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Southern Fried Sushi: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Rogers Spinola
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ride the rollercoaster of Shiloh Jacobs’s life as her dreams derail, sending her on a downward spiral from the heights of an AP job in Tokyo to penniless in rural Virginia. Trapped in a world so foreign to her sensibilities and surrounded by a quirky group of friends, will she break through her hardened prejudices before she loses those who want to help her? Can she find the key to what changed her estranged mother’s life so powerfully before her death that she became a different woman—and can it help Shiloh too?

Editorial Reviews


Southern Fried Sushi is fun and heart-wrenching, deep and up-lifting. That is no mean feat. Jennifer Rogers Spinola has written a winner!

 ~Arlene James, author (20111108)

This is an inspirational story that will surely touch your heart. It is a tale of someone searching for their own destiny and finding it right at their fingertips. Don't miss this special treat!
  (Viki Ferrell Fresh Fiction 20120423)

I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful story of a young woman's search for God. I loved how God's story of redemption was seamlessly woven into the plot and how Shiloh learns to accept the kindness and forgiveness of people she makes fun of. Her search for her Savior is so real and heartfelt -- I cried as she cried out to God for answers and healing. My favorite part of this book was that the romance is between Shiloh and God. This story is her journey as she searches for the God that her mother found and the God who changed her mother's life so dramatically. I would definitely recommend this read to anyone who enjoys a story about a girl searching for God in an unlikely place.
(Kimberly Wong Inside the Wong Mind 20120720)

Southern Fried Sushi by Jennifer Rogers Spinola was thoroughly entertaining, hilarious, deep and insightful! I loved Shiloh P. Jacobs and I’m still wondering what the “P” stands for…hmmmm maybe we’ll find out in the next book.  I also loved the mix of Japanese culture and Southern culture (especially the dialogue!).  Spinola has perfectly captured the feelings, thoughts and emotions of a person exposed to a radically different environment and culture.  And Shiloh’s feelings and issues with her mother are very convincing.  Kudos to Spinola for creating characters that seem 3D in this story!!!

(Susan Choy Five Star Books and More )

If you're into light-hearted books with a tiny splash of romance, Southern Fried Sushi is perfect. I am now reading the second book, Like Sweet Potato Pie (again with the cool titles), and I'm loving it so far. I'll definitely be on the lookout for book #3, Til Grits Do Us Part.
(Raenice Weakly Live, Love, and the Pursuit of Publication )

Spinola is an excellent author and knows just the right elements to add, when to add them, and how to keep a story exciting and moving forward. The characters are all well developed and you get a real sense of the role they play in Shiloh’s life.
(Pebbles Jacobo Radiant Lit )

Book Description

Displaced from all she once coveted, Shiloh Jacobs is on a mission in rural Virginia to find the secret that changed her estranged mother’s life so powerfully before her death that she became a different woman. Can it make a difference for Shiloh as well?

