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Southern Fried Sushi: A Novel by [Spinola, Jennifer Rogers]
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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

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 2011-08-08)

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 2011-09-22)

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 2011-11-08)

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 2012-04-23)

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 2012-07-20)

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: 3075 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (October 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NYQ1PG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,598 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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"Southern Fried Sushi" by Jennifer Rogers Spinola is a good Christian read.

The story centers around Shiloh a young woman who has worked and spent the last few years in Japan. She has no association with either her mother or father. She has issues from a sad and difficult childhood that has left her with some deep scars.

Unexpectedly, her mother dies and leaves everything to her only child. Shiloh flies to the US to arrange the sale of her mothers home and attend the funeral. Surrounded by people who are Christian and having a difficult time understanding most of what is said; Shiloh is vocal in her attitude towards them.
She gets a phone call from Japan to learn she has lost her job for plagiarizing the last article she wrote for the AP before leaving Japan. Fired from her job she is left with no money, a pile of bills and people she does not want to be with. Slowly Shiloh becomes involved with them and makes friends, works 2 part time jobs she considers demeaning and learns to be less selfish and self centered.

Through the friendships she has made Shiloh comes to understand what being a Christian is all about. She finds a diary her mother left in a bedside drawer and discovers a mother that she wished she had taken the time to know.

This is truly a wonderful story about a person who loses everything and finds herself and God along the way.
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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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