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Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin' Cornbread (Jane Austen Takes The South #3)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  315 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
A lively Southern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, featuring Lucy Crawford, who is thrown back into the path of her first love while on a quest to save her beloved family home.

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 int
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Howard Books (first published November 10th 2014)
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Forgive the Past and Persuade Your Heart to Hope!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Persuasion Modern-day Adaptation

SETTING: Tupelo, Mississippi present-day

SERIES: Jane Austen Takes the South

MAIN CHARACTERS: Lucy Crawford (curator at the Civil War Interpretive Center – Anne), Jeremiah Chevy (new doctor at the Free Clinic of Tupelo – Wentworth), Dr. Stroud and his wife Theresa (the Crofts), Aunt Olympia (Lady Russell)


- Not a native southerner, but
I had a lot of reasons I wanted to read this story when I picked it up: modern retelling of my favorite Jane Austen story, new to me author, southern small town setting. I didn't pay close attention to the blurb or pay attention to the book chatter or even read the earlier books in the series so I got some extra surprises as a result. It was an interesting second chance romance with interracial and inspirational themes running through it. These were strong pluses to me. It's a gentle, slower pac ...more
Robin Henry
Aug 25, 2014 Robin Henry rated it liked it
This lighthearted romance is probably intended for the “New Adult” group, but I found it a lot of fun and I could recommend it for Young Adults who would prefer a romance novel with all the humor and struggle and without the explicit sex. Ms. Hathaway leans a little too heavily perhaps on a love of Jane Austen as a plot device, but her homage to Austen’s Persuasion provides the reader with the requisite hero and heroine for whom to cheer and the villain to hiss, although he is perhaps not as vil ...more
Mar 21, 2014 Kirk rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of book via the publisher in exchange for a fair review.

I certainly would have given the book high marks alone for having the backstories of hero and heroine contain references to Boston and Cambridge(separately). Add to that the heroine is a fan of the Miss. State U. Bulldogs, as I have been the past couple seasons(big game Saturday in the Egg Bowl!). The story takes place in and around Tupelo, Miss. As a Civil War buff, I love that the heroine works as a curator at Brice's C
Sep 15, 2014 Christalee rated it it was amazing
Once again Ms. Hathaway has managed to take an Austen classic and weave it into a wonderful, modern day, sweet, southern romance as refreshing as an Arnold Palmer on a hot summer's day.
My favorite thing about Ms. Hathaway's books is that they are clean, yet they are still highly romantic.
Her characters are always full of depth and dimension. Ms Hathaway has the ability to bring her characters to life and make them people... Not just characters in a story. (Lucy and I need to hang out so she ca
This review originally appeared on Austenprose:

Mary Jane Hathaway’s Jane Austen Takes the South series has a new addition. Persuasion, Captain Wentworth, and Cracklin’ Cornbread was just released last month and follows Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits, and Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-Slaw Dogs. Readers should not worry if they haven’t read the other two novels in the series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone. The title was enough to pique my inter
Jun 18, 2014 Chelsey rated it really liked it
Once again Mary Jane Hathaway brings her readers a lighthearted romance full of all the humor and struggle that we tend to be drawn to with this particular genre. This is the third book in her Jane Austen Takes The South series, and she has skillfully retold Jane Austen’s Persuasion and made it completely her own. Lucy Crawford, our heroine in this tale, is living with her widower father in her childhood home and she feels as if her life is slipping through her grip. She is constantly worrying a ...more
Ellen Christian
Aug 12, 2014 Ellen Christian rated it it was amazing
Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin’ Cornbread by Mary Jane Hathaway is a southern retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen. It’s been many years since I’ve read Jane Austen but I can honestly say that I enjoy this version more. It’s fun to read and the characters are likable and realistic. If you love a good southern romance, read Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin’ Cornbread by Mary Jane Hathaway
Cathy Daniel
Oct 31, 2014 Cathy Daniel rated it it was amazing
This book was SO GOOD!!! I loved the entire series! They're a must read!! I did find myself a little frustrated with Lucy's family and that she never stood up to them and let them push her around and was a little frustrating that Jeremiah didn't SAY something to Regan to the point she felt cheated on?! What?! So in that aspect they both were wimpy but well matched? Lol. Besides that I adored the story! In my mind however, the evil sisters and aunt got theirs ;)
Nov 17, 2014 Jannie rated it really liked it
I loved the author's modern take on Persuasion. Very fresh and original. She took Jane Austen's story and made it her own. I have read and enjoyed the other two in the series and can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
Debbie Younkin
Nov 16, 2014 Debbie Younkin rated it it was amazing
Great book! I couldn't put it down. Lucy Crawford and Jem Chevy were wonderfully full characters. Kuddos to Mary Jane Hathaway for writing such a book.
Oct 24, 2014 Lucinda rated it really liked it
Between 4 and 4 1/2. Great retelling. Loved seeing characters from the other books.
Ever since Lucy Crawford's Mama died, Lucy's life has become a futile struggle to keep the family home that dates back to the late 1860s. Though her family is old and proud, they have all the privileged and none of the wealth. The debt collectors are calling non-stop and Lucy's father only seems to care about his golf game and her younger sister spends money like it grows on trees. When her Aunt Olympia announces the Tupelo Free Clinic is looking for a new home, the obvious solution is to rent o ...more
SUMMARY: A lively Southern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, featuring Lucy Crawford, who is thrown back into the path of her first love while on a quest to save her beloved family home.

