I also love the South. I think I may have been a Southern belle in a previous life. I love everything about the South. The sun, sweet tea, manners, not leaving the house without putting your face on, sitting on the front porch, family - I love it all.
So when I saw that Southern blogger, Sophie Hudson's book, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon, was free as an e-book on Amazon this week, I think I literally squealed. (That's a Southern thing, right?)
I downloaded it right away, and I hope you will, too. No, I don't get anything if you do. That's not my affiliate link (it might be hers, I got it from her blog), and I am in no way associated with the book or Sophie, other than as a fan. I just wanted to help spread the word that the e-book was free so that anyone else who was interested could get it, too.
If you're unfamiliar with the book, here's what Amazon has to say about it:
There’s nothing quite like family—for good or bad. But in a world where we sometimes know more about the Kardashians than we do the people sleeping right down the hall, it’s easy to forget that walking through life with our family offers all sorts of joy wrapped up in the seemingly mundane. There’s even a little bit of sacred sitting smack-dab in the middle of the ordinary. And since time’s-a-wastin’, we need to be careful that we don’t take our people—and their stories—for granted. Whether it’s a marathon bacon-frying session, a road trip gone hysterically wrong, or a mother-in-law who makes every trip to the grocery store an adventure, author Sophie Hudson reminds us how important it is to slow down and treasure the day-to-day encounters with the people we love the most.
Written in the same witty style as Sophie’s BooMama blog, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet is a cheerful, funny, and tender account of Sophie’s very Southern family. It’s a look into the real lives of real people—and a real, loving God right in the middle of it all.
And here's what Sophie says on the back cover:
Here’s the Thing: Family is worth celebrating.
And since I’m Southern, I would almost always advise that the celebrating should involve a table where both the fried chicken and the laughter are abundant.
But as wonderful as family life can be, it can also be complicated. Family can get under your skin like nobody’s business.
No matter what, though, I love my people to pieces. I imagine you feel the same way about your family. And while food may be what brings us to the table when we get together, it’s the people who provide the real nourishment. As we join hands and bow heads and break bread, God faithfully teaches us deep, lasting lessons about loyalty. About love. About Him.
This book is a collection of some of my favorite family stories. I’m just as tickled as I can be to share them with you.
And I hope you’ll feel right at home.
Doesn't that make you want to sit right down and read it right now? There's a link up above for the free e-book, but just in case you missed it, I'll list it again, along with Sophie's blog and social media. You won't be disappointed!
P. S. Sophie has a new book that was just released last week: Home is Where My People At: The Roads That Lead Us to Where We Belong. I haven't read that one, but I'm sure it's as heart-warming as the first one!