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***2013 National Readers' Choice Award Finalist!***

A Yankee Lady Stuck in the South
Divorced wasn’t a label Anna Martin ever wanted.  Now she’s a thousand miles from home, underemployed, and lonely, but she’s squeezing this lemon life gave her and turning it into lemon meringue pie. Never again will she let any man—especially another military man—get in the way of her career.

A Southern Gentleman Military Officer
Jackson Davis believes in family, football, and Uncle Sam. He treats ladies right, takes his uniform seriously, and he loves his dog, but he doesn’t reckon he’s built for true love. After all, if a man good as his daddy couldn’t do it right, what chance does Jackson have?

One Undeniable Attraction
These two vulnerable souls are as different as cornbread and ketchup, but they fit together like sweet butter on hot biscuits. Short-term, they’re exactly what the other needs. But when their hearts get involved, they’re both gonna end up with a big ol’ case of Southern Fried Blues.

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February 9th, 2015
I loved this book so much I hardly know where to start. I don’t want to spoil the book for you guys, but at the same time, the story was so good that I want to tell you all about it. Jamie Farrell contacted me herself about reviewing this book after she read my post on Kelsey Browning’s book, Personal Assets. She thought that if I liked one, I’d like the other. She couldn’t have been more right! Paranormal romance has always been my ‘thing’, but I’m fixin’ to convert to these adorable southern-set contemporary romances. Okay, back to Southern Fried Blues. Right from the start, you can’t help but adore Anna. She loves her husband, she’s funny and quirky, and she’s a romantic. And about 5 minutes later, you can feel her heart break. Farrell gets you in the gut right at the beginning and you’re hooked from then on. Seriously, I had a hard time putting this book down to go to sleep at night. I felt that I either needed to keep reading because I was excited for Anna, or because I was sick for her. There are no lulls in this sweet southern romance. And Jackson… ohhh, Jackson. His “might could”s and “Anna Grace”s had me grinning at my kobo until the wee hours of the morning until the last page was done. This Canadian girl has never really understood the fascination with southern men, until now. Adorable. Anna had put her own life off for a long time to follow her military husband around the country. She loved him dearly, and wanted to support him no matter what. When he makes a complete fool of her, their marriage (and her beloved labelmaker) at a friend’s wedding, she finds she has only two choices. Go crawling back to her parents’ house, or stay right where she is and finish something for herself. She decides that she will never fall for another military man. That her life changes for no one. Enter: Jackson Davis – not just any other military man. After a bad day, Anna rushes out to her car to find that she has parked over an ant-hill. Not just any ant-hill. Fire ants. A sweet, southern gentleman comes to her reluctant rescue and Anna feels the heat …and it’s not just the fire ants. Jackson and Anna have both declared that they aren’t the marrying kind, so they should just be able to enjoy each other and move on when they need to, right? Neither one should falter and start dreaming of forever, right? With Jackson being in the Air Force and Anna swearing off of a future with a military man, this will never work. Or will it? Jamie Farrell’s contemporary, humourous romance will get you hook, line and sinker. You will feel everything right along with the characters. I laughed, I cried (really!) and I ached for Jackson and Anna. I loved their story so much, and I absolutely can not wait for another book from this talented author. I urge you not to miss out on Southern Fried Blues. It’s a book I see myself going back to again and again when I need a mental vacation. Well done, Jamie Farrell, and thank you!
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Southern Fried Blues is Southern Great
December 29th, 2014
This book delves into the rebirth of Anna following the dissolution of her marriage to a military man. Throughout their marriage, Anna has sacrificed her education and career while moving when Neil was deployed to a new location. During a wedding reception of a friend, Neil tells Anna that it is over. He is moving in two days and does not want her to join him in the move. This has left Anna blindsided and having to learn to move on. She will NOT get involved with another military man. Then Anna meets Jackson, a military man, over a rescue from ants in Anna’s car. This book is swimming in southern charm. I laughed, I became teary, I sighed and I was totally immersed in the unfolding of the relationship of Anna Grace and Jackson. The storytelling was superb. Once I got used to the “yes ma’ams” and other southern expressions, I felt transported to the south. A thoroughly delightful book, which I happily recommend to those who need a good love story in their lives!
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July 9th, 2014
The lives of military members and the families who follow them is perfectly portrayed by Ms. Farrell. She takes an honest, thought-provoking look at the difficulty of loving someone who chooses to serve, and military members who force their families to pick up and start over. Southern Fried Blues takes what some people seem to think is a glamorous life and brings it back home. The beginning feels like the typical romance but then the real adventure begins. I recommend you give the writing of Ms. Farrell a read. Delane Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
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