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Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes

Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
4 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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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.

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Southern short stories

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.

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I received this audiobook from the Audiobookjukebox and the narrator/publisher for a fair and honest review.

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Charming Southern Hospitality

Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes 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.

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Southern Short Stories

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. I was given this free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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True Southerners

I have listened to Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes four times, twice with my husband who is a mystery & science kind of guy. We absolutely love this book. Being from North GA, I can relate to all the stories.

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This book had me at the title!

I love short stories and good short stories are to be celebrated. This collection was excellent.

The opening story set the stage for wonderful, warm, and incredibly special stories. They made you laugh, they made you cry, they made you think, they made you remember. The feels were strong with this collection.

My favorites are the first story and the last - which brought the love of sweet tea to an entirely new level.

The stories had the same narrator throughout but that turned out to be a minor stroke of genius. The narrator captured the right cadence and reverence for sweet tea and Jesus shoes no matter what the story.

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Southern Family and Community Life

I received a free copy of the audiobook at my request for a voluntary and honest review.

Short stories of Southern life, family and community. Positive relationship with friends and family as well as negative.
The older characters had a lot of personality. I would believe we all have met or lived with in community and family.
Entertaining funny and heartfelt stories that we can learn about how to live and learn from life.
The narrator did a nice job..southern drawl..a storytelling narrator
Nice stories.

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Sweet Stories

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.

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Sweet Southern Stories

These short stories will be enjoyed by all, even if you’re not lucky enough to be from the south!😉

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A Taste of Southern Life

Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes is a charming collection of stories of the South. They range from sweetly sentimental to laugh out loud funny. It is an easy light listen and though I liked some stories better than others I did enjoy all of them. Unfortunately, I did not particularly like Lee Ann Howlett's narration. She wasn't so bad I had to stop listening. I just kept thinking these delightful stories deserved so much better. Despite my criticism of the narration, I do recommend Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes.

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