Southern Fried Blues

Southern Fried Blues

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by Jamie Farrell
     
 

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A Yankee Lady Stuck in the South

Divorced wasn't a label Anna Martin ever wanted. Now she's a thousand miles from home, underemployed, and lonely, but she's squeezing this lemon life gave her and turning it into lemon meringue pie. Never again will she let any man-especially another military man-get in the way of her career.

A Southern Gentleman

Overview

A Yankee Lady Stuck in the South

Divorced wasn't a label Anna Martin ever wanted. Now she's a thousand miles from home, underemployed, and lonely, but she's squeezing this lemon life gave her and turning it into lemon meringue pie. Never again will she let any man-especially another military man-get in the way of her career.

A Southern Gentleman Military Officer

Jackson Davis believes in family, football, and Uncle Sam. He treats ladies right, takes his uniform seriously, and he loves his dog, but he doesn't reckon he's built for true love. After all, if a man good as his daddy couldn't do it right, what chance does Jackson have?

One Undeniable Attraction

These two vulnerable souls are as different as cornbread and ketchup, but they fit together like sweet butter on hot biscuits. Short-term, they're exactly what the other needs. But when their hearts get involved, they're both gonna end up with a big ol' case of Southern Fried Blues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781940517001
Publisher:
Jamie Farrell
Publication date:
09/15/2013
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Farrell writes humorous contemporary romance. She believes love and laughter are two of the most powerful forces in the universe.

A native Midwesterner, Jamie has lived in the South the majority of her adult life. When she's not writing, she and her military hero husband are busy raising three hilariously unpredictable children.

For more information on Jamie and her books, visit her online at www.JamieFarrellBooks.com.

