Southern Fried Sushi: A Novel [NOOK Book]

Overview

Ride the rollercoaster of Shiloh Jacobs’s life as her dreams derail, sending her on a downward spiral from the heights of an AP job in Tokyo to penniless in rural Virginia. Trapped in a world so foreign to her sensibilities and surrounded by a quirky group of friends, will she break through her hardened prejudices before she loses those who want to help her? Can she find the key to what changed her estranged mother’s life so powerfully before her death that she became a different woman—and can it help Shiloh...

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Overview

Ride the rollercoaster of Shiloh Jacobs’s life as her dreams derail, sending her on a downward spiral from the heights of an AP job in Tokyo to penniless in rural Virginia. Trapped in a world so foreign to her sensibilities and surrounded by a quirky group of friends, will she break through her hardened prejudices before she loses those who want to help her? Can she find the key to what changed her estranged mother’s life so powerfully before her death that she became a different woman—and can it help Shiloh too?

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

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
Fresh Fiction - Viki Ferrell

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! 
Inside the Wong Mind - Kimberly Wong

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.
Five Star Books and More - Susan Choy

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!!!

Live, Love, and the Pursuit of Publication - Raenice Weakly

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.
Radiant Lit - Pebbles Jacobo

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.
Book Bag Lady

I totally fell in love with the characters in this story.  The Southern charm, good wit, humour, kindness and deep belief in God make these people your next best friend!  Shiloh’s landing in Staunton, Virginia was the best thing that could ever have happened to her.  Not only does she gain a wild, unusual group of friends, but she discovers something about herself, her family and God along the way.  The writing was flawless, the characters well-developed and you’ll find yourself lost in the world of Shiloh and her new friends.  You’ll be doing yourself a great injustice if you miss this one! 

— Louise Jolly

Good Family Reads

This is a great Christian fiction (romance) book. I know...that''s a lame take..so let me further elaborate! The settings, both in Japan and in Virginia were so realistic (found out later that she lived in Japan and the deep south) that I would love to visit both places. I especially love books that can let me escape to another world and her descriptive prose definitely did it with this book. The plot...while a little crazy at first...I mean who has all those things happen at one time.. works for the rest of the story. The writing was like a fine hot pepper... slow to simmer but hot to the point and kept the heat on during the whole book.The characters each had their own believable flaws that kept me reading. The romance isn''t the heart of the story..it''s a fiction but the romance adds a great touch. Very highly recommend!!!!

— Jacque Stengel

Fresh Fiction

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

Inside the Wong Mind

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

The Readers Roundtable Inspirational Moments

Southern Fried Sushi is a beautifully written novel with a vibran
— Kathy Branfield

Five Star Books and More

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

Radiant Lit

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607425588
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Southern Fried Sushi , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 364,470
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Rogers Spinola, a Virginia/South Carolina native and graduate of Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina, just moved to the States with her Brazilian husband, Athos, and two sons. Jennifer lived in Brazil for nearly eight years after meeting her husband in Sapporo, Japan, where she worked as a missionary. During college, she served as a National Park Service volunteer at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. In between homeschooling high-energy sons, Jennifer loves things like adoption, gardening, snow, hiking, and camping.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 10, 2012

    Great characters

    Southern Fried Sushi by Jennifer Rogers Spinola
    5 STARS
    Good entertaining and uplifting story. Will certainly read follow book.
    Shiloh Jacobs at first did not think much about her but I started to care and even cried in the book. Shiloh is working in Japan at a newspaper, has won rewards.spends way too much and takes short cut at work.
    Her mom is back in the states dies. Shiloh goes for funeral and her life falls apart. One thing after another happens to her and she is stuck in Virgina.
    She meets friends of her moms that are church goers and they keep giving her a hand and sharing what helps them get threw the trials.
    Shiloh learns about her mom how she has changed for the better. Learns a lot of lifes lessons. It does have scriptures and examples of how we grow but it flows together without being too preachy. It makes for a charming story that I want more of.
    The characters are a wide range that are well rounded. Some of the characters you can really see them and feel for them.
    Shiloh grows a lot and takes responsibilty for her past actions. She gets mad and acts out but is not afraid to apoligize after.
    Its a good book I highly recommend it. I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.
    10/01/2011 PUB Barbour Publishing, Inc.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Wow.

    This was good at first, then it got waaaaayyy too preachy. God this and jesus that every other word. Ugh. No more of this author for me.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Women's Lit Even a Man Can Enjoy

    I don't normally read contemporary women's fiction, but Jenny Spinola's Southern Fried Sushi is a delightful exception. Because of Jenny's experiences in Japan, Brazil, and the American South, she has a unique and irresistible point of view. As a journalist who started writing Christian fiction while living in Brazil and continually seeks to perfect her craft, she knows and applies the ins and outs of excellent writing. And as a fine Christian young adult--younger than this man, anyhow--she has a heart for the readers' spiritual needs without being objectionably preachy. Southern Fried Sushi is just the first book in the series, though. Unless you're incapable of being moved by exceptional writing that has you rolling on the floor in laughter one minute and reaching for the box of tissues in tears the next, I know you'll join me in looking forward to the next two books in this series. And to many more novels after that. Jenny's a winner!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Anonymous

    The book started out good, with a good plot. Then it got relious, like over the top religious & preachy. I respect people and their passion for their beliefs but it was too pushy for me.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Way too preachy

    I was very much enjoying this book. I liked the, the easy writing, the plot, and even Shiloh's yearning to find faith. And then boom, the book became preaching to the point i began feeling uncomfortable. The book had a ton of potential, but couldnt carry through

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Ummm

    Can any review be i dont know ......
    Shorter?

