Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper Book Review
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Publication Date November 21, 2017
Nestled on the shore of Lake Sackett, Georgia is the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. (What, you have a problem with one-stop shopping?) Two McCready brothers started two separate businesses in the same building back in 1928, and now it’s become one big family affair. And true to form in small Southern towns, family business becomes everybody’s business.
Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot’s rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society, and made elegance and glamour her business. She’s riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she’s blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start—and apparently the McCready’s are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.
As Margot finds her footing in a town where everybody knows not only your name, but what you had for dinner last Saturday night and what you’ll wear to church on Sunday morning, she grudgingly has to admit that there are some things Lake Sackett does better than Chicago—including the dating prospects. Elementary school principal Kyle Archer is a fellow fish-out-of-water who volunteers to show Margot the picture-postcard side of Southern living. The two of them hit it off, but not everybody is happy to see an outsider snapping up one of the town’s most eligible gentleman. Will Margot reel in her handsome fish, or will she have to release her latest catch?
Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper Book Review
Laughs, heartwarming family time, hilarious scenes, memorable characters with a huge helping of small town & Southern twang.
Browse the Bookstore
In my college years, I was ALL ABOUT the cute romances (Sophie Kinsella), chick-lit (Good In Bed) & mysteries with some fun (Stephanie Plum). Somewhere between graduate school & kids, I lost my love for these books.
As I branched out to include other genres, my standbys were lost in the shuffle. While browsing Barnes & Noble, which I’m prone to do weekly, I spotted Sweet Tea & Sympathy on the 3 for 2 table.
As soon as I read about the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop I smiled. I’m from the South & my dad & I played a game driving. We were continuously on the lookout for the weirdest business combinations. In the past, one of our winners was a propane & porcelain dolls sign spotted in Southeast Texas. So the combo of the bait shop & funeral home was my in & I bought the book immediately.
So Much To Love
Thankfully, my friend Tamara from Traveling With T was up for a buddy read. We both loved this book so much! There is something so charming and so real about Lake Sackett, Georgia. Yes, some of the characters & the situations are a little wild, but it’s still believable. I’m all in on this town & all in on the McCready family. The only thing I want from this book is MORE!
Let’s Go to Lake Sackett, Georgia
I’m in luck! Sweet Tea & Sympathy is Book 1 in Molly Harper’s Southern Eclectic Series. Book 4 is Aint She a Peach & Book 6 is Gimme Some Sugar. While writing this review, I’m thrilled to learn Molly has novellas in this series as well. Book 2 is Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck, Book 3 is Peachy Flippin’ Keen & Book 5 A Few Pecans Short of a Pie.
I am Really Into This book! I am so in love with this town, these characters & with Molly Harper’s writing. Read this if you’re looking to fall in love with a new series. Expect laughs, smiles & an overwhelming sense of family & love.
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I’m Kentucky-born journalist-turned-church secretary-turned-romance novelist. (That’s the normal career progression, right?) I hold a degree in print journalism from Western Kentucky University. And I like to think as someone who regularly meets deadlines, I’m still using it in some fashion. I live in my small hometown in western Kentucky, where I live with my high school sweetheart/husband and our two children.
I’m the author of almost thirty novels and novellas through Pocket Books, most of them involving vampires and werewolves. My first book, Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs, came out in 2009. My most recent title, Peachy Flipping Keen was released in April 2018. Most of my titles are available in print, as e-books and audio books at all major book retailers. Some are available exclusively in audio and book.
I’m represented by Natanya Wheeler of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency. I recently announced the addition of two new titles to my popular Half-Moon Hollow series (Pocket Books) and a new contemporary romance series, currently called the SOUTHERN ECLECTIC series, also to Pocket Books. And Audible is releasing an exclusive series, the Mystic Bayou series, in January 2018.
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