Product Details

  • File Size: 1039 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1616263644
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NYQ1PG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,299 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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90 of 111 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh April 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book starts out strong, with interesting characters and plot. However, it devolves into an amalgam of random bible versons and sermons. The tone is extremely "preachy," and off putting. I read the book because I wanted to find out what happened to the characters....not because I wanted to be preached at for nearly half of the book. The book had potential to be interesting, but the heavy-handed sermonizing really derailed it. If you want a book of religion, save your money on the book, and just read the bible or go to church instead. If you like for books to have interesting characters and plots, only the first part of the book will appeal to you.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Southern fried Girl May 6, 2013
By Vkjohns
Format:Kindle Edition
In the beginning the story kind of took off slow, but something made me continue to read and I'm glad that I did. This was my first book from this author, but I'm sure it won't be the last. I gave this book four stars simply because I didn't like the beginning but am glad that I finished the story because I truly learned something wonderful from this message
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise August 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I received book two "Like Sweet Potato Pie" as a birthday gift. I realized by looking at it's reviews that it was book two and there was a first book to the series. I ordered book one which is Southern Fried Sushi and I LOVED IT! I was so glad I already had book two. I had never read anything by the author before but I can tell you that she did a wonderful job in these two books. I couldn't put them down. I fell in love with the characters and were so sorry to finally finish book two. I've shared the books and gotten the same response. They LOVE them too. I"m really looking forward to book three coming out the fall. The people in the story are lovable and you feel as though they are your friends too. The book was my favorite birthday gift. I got so much enjoyment out ot it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Beth
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This book started out well, interesting characters and plot, but halfway through turned into something completely different. I really wish the description had been accurate as I wouldn't have wasted my time. I'm disappointed that the author would sneak the sermons in this way. Was she assuming we are all Christian or religious and would appreciate this particular brand of "life lesson"? It's very very rare that I don't finish reading a book I've started, hoping for a turn around, but this one is being deleted.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointed May 15, 2013
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This book is well-written, but about half way through turns into a sermon. Very much a Christian book. I am not Christian and quickly bored with the bible lesson. If you are looking for a book about faith and Jesus disguised as romance novel then I am sure you will enjoy this read.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Romance??? May 8, 2013
By Julie M
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I am not sure why this was in the Romance Category. There was absolutely no romance...not even a kiss. The book started off slow...and did not pick up at all. The description of the book looked wonderful, but this was a very religious book. I finished the book, but I skipped over quite a few pages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unsure May 16, 2013
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I usually don't write reviews at all and I hate writing a negative one. I am almost done reading this book and the only reason I am finishing it is because I HAVE to.
This book started great. I liked the cover and the story line until it became all about religion. I am not a religious person and I wish I had known this is where the book was headed.
Another problem I am having is with the main character, Shiloh. I get it that she is lost and confused and trying to figure out her life that suddenly got turned upside down. However, she doesn't seem very bright. She lived in Japan for 2 years and I'm assuming lived in the states the 22 before that yet she has no knowledge of common things like history. Also it it portrayed that going to the south is like going to another country. Sometimes it can be but not really. Shiloh seems very narrow minded and everyone is telling her she can't be happy or live a full life with out God. Many people believe that and have that faith but it's not for all, but I digress.
I am going to finish this book but I will not be reading the books that follow and I'm sorry for it. The author is great and I loved the attention to detail with the two very different cultures found in the book. The southern speak is right on. However, I don't like the feeling of religion being shoved at me and every subject turning to God.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional May 11, 2013
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One of the best "love" stories I've read in a long time. This is so real as far as how we, as a people think and act. I am hoping there are more books by this author because she has nailed it. Having spent some time in Japan, I could so relate to what Shiloh was feeling as well as the realness of how she describes Tokyo. I could also relate to Shiloh's love of Japan. I laughed & cried through this entire story. Well written, however, it needs some serious editing when it comes to hitting the space bar. To many words run together all through the book. It can be a little distracting. I still love it and highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Warning would have been appreciated!
I was not expecting the Christian proselytizing slant and didn't appreciate it. The fact that there was no warning of it was offensive. Read more
Published 13 days ago by feige rochel
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This is a good read... not really sure where this young lady is going next - but love the ending. The Bible study questions at the end can create some great discussions
Published 26 days ago by Linda Kay
1.0 out of 5 stars reader beware
The book turns into a proselytizing, bible thumping, born again and again and again narrative that loses the plot without any warning. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nava Magnes
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Reading; However you may need to stick with It for awhile...
Yes, I would recommend this product to others. I gave the book 4 Stars, because I did not like the beginning. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marilyn Bartalini
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my joice.
Not impressed far too regious for me!!!!,I would not bother reading anymore of this Aurthers books. Far more reading for me,that I would find more in tersting
Published 2 months ago by Tess Jeanes
4.0 out of 5 stars Religious message
I usually don't read religious type books, but this book kept my interest. A young girl in China as a reporter for a news paper, loses her job, finds out her fiancé has been... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marsha Bible
2.0 out of 5 stars Southern Fried Sushi
Would have like the plot to move at a quicker pace. I must admit I did not finish the book, simply because it moved too slow.
Published 3 months ago by Mary Vee
5.0 out of 5 stars Could Y'all pass the egg rolls and gravy?
This gal has somehow cracked the southern code. Her friendly jabs and pokes at the culture of the south are right on and just purely entertaining. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John S.
5.0 out of 5 stars had to stay up late and finish
Got so involved with the story I couldn't put it down and now it's 12:25am. Would love to read more about the characters and find out what happens in their lives.
Published 3 months ago by Nonfatlatte
5.0 out of 5 stars real!
I would recommend this book to everyone, for encouragement for those who already know Christ to be bold in sharing their faith.
Published 3 months ago by Lana Oue
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More About the Author

Jennifer Rogers Spinola, originally from the South, lives with her Brazilian husband, Athos, and two active boys. She has lived in Brazil for nearly eight years and Japan for two years. Jenny is the author of Barbour Books' "Southern Fried Sushi" series - the first of which was a finalist for the 2012 Christy Awards - and a romance novella collection based on Yellowstone National Park (also with Barbour Books).

Jenny loves camping, hiking, cooking, and taking pictures of the outdoors and her rowdy sons. She has a B.A. in English from Gardner-Webb University in
North Carolina and has worked as a journalist, Christian missionary, Language Arts teacher, and ESL teacher.

Right now she's trying to 1) put Seth in bed for a nap 2) keep Ethan in bed and 3)desperately the nasty colds everybody's getting around her - all the while write paragraphs in her upcoming novella.

To find out more about Jenny's novels (and browse some Southern-fried recipes), find Jenny at

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