Title: ‘Til Grits Do Us Part by Jennifer Rogers Spinola
Southern Fried Sushi Book Three
Publisher: Barbour Books
Genre: Contemporary, Christian, Romance, Mystery
Length: 320 pages
Book Rating: B+
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley
Shiloh Jacobs is planning her wedding without family, without money, and without a clue—and trying to make a go of small-town Southern life. Until she stumbles on an unsolved case about a missing woman that makes her run in the opposite direction—right into the would-be killer’s web of plans. In the midst of sorting through her tragic past and strained relationships, Shiloh finds herself on the run from a madman—and hoping she can make it to her wedding alive.
‘Til Grits Do Us Part is a wonderful ending to Jennifer Rogers Spinola’s compelling Southern Fried Sushi trilogy. Shiloh Jacobs is in the middle of planning of her wedding to Adam Carter when she begins receiving flowers and eerie messages from an unknown admirer. What, if any, is connection between Shiloh’s stalker and the unsolved disappearance of Amanda Cummings twelve years prior? Will Shiloh uncover her stalker’s identity before it is too late?
As in the previous novels of the Southern Fried Sushi trilogy, Shiloh Jacobs is a superbly developed, complex character. She continues to grieve her mother’s death and she is still dealing with her guilt at resisting her mother’s attempts to reconcile before her death. Shiloh’s relationship with God is a work in progress and her faith in Him continues to grow. She is also determined to sell her mother’s house and leave Staunton behind following her wedding to Adam.
All of the delightfully quirky but lovable secondary characters from the preceding installments make guest appearances in ‘Til Grits Do Us Part. Shiloh and fiancé Adam learn valuable lessons in the art of compromise as they occasionally butt heads as Shiloh tries to uncover her stalker’s identity. Shiloh’s close friend Kyoko remains a steadfast and loyal presence in Shiloh’s life and their interactions are quite funny. Becky proves to be invaluable to Shiloh as they plan Shiloh’s wedding on a shoestring budget.
The mystery aspect of ‘Til Grits Do Us Part is brilliantly executed. Ms. Spinola does a masterful job keeping the stalker’s identity a closely guarded secret and I was genuinely surprised when the culprit was revealed. There are also many twists and turns in the investigation into Amanda Cummings’ disappearance.
‘Til Grits Do Us Part is an entertaining and thought-provoking novel and Jennifer Rogers Spinola beautifully wraps up all of the various storylines. The ending of Shiloh’s story is absolutely perfect and I greatly enjoyed every installment in the Southern Fried Sushi series.
Read my reviews of the previous novels HERE.