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 th
Jul 11, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
3.5 out of 5 stars

I just can't resist a Jane Austen retelling, especially one of Persuasion, which is one of my favorite books of hers--and one I don't believe gets enough love. Little did I know, as well, Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin' Cornbread is set in my beloved Mississippi. This is one of those recipes that I'm bound to end up liking, you know? And, luckily for me, PCWCC (can I abbreviate it like that, just for brevity?) didn't disappoint. It's a wholesome and charming, not-to
Rambling Readers
Oct 14, 2014 Rambling Readers rated it liked it
Mary 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 Went ...more
This wasn't half bad, I enjoyed it a lot. I'm sure that if I had read Persuasion prior to the story, I would have understood it's significance more. I do enjoy that the author intertwined the Jane Austin's story into this, while making it her own at the same time. What made this story even better was it was light on the romance for me as I hate a romance story that is weighted heavily in romance. Also the fact that there was little to no sex scenes in it made it even better.

This story had it's h
Jun 06, 2015 Suzie rated it really liked it
Over the past five years, Persuasion had topped Pride and Prejudice as my favorite Jane Austen book. There's just something about two people who found their true love early in life and years later, despite circumstances, family, and time, the love is still there. I've enjoyed Hathaway's Jane Austen Takes the South series and Persuasion, Captain Wentworth, and Cracklin' Cornbread was another fun read.

Lucy Crawford's family is in danger of losing their house. When her aunt suggests they lease out
Jan 26, 2015 Kav rated it it was amazing
Austen 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 jarre ...more
Aug 20, 2016 Reeds rated it did not like it
I love Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I love southern things and food. When I saw this modern version of Persuasion set in the south, I thought, I gotta read that.
To me the reason to read a novel is to get away from the tabloid people and anything else grating if you look at any tv, movie, magazine, etc.
In this book she actually used the words, “wardrobe malfunction.” Instantaneously, I’m transported into an enormous football stadium and one of the tabloid females is ripping her shirt off in front of
Jan 02, 2015 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, fiction
I occasionally enjoy a modern day version of Jane Austen. Turning Persuasion's social divide into a racial divide was a very clever concept. The spoiled father and vain sister, were adapted in a way that I felt I could imagine the Elliot's saying or acting like them, if they had lived in our time. I have never been to the south, but the writing seemed to convey the setting well. The piece that did not work so well for me was how some of the characters were Austenites. It was a little jarring to ...more
Sheritta Bitikofer
May 20, 2015 Sheritta Bitikofer rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story about two people from totally different backgrounds that fell in love and pursued each other anyway. What I love about this author is she ties in pretty much all of her characters from the other books in this series. What was bad was I read the second book, first, and then this one. I recommend to anyone looking at reading this book, read "Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits" first, then "Emma, Mr. Knightly and Chili Slaw Dogs", and finally this one. It will ...more
Piepie Beuttel
Almost gave this 3 1/2 stars, but the character of Lucy was just too sweet! I love her! What a fantastic girl. I identified with her- sometimes I feel like other people, including family, drain me and I have to go away and recharge. She and Jem were just perfect for each.

And, of course, fan favorites Ransom and Shelby, and Brooks and Caroline, make an appearance at the wedding toward the end. P&P & Cheese Grits was my favorite, but this Persuasion knockoff is a close second.

