Thursday, March 20, 2014

READ: EAGERLY AWAITING: Delicious New books by Mary Jane Hathaway and Jude Deveraux

Publisher's Summary 

"From the bestselling author of Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits comes a new and comical contemporary take on the perennial Jane Austen classic, Emma.

Caroline Ashley is a journalist on the rise at The Washington Post until the sudden death of her father brings her back to Thorny Hollow to care for her mentally fragile mother and their aging antebellum home. The only respite from the eternal rotation of bridge club meetings and garden parties is her longtime friend, Brooks Elliott. A professor of journalism, Brooks is the voice of sanity and reason in the land of pink lemonade and triple layer coconut cakes. But when she meets a fascinating, charismatic young man on the cusp of a brand new industry, she ignores Brooks’s misgivings and throws herself into the project.

Brooks struggles to reconcile his parents’ very bitter marriage with his father’s devastating grief at the recent loss of his wife. Caroline is the only bright spot in the emotional wreckage of his family life. She’s a friend and he’s perfectly happy to keep her safely in that category. Marriage isn’t for men like Brooks and they both know it… until a handsome newcomer wins her heart. Brooks discovers Caroline is much more than a friend, and always has been, but is it too late to win her back?

Featuring a colorful cast of southern belles, Civil War re-enactors, and good Christian women with spunk to spare, Emma, Mr. Knightley, and Chili-Slaw Dogs brings the modern American South to light in a way only a contemporary Jane Austen could have imagined."

Coming Out JULY 8  (look for my take this week)

My take:

A sweetly romantic new time travel tale from Jude Deveraux featuring beloved characters from the Nantucket based True Love and with nods and winks to my favorite tales of the Montgomerys and Taggerts.  Good times.  I picked it up and kept reading...happily.  The chemistry between Toby and Graydon is palatable, and readers will most likely be awaiting Rory, the UYB's, tale next.    

Publishers summary:

Beautiful, hardworking Toby Wyndam is always so busy helping others she never has time for herself. Graydon Montgomery is heir to the Lanconian throne, and desperate for a week of freedom from his royal duties before he has to marry the eligible queen-in-training he unfortunately doesn't love. When they meet at a wedding, Toby is the only one able to tell Graydon apart from his twin, Rory-an ability that supposedly marks her as his true love. Dismissing the legend as silly nonsense, Toby agrees to hide Graydon on Nantucket in exchange for his help planning the lavish wedding of bestselling novelist Victoria Madsen. Toby and Graydon are determined to be just friends, but as July slips into August, the romantic island paradise casts its spell and soon it seems like maybe Victoria won't be the only Nantucket bride this summer.

Coming out JULY 1, 2014, available here

Thank you to Random House and Simon & Schuster for review copies