Hey everyone! I’ve recently finished reading Southern Fried Christmas. Below you can find a description from the publisher, as well as my thoughts and reactions while reading. I hope you enjoy! I always try to keep things spoiler free, but I would not recommend continuing reading if you plan on reading this title.
From the publisher :
Love: purer than Colorado snow, deeper than a Louisiana bayou. The Colorado Rockies have always been home to journalist Kelly Shepherd, but after the death of her father, and facing her first Christmas alone, she accepts an assignment that leads her deep into Louisiana’s Cajun country. Since his wife’s death, Denny Labouve has focused his attention on his ten-year-old daughter and the family business, but Kelly sparks the dying embers of his heart even as a Christmas cold front moves through his beloved Cajun country. Will Denny and Kelly be able to trust God to bridge the span between the Colorado Rockies and the Louisiana bayou?
My notes –
- Kelly Shepherd is the first character that we are introduced to.
- We are currently in New Orleans, LA.
- At this point, we are also introduced to Denny, and his daughter Chelsea.
- The Lord will always provide what we need, exactly when we need it most – even if it’s not what we want, it will be what we need.
- Sometimes we get thrown a wrench, but it works out better than we had ever possibly imagined.
- Food and culture are 2 things that are becoming more and more important to me as I get older. I’ve recently moved to a whole other part of the country, and I’m finding myself trying to embrace the culture here more, rather than trying to stick it into the mold of “back home.”
- Denny has some ghosts in his past, too.
- Do these type of families exist?
- I’m not going to lie – part of my family was religious and legalistic, and the other part was so overbearingly loud that I found it obnoxious even at a young age. I pretty much pushed myself out of both situations as soon as I possibly could. I guess I never really felt welcome with any of them, looking back. But the type of family that is being talked about in this book has a tendency to make my heart ache. (It must be some type of nostalgic feeling due to the holidays. 😂)
- I do have some memories in the kitchen with my mom – mostly of me stirring the gravy.
- I like how the book shifts perspectives mid chapter. It helps to keep things interesting.
- I’m happy that there are some sparks flying – this is a book that makes the heart feel good. At least, so far.
- Earline seems like she’s ready to stir up trouble.
- A lot of times prayer can be a last ditch effort – but it should really be our first line of defense.
- Chelsea is a sweet girl, and she knows exactly what she’s doing.
- Sometimes all we need is a kind word, and a shoulder to cry on.
- Our well meaning ways of helping others can sometimes lead to misunderstandings with the people that we want to be closer to us.
- I love to hear about family traditions when it comes to the holidays – it always gives me inspiration on new things I can maybe try with my family.
- The right thing to do isn’t always the easiest thing to do.
- Prayer is a powerful weapon.
- Communication really is key in a relationship.
- This book lists a prayer I have prayed many times – Lord, open doors that you intend to open, and close those that need to be closed.
- Once again – you have to communicate in relationships! Wondering what someone’s intentions are can be completely toxic – have the difficult conversation, and you’ll be so much more glad, even if it’s not what you wanted to hear.
I enjoyed this book overall. The characters were very easy to fall in love with, and even though the knowledge we receive about everyone is not real in depth, I think what we are given ties the book together nicely. The ending was kind of a let down for me, but that could just be me, not the book. I think with all the build up of the story, the ending could have been drawn out just a little bit more.
That being said though – it was a lighthearted book that really helped me start to get into the holiday spirit. (And really made me want to head to New Orleans for some food!)
If you’re looking for a Christian Christmas romance book – I’d suggest this book for you.
*Disclaimer – I received a copy of this ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.