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The Goddess of Fried Okra

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  897 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
Grief. Hope. Love. Sword fights. And the crisp glory of fried okra. Ex-cocktail waitress and "convenience story professional" Eudora "Pea" O'Brien is filled with grief and regret, low on cash and all alone. Headed down the hot, dusty back roads of central Texas, Pea is convinced she'll find a sign leading her to the reincarnated soul of the sister who raised her. A sign th ...more
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Published March 17th 2010 by Bell Bridge Books
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Jean Cogdell
Jul 30, 2010 rated it liked it
I just downloaded this to my Kindle for free and was surprised how quickly I was into it. Since I live in and love Texas that was a big plus for this book. Then throw in adjectives like eccentric, vulnerable, and heroic well that was enough to get me started. The first 2 chapters enough to keep me going. I let you know what I think when I am finished.
Jun 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Early Reviewer book. I can't even give it one star. A woman goes in search of her sister's reincarnation based on a recommendation from a psychic. Along the way she rescues; a kitten, a pregnant teen from an abusive boyfriend, picks up a con man who is hitchhiking, meets a woman who teaches her the use of the broadsword (?!), learns to cook in an old fashioned, small town diner, and finds peace. You should know that the finding peace and the total wrap up of all the various threads occurs in the ...more
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I liked that the book was set in central Texas, my stomping ground. But I was stopped by: “Pea is convinced she’ll find a sign leading her to the reincarnated soul of the sister…” I put the book down and walked away. Some of you may remember that my sister died this summer. I wasn’t ready to read this book.

The next day, I picked it back up and began to read.

There were a few times I cried and had to stop reading, but mostly I laughed and smiled and kept turning pages. Pea isn’t really trying to f
In this heartwarming tale of hope, Eudora "Pea" O'Brien is buried under her grief and guilt at her sister's death, and takes off on a road trip to find the reincarnation of her sister. She doesn't go very far when she rescues a young pregnant teenager from an abusive boyfriend, finds herself a kitten, and runs over a con artist... And then her car dies. Guess life has a way of interrupting plans, huh?

Jean Brashear's The Goddess of Fried Okra is one of those books that pulls you in and doesn't le
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-june-10
I really didn't know if I would like this book. But I have to say I really enjoyed it! Eudora is on a quest to find her reincarnated sister. Along the way, she picks up a young pregnant woman and a con man. They end up stranded in a small Texas town. Great story about losing a loved one, dealing with grief and moving on.
May 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Pea O'Brien starts her quest to find her sister and finds herself. She is a wacky and whimsical portrait of a woman who wants what most women want. To feel powerful amid powerlessness, to care for, and to be cared for. She has quite an adventure along the way.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the most moving and well written books about family I have read! Definitely 5 stars. About a woman named Pea who is on a car trip to try to find her reincarnated sister - and she has no idea what or where this might be. Along the way she picks up a few strays. A kitten, a pregnant teen, and a nice guy who happens to be a con artist.
When their car breaks down and is towed to the tiny town of Jewel, Texas, the story gets more and more involved; the different townspeople, and the good, bad
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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The Goddess of Fried Okra
by Jean Brashear
My Rating -------> 3 out of 5 Stars * * *

"Sometimes you just have to take the leap and see where the road leads."

Summary: After the death of Eudora "Sweet Pea's" older sister, she is left feeling guilty, empty and lost. Her mother died when she was eight. She calls her father "Casper" for good reason. So, without any living family remaining in her life, longing for something more "Pea" sells everything, quits her job and decides to go searching for her
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"While the reader is traveling with this delightful group of misfits, the days will seem brighter...."

The Goddess of Fried Okra
Jean Brashear

Reviewed by Betty Cox
May 31, 2010

Eudora "Sweet pea" O'Brien was eight and her sister sixteen, when their mother died. Sister fought to keep custody of "Pea" and never let the younger child down. Whenever their mother had a problem, the obvious answer was to pack up the old car and skedaddle outta where ever they were to someplace they had never been.

It was P
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A letter to Rod Stewart resulting in a Cinderella birthday for her daughter sowed the seeds of New York Times and USAToday bestselling author Jean Brashear's writing career. A lifelong avid reader, at the age of forty-five with no experience and no training, she decided to see if she could write a book. It was a wild leap that turned her whole life upside down, but she would tell you that though s ...more
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