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Review: 155. The Goddess of Fried Okra by Jean Brashear...

December 14, 2010
I'd asked for a review copy of The Goddess of Fried Okra because I loved the title and the cover... I guess sometimes you just go with what you see... :)

the goddess of fried okra
Title: The Goddess of Fried Okra
Author: Jean Brashear
ISBN-13: 9780984125890
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books, 2010
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Source: Bell Bridge Books

drey's thoughts:
In this heartwarming tale of hope, Eudora "Pea" O'Brien is buried under her grief and guilt at her sister's death, and takes off on a road trip to find the reincarnation of her sister. She doesn't go very far when she rescues a young pregnant teenager from an abusive boyfriend, finds herself a kitten, and runs over a con artist... And then her car dies. Guess life has a way of interrupting plans, huh?

Jean Brashear's The Goddess of Fried Okra is one of those books that pulls you in and doesn't let go until you're done. The story is eclectic--mentions of Conan the Barbarian sit alongside Isis and Odin's wolves. And the characters are endearing. You find yourself rooting for Pea to look up and realize that she's found something better than what she was searching for--she's found a home.

drey's rating: 3.5/5 Very Good

Challenges: 100+, Pub


Stephen Parrish said...

I love the concept, the cover, the title, and the sub-title ("Sometimes...a detour is the only way home."). I'm buying this one.

bermudaonion said...

I'm not sure I understand why fried okra's mentioned in the title after reading the description.

TexasRed said...

I was curious about this one. Glad to see you liked it.

drey said...

Kathy ~ That's part of what Pea goes through in Jewel (where her car dies)... One of the people she meets teaches her to cook. I'd say more, but I don't wanna! :D

holdenj said...

It does have a very orginal title! Looks interesting, thanks for the info!

Debra Dixon said...

The title has to do with the character learning the art of fried okra. A very Southern thang.

drey said...

Y'know, I just realized why there's a sword on the cover, too. Duh. (Conan the Barbarian, anyone?)

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