Book Review: Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper 6

Sweet Tea and Sympathy

by Molly Harper






My Rating:



Favorite Quotes:


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.



My Review:


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.

About the Author

Molly White

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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6 thoughts on “Book Review: Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper

  1. Reply Megan @ Ginger Mom Nov 21,2017 5:34 am

    I absolutely love books that are set in the south 🙂 They have such an extra air of romance to them. If you’re looking for suggestions, here’s one I really enjoyed!

  2. Reply Swibells Nov 21,2017 6:35 am

    Going straight to my tbr… Great review! 🙂

  3. Reply stacey37 Nov 21,2017 7:35 am

    I do like the sound of this book and the cover looks good. Not much of a fan of sweet tea though (or any other tea – you wouldn’t think I was English!)

  4. Reply readsavread Nov 21,2017 9:14 am

    Great post! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Reply Heidi Nov 21,2017 3:11 pm

    That cover is so adorable! And so does the story! 🙂

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