Southern Fried Sushi is a pleasant surprise. I met Shiloh in Japan, her adopted home country, along with the people and a career she saw as important to her life. Soon she hears of the passing of her estranged mother and is transported to Virginia to settle her mother's estate. However life as Shiloh knows it totally unravels and she finds herself stuck in a culture and a town she is completely unfamiliar with. In reading the book, I got to see Shiloh transformed by the new situations she faces and by the unconditional love shown her through her mother's friends who become her friends. The author of Southern Fried Sushi allows life to happen and encompasses all the emotions that comes along with it. It's a good read and I believe many will enjoy it.
Easy to read story. Good use of dialogue to reflect cultural and linguistic peculiarities. As a ebook, it was difficult to read because words rantogether about once per page. That makes it difficult toconcentrate on the story line. Youknowwhat I mean? Is this a problem from the publisher?
I'm not a huge fan of what some might call "southern type" reading, however, I have to say that when I picked up "Southern Fried Sushi", its content was not only unexpected, but enjoyed. Shiloh Jacobs is the relatable main character who speaks her mind, often saying what the rest of us are thinking, but wouldn't dare vocalize. Her circumstances change when a forced move drives her from her beloved Tokyo to rural Virginia. As Shiloh deals with the loss of her engagement, the death of a mom she hardly knew, and a new set of quirky friends, she learns what it means to not always be in control_and often to ask for help.
I appreciated that this novel had a steady, enjoyable plot, but enough twists that someone (like myself) who enjoys the occasional Christian suspense novel wasn't at all bored. The author's writing style is unique, punchy, and often quick at times. Her ability to dive into her main character and flesh Shiloh out was impressive, as Shiloh wasn't a carbon copy of many single female characters being written about today.
Through the eyes and circumstances of Shiloh, author Jennifer Rogers Spinola addresses what some might call some tougher issues: infertility and forgiveness being two such examples. As the main character and her friends live their lives and search for answers, these "Christian" issues are addressed, but in a way that isn't shoved down someone's throat. That was appreciated as I can see myself handing this book over to a neighbor or friend who doesn't yet know God.
The stage is also set for a romance between Shiloh and the town gardener, a man named Adam. However, there was so much more to this novel than the classic "guy gets girl". I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, "Like Sweet Potato Pie" and picking up where the first book left off.
Summary: When Shiloh P. Jacob's mother passes away suddenly, Shiloh leaves her fast-paced life in Tokyo, Japan (where she's a reporter for AP and engaged to Carlos) to bury her mother in Virginia. While she is coming to terms with the death of her mother, who was never a real mother, Shiloh loses her job and her fiance. Stuck in redneck country, Shiloh has to put together the pieces of her life with a little help from some country folk.
My thoughts: The first few chapters had too many details and not enough action, but once Shiloh sets foot in Virgina, the story picks up and becomes a great read. The author's fun style is evident in the vivid, colorful characters (although a bit stereotypical of the South). The character development of Shiloh is heart-felt and authentic. The supporting characters of Becky and Faye are quirky additions and epitomize what's best about the South.
The spiritual truths are evident but not preachy...it's more of a development of character than a lecture to the reader.
I loved this book: from the cute cover, to the notebook Shiloh keeps of Southern sayings, to the roses in her mother's garden, to the truth that with God, things can bloom again.
I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.