The Goddess of Fried Okra
Every life has signposts Every traveler has a history. Sometimes a detour is the only way home. This is an inspiring and touching story of a grieving woman's journey to finding herself and the true meaning of family. Brashear writes with humor and compassion. There are subtle lessons to be learned while you enjoy a well-written and interesting story. Romantic Times Book Reviews Six-foot redhead Eudora "Pea" O'Brien, ex-cocktail waitress and "professional convenience store clerk," sets off from Austin, Texas with everything she owns in a beat-up Toyota. She's searching, on the advice of a psychic, for the reincarnated soul of her beloved sister, "Sister." Along the way, Pea rescues a starving kitten and a pregnant teenager, gives her heart to a con man trying to go straight and meets a gun dealer named Glory, who introduces Pea to the sword-wielding women of the Conan the Barbarian novels, which were written by a central-Texas author, Robert E. Howard. Howard's nearby hometown celebrates each year with a huge Conan festival, featuring his warrior-women characters in all their tough-girl pride. Can Pea pick up some pointers on strength, courage and self-confidence? Can she find her own lost soul by swinging a sword? With the help of Glory and her nemesis, a grandmotherly café owner named Lorena, Pea seeks to master a whole new set of life skills: swordplay, the art of cooking perfect fried okra, how to be a surrogate big sister to Alex, and how to fall in love with Val Bonham without getting conned. She succeeds on all counts, proving that even a lost soul can become a warrior, a protector, an apprentice, a lover, and a goddess. The Goddess of Fried Okra. About the Author: Jean Brashear is the author of 23 novels in romance and women's fiction, with sales of more than 1.6 million copies. Foreign editions of her novels include the UK, Latin America, Spain, Germany, Japan, Italy, Iceland, Holland, France, Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Singapore. She is a three-time RITA finalist and Romantic Times BOOK Reviews Career Achievement Award winner, she has won numerous other awards and been a Waldenbooks bestseller. Jean is a fifth-generation Texan with pioneer roots and lives in Central Texas.