Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Book Review - SWEET TEA AND SYMPATHY by Molly Harper

Title:  Sweet Tea and Sympathy
Author:  Molly Harper
Genre:  Literary Fiction, Humor, Romance
Release Date:   November 21, 2017 

About the Book:
Beloved author Molly Harper launches a brand-new contemporary romance series, Southern Eclectic, with this story of a big-city party planner who finds true love in a small Georgia town.

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 McCreadys 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?

Buy Links: Amazon / Audible
My Review:
As a southern girl myself, I found SWEET TEA AND SYMPATHY totally delightful. This book will have you smiling and perhaps even laughing out loud. 

Margot is a city girl with a problem. When an event she was planning goes totally wrong, she is given the boot and finds herself unemployed and pretty much banned from the industry. When her life is at it's lowest point, she is contacted by a distant relative and offered a job with the family business, the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop in Lake Sackett, Georgia. With no other options on the table, she accepts the offer, only until she can find another job in the city. Getting accustomed to life in a small town and cousins everywhere she turns, and a father she never really knew, was a lot for Margot to endure. But there is humor in every turn.

Although these characters were not as fully developed as I would have liked, I still have to give this book a good rating, simply because I enjoyed it so much.

I listened to the Audible version of this book and the narration was wonderful. The southern accents and appropriate pauses at the right times, and the change in the voices was very well done.

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About the Author:

Molly Harper worked for six years as a reporter and humor columnist for The Paducah Sun. Her reporting duties included covering courts, school board meetings, quilt shows, and once, the arrest of a Florida man who faked his suicide by shark attack and spent the next few months tossing pies at a local pizzeria. Molly lives in western Kentucky with her family.


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