5 March 2012
Review: Like Sweet Potato Pie by Jennifer Rogers Spinola
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 has 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 time 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 of it 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 Jesus seems far away 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.