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5 Stars Out Of 5
July 15, 2012
Humorous, with a huge dose of good old Southern charm!
I loved this book! Shiloh is a girl who has made her share of bad choices, but now as a new Christian she continues to battle her past mistakes and new threats to her inheritance from her half-sister. Shiloh has come from a glamorous life in Japan as a reporter, living well beyond her means to clipping coupons and eating ramen noodles in a small town in Virginia. Shiloh faces many choices in this sequel, but now she has great friends, one special guy and most of all she has the Good Lord in her life, is there anything she can't face?
I'm going to start out right off and say that I had the hardest time with the beginning of this book because I could tell by the way it was written that I should have read the prequel first, but thankfully I figured things out and fell head over heels in love with every single one of the characters of this book--minus the not very nice ones, of course! But wow, for me the town just really came alive, and it became almost real to me. I think one of the things that made this book easy to relate to was how, Shiloh had transformed from someone who basically charged everything--even things she didn't need--on her credit card, obviously before coming to Virginia, and then becoming a person who pinched pennies and clipped coupons. I loved it!
I think my favorite characters where Todd and Becky, they were just the epitome of the perfect redneck, kinda quirky couple, who both had hearts of gold. They were just awesome, and I thought it was hilarious that Todd had a mullet! And their story was very moving and I loved how rich and full it was, and it was just a side story. Adam was pretty awesome too, totally a southern gentleman, full of honest-to-goodness charm and thoughtfulness, like, he was just really kind, yet straight forward at the same time, definitely a great hero.
Overall this is a fun, Southern, witty read, with a moving theme. Basically, in my mind this is a book about trusting God, and having the courage to do that, because when you do things will always work out, even if it doesn't seem like it does. Great characters, who were startlingly real. Great plot. Great book! I would highly recommend this :)
I received this as an ebook from the publisher in return for an honest review. Thanks!
I enjoyed the relationships between the characters
March 26, 2012
This book is the sequel to Southern Fried Sushi, which is also written by Jennifer Rogers Spinola. This book is about the struggles of the main character Shiloh. She is dealing with financial, family and relationship issues all at once. Will she learn to rely on the Lord for her security and learn to trust Him with her life?
The struggles Shiloh deals with are all ones Christians can relate to. The author does a great job of dealing with the characters issues. She writes so that you see how the Lord is your helper no matter what circumstances you are in right now. I liked how the main characters are flawed yet likeable. I also enjoyed the relationships between the characters. I have not read the first book and felt like I was behind a bit when starting the story. Like I was coming in towards the middle of a book. I would recommend you read the first book before reading this one! Except for that issue, I enjoyed the story!
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Shiloh P Jacobs is back, with her debts, cravings for Japanese food, and a brand-new faith in Jesus. As a well-paid journalist, Shiloh had expensive tastes, a sharp contrast from a difficult childhood with a mother for whom details like feeding and clothing your daughter were secondary. Now she is struggling financially in a minimum-wage job with a mountain of debts, a house that won't sell, a half-sister who wants a share of the house proceeds, and a real confusion over what life as a Christian is all about. Also back are Shiloh's slightly crazy friends, alternately interfering and encouraging.
Including Becky, who might be a bit of a ditz, but her heart is in the right place, she knows and loves God, and is a great encourager for Shiloh in her new faith.
When her friend Kyoko visits from Tokyo, Shiloh begins to realise that despite all her problems, she is at peace in Virginia in a way she never was in Japan. Japan had helped her forget her past, but in doing so perhaps she had also lost some of herself. As the story progresses, Shiloh blossoms as she starts to find her real self, the self she hid with expensive clothes during her previous life in Japan.
I really enjoyed Southern Fried Sushi, the first book in this series, and I was almost hesitant to read Like Sweet Potato Pie in case it didn't measure up. Well, it did. It is light and deep at the same time, with some brilliant one-liners. Parts were so moving that they almost brought tears to my eyes, and I'm not a teary person. Some Christian chick lit focuses too much on the humour, some focuses too much on pushing an 'issue'... this is different, better. Shiloh is a real heroine, not because she does anything spectacular, but almost because she doesn't. It's easy to be good and strong when everything is going well, but so much harder in the real world where there are money troubles and boyfriend troubles and job troubles, and when Jesus seems far way from your heart even though your head tells you he is right there. That's what Shiloh is going through, and what makes this book so good. Highly recommended.
Thanks to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
Once working a great job writing in Japan, Shiloh was living the fast life of work and fun times until one day she was accused of plagarism and fired, around the same time her mother passed away and Shiloh inherited her house in Staunton, Virginia. Seeing this as an opportunity to escape, Shiloh high-tails to Staunton with plans to re-vamp the house and sell it and then restart her former life in Japan. However, Shiloh being away for the past seven years is about to get a culture shock as she goes from city-life to redneckville as where on earth in Staunton will she find Sushi and if the food is anything like it used to be it will definitely be deep fried . Can Shiloh go about her business and start renovating the house for sale before finding herself attached to someone - Adam in Staunton , a member of the local church ? As Shiloh struggles between coming to do what she planned - selling the house and hightailing it out of there and feeling that maybe she was supposed to be here and settle down , it seems her troubles continue with her half-sister Ashley contesting that half of the profits from the house are hers and she's willing to do anything even if it means playing dirty to get her hands on the money.
The only downside about Like Sweet Potato Pie was that in parts the novel was a tad slow , which if you were reading for pleasure and like your books fast-paced may put you off finishing the novel.
A fun novel that has Shiloh teaching us that when things like relationships, friendships and families get too hot to handle , we need to take a step back and look at it Like Sweet Potato Pie on a warm day.
We find Shiloh P. Jacobs still in Churchville, Virginia and still missing Japan. Shiloh is so focused on her dream of returning to Japan, that she don't see the love growing for her with the people who have become her family. And as a new Christian she has to take a good look at why she is pulled to Japan as well. Shiloh goes through a lot in this book. She starts her new life in Christ, gets a visit from Koyoko, has to face her true feelings for Carlos. She gains a puppy, unwillingly. And Shiloh finds herself in deeper debt and her step-sister Ashley has decided she deserves half of what the house sells for and the IRS wants back taxes. She thinks she might be interested in Adam after all but circumstances come between them, that could separate them for good. When she chooses to act unselfishly, it backfires as well.
Shiloh is being a vessel for God but she don't see it yet. It also feels like more trouble is coming at her since she started her new life. Whatever she does seems to cause more trouble. She reaches out to Trinity and ends up stirring a bee hive. She tries to play matchmaker only to find one of the people has not desire to remarry and all kinds of other adventures.