I love the
May 26, 2015 Steph rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as the third book in "Jane Austen Takes the South" series. Persuasion by Jane Austen is my favorite of hers. It was interesting how Mary Jane Hathaway tastefully pulled race and racism into this book (with Lucy and Jem being different races). It was fun to read about how all of the main characters in the three different books are connected and it was fun to see Dr. Stroud being in all three books. I hope that the author will write another book in the series!
Dec 06, 2014 Joan rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this retelling of the classic but the inter-racial aspect was a little hard for me to get used to. I liked the southern culture. Everything in the novel is so, well, southern. The way the gals dressed and acted was well done. This is a good novel of second chances at romance.
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I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
Jan 02, 2015 Camille rated it it was amazing
Persuasion is one of my least favorite Jane Austen books, so I was a little hesitant going into this book. I do, however, truly enjoy Ms. Hathaway's writing style and decided to give it a go. I am so glad I did. I really enjoyed this retelling. I especially enjoyed the southern spin. I find the civil war re-enactments to be fascinating.
Aug 01, 2015 Shelley rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It has a very different feel from what I usually read. A touch of melancholy but very sweet. The relationships are very well written and the main characters care deeply for the people in their lives. A great story of forgiveness and grace. Mary Jane Hathaway is a new favorite author.
Feb 03, 2015 Micheale rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by Mary Jane Hathaway's modern adaptation of Jane Austen's "Persuasion." All of the important elements of the original story were masterfully woven into this book with unexpected twists, characters, and setting. I'll be looking for her first two books to read!
Sharon Derlan
Jul 20, 2015 Sharon Derlan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Updated persuasion

Set in the south, with references to Civil War History, this version of Persuasion still tells the story of love that seems lost. The author creates some truly memorable characters.
Lorelei Frank
Dec 02, 2014 Lorelei Frank rated it really liked it
Shelves: done
I enjoyed the southern charm in this story. I've not read any Jane Austen books so I am lost there. The story shows the way bias thinking between the races,the social standing and how it held Lucy back.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 11, 2015 12:56PM  
  • Anne Elliot, A New Beginning
  • A Modern Day Persuasion: An Adaptation of Jane Austen's Novel
  • Echoes of Love
  • Mercy's Embrace: So Rough a Course
  • For You Alone (Frederick Wentworth, Captain, #2)
  • The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen
  • Searching for Captain Wentworth
  • Love Arrives in Pieces
  • Mr Darcy’s Guide to Courtship: The Secrets of Seduction from Jane Austen’s Most Eligible Bachelor
  • Longbourn's Songbird
  • Loving Miss Darcy (Brides of Pemberley, #2)
  • Find Wonder in All Things
  • Captain Wentworth's Persuasion: Jane Austen's Classic Retold Through His Eyes
  • Catch a Falling Star
  • A Table by the Window (Two Blue Doors #1)
  • Henry Tilney's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #6)
  • Once Upon A Second Chance
  • The Three Colonels: Jane Austen's Fighting Men (Jane Austen's Fighting Men, #1)
About the Author: Mary Jane Hathaway is the pen name of an award-nominated 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 quo ...more
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Jane Austen Takes The South (3 books)
  • Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits (Jane Austen Takes the South, #1)
  • Emma, Mr. Knightley, and Chili-Slaw Dogs (Jane Austen Takes the South, #2)

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“Her beauty was classic, timeless. Just the line of her neck, the curve of her cheek, the way the dress draped her hips, was enough to stop the room. When she’d turned away to look at something on the table and he’d seen the back of the dress, he thought he might have to sit down. The smooth skin of her back looked impossibly soft and he ached to reach out, just for a moment, and splay his hand against it.” 1 likes
“Lucy gripped her chilled glass of orange and raspberry juice. When Rebecca talked about Austen, she’d mostly mentioned Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightley. She hadn’t really thought of the doe-eyed, pale-skinned heroines.
On the screen, Anne Elliot walked down a long hallway, glancing just once at covered paintings, her mouth a grim line. Lucy thought Jane Austen would start the story with the romance, or the loss of it, but instead the tale seemed to begin with Anne’s home, and having to make difficult decisions. Maybe this writer from over two hundred years ago knew how everything important met at the intersection of family, home, love, and loss. This was something Lucy understood with every fiber of her being.”
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