Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Book Review: A Little Salty To Cut the Sweet

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One of my favourite bloggers, BooMama, aka Sophie Hudson, wrote a book a couple of years ago sharing stories of her southern roots. I knew about the book, but . . . you know . . . I just never got around to reading it. Until a couple of weeks ago. Sophie has a new book that just came out, Home Is Where My People Are: The Roads That Lead Us to Where We Belong, so I thought maybe I should read the first one. I'm sharp like that. And now I want to share it with you (in case you're like me and like to wait two years till a new book comes out to read the first one).

In A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon, you'll meet all of Sophie's family, including her gracious hostess mama, Ouida; her Southern-gentlewoman mother-in-law, Martha; Martha's mother, Sissie, and a host of other relatives that will make you laugh till you cry, and then turn the tables on you and make you cry again. I was raised in the South, and this book had me laughing out loud over our southern mannerisms, comfort food, and all the quirks of the South. I say "our" because I felt an instant connection with Sophie and her very Southern family. They were like old friends with new stories!

If you've ever read Sophie's blog, you know she has a down-home way of writing that instantly draws you in, pours you a glass of sweet tea, and sits you down at the kitchen table for a heart-to-heart. Her book is no different. You're drawn into each chapter and family event like you were really there. Sophie includes some hilarious memories of her family (must-read chapter: The Night We Neither Camped Nor Fished) but among those hilarious tales runs a thread of the serious stuff of life - family, friendship, tradition, grief, aging, faith - the salty things that cut through the sweet of all our lives. You learn to love her family with all its quirks, and in turn, begin to realize the love you have for your own family, with all its saltiness among the sweet.

If you are a southerner, definitely read this book. You will identify with everything, down to the recipes included in the last chapter (her mama makes devilled eggs just like my mama did!), and you'll find yourself laughing and nodding over all the similarities of her childhood to yours. If you're not a southerner, definitely read this book. It will help you understand us a little better! No matter who you are, I know you'll love A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet.

Because it's about real life.

And it'll bless your heart, Honey!

Check out my 2015 Reading List to see what else I'm reading!


  1. Thanks for the review Susan. Sounds like something I'd enjoy reading. Heading over to check out her blog now.

    1. You'll enjoy her writing style, I think. Although she isn't as conservative as I am on things such as movies and TV, her content is clean and she does have some spiritual aspects to her writing.

  2. I just got this for my Kindle app a few weeks ago. I read her blog off and on and she does crack me up, yet she brings spiritual truth to bear as well.

    1. I have laughed more over some her stories than anything lately! She has a great gift of drawing you into her stories. I enjoy her!

  3. I just checked our library in case they had this book. They didn't. But it certainly sounds like something this Southerner would like! :)


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