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Mint Juleps and Justice (An Adams Grove Novel Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Naigle
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From the Editor

I’m a big-city girl through and through. But curled up with Mint Juleps and Justice, I wished I were from a small town. My cozy corner of choice? Adams Grove, Virginia, the heart and soul of Nancy Naigle’s book.

What I love most is that the town is a character itself. In Adams Grove, Nancy has created a warm, spirited place where the ladies shop for family BBQs at the Piggly Wiggly as they trade gossip in the aisles. Where sweet-smelling honeysuckle grows on picturesque, winding Old Horseshoe Road. Where the scones at the local bakery are as fresh as the romance. It’s a place where I actually wanted everyone to know my name.

The truly special part? Nancy made Adams Grove a town where people can’t help falling in love—including Brooke, who retreats here after her divorce. She crosses paths with Mike, who’s trying to heal his own war-torn heart. They pair up to figure out who’s been lurking around (and snooping inside) Brooke’s home. Once they do, Adams Grove—and their love—becomes a safe haven for the couple, a place of solace and protection that they never expected to find. Even if their neighbors are on the nosy side.

Oh, and did I mention the food? It’s the meals in Adams Grove that bring the characters closer—in friendship, in family, and in love. I felt like I was sitting right back in my Grandma Ruby’s kitchen in Alabama, anxiously waiting for her honey-baked ham and buttery cornbread. For her, food was love. And in Adams Grove, with its scandalous goings-on and earnest matchmakers, love is what makes folks live—and delight—in their town for generations.

- Kelli Martin, Acquiring Editor

Book Description

Welcome to Adams Grove…where wrongs are righted with just desserts.

Luck abandoned Brooke Justice during her nasty divorce. Desperate to escape her malicious ex-husband, she relocated to the small town of Adams Grove, Virginia. When someone breaks into her new house, she suspects her ex bears the blame for the crime. With no evidence and little help from the police, she asks a private investigator to take her case—a private investigator whose sexy broad shoulders and stunning blue eyes make her question her decision to swear off relationships forever.

Mike Hartman fled Adams Grove when a devastating loss left his heart in pieces. After years overseas in the military, he’s finally returned home, determined to start anew as a private investigator. Then Brooke walks into his office, awakening something he hasn’t felt in years. Can they both move on…into each other’s arms? Or will the pain of the past—and the dangerous threat lurking in the present—destroy their new beginning?

Editorial Reviews


"I was hooked quickly. There is a good blend of suspense, romance and story telling. I am hooked on the series." ~ Joanie Dunn

"First book I've read by Nancy Naigle and loved it, bought another and then another. I'm hooked." ~ Maleah Grussing

"I would highly recommend them to anyone who wishes to sit down, relax, and be entertained." ~ Carolyn Foushee

The charm of the characters and the setting of the small town were an instant draw for me." ~ Michele Briseno

About the Author

Nancy Naigle was born and raised in Virginia Beach. She balances her career in the financial industry with a lifelong passion for books and storytelling. When she isn’t writing or wrangling goats on the family farm, she enjoys antiquing and cooking. She lives with her husband in Drewryville, Virginia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2675 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (February 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E1Q55OK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,862 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing and witty read January 2, 2014
By Denny
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This is a mystery and love story all in one. Brooke Justice and Mike Hartman have each moved to Adams Grove to escape troubled pasts. When Brooke’s ex-husband starts to harass her she calls on Mike, a private investigator, to help her catch him at it. The two have a strong emotional connection and are a terrific match, but will they live long enough to find love together?

The writing is first rate and I read it very quickly. The author writes with a great tone and superb wit. Here’s an example; “… like divorce was a kiddy slide to take with your hands up in the air – grabbing divorce papers and your maiden name on the way down.”

Highly recommend this if you like a fun well told story with great suspense and a “country girl” setting.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real people, real problems, real life January 4, 2014
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Mike and Brooke have enough baggage between them to fill a fleet of jetliners. Between Brooke's nasty divorce and the murder of Mike's wife eight years ago, the odds are seemingly stacked against them from the start.

One thing I love about Mint Juleps and Justice is this - the characters are REAL. Brooke Justice has a real job where she interacts with real people, and has a real fun quirk of believing in good luck signs almost religiously. Mike is a former Marine who is trying to balance himself back into civilian life by running a small-town investigative firm, and giving a military pup its first year of training.

Brooke's job throws them together from day one, and in a small town, chance encounters are bound to happen on a frequent basis once you've met someone face to face. The "chance" encounters turn purposeful when Brooke's baggage forces her to seek the aid of Mike's investigative services.

However, just when things were finally getting settled for Brooke and she begins to gain confidence in her ability to have a relationship with Mike, Mike's world gets turned up-side-down when he finds out, two months after the fact, that the baggage he thought himself finally ready to let go of and move forward from has once again reared its ugly head.

Without going into too many details, the progression of the story - both the main story between Brooke and Mike, and the plots surrounding each of their individual baggage - is fluid and keeps the reader engaged. The only thing keeping me from giving this book a full 5-star review is this - I simply do not like being clued into certain things before the characters are, which is the case with Mike's baggage.

Overall, it's a nice, easy read. It's real people engaging in a real relationship with real problems that can only be overcome together. It's a story I can relate to, and that just makes it all the more engaging.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mint Juleps and Justice January 2, 2014
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As a KY girl who loves her mint juleps, I was hoping for a little more depth than a regular, run-of-the-mill romance story. There were a few unique aspects, but they were all pretty predictable. That being said, the book was really enjoyable to read and I ended up reading it all in one sitting! Sometimes you need a kitschy, predictable love story to get you through a cold, snowy day and this book did just that for me.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good, fun read! January 2, 2014
By Lisa B
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This is a great lazy Saturday book. The suspense made it a page turner, with the extra bonus of a sweet love story.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet January 5, 2014
By Pat
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Not usually my kind of book. The romance is a little too storybook perfect, the heroine and friends are just a little too sweet and the plot a little too predictable for my taste. That said, I read the entire book and finished with a smile and a wish that real life could work out quite so tenderly. Turns out, the book was a lovely little interlude with no regrets for time spent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend January 2, 2014
By Renee
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This was a good read. Better than expected. Enjoyable and quick read. I would definitely read more from this author/series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it January 3, 2014
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Read the book in 5 hours could not but it down. first I have ever read from this author. if you enjoy love stories with twist you will enjoy this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance with a splash of mystery January 3, 2014
By Nanakay
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Another winner from Nancy Naigle... i could not put it down. I would love to live in Adams Grove.. the characters are so believable and so down to earth. The plot was good and the suspense just spine tingling enough to keep your interest. Hope this is not the last trip we will be taking to Adams Grove.
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More About the Author

USA TODAY Bestselling author, Nancy Naigle, writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense in hopes that readers will find an escape from their hectic day-to-day in the make believe worlds she creates.

The award winning novel, SWEET TEA AND SECRETS, is the first in the Adams Grove series.
Other Adams Grove novels include:

Nancy also co-authors THE GRANNY SERIES with Kelsey Browning. Honey, these are not your momma's grannies. These gals are more like Dirty Harry, only over 50, female and southern. Buckle up.
Book One: IN FOR A PENNY, is available in digital, print, large print and audio formats.
Book Three: Coming in April 2015 - IN HIGH COTTON

And a new women's fiction novel set in the small town of Boot Creek, North Carolina ~ coming 5/19/15 - LIFE AFTER PERFECT.

Stay up to date with future releases by joining Nancy's free newsletter on her website, -or-visit her on facebook and twitter (@nancynaigle)

Hugs and happy reading~

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