a big deal that is, but since her town and my old town are pretty tiny, that's like finding out she lived just around the block from me! I think it's neat that she's writing about the South and living in Eastern Oregon, while I'm here living in the South and working on a manuscript set in---Eastern Oregon! Small world, this is!

So...you want your own copy, right? Because I'm not parting with mine. Enter your info on the Rafflecopter widget below and Family Christian bookstore will send one US winner a free paperback of Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin' Cornbread---most excellent newest novel by Mary Jane Hathaway. a Rafflecopter giveaway Linking with:


  1. I haven't read Persuasion. Ah, too many books to read and not enough time! :-)

  2. No, but I'm sure it's on my list somewhere. :)

  3. Whoohoo! I can't tell you how excited I am to see Persuasion's first review! I think only three or four people have read this book... And it's finally out in the world! :)
    What's really crazy is that now I know we both homeschool and our husbands worked in the same plant about ten years ago. Now, that is JUST ODD. There are like, twenty people in Eastern Oregon. How did we not bump into each other? Oh, right, we were probably changing diapers or teaching littles how to read.
    But there's always the maternity ward! I mean it. I have questions that need answers. :)
    (Signing this as Mary Jane, even though it shows my other pen name. I'm sure there's a way to set up another account but I'm too lazy so... just ignore that other name at the bottom.)

    1. Ha!! Yeah, I can't believe it took me moving 2,000 miles away for us to meet and become friends. So funny! I'm super excited, honored, thrilled, etc. to be the first reviewer! Can't wait to see more! :)

  4. I loved the first two books in this series and cannot wait to get my hands on number three! YAY!

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE this series. I really want this book. Please pick me!!! :)

  6. I've only read the first book in the seris but I LOVE it so far!!!

  7. I love all Jane Austen's books. I have read the original Persuasion and a few modern retellings. I love the history, regret, angst, near misses and finally when they get it right. I love the first two books in this series and cannot wait to read this third book. From one birn in the south, but currently residing in Oregon, I find the whole coincidence fun.

  8. This looks like a good one. I think I need to read the first ones. They are new to me. ~Pamela

  9. I have not read Persuation yet, but sure want to read this one!

  10. I haven't read persuasion but now I know I need too!

  11. I haven't read Persuasion, but I've seen the movie. I love Jane Austen's other books, like Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility!


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