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Like Sweet Potato Pie (Southern Fried Sushi) - Jennifer Rogers Spinola Shiloh P Jacobs is back, with her debts, cravings for Japanese food, and a brand-new faith in Jesus. As a well-paid journalist, Shiloh had expensive tastes, a sharp contrast from a difficult childhood with a mother for whom details like feeding and clothing your daughter were secondary. Now she is struggling financially in a minimum-wage job with a mountain of debts, a house that won’t sell, a half-sister who wants a share of the house proceeds, and a real confusion over what life as a Christian is all about. Also back are Shiloh’s slightly crazy friends, alternately interfering and encouraging. Including Becky, who might be a bit of a ditz, but her heart is in the right place, she knows and loves God, and is a great encourager for Shiloh in her new faith.When her friend Kyoko visits from Tokyo, Shiloh begins to realise that despite all her problems, she is at peace in Virginia in a way she never was in Japan. Japan had helped her forget her past, but in doing so perhaps she had also lost some of herself. As the story progresses, Shiloh blossoms as she starts to find her real self, the self she hid with expensive clothes during her previous life in Japan.I really enjoyed Southern Fried Sushi, the first book in this series, and I was almost hesitant to read Like Sweet Potato Pie in case it didn't measure up. Well, it did. It is light and deep at the same time, with some brilliant one-liners. Parts were so moving that they almost brought tears to my eyes, and I'm not a teary person. Some Christian chick lit focuses too much on the humour, some focuses too much on pushing an 'issue'... this is different, better. Shiloh is a real heroine, not because she does anything spectacular, but almost because she doesn’t. It's easy to be good and strong when everything is going well, but so much harder in the real world where there are money troubles and boyfriend troubles and job troubles, and when Jesus seems far way from your heart even though your head tells you he is right there. That's what Shiloh is going through, and what makes this book so good. Highly recommended.Thanks to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.This review also appears on my blog, www.christianreads.blogspot.com.