Dear Mary Jane Hataway,
I don’t know who you are, you may be one of my neighbors, you might even be the lady next to me at the grocery store (please don’t be the lady digging through all her coupons to save 25 cents). I wish I knew you, because, I would love to share a glass of sweet tea with you and tell you face to face, how much I love your books.
Being a die-hard Jane Austen fan I read anything related to her work. Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits and Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili Slaw Dogs were a pure delight. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book, followed by Emma, and then the original Frankenstein by Mary Shelby. I know I have strange taste; right, we’ll talk about Frankenstein another time.
What I love about your books is the way they tie together the story line from Austen to everyday life. Ransom and Brooks are men any woman would love. Pure fictional, flawed men, perfect recreations of Mr. Darcy and Mr. Knightley.
What I’ve appreciated about the characters in both your books and Austen, is the reality that is still so true today. How many people fail to communicate their true feelings for fear of being rejected? How many assume they know the truth, only to find out later we only knew half-truths on which we built our opinions? I know in my life I’m guilty of both of these. But in your stories and in Austen’s it all worked out in the end. Elizabeth learns the truth about Mr. Darcy, Shelby gets to know the real Ransom. Mr. Knightley finds his courage to tell Emma he loves her, Caroline realizes she is loved by Brooks. Does it get any better?
Mary Jane, when I return from my adventure I’ll be looking for your cool van with Austen quotes, and if I find out you’re the lady digging for the coupon, well, I’ll probably just give you the quarter.
A fan from Mountasia
P.S. Mary Jane I think it’s really awesome that you write under two names, I’m starting Virginia Carmichael’s Leaving Liberty next.
Everything I know about Mary Jane I have read on line, she is a mom of 6 kids, which she home schools, so I want to know how does she have time to write these great stories? Her husband never heard of Jane Austen until he met her. I was shocked, I thought everyone knew Jane Austen, then I mentioned Pride and Prejudice to Welder Dave and he gave me the deer in head lights look. OK, so not everyone knows Austen. I’ve yet to see a picture of Mary Jane aka Virginia Carmichael, but I know she like funky shoes, and she post some pretty easy recipes on her blog Yankee-Belle Cafe, so that would qualifier her as a great friend in my book.
Read her books and enjoy the great escape into the world of Jane Austen, but with a modern day twist.