Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin’ Cornbread by Mary Jane Hathaway

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Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin’ Cornbread
Series: Jane Austen Takes the South (Book 3)
Author:  Mary Jane Hathaway
ISBN:  978-1476777535
Genre: Fiction, Christian
Release: November 11, 2014
Publisher: Howard Books
304 Pages

About the book:

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 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.

Lucy and Jeremiah were high school sweethearts, but Jeremiah was from the wrong side of the tracks. His family was redneck and proud, and Lucy was persuaded to dump him. He eventually left town on a scholarship, and now, ten years later, he’s returned as part of the rural physician program. And suddenly, their paths cross once again. While Lucy’s family still sees Jeremiah as trash, she sees something else in him—as do several of the other eligible ladies in town. Will he be able to forgive the past? Can she be persuaded to give love a chance this time around?

Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin’ Cornbread by Mary Jane Hathaway

Lucy comes from a genteel southern family that used to be wealthy. Unfortunately, since her mother passed away, things have gone downhill. The house needs to be repaired and, thanks to her father’s spending habits, is in danger of being foreclosed on.  Her father isn’t willing to discuss finances with her and seems perpetually to be busy with his golfing, friends and spending money they do not have.

Her Aunt suggests that she rent out a portion of her home to the new clinic to get her home out of foreclosure. She agrees but finds out that the doctor that will be working there is her highschool sweetheart.  His family wasn’t as well off as hers when they were dating and at her Aunt’s urging, she broke up with him even though she loved him.  He went away to college but now he’s back and all the old feelings Lucy had for him come crashing back.  Lucy’s family still doesn’t see him as suitable but Lucy starts to wonder if he can ever forgive her for what she did in the past so they have a chance for the future.

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

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