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Six daughters of the South serve up a charming and hilarious collection of original short stories topped with a generous dollop of that most valued of all Southern commodities: good old-fashioned storytelling. "Poignant and heartwarming...A brilliant compilation of Southern women's stories in the tradition of Anne Rivers Siddons." (Midwest Book Review) "A sweeter, smooth Six daughters of the South serve up a charming and hilarious collection of original short stories topped with a generous dollop of that most valued of all Southern commodities: good old-fashioned storytelling. "Poignant and heartwarming...A brilliant compilation of Southern women's stories in the tradition of Anne Rivers Siddons." (Midwest Book Review) "A sweeter, smoother-edged American South beckons...Conjure[s] up the comfortable if ornery charms of a legendary culture." (Publishers Weekly)


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Six daughters of the South serve up a charming and hilarious collection of original short stories topped with a generous dollop of that most valued of all Southern commodities: good old-fashioned storytelling. "Poignant and heartwarming...A brilliant compilation of Southern women's stories in the tradition of Anne Rivers Siddons." (Midwest Book Review) "A sweeter, smooth Six daughters of the South serve up a charming and hilarious collection of original short stories topped with a generous dollop of that most valued of all Southern commodities: good old-fashioned storytelling. "Poignant and heartwarming...A brilliant compilation of Southern women's stories in the tradition of Anne Rivers Siddons." (Midwest Book Review) "A sweeter, smoother-edged American South beckons...Conjure[s] up the comfortable if ornery charms of a legendary culture." (Publishers Weekly)

30 review for Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bark

    I read and reviewed this author many years ago but never again and this is why. Here's my original review so those who will cannot accuse me of being a drive-by troll. If anything I was a silly fangirl. I wrote this way back when. Ahhh, innocence was bliss. Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes is a charming collection of stories that range from sweetly sentimental tearjerkers to laugh out loud funny slice-of-life tales. And, best of all, there isn't a dud in the entire bunch. All of the stories were obviou I read and reviewed this author many years ago but never again and this is why. Here's my original review so those who will cannot accuse me of being a drive-by troll. If anything I was a silly fangirl. I wrote this way back when. Ahhh, innocence was bliss. Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes is a charming collection of stories that range from sweetly sentimental tearjerkers to laugh out loud funny slice-of-life tales. And, best of all, there isn't a dud in the entire bunch. All of the stories were obviously written with love and each is an author's memory of living in the South. The book is broken up into three sections titled: Precious Memories, Family Portraits (wow, do these ladies have some nutty relatives and neighbors!) and Beloved Critters. Being an animal lover the "Beloved Critters" section contained some of my favorite stories in the collection. The hands down winner for me was Donna Ball's UP JUMPS THE DEVIL. It's about a big, slobbering, affectionate dog that sends an entire town into an uproar and gives one grasping old bitty her comeuppance. This story had me in stitches and will be reread whenever I'm in dire need of a good laugh. The book is a little pricey, at $14.95 for only 171 pages of storytelling, but I feel its stories are worth splurging on (or saving for).

  2. 5 out of 5

    MissSusie

    Sweet Tea & Jesus Shoes By Sandra Chastain, Deborah Smith, Donna Ball, Virginia Ellis, Debra Dixon, Nancy Knight Narrated By Lee Ann Howlett Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins This was a cute collection of southern short stories; is it odd that my favorites are the ones about funerals and death. Each story is a unique look at a day in the life of a southern family. I’m sorry, if I had read this in paper I would have had the name of each story and a little something about each one but since I listened on aud Sweet Tea & Jesus Shoes By Sandra Chastain, Deborah Smith, Donna Ball, Virginia Ellis, Debra Dixon, Nancy Knight Narrated By Lee Ann Howlett Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins This was a cute collection of southern short stories; is it odd that my favorites are the ones about funerals and death. Each story is a unique look at a day in the life of a southern family. I’m sorry, if I had read this in paper I would have had the name of each story and a little something about each one but since I listened on audio I’ll just have to wing it. My favorites were Nola’s Ashes and the Aunt Betsey’s funeral story, also the one about Grandma telling a story made me giggle hard! Also the Outhouse story had some funny moments too. Lee Ann’s narration took a little bit to get used to but I ended up enjoying it very much, I felt at times she was channeling Lorna Raver, she has a similar husky note to her voice that serves Lorna so well. Although some characters may have sounded older than they were written, I was still very happy with the narration. This was my first book narrated by Lee Ann but I would listen to her again. If you are a southern fiction fan I would recommend these short stories. 3 1/2 Stars I received this audiobook from the Audiobookjukebox and the narrator/publisher for a fair and honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amber Smith