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Southern Fried Blues 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my this has to be one of the sweetest romances I've read in a while.Oh my Jackson I want a Jackson,he's just everything you want in a hero,and Anna Grace everything you want in a heroine. A wonderful book by Jamie Farrell I loved it,and all the supporting characers,Jamie just brings you into the story and you can't put it down.So get to reading this wonderful book you will love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Jackson's character, it made your heart smile whenever he said Anna Grace.
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
I've found another must-buy author! This story had everything I love in a romance. Smart, lovably flawed characters and lots of witty banter. It made me laugh out loud and also grabbed at my heart. It also made me crave biscuits, pie, and oddly enough...ketchup. LOL
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much that I didn't want it to end. Anna and Jackson are both adorable. A perfect Southern gentleman and a Yankee, they made me laugh-out-loud many times. Both are intelligent and trying to make the best of life. They're not ready to accept their love for each other but also not ready to let go... This book is a whole package, a real treat for contemporary romance readers. I found it quite entertaining and hope that others do too.
deeeee More than 1 year ago
Delightful story! Anna Grace is a military wife celebrating the wedding of two dear friends when her husband suddenly and publicly dumps her. Somehow she begins pulling herself to her life back together, when she runs into Southern "exterminator" Jackson Davis. Her suddenly upside-down life tumbles even more. Both Anna Grace and Jackson have commitment issues, but are willing to spend time together until their "expiration date" arrives. But things get mired and suddenly the expiration dates begins to look fuzzy. This was a fun story filled with sweetness and joy.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I remember marking this book last year as a possible TBR. So I was surprised to see it available on Netgalley now.  But as I do like a good southern romance, especially one with a military hero.  Through in a Yankee, and you just know there are going to be some funny moments. The story starts with Anna and her husband Neil at their mutual friends' wedding. As Neil is the only married man in the wedding party, he was asked to give a toast to the happy couple. It's during the toast that he drunkenly rambles on about all of Anna's faults and basically makes an ass out of himself in front of everyone there. When Anna follows him outside after his little bombshell, he drops a bigger one and tells her he has been transferred again, oh and he wants a divorce. I liked Anna a lot. Couldn't help myself. She showed such strength and courage through the story. Plus her little OCD issue and love affair with her label maker made me laugh many times. Jackson Davis. An actual rocket scientist who plays the dumb redneck card so well. He is constantly after Anna to let him help her. Not because he doesn't think she can't do it, but that he believes a woman shouldn't have to do it all alone. Chivalry is not dead in this one. And while he attributes most of his manners to his momma, it is in actuality his grandmother who is his true influence. His grandmother was a hoot and a half, with her bowling team and words of southern wisdom. There was so much about this book to like. I laughed and giggled my way through to a 4 star review.  Thanks to Netgalley and the author for the opportunity to read and review this book.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
I met this author at a signing in Philadelphia.  My husband and I had traveled up there for the signing because a couple of my favorite authors were going to be there.  When talking to Ms. Farrell she said that I just had to read this book.  So I bought it and will now be checking out the rest of her back list.  As a former Military wife and a Yankee living in the south I could totally relate to this book.  Southern Fried Blues is a sweet and sassy love story that will have you laughing and crying and in the end sighing.  
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Colantha Book provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Southern Fried Blues felt like a short movie that inspired people to continue in what they believe in and still find love. As I started reading, I gasped and smiled and laughed at parts that were well written and entertaining. It touched base again of military life and being a wife involved was a main theme and I was interested in reading it when I saw what it was about. I have family living in the south and Southern Fried Blues took me into the south and I could tell the writer is either from the South or had done her homework well. Ice tea, football and fried foods- I wanted to go back to the South after reading this story and meet Anna and Jackson. Jamie Farrell has created characters that I would like to continue reading about. I was so excited to find out there is a series because I enjoyed her writing. Her description of the characters showed me rather than told me who I would not want as a best friend, and whom those I would because they came a live on the pages. I recommend you pick up her book.
Koalabear3 More than 1 year ago
An Amazing Romance Story! I loved every minute of Anna's and Jackson story. Never a dull moment. You keep on reading to find out what will happen next. Buy the book you will not be sorry. So happy to have found another amazing author.
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WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
LibraryThing Book Review Anna Grace Martin only found out her husband wanted out of their marriage at their friend's wedding reception. Anna was shocked and confused by this revelation but cling to her beliefs including her label maker. When Anna meets Jackson Beauregard Davis while trying to get to class. Anna didn't expect the rush of feelings she had. Anna also meets Kaci who befriends her. As time goes by Anna gets closer to Jackson she gets afraid to admit she may have found the one. Jackson wasn't sure of the moment when he realized he was in love but knew his Anna Grace wasn't ready for his words. Can Anna get past her fear? How does Kaci's friendship help Anna? Will words of love stop Jackson from saying them? Your answers await you in Southern Fried Blues. Military romance unlike others that I've read. Southern Fried Blues is a stand out book in flood of other military romance books. I thought the story was incredibly sweet, full of humor, and honesty. I also thought the characters were intriguing, honest, curious, down to earth, and different. I will definitely read more of this author in the future.
cnapper67 More than 1 year ago
Great story! This is the first book of Jamie Farrell's that I have read and it definitely will not be the last. I absolutely loved it! The characters were all written so well and the story just flowed. You couldn't help but fall in love with Anna Grace and Jackson. The secondary characters were written really well also. This was a wonderfully funny, emotional, romantic story that I would say is a must read if you love a good sweet romance.
