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Thursday, November 23, 2017

REVIEW: Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper @gallerybooks @mollyharperauth

Sweet Tea and Sympathy
(Southern Eclectic #1)
by Molly Harper
Gallery Books


Thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for this funny and charming story.  I most definitely will be continuing this series!)

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?


This book reminded me so much of Sweet Home Alabama. Instead of the main character heading back to her roots to take care of a problem, in this story a problem forces the main character to head back to the roots she can't even remember.

I love dipping into some rom-coms as a palate cleanser to my normal thriller reads and this one was an absolute pleasure to read. Growing up in a military family had me living in the South (Texas and Alabama) and reading this triggered so many good memories. Honestly, y'all, it's COKE - when you ask for a coke, you better specify! I had the hardest time getting rid of this habit once we moved away from the South. Pop still doesn't sound right to me!

This book is dripping with humor, sarcasm, family strife, eccentricity, love and forgiveness. The opening chapter had me literally laughing out loud (to the chagrin of anyone around me I'm sure). I give this book a full on, sweet five stars because it wasn't over done in the shmoochy/overly saturated way some romance book can veer towards. This was subtle and just brought so many memories back with its Southern charm, small town life and huge hearts that I just couldn't help loving this book from cover to last page.

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