    I just loved this. It was like sitting around with my family listening to all their favorite funny and heartwarming stories. I laughed out loud and I teared up while listening! I have and will recommend this to others.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amy "the book-bat"

    I'm not generally one to read a lot of short stories. They just aren't my thing. That said, I really enjoyed this short story collection. The conversational style felt like I could have been siting at the kitchen table listening to family stories. The stories were mostly about family. Many stories included pets, food, death, and other everyday kinds of topics. I liked that there was a tendency to find the humor in whatever the situation was. At the end of the book was a collection of recipes tha I'm not generally one to read a lot of short stories. They just aren't my thing. That said, I really enjoyed this short story collection. The conversational style felt like I could have been siting at the kitchen table listening to family stories. The stories were mostly about family. Many stories included pets, food, death, and other everyday kinds of topics. I liked that there was a tendency to find the humor in whatever the situation was. At the end of the book was a collection of recipes that more or less correlated to the stories in the book. All in all, this was a fun book for me and I am glad that the title caught my eye and drew me in.

  5. 5 out of 5

    April

    Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes : Sandra Chastain, Deborah Smith, Donna Ball, Virginia Ellis, Debra Dixon, Nancy Knight This is a nice collection of short stories culled from the memories of women, and growing up in the south. Some are laugh out load funny. Others require a slightly warped sense of humor. I couldn't stop listening. The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Lee Ann Howlett brought the old south the the listener. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my reque Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes : Sandra Chastain, Deborah Smith, Donna Ball, Virginia Ellis, Debra Dixon, Nancy Knight This is a nice collection of short stories culled from the memories of women, and growing up in the south. Some are laugh out load funny. Others require a slightly warped sense of humor. I couldn't stop listening. The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Lee Ann Howlett brought the old south the the listener. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    A collection of day-in-the-life short stories set in the South. Some effectively evoke all the cultural nostalgia that defines Southern charm, quirks and familial dynamics, and the related hilarity. Some left me wanting, leaning a little too heavily on cultural stereotypes, with a lack of nuance or complexity. Over all, would still recommend as a fun and quick read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Phylisha Stone

    READ THIS BOOK! IT'S A WONDERFUL SOUTHERN READ! (Which is pretty evident based on the title). Have some tissues handy. This is a keeper. Second read, I laughed, cried a little (jesus shoes) and laughed some more. Southern mores, habits and traditions are hilarious!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alice Teets

    A book filled with funny little stories about growing up, living, and dying in the South. Some of the stories were better than others, although some were a little maudlin - like a Southern fried edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis Dodzweit

    A real southern treat!! For those of us northern folks unfamiliar with the southern way of life this is a rare great of a book to read!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cyndy

    Delightful This collection of short stories was absolutely wonderful, hilarious and so true southern. I can't wait to read more of this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Better than average book of short stories with a southern flair.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sonja

    I really enjoyed the stories!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bbainbridge

    Worth it just for the book's namesake story within. Great southern humor.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather Brush

