Shelby is young but determined. She's passionate about the history of her hometown, and hopes that her articles will get people interested in the decaying splendor of the area. But then Ransom, a well known historian, rips her first book to shreds, and her hopes of tenure seem lost. To make matters worse, Ransom is taking his sabbatical at her very own university! Inevitably they run into each other, but to each other's surprise they have more in common than either expected.
I was impressed at the way Hathaway worked in elements of P&P without being slavish about it; the academic setting provides an excellent reason for both their initial antipathy and later rapport. Shelby and Ransom's relationship develops in a tantalizing series of fits and starts. But the easy, natural pace of the novel becomes rapid and ham-handed about 80% in, and the rest of the book was far less satisfying. Currently free on amazon