These-Pretty-Words More than 1 year ago
Needed a translator I just wrapped up reading Southern Fried Blues by Jamie Farrell and have to admit that my brain’s a little exhausted. When Kristin sent me the summary, I thought it sounded adorable. Having limited experience with the South, I was slightly wary but looking forward to the read. Finding out that the heroine, Anna, was from Minnesota was a bonus – someone I could relate to! – but again made me a little nervous after the last fictional portrayal I read featuring my homeland. In the beginning, we meet Anna while she’s married to Neil and all seems to be going well. While attending their friends’ wedding, Neil publicly humiliates her and asks for a divorce. He’s a jerk. In fact, during the first few chapters it seems like every single person in Anna’s life is a jerk. Her boss Shirley is pushy and while she seems to have good intentions, the delivery is overly harsh. Don’t even get me started on Anna’s “friend” and co-worker, Jules. We’ll come back to her. Things I liked about the story: the plot in general was cute, as the summary led me to believe. Anna was a strong character and didn’t spend much time lamenting her divorce, instead she took charge of her life and went after what she wanted. She was slightly too independent at times, stubbornly refusing the slightest bit of help from anyone, especially Jackson, and she had a penchant for taking shots of ketchup when she got stressed out (this is apparently a Minnesotan thing…?), but for the most part, I really liked her. I also liked Jackson a lot. He was sweet, patient, military (yum), chivalrous but willing to back off and let Anna take care of things herself when she needed to. I loved the moments when he was across the room, watching to see if she was okay, but waiting for her sign that she needed him versus just swooping in and taking over. Jules aside, I simply felt lost and confused for a lot of the story. Looking back, it was like reading a book in a foreign language where I was knowledgeable enough to get the gist, but not fluent enough to really grasp what was happening. The southern speech patterns were so strong, not only in the dialogue, but also in Jackson’s internal thoughts, that I had a rough time following. Half the time I just ended up feeling stupid because I couldn’t tell what they were talking about. There was a lot of talk about biscuits (seemingly as a euphemism for a woman’s eligibility/willingness/appeal for marriage), to the point where it felt like they were mentioned several times every chapter. Obviously going in, I was aware that it was a Southern romance and expected a lot of regional references, but it got to the point where I felt like I needed a translator to get me through to the end.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of Southern Fried Blues in exchange for an honest review.  OMG! If you give me a good book and you throw humor in it I am hooked. On this book I was hooked, line and sinker. Really all I have to say is I found me a new favorite author. Man she can write! I will be happy to read and review any book you have. Now the review: This book gets your attention from the start and it does not let you go. We have a husband you will want to slap silly, and this will not be the first time you will want to do this. The author brings you right in and you are angry right way. Divorce right away. Anna is a very strong women, how is very independent, she does not need a man she can take care of herself. She is sure of what she  want and that is going back to school and what she doesn't want is another military man. But is she sure of this? Jackson is sure of what he wants and doesn't want. He want his career in the military and no women and her biscuits (lol) but is he really sure of this? There is nothing like a man that is smart that acts like he is dumb...to funny. Anna moves on makes great friends and meets Jackson. Each time they meet it is by accident and very moving. Her old friends have issues and so do her new friends. You see them fall apart and come together it is just a wonderful read. I don't want to give the book away but as you read you think NO SHE DIDN'T do that or he really said that.  You have so many wonderful characters. Family you just want to hit and others you just want to hug, the same with the friends. OMG the firecrackers to funny. I still do not understand redneck golf to funny.There is so much love and humor in this book. Along with sad and you just want to hit something. This is a MUST read book, you will NOT be disappointed. I really did not want to put this book down. When I went to bed my mind was still going and I didn't want to go to sleep. If the authors other books are as good as this I can't wait to read them. OUTSTANDING!!!! Really it is more then a 5 star rating!
Joey44 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of Southern Fried Blues in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book right from the first chapter. It was shocking and hooked me right away. The book starts off at a wedding that Anna and Neil are attending. Neil tells Anna (at the wedding!) that he wants a divorce. Now that Anna is divorced she is determined to handle her life by herself and not rely on a man.  Because Neil was in the military, he had been stationed in the South when they divorced and that is where Anna has settled. Anna decided to finish her university degree since she never completed it because of the continuous moves with the military.  The characters in this book are fantastic. Jamie taps into the human aspect of her characters, the good and bad of them, and life happenings. Anna is a strong woman who is determined to look after herself and handle life on her own.  She is obsessed with order and can't live without her label maker.  I admired her strength but wanted to toss her label maker myself! Jackson is a Southern gentleman who was raised to always help a lady so there was a struggle between him and Anna who never wanted help. He is in the military so this is another reason Anna wants nothing to do with him. He comes across as a dumb redneck but is really very intelligent.  It was mentioned a few times that he was a rocket scientist so I expected that to come into the story, but it didn't. Southern Fried Blues was a well developed story with a wonderful plot and interesting relationships. It was so well written that I felt very sad for Anna at the beginning. Later, there were times I want to slap her upside the head for being so stubborn. It was interesting to see Anna find out about herself as she struggled to handle her new life. It had me laughing and feeling anger, too. There were sad parts to this story and, of course, love.  I am from Canada and don't know anything about Southern/Northern conflicts. I was able to follow the disputes but I can't believe that people are still referred to as Yankees! I really enjoyed this contemporary romance and look forward to reading more by Jamie Farrell.