    Source: www.inscriptionsmagazine.com Reviewer: Heather Brush Six southern, veteran authors tell tales of living in the South and life's lessons, through "black sheep" relatives, persistent pets and neighborly nosiness. Stories such as these could be heard from Grandmom or Great Aunt Alma about everyday events, like how Thanksgiving turned into a funeral family reunion, or how a pitcher of sweet tea can illuminate the great divide of North and South. Each story takes on a life of its own with a deta Source: www.inscriptionsmagazine.com Reviewer: Heather Brush Six southern, veteran authors tell tales of living in the South and life's lessons, through "black sheep" relatives, persistent pets and neighborly nosiness. Stories such as these could be heard from Grandmom or Great Aunt Alma about everyday events, like how Thanksgiving turned into a funeral family reunion, or how a pitcher of sweet tea can illuminate the great divide of North and South. Each story takes on a life of its own with a detailed plot, rich characters and humor reminiscent of family legends. How does one dog take charge of the best shindig Grandpa has ever been to and another dog serve up a perfect blend of revenge and mint topped beverage? Why would a family leave their mark on a house with bloody fingerprints on the mantle? And how is it that generations of one family just cannot hold onto the land that is their heritage? The stories are packed with side-tales and interwoven moments of life, each able to stand on its own, but being part of the collection, you feel as though you are visiting on a dear friend's front porch, and each guest is taking a turn at the story telling. The southern voices that are relaying the tales are mothers, aunts, sisters and grandmas, with a bit of self thrown in for good measure. The characters are real and dear, sinful and precious. Too many to describe in detail, suffice it to say these are no Southern belles, but true women with intricate lives, strong minds and vivid personalities. Each speaker has her own dreams, trials and tribulations. In the short time that we spend with each, we get to know her with enough vividness to bring her to life. The book is well composed; the stories are cut to perfect gems. Folklore, family history, and our nation's rich heritage are all rolled into a nice little read for the front porch swing. If you haven't got one, by the time you finish this book you might be inspired to go out and buy one. I so enjoyed visiting for a spell that I wish I could go back for another glass of sweet tea.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    From Amazon: 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 From Amazon: 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. My review: I really enjoyed this book! Being a Yankee myself, it was fun to get a peek in the the way of the Southern Woman. The stories were short and humorous. Even though I'm from the North, I could relate to so much of these stories because when you come down to it, no matter where you grew up, it's all about family! These ladies share hilarious events from their personal histories which makes it all the more precious. Truly an enjoyable book. So grab cup of coffee I mean Sweet Tea, and this book and have a nice read! This was a free download I found on Amazon. I received no compensation for this review. Love and Blessings Always! Margaret

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes (Audiobook) is a collection of short southern stories that will soothe your soul and warm your heart. These are just simple, old-fashion stories that you would hear among family or friends; the type of stories that will make you laugh or cry but will always enjoy. I have always enjoyed the writings of southern authors and their ability to tell a good story with plenty of detail and a great deal of heartfelt honesty. And, I wasn't the least bit disappointed with this col Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes (Audiobook) is a collection of short southern stories that will soothe your soul and warm your heart. These are just simple, old-fashion stories that you would hear among family or friends; the type of stories that will make you laugh or cry but will always enjoy. I have always enjoyed the writings of southern authors and their ability to tell a good story with plenty of detail and a great deal of heartfelt honesty. And, I wasn't the least bit disappointed with this collection. Each story was captivating, a bit quirky, and sprinkled with southern hospitality. One of my favorites though was the title story, Jesus Shoes, as I was swept away to an earlier time when our country was in the midst of WWII and young, southern children began the summer ritual of attending Vacation Bible School. This particular story brought tears to my eyes and teaches one of life's most important lessons of not judging others until we have walked in their shoes...or in this case, walked without shoes. I loved the various phrases that capture the essence of living in the South , such as "In the South, insults can be delivered without accountability as long as you preface them with, 'Bless her heart...". The narrator for this audiobook edition, Lee Ann Howlet, was truly remarkable. Her southern accent and charm enhanced these stories and brought each one to life. Overall, this was a wonderful audiobook experience and one that I would certainly recommend...FOUR stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rrshively

    This is a collection of short stories by several southern women authors. It truly brings a flavor of the culture and combines humor and pathos. As a Yankee through and through I was interested in this point of view. I do like sweet tea, but I dislike NASCAR races. It gave insight in areas where I differ from the particular author's point of view, and I found that, yes, I do have things in common with some of the authors. I really enjoy being a keeper of the past whether it be Civil War letters o This is a collection of short stories by several southern women authors. It truly brings a flavor of the culture and combines humor and pathos. As a Yankee through and through I was interested in this point of view. I do like sweet tea, but I dislike NASCAR races. It gave insight in areas where I differ from the particular author's point of view, and I found that, yes, I do have things in common with some of the authors. I really enjoy being a keeper of the past whether it be Civil War letters or a thundermug that is displayed prominently in my dining room. I enjoyed the novels that these authors collaborated on even more.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lacey

