Sweet Tea and Sympathy
by Molly Harper
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? .
Margot didn’t know how well she would function in a rural environment, much less a place where she would constantly hear the banjo music from Deliverance in the back of her head.
I told Frankie to take it easy on you. The first time you tangle with moonshine is like dancin’ with a good-looking carnie. Sure, it feels great at first, but you wake up sore and soaked in regret.
There’s a real distrust of technology around here. Hank Mason hooked his son’s iPod into the church’s PA system to play a hymn he found on the Internet and one of the seniors smashed the ‘devil’s rectangle’ with her shoe.
The tutus are an after-school-only accessory… We have a whole policy about it. We had to write one, after the great tutu war of 2015… Many lives were lost.
Warning – I wrote this review while in a rapturous fog after reading this delightfully clever and smartly written book. I adored this charming and thoughtfully crafted story from beginning to end. This was my first experience reading Molly Harper’s work and she is found treasure! I had three pages of favorite quotes notated on my kindle and suffered through a painful process to select which ones to include in this review. The premise was entertaining; the storylines were superbly developed and deviously clever; and the writing was captivating, highly amusing, and laced with small-town quirkiness and insightfully humorous Southern eccentricity. I smirked, snorted, and frequently laughed aloud as the uptight “big city” woman struggled to find her footing while starting over among newly found relatives in a small Southern backwater with a dying economy, petty politics, and a shockingly vast consumption of pork and deep-fried foods. Molly Harper has an instant fangirl. I greedily want all her words.
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