Come sit on the porch a spell.
Let's talk about times gone by and folks we remember, about slow summer evenings and lightning bugs in a jar. Listen to the music of a creaky swing and hand-cranked ice cream and cicadas chorusing in the sultry night air. Let's talk about how things used to be in the South--and for some of us, they way they still are.
Welcome to the world of Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes, where award winning authors Deborah Smith, Sandra Chastain, Virginia Ellis, Debra Dixon, Donna Ball and Nancy Knight come together for the first time to create this poignant, humorous collection of nostalgic tales. Here life's lessons are handed down--liberally sprinkled with hilarity--from eccentric relatives, outrageous pets and unrepentant neighbors, and served up with a generous dollop of that most valued of all Southern commodities: good old fashioned storytelling.
From Mississippi to Georgia, from Florida to Tennessee, these daughters of the South will take you on a lush tour of the times and places they know best, each voice as refreshing and inviting as a glass of cold sweet tea on a hot afternoon. So come. Let us take you back. Let us take you home.
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What People are Saying About This
Ann B. Ross, author of Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind
Miss Julia would feel right at home on the front porches and in the living rooms and kitchens where these delightful stories originated. SWEET TEA AND JESUS SHOES stir her memories, as well as my own.
Barbara Dooley, author, radio talk show host, and wife of University of Georgia Athletic Director, Vince Dooley
This book is rich in storytelling and makes me long for those southern days as a child listening to the stories of the past.
Lisa Knighton, editor, Georgia Women Speak
Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes is a feast for any reader.
Rita Mae Brown, New York Times bestselling author of acclaimed novels including the Sneaky Pie Brown mystery series
Delightful. Brew tea or grab something stronger, sit down and enjoy.
Phyllis George, Miss America, TV Personality & Businesswoman
Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes is a joyful and endearing collection of nostalgic stories which are sure to win the hearts of readers everywhere.
Liz Carpenter, acclaimed author and former press secretary for Lady Bird Johnson
Storytelling is back with all its southern habits and charms, thanks to six women who are making it easier to get it in print. The stories are so good you'll be hungry for more.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When you get six Southern women together, there's bound to be some great storytelling going on. And that's exactly what you get when you read the wonderful stories found in 'Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes,' the collection of short stories from six renown Southern authors. With an invitation for their readers to come sit on the porch a spell, award-winning authors Donna Ball, Sandra Chastain, Debra Dixon, Viriginia Ellis, Nancy Knight and Deborah Smith have come together to create a delightfully humorous collection of nostaglic tales that will transport you straight back to the land of warm, peach-scented breezes. Reared in Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee, these six 'Daughters of the South' have joined together in a partnership to create Belle Books, the publisher of 'Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes.' With the goal of showcasing the rich storytelling traditions of southern women, they plan to acquire novels and story collections that convey their message. 'Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes,' which will be released in May, will be the first of what promises to be many wonderful books to come from this admirable company. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be glad you picked up this unforgettable collection of life lessons, as seen through Southern eyes. So I lift my glass of good ol' sweet tea and give praise to the gracious ladies of Belle Books. Sisters, you've done us all proud.
They are true daughters of the South, born storytellers who have created some of the finest romances the world has ever seen. These six authors have formed their own company, BelleBooks, so they can creatively tell tales from the modern world of the South without Manhattan or Toronto changing them. This move is similar to the creators of Image Comics break away from Marvel years ago. There are sixteen tales in this excellent collection written by some of the greats. Sandra Chastain, Deborah Smith, Donna Ball, Virginia Ellis, Deborah Dixon, and Nancy Knight are all known and loved for their works. This book will enhance the high esteem fans have for these authors and will also result in them capturing the mainstream reader. The stories are poignant and heartwarming as they capture the essence of the south. This is a brilliant compilation of southern women's stories in the tradition of Anne Rivers Siddons. Harriet Klausner
¿Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes¿ is a charming, fun-filled nostalgic look at life in the South. It is down to earth, funny and refreshing. The six author¿s stories made me look at my family with new eyes and new chuckles.