    I loved this collection of Southern short stories. there were so many cute sayings that made me laugh and brought back memories. some of my favorites... "In the South, it must be understood; you don't marry the woman, you marry the family" "In the South, insults can be delivered without accountability as long as you preface them with, 'Bless her heart...'" "After she was gone he learned the power of temporary beauties" (referring to fresh flowers) if you're a Kindle reader, this is a free download I loved this collection of Southern short stories. there were so many cute sayings that made me laugh and brought back memories. some of my favorites... "In the South, it must be understood; you don't marry the woman, you marry the family" "In the South, insults can be delivered without accountability as long as you preface them with, 'Bless her heart...'" "After she was gone he learned the power of temporary beauties" (referring to fresh flowers) if you're a Kindle reader, this is a free download from Amazon.com. I highly recommend it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This book is comprised of a series of unrelated, though similar in their "Southern-ness", short stories by 6 authors. It's an easy and for the most part pleasant read. Some are humorous, some are poignant,and there are a couple that bring tears to your eyes before you chuckle. They are written more in times gone by and I remember many of these traditions, opinions, and ways of thinking from my childhood. It's worth the read though if you didn't grow up in the south, you might need someone to int This book is comprised of a series of unrelated, though similar in their "Southern-ness", short stories by 6 authors. It's an easy and for the most part pleasant read. Some are humorous, some are poignant,and there are a couple that bring tears to your eyes before you chuckle. They are written more in times gone by and I remember many of these traditions, opinions, and ways of thinking from my childhood. It's worth the read though if you didn't grow up in the south, you might need someone to interpret for you.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I was drawn to this book because I love the title and was curious to find out what Jesus shoes are. I enjoyed this book. Some of the stories were funny, especially the one about the mouse, the grandma that made her own Christmas gifts, and the Sweet Tea story. A few of them were slow or kind of weird, but overall I would say it's a nice, easy read for people who are interested in reading about Southern culture.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    Just starting this one. Found it in a used book store in a little town. Inside it was written "Jill, this is a book I really hope you enjoy. I really enjoyed another book these ladies wrote. Love, Mom". This must have been a special book she wanted to share with her daughter. Love when I find these.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This book is a collection of stories from Southern women. They come from Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Being Southern, I can relate to many of these stories. I loved reading this book and visiting my Southern roots all over again. This book even has several good recipes at the end. It was a good read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Denise Ballentine

    A satisfying drink of Southern lore, legend, and life, told in varying short stories. Some are better than others, but I really enjoyed every one of these. "Grandma Tells a Tale" really resonated with me. I confess that I probably liked this more than I should have. Nice, homey, sometimes corny, and lots of fun.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    I don't really recommend this book. The stories are cute, but they are a little cheesy. Also, this book apparently was not edited or spell-checked during the publication process. Of course that bothers me!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Charming books about the South...short stories...not two of my favorite things, and yet I loved this book. Each story is an original. This really is that rare book that makes you laugh and cry; sometimes at the same time.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I love Henry James short stories, but they are a couple hundred pages. These stories were far too short for me to get into, and it was hard for me to see a point to them. I read them all, but even a day later I do not remember even a single story in the book that I read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    This is a book of stories about our experiences growing up in the South and our quirky relatives. I know or knew someone like those in these stories. It was like reading a book of mostly fond memories.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Put this one on hold to read a couple of others. I'm enjoying the stories though and plan to pick it up again soon. Picked it up again and put it down again after reading a couple of stories. I'm determined to finish this one but it isn't so good that you can't put it down. Finally finished!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sally Kilpatrick

    Where did my review go? Ugh. Okay, so Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes is just the sort of story collection that reminds me of the stories I heard growing up. I can't help but love quirky southern--especially when it reminds me of Granny.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shaynipper

    I enjoy reading about the Southern lifestyle. This anthology from several writers was one of the best so far - just simple storytelling without mocking Yankees, husbands, or errant family members.

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