Persuasion, Captain Wentworth, and Cracklin' Cornbread - eBook
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Lucy Crawford is part of a wealthy, well-respected Southern family with a long local history. But since Lucy's mother passed away, the family home, a gorgeous antebellum mansion, has fallen into disrepair and the depth of her father's debts is only starting to be understood. Selling the family home may be the only option-until her Aunt Olympia floats the idea of using Crawford house to hold the local free medical clinic, which has just lost its space. As if turning the plantation home into a clinic isn't bad enough, Lucy is shocked and dismayed to see that the doctor who will be manning the clinic is none other than Jeremiah Chevy-her first love.
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Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2014
Series: Jane Austen Takes the South
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KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Simply wonderfulJanuary 26, 2015KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Austen in the South with Hathaway's unique spin has been reading nirvana for me. And I do believe that Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin' Cornbread is my favourite of the three. I just loved Lucy and Jem's story even though it was angst riddled to the very end...or maybe because it was. Carefully plotted and flawlessly executed, every precious word built up sights and sounds and smells and oh, so many emotions in my mind. A total escape read -- so much so that it was surreal to be jarred out of it when real life got in the way.
If I never get my blood pressure down, I'm blaming Lucy's family. I was foaming at the mouth over some of their antics. Gah! I wanted to shake that girl for capitulating so many times. All that Southern breeding has made her a tad too biddable.
Stalwart Jem, hurt by past rejection but still drawn to the girl who broke his heart. There is something about a sensitive hero who struggles to stay on an even keel. These two have such history -- and it goes way beyond personal. Their past is cluttered with societal expectations, class consciousness and even racial prejudice. The heart of this story is the hero and heroine's willingness to create something enduringly beautiful from the shards of their shattered pasts.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Good southern fictionDecember 6, 2014bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4People who like Jane Austen books will like this retelling of Persuasion. Lucy Crawford and Jem Chevy dated in high school. But she was from a wealthy black family and he and his mom lived in a trailer on the other side of the tracks. Lucy let her aunt convince her Jem wasn't good enough and she had sent him on his way.
Now it is ten years later and Jem is back and the tables are turned. Jem is a medical doctor and Lucy is trying to keep their large home from foreclosure. Their meeting after all those years is difficult. We readers can tell each of them have strong feelings for the other. We can only hope they will overcome their past hurt to come together again.
This retelling of the classic has an additional twist in the racial aspect. I found that a little hard to get used to. I did enjoy all of the southern aspect of the novel, such as the devotion many have to Civil War reenactments. The characters in the novel are just so, well, southern. The way they dress, what they eat, and how they talk. The novel was a welcome escape to a different part of the U.S.
I'm not Jane Austen fan but I really liked this book. I'm not sure I've ever read Persuasion. So readers who are not Austen fans would enjoy the novel too. And an added feature are the recipes at the end of the book. There's chow chow, the cracklin' cornbread and the cobbler. Bring on the bacon grease!
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
Rambling Reader3 Stars Out Of 5Jane Austen Meets Southern CharmOctober 14, 2014Rambling ReaderQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Mary Jane Hathaway combines two nearly irresistible subjects: southern charm and Jane Austen. What happens when "Jane Austen Takes the South"? Her stories find life with modern day characters and a few southern side dishes. Hathaway puts a fresh spin on Austen and southern romances with a mixed race couple. Each character has their own unique style, while staying true to their Austen counterparts. Lucy Crawford and Jeremiah Chevy play the roles that parallel those of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth. Though the specifics of their lives differ, this retelling of "Persuasion" follows its inspiration very closely in the major details. As a result, there weren't many surprises in the plot. I enjoyed the story and the journey of Lucy and Jeremiah, but knowing the path of the plot made the reading experience less exciting.
The incorporation of American history offers a departure from Austen. Lucy and Jeremiah are less interested in England's Regency period and much more focused on America's Civil War era. Some of the Civil War scenes coincide with the more romantic moments in the novel. All paths of the plot lead to the final proposal scene, which has both "Persuasion" and Civil War influences. One of my favorite scenes of "Persuasion" is the closing proposal scene, and "Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin' Cornbread" was just as satisfying, but refreshingly unique as well. Mary Jane Hathaway pays homage to one of history's most beloved authors and brings fresh beauty to a story of lost love and second chances.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Howard Books through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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