Fiction has found a new home with Belle Books. In a compilation of short stories encompassing several aspects of Southern life, SWEET TEA AND JESUS SHOES will make you laugh, perhaps make you cry, and if nothing else make you long for the good old days.

Personal favorites include "Sweet Tea" by Debra Dixon, which tells the tale of how sweet tea is not only a great drink but a great judge of character, as Shelby Lynn discovers when her fiance and his mother meet her family for the first time. Some of the images are so vivid that you may find yoruself laughing out loud.

"Flying on Fried Wings" by Deborah Smith shows us how a down-home meal can bring us all together. Uncle Hoyt and Aunt Wesma find themselves surrounded by rich people as they attend their first steeplechase. As they discover, being down to earth and not forgetting from whence you came is more important than how much money you make. 

SWEET TEA AND JESUS SHOES is filled with wonderful tales that readers are sure to treasure for years to come. (Now available from www.bellebooks.com, 129 pp., $14.95)

Reviewed by: 
Chandra y. Sparks