Sweet Tea Tuesdays
by Ashley Farley
Three best friends met every Tuesday for twenty-six years. And then they stopped.
From the author of the bestselling Sweeney Sisters Series comes a novel of friendship, family, and hope.
When new next-door neighbors Georgia, Midge, and Lula first assembled on Georgia’s porch in Charleston for sweet tea, they couldn’t have known their gathering was the beginning of a treasured tradition. For twenty-six years they have met on Tuesdays at four o’clock, watching the seasons change and their children grow up, supporting each other in good times and in bad. With their ambitions as different as their personalities, these best friends anticipate many more years of tea time. And then, one Tuesday, Georgia shares news that brings their long-standing social hour to an abrupt halt. And that’s only the beginning as unraveling secrets threaten to alter their friendship forever.
Honey, paradise is so far in my rearview mirror, I wouldn’t know what it looked like if it smacked me in the face.
You know how she is. When she gets a bee in her bonnet, she expects everyone around her to make honey.
Listen to me, honey. Marriage is a journey filled with peaks and valleys and tidal waves. If you’re having problems now, tying the knot will only make them worse down the road.
It’s like you have a split personality or something. I don’t understand how you can be so considerate and attentive one minute and such a jackass the next.
Blame it on the cancer. It’s eating away the stubborn and selfish part of my brain that makes me act like a shrew.
Sweet Tea Tuesdays was a bit close to home for me; I had a sense of déjà vu as several threads in the storyline felt as if Ms. Farley had been hidden behind a wall and secretly collecting data from my childhood. The similarities were rather eerie; although her characters were actually far more considerate and better behaved than the people I share genetic material with. Three vastly different women had forged a friendship while living in neighboring homes for over twenty-six years. Their bond allowed them to overlook each other’s weaknesses and revel in the strengths instead. While one was extremely conventional to the point of being an obnoxious bigot and an arrogant and difficult diva, her friends were somehow able to still see her good heart and otherwise kind nature. The women had supported and nurtured each other through child-rearing, infertility, infidelity, divorce, and empty nest syndrome, yet the latest developments were the worst tragedies of all and strained their bond to the point of snapping. For the first time in all those years, the Tuesday Teas were abandoned. The plot was relevant and entertaining, and Ms. Farley’s writing, as always, was poignant, insightful, and emotive. Her descriptive writing easily placed me right along with them as they drank tea, chatted, argued, struggled, and lashed out at each other. I felt the heat of the summer, smelled the flowers in their garden, cringed and felt annoyance at their insensitivities and narrow-mindedness, smiled at their humor, and remained steadfastly engaged in their story throughout, although I was periodically holding my breath for each one of them in turn.
About Ashley Farley
Ashley Farley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues. Her goal is to keep you turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. If her story stays with you long after you’ve read the last word, then she’s done her job.
After her brother died in 1999 of an accidental overdose, she turned to writing as a way of releasing her pent-up emotions. She wrote SAVING BEN in honor of Neal, the boy she worshiped, the man she could not save.
Ashley is a wife and mother of two young adult children. While she’s lived in Richmond, Virginia for the past 21 years, part of her heart remains in the salty marshes of the South Carolina Lowcountry where she grew up. Through the eyes of her characters, she’s able to experience the moss-draped trees, delectable cuisine, and kind-hearted folks with lazy drawls that make the area so unique.