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Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-Slaw Dogs (Jane Austen Takes the South Book 2) by [Hathaway, Mary  Jane]
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Jane Austen and Southern romance fans alike will enjoy this sweet echo of the Regency classic. The story is adorably funny in its Shakespearean comedy of errors as Caroline and Brooks continually misunderstand each other and their romantic feelings…Their first kiss is well worth waiting for—for readers as much as the made-for-each-other couple. (Romantic Times (four and a half stars))

“I loved watching them slowly fall in love and rarely do I comment on such a thing, but the kiss in this book was awesome. I had to go back and read that thing again.” (Remain in His Love Review)

About the Author

Mary Jane Hathaway is the pen name of an award-nominated inspirational fiction writer who spends the majority of her literary energy on subjects un-related to Jane Austen. A homeschooling mother of six young children who rarely wear shoes, she's madly in love with a man who has never read Pride and Prejudice. She holds degrees in religious studies and theoretical linguistics, and has a Jane Austen quote on the back of her van. She can be reached on facebook at Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits or her regular author page of Virginia Carmichael. She was nominated for Best Debut in Series Romance 2012- Romantic Times Book Reviews.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2406 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (January 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HB62MYI
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits and loved Shelby and Ransom. I didn't think I'd love this one as much, but I'm totally torn, and can't choose. Caroline and Brooks were perfect in their discovery of each other as more than friends. Brooks, wow- what is it with these Sourthern gentlemen that has me fanning myself while I read? The author sure knows how to craft these heroes; I was even jealous of Caroline at that dance with Brooks.
Although based on Jane Austen's Emma, the story is orignal and engrossing. I read it almost in one seating. The Sourthern setting, the cast and the plot make for a delightful novel that I highly recommend.
Don't take too long to pub #3, please!
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After reading the first book in the "Austen Takes the South" series, I knew I wanted to read more. This book was also an enjoyable read, just like the first one. Pros for me: easy summertime reading, nice character development, romance but not a "bodice-ripper", Christian content but not overly so, great references to Jane Austen, and set in the south which is just a novelty to me since I don't live there. It is connected to the first novel, but I wouldn't call it a sequel. You could definitely read the books out of order. My only cons were that it seemed to end too quickly. About one more chapter would've tied up all the loose ends very nicely. Also, I didn't feel that the villains were adequately dealt with. I missed the justice they had coming to them. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next one in the series. I hope it connects to "Sense and Sensibility."
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The ending just felt too rushed and abrupt, like the author was too close to a deadline and needed to just get things wrapped up. And, I still have lots of questions about what was really going on with certain suspicious and scheming side characters. Loved the main characters and most of the side characters (especially Blanche)and I thought the author really pulled off a great little tribute to Austen's "Emma". I looovvved "Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits" immensely, and the southern charm and humor that infused that story can be found in this one as well. This was not a sequel to PP&CG but there are some ties, so I am wondering if the story of how the schemers are revealed and wrongs righted will show up in a third book... All in all, a charming light read for Austen geeks/southern girls like me-- or really anyone!
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I really enjoyed reading this book and loved the character development. The ending came too soon, almost as if (also mentioned by another reviewer) the author's deadline had arrived and she needed to turn in the manuscript before it was completely finished. I did like that it was a very clean romance. I also appreciate the recipe for Mud Pie. This story definitely made me want to watch the PBS version of Emma and possibly tackle reading Austen's Emma.
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After reading any thoroughly delighting in Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits, the first book in the Jane Austen Takes the South series by Mary Jane Hathaway, I knew her inspired retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma would combine elements of Jane Austen, southern cooking and living, and an inspiring, faith-filled message. As a transplant from New York, I dearly love seeing Jane Austen’s world and characters melded with the beauties and traditions of the south, the two worlds certainly do have a lot in common! In this inspired retelling we see the story of two dear friends, who against their will fall in love with each other, but because of fear, misapprehension, and misconstrued feelings hesitate to pursue a deeper relationship with each other.

Similar to Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits, this contemporary romance draws from the characters and events in Jane Austen’s, Emma. It isn’t a carbon-copy that updates each character and translates each event to our modern world. While there are characters similar to Emma, Knightley, Harriet, Jane Fairfax, Frank Churchill, and Mr. Woodhouse, readers will find some of the other beloved inhabitants of Highbury to be missing. In addition, some story-lines travel distinctly different paths.

Without a doubt, Brooks Elliott (Mr. Knightley) was what I loved most about this story. Talk about your southern gentlemen! Brooks is the epitome of a southern gentleman – well-mannered, considerate, protective, and principled. I loved how much time we spent with Brooks! He is a man who feels things deeply, and seeing him suppress his feelings for Caroline (Emma) and suffer pain because he believes her affections lie elsewhere made my heart melt again and again. Moreover, I loved that he was a journalist professor, dog-lover, and Civil War reenactor.
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This author sure knows her Austen, history, and good recipes! I haven't read Austen in many years, but feel like I should read her books again, after reading this outstanding book. Two people who have been best friends since they were small children, discover they've fallen in love, not with other people, but each other! Add in unhappy parents (her Mom and his Dad), and you have complications.

How Mary Jane Hathaway brought Brooks and Caroline together is pure fascination! Read this novel, as I did, and enjoy! Hope there will be more novels connected with this one, as the folks here feel just like family.
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