Authoress: Jean Brashear
Tagline: "Sometimes...a detour is the only way home."
Pages: @242 Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Goodreads: The Goddess of Fried Okra
Genre: Adult Fiction | Drama
My summary: After the loss of her sister, Pea is lost. In desperation (and on the advice of a psychic) she heads to New Mexico determined to find her sister reincarnated. What she finds instead is a home, purpose, redemption, strength, family, and possibly even love.
My say: The Goddess of Fried Okra...reminded me of Billie Letts. Billie writes these beautiful character driven stories where the lost souls find peace and home in each other. That is exactly the journey you embark upon with Pea/Eudora.
Jean weaves a menagerie of flawed eccentric lovable characters together. There is no great revelations or riveting story line. But there is fantastic characters that you root for, smile with, and enjoy watching them develop and grow. The kind you wish you could invite over for sweet tea and pie.
However, the best part of this story is the advice these characters share with each other. These are the kind of quotes I could see taping to a mirror or becoming a mantra.
My favorite quotes:
- "I might not know every step of my journey, but standing still wouldn't accomplish a thing."
- "Sometimes you just had to take a step, whatever the direction, and see what happened."
- "The big lesson in having children is just how little in life you can really control."
- "Life seldom gives us do-overs. We have to make the best of the time we're given."
- "Love or hate, sisters know each other like nobody else."
- "Sometimes you just have to take the leap and see where the road leads."
- "If people love you, they love you. If they don't, you can't make them. It's their loss."
My verdict: While it isn't a story for everyone (it is character driven and very pro-female) it is an endearing journey that is worth the ride.
My star rating: 4 out of 5 stars; This story about finding peace, forgiving your self, and overcoming your past was impossible to put down.
My warning: There is no happily-ever-after in this one. It has an open-ending that is left to interpretation. But the reader is left satisfied and proud of Eudora's journey and transformation.
My kiddie-o-meter: This tale is definitely for grown girls. There is mentions to sex, infidelity, sexuality, religion, gambling, teenage pregnancy, and abuse.
My cover thoughts: Oddly enough, the cover fits. It represents the desolate road and her determination to channel her inner warrior and become the kind of fierce woman she has always looked up to.
My final say: I couldn't help thinking of Where the Heart Is while reading this. Have you ever read the novel or seen the film?
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