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Y'all, I'm so excited about today's review and giveaway. I've been looking forward to it for a long while and the day has finally come.
I'm sure some of you, if not most, are familiar with The Boo Mama Blog written by the always delightful and hilarious Sophie Hudson. I first learned about Sophie's blog when I was standing in line at The Pioneer Woman's book signing way back in ye olden days of 2009 and started reading it soon after and have been a loyal reader ever since. While Sophie originally hails from Mississippi (and is a fierce Bulldogs fan I might add), she now resides in Birmingham with her husband and son. Today, Tuesday, June 4, Sophie's book, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet comes out and I'm just as happy as can be to share a little bit about it with you.
Back in January I emailed Sophie and she was kind enough to put me on her advance book list. I wanted to do a book review and host a giveaway for her debut book. As luck would have it, the day after The Tide went on to doggie heaven, I had a package on my front porch and it was a copy of Sophie's book as well as some other little surprises. It gave me a much needed smile in the midst of such sadness.
I started reading the book while I was on vacation and finished up soon after and y'all, the book is just as fun as her blog. Sophie definitely has a knack for storytelling and if you love her blog, then you will love her book as well. She focuses primarily on the older generations of her family, telling quirky stories that quite honestly could have come from my own family. As I was reading the book, I laughed out loud and sometimes laughed silently until tears formed in my eyes. Her book also caused me to cry at times and at other times just made me think deeply - I know, it's scary isn't it? Sophie tells her stories with such love and detail that I feel like I could walk into one of her family reunions and just feel right at home with her people. If you are anything like me and love a good story, then you will really love this book. Throughout the book, Sophie also mentions various favorite scriptures or how she felt God working in her life during the time frame of the story she is telling and perhaps it will cause you to look back on your life and see God working through you and your loved ones as well.
At the end of the book, Sophie includes a few recipes that are suitable for any Sunday Dinner on the Grounds and they all look scrumptious and I hope to cook one or all of them soon. She says in the introduction to the recipes that she originally didn't intend to include any recipes, but decided to and I, for one, am thankful she did because those are some mighty fine recipes she has printed in the pages of her book. Most of the recipes came from her mama, or her mama's friends and since those gals hail from Mississippi, well, you know it's full of Southern goodness.
I tell you all of this to let you know that this week I am giving away two copies of Sophie's lovely and charming book as well as a set of measuring spoons which she sent me in the package I received early last month. As soon as I received my package, I loved, loved, loved, the measuring spoons and immediately decided I must find some similar to them to give away with the book and lo and behold, I found the exact ones thanks to The Google. The measuring spoons and books are on order and shipping to me soon and as soon as I have everything in hand, I'll be shipping out the prizes to not one, but two winners! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. I'll leave the comments open through Thursday at 11:59 p.m. Central and the winner will be announced on Friday morning after I crawl out of bed. Good luck everyone and if you happen not to win, please be sure and check out Sophie's book anyway. It is so good - you will love it!