MisfitGeek More than 1 year ago
I really, really enjoyed this book.  I was totally hooked from the start and what a start it was.  I love it when an author grabs my attention with a “Holy cow, I can’t believe that just happened!” moment right away.  The story was completely believable and engaging.  This is feel-good southern fiction at its best. The characters in this book are fantastic.  I connected with Anna right away.  She has a serious independent streak that rivals mine.  I do not often develop book-crushes but Jackson is totally dreamy.  The initial flirtation between the two was incredibly fun.  I enjoyed the way the relationship progressed and how they each struggled with it.  The supporting characters were not as strong but they were still very necessary to the story. This book is filled with southern charm and wit and most definitely is a worthwhile read.  I am impressed with this debut novel.  It is obvious that Jamie Farrell possesses tremendous story-telling talent and a remarkable sense of humor.  I am so anxious to read what she writes next.
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. The downhome country feel of the plot and characters had me reminiscing about my own times spent down in Georgia with family. I could identify with Anna’s character and her feelings of heartache, betrayal and her strength in trying to regain her independence after her divorce. I am totally in love with Jackson. His southern accent and gentlemanly-polished manners had me totally swooning every time he spoke. The courtship and romance between Anna and Jackson was truly refreshing. I really enjoyed watching their relationship develop and found their romantic scenes were beautiful and tastefully written.  I loved all the southern euphemisms and back country slang. Sometimes it was difficult to follow the dialog but having spent time in the south; I was able to power through the vernacular and sexual innuendos involving biscuits :) The dialogue was hilarious and had me laughing through most of the book. What I did have a little trouble with was all the military acronyms while reading. I wasn’t sure what most of them meant but it didn’t detract from the story.  Bottom Line: The characters are relatable. The hero is super dreamy. The book is free of vulgar language and curse words. The love story is timeless and the happily ever after is forged from the fires of perseverance, strength, passion, hard work, acceptance and love. Jamie Farrell is an author to look out for.  ***I received an ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
EllenWaState More than 1 year ago
Funny and smart! I enjoyed this story from start to finish and would definitely read this author again.  Highly recommended.
Flowergirlzmom1SW More than 1 year ago
' I was given a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review ' Anna is a very organized person who loves her label maker. She thinks that she has very happy marriage. Turns out, not so much. Her husband Neil drops the divorce bomb on her at their friends wedding reception. Divorced was not a label she ever wanted. Now that Anna was divorced she has made up her mind. No more Military Men. She has decided that she is never getting married again but if by chance she ever does again Never again will it be Military. Never say Never. Now she is back in School. Working on a promotion at work and making new friends. Actually living her life for her instead of living it for Neil. Jackson has no intentions of getting married. His family or rather his Grandmother and her friends have other plans. They keep trying to introduce him to a bunch of "Nice" girls who want to bake him biscuits. But once he meets Anna and tastes her pies he is ruined for anyone else's biscuits. But what will they do when they can't keep denying the fact that they are falling for each other? What will Anna do when Neil decides he wants her back and when someone that she thought was a good friend may have gotten involved in some dealings that may put some people in danger? This was a great book filled with humor and southern charm and rednecks and I loved it! I loved the redneck golf, and I loved how Jackson loved Anna for all of her quirks.. including her label maker! I would definitely recommend reading this!!! ~ Samantha ' Read and Reviewed by L.S.K. Sweetheart Reviews '
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book. I could not relate to the characters in Southern Fried Blues by Jamie Farrell but I enjoyed it very much. I have never lived in the South, have no experience with anyone close to me while they were active in the military and know nothing about chemistry. However, Jamie was able to write the characters in a way that allowed me to relate to their emotions and feelings and understand why they tried to prevent themselves from getting hurt. In Southern Fried Blues, we meet Anna who is newly divorced which came as quite a surprise to her. She thought she and Neil would be together forever. As she tries to pull her life together and depend only on herself, along comes Jackson who has to rescue her from an infestation of fire ants in her car. She doesn't like one bit that a dumb redneck had to help her out of the situation. As she and Jackson cross paths a few more times she realizes he isn't the dumb redneck she first assumes. Jackson is interested in Anna, but doesn't think he deserves love. If it didn't work for the best man he knew (his Father) how could it work for him? Jamie does a really good job of balancing all the plot lines and relationships in Southern Fried Blues. She never failed to surprise me either. Just when I thought a scene was going to end up playing out a certain way, it didn't, which kept that Nook in my hand until the end of the book. All of the characters are very well developed and I couldn't help but sympathize with many of them at different times and cheer with them when things went right. The thick Southern dialect in the book is quite interesting, and I found myself having to read a line over so this Midwesterner could figure out what they were saying. This wasn't a negative, as it enhanced the characters and the setting, I have just not read anything so southern. It made me realize how truly North I live compared to those in Georgia and Alabama. Southern Fried Blues will have you laughing because of the banter between the characters, cheering on a strong heroine, and swooning over the very gentlemanly hero. Anna and Jackson try to keep things light and easy but when their hearts get involved they think it's time to pull the plug on a relationship. Will they allow themselves to be vulnerable and loved? If you like your contemporary romance served up with a military man, difficult family, crazy friends, biscuits, pie and a very sweet romance, I recommend you try Southern Fried Blues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.. Loved everything about it! Fell in Love with Jackson! Give this book a try!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this! Very funny, the characters frequently had me laughing out loud. Highly recommended if you are looking for a fun, light, read.