Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-slaw Dogs

Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-slaw Dogs

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"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 colourful 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, Incorporated, 2014.
Edition: First Howard Books trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781476777528
Characteristics: 291 pages ;,22 cm.


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Jun 14, 2016

Emma is my favorite Jane Austen novel, and this was a fun adaptation of the story set in the modern South. It's not an exact retelling, though; the author included her own original twists and turns. The romantic conclusion was inevitable, but the path to get there was satisfying, as with Jane Austen's Emma. And for anyone who wants to know how precisely to make a chili-slaw dog, there's a recipe included in the back!

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