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Fantastic

    I read all 3 books in a weekend! I couldn't put them down! I fell in love with Adam and Shiloh from the get go and so happy to see that Shiloh's faith pulled her through!!! :D

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Beautifully written

    I highly recommend this book. It is so full of love, hope, joy and the healing power of forgiveness. This is a book worthy of rereading every few years, especially when I feel that God has let me down. It starts out slow, but by the time you get to page 77 or so, you'll be looking forward to the next time you can continue reading it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Japan to Virginia With No Way Back.......

    Southern Fried Sushi by Jenifer Rogers Spinola The story is told through the eyes of the main character Shiloh P. Jacobs. She is living and working as a reporter in Japan. She spends her money on keeping up her image and on frivolous things. Her fiance, Carlos, is from Argentina and is quite the looker. She is estranged from her parents. When her dad left when she was seven her mom kind of lost it and now that she made a name for herself she was fine without them, even though her mom had been trying to reconnect. And then Shiloh's world falls apart. She gets the phone call that her mom has died and left her a house. She ends up in Virginia with a bunch of rednecks. While there, she also loses her job and Carlos. But in the pit of her loss, God is calling her. Through her moms friend, Faye. Through Adam Carter and his friends Tim and Becky. And many others along the way. I liked that Shiloh did not just automatically accept Christ. It was a process for her to believe and was written in a realistic way. Shiloh has to lower her expectations in life as well. She has to get jobs while in Virginia to pay off her huge debts and they are not jobs she normally would have worked, she has to deal with the fact that her mom had changed and that she had refused to talk to her. Through her moms death, Shiloh eventually finds life. **Received through NetGalley for review

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    An original storyline

    This book has an original storyline. The author did a great job coming up with the story. I enjoyed the story more when the main character lived overseas. I felt that the story slowed down and dragged a bit while she figured out what to do. The book could have been shorter. This is a Christian fiction novel and I recommend reading it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Awful

    Another make fun of Southerners book-just when it began to get interesting-shame on the author-it is not funny anymore.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Loved it

    So witty & entertaining

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Loved it.

    I loved reading about her thought processes and how she changed from "I can do it myself" to "God can do it when and if he wishes"

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    A story with a different flair - not just boy meets girl and the

    A story with a different flair - not just boy meets girl and they live happily ever after.  
    Imperfect characters from Japan to Southern USA. with big hearts.  
    Not a perfect book but a very good read which made me laugh and made me cry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Christian read

    The book isn't bad , but if you are not comfortable with evangelical style writing this book is not for you. My gripe is the book just seems to end. I was left going ...and .... what? The first person helps to show how people are predudiced and how steriotypes can get in the way of friendship.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Southern Fried Sushi

    Good book with a good message of how God's love is for us and how we are made for Him. How God can heal our hearts and set us free to forgive ourselves and others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Chick lit with a message

    This isn't my usual choice in books, but the title made me curious. Even though this isn't my preferred genre, it was a fairly enjoyable read. There were moments when the plot felt like it was getting a bit preachy, but that is to be expected when reading Christian literature. The characters weren't aleays realistic, but they were believable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Nice

    Very poor grammar but good story. I wish it could end up happier though...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

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    Can't wait to read more by this author!

    Shiloh Jacobs has the world on a string. She's working a job she loves earning numerous awards in journalism, working towards her master's degree and is engaged to the man of her dreams. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty! The credit card bills are piling up, her fiancée is making eyes at his new female (supposedly platonic) "roommate", and in order to keep a deadline Shiloh resorts to borrowing quotes from an internet source. Hoping and praying she doesn't get caught, she swears to herself it will only happen this once. Southern Fried Sushi is an amusing read, full of funny mishaps and intriguing characters. The title alone would make me buy this book! I love the multi-cultural theme that Jennifer weaves all through this story. The ongoing crisis in Shiloh's life kept me hooked and I kept reading to find out how she was going to pull through. I really enjoyed the easy style in which Jennifer wrote this book and also the setting; it's not everyday that you read about a southern girl living in Japan! The interjections of southern terms and phrases were the icing on the cake for me; it made Shiloh completely believable and authentic. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series and I highly recommend this author! Southern Fried Sushi is Jennifer's first novel and the first in a series of three by Barbour Publishing. Look for the sequel, "Like Sweet Potato Pie", scheduled to release March 2012 and book three, "Til Grits Do Us Part" releasing November 2012.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2014

    Really enjoyed this book

    Unlike some of the others who have reviewed this book and found it too "preachy", I really liked this story and the fact that people cared enough to reach out to Shiloh with God's love. They both preached the word and lived it as well. And while at times Shiloh got a little testy with them, you could tell she was really listening and wanted to better understand God and what made her new Christian friends different than any others she had known. Anyway, good story. Hope to read more about the characters in this book.

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