I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper
Series: Southern Eclectic #1
Published by Gallery Books on November 21, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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?
I’m a big fan of Molly Harper, both her paranormal and contemporary so reading Sweet Tea and Sympathy was a no brainer for me. I normally listen to her books on audio because I love Amanda Ronconi’s narration work. But I decided to read this new series so I could feel the difference. They only downfall to having the same narrator for all your books is having the main characters sound the same so I didn’t want to have Harper’s previous heroines in my head when I read experienced Margot Cary’s story.
That choice paid off, Margot was a fresh voice from Harper. Have no fear, the snark and small town feel Harper is known for is present in Sweet Tea and Sympathy. Margot is a character who grows through the story. It was fun to see her learn about her small town southern roots after living in Chicago all her life with her mother. The situation that brings her to Georgia after loosing her job was hilarious. (Shrimp tower, run away flamingoes, yeah great stuff). So from page one I was laughing my head off. Sweet Tea and Sympathy is not all laughs. There are some heart felt moments between Margot and her estranged father.
The romance is not as strong as other books by Harper so Sweet Tea and Sympathy felt more like contemporary fiction (I will not use the term women’s fiction!). The main plot line is about Margot getting to know her family and her place within the zany group. The hot Elementary school principal Kyle Archer, is an added bonus.
Sweet Tea and Sympathy is classic Molly Harper without the fangs and fur. Come on who else could pair a family business like Funeral Home and Bait Shop and make it work?! Fans will love this new small town series and I can’t wait to see which McCready gets a story next. I’m rooting for Duffy.
Check out Anne’s review over at her new blog, Books of My Heart.
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