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Length: 411 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Secrets over Sweet Tea is a story that reminds us of the power of friendship, honesty, and an open heart. In Franklin, Tennessee, few of the people Scarlett Jo Newberry encounters are as pristine as they appear when attending her husband’s church in their Sunday best. Scarlett Jo knows that given a little time, most everyone will eventually share what’s in their hearts, and a few parishioners in particular have caught her eye. For Grace Shepherd, life has become all about surviving and controlling what small things she can. Zach Craig is focused on escape. But covering up problems doesn’t solve them, and soon both of them must face their truths. As they break and then begin to heal, Grace and Zach start to see the power of openness and faith in friendship. Scarlett Jo, the bubbly woman they both admire, must also take steps to trust and heal. Jones has written a heartfelt and inspirational tale of friendship and faith, filled with tears and laughs. Readers will absolutely delight in her sassy southern way of reminding us what matters. --Carolyn Richard


TOP PICK! 4 1/2Jones can distill the heart of a woman better than most authors. This novel is a wonderful treat that women of every stage and circumstance of life can treasure. There's no judgment here--just the love of God and the love of true friends.SUMMARY: Scarlett Jo Newberry is a pastor's wife in the South, and she isn't afraid to pray for others or attempt to get in their business if she thinks they need her. Grace Shepherd just moved into the neighborhood, and although she has some secrets, Scarlett Jo is there to help when things fall apart. And when Zach and Caroline Craig's marriage implodes, the connection continues in unlikely ways.

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  • File Size: 1450 KB
  • Print Length: 411 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 18, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PX0HMU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Denise Hildreth Jones is an author and Bible Study teacher. Her books have been hailed as "smart and witty" by The Library Journal and featured twice in Southern Living. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, five bonus children, and her dog where she leads Reclaiming Hearts Ministries. Visit her at

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Denise is one of my favorite authors! I have read all of her fiction books (7, I think). She is an amazing writer! Ever since the first book - "Savannah from Savannah" I knew I was hooked.

This is a great light southern fiction book. It is fun and quirky but with a touch of seriousness and sadness to it. The whole time I was reading this I was thinking - "Steel Magnolias", "Hart of Dixie" and "GCB", I could actually picture some of the characters playing the parts in this book. I love southern fiction because it is usually fun and this book did not disappoint me.

Denise is a great character builder. I have to say that is definitely her biggest strength. As in all of her books you really get to know the characters very well. There is such detail. You really feel like you are watching a movie or TV show. I can almost hear that southern twang while I am reading.

This book seemed so real to me. The situations were real. So many times (not always) a Christian Fiction will paint a pretty picture where everything is perfect with the world. I mean, they're Christians, they're perfect right?... wrong! Even Christian sin (no one is sinless except Jesus). We all have our secrets, we all have our regrets, even us Christians. In this book... boy do they have secrets! The characters are so human; they have flaws just like the rest of us.

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes -

"I need a googler!"
He walked down the stairs from the bonus room. "Mom, you've got to learn how to work a computer."
She stared at him like he had three heads. "Jack, I have five children. You don't have five children because you want to do things for yourself. You have five children so that when they are able, they can be your slaves.
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I must be truthful...I've been savoring this novel for several weeks. Loved it so much I had my husband to purchase a finished copy for me. This one is going on my treasured book shelf...where I keep all the books that change me and I know I'll read again.

Scarlet Jo is a hoot and a handful. When I first met her I wasn't sure I liked her. She's the kind of woman that intimidates me just by breathing. She's loud, plain-spoken and oozes confidence.

Just the kind of friend I need, whether I want to admit it or not.

Thankfully, she lives not far from Grace Shepherd. Scarlet Jo's boisterous and inquisitive nature rescue Grace during her darkest days. She coaxes secrets out of her new friend, and when Grace's world comes crumbling down, Scarlet Jo is there to help her rebuild and regroup.

It's that unlikely friendship with Grace that connects the two women to Zach Craig. While Zach at first seems like a dirty buzzard of a man (you won't like him at first), Scarlet Jo also is able to dig a bit deeper and learn the truth of who Zach is and what he is made of.

With a little help from Grace and from Zach's wife, Caroline (a woman you probably won't like immediately, either). The twins come across as obnoxious (Zach is living in estrogen-land), but they grow on you.

What we end up with are real, imperfect characters that teach us more about grace and mercy and finding your heart than we thought we needed to learn. We see the power of secrets kept and secrets shared, and that even those who help us in our time of need can have moments of great need themselves.

Ultimately, I grew to love Scarlet Jo (as did Grace's best friend, Rachel--now SHE'S someone I like immediately!). She's a hoot and a handful...
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I like reading Christian chick lit. It comes without the cussing and sleeping around. The only problem is that it doesn't cover real life problems. That is what is so great about Denise Hildreth Jones' books. She is willing to get her hands dirty and cover real life situations. This is a great book. It did not turn out the way I thought it would, but that was a welcome surprise. If you want to read a Christian book that doesn't exist in fairytale land, this book is for you.
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"Secrets over Sweet Tea" by Denise Hildreth Jones is the fictional companion novel to her non-fiction book, "Reclaiming Your Heart." I'll be reviewing that book in the near future, as soon as I finish reading it. But I think it's important for readers to know that the books complement each other. They don't have to be read together, but can be for greater insights into what Jones is trying to teach. "Secrets over Sweet Tea" is a fictional story that helps readers see how the concepts presented in "Reclaiming Your Heart" apply. They get to watch, so to speak, as characters in the book who have chosen to shut down their hearts in defense of this world's pain learn to see how and why they responded the way they did, then how to make things right, reopen their hearts, and really live.

Writers of fiction are taught to show, not tell. Jones is really good at this. Due to the nature of this book, though, she's cleverly included mentors in the story who do quite a bit of telling as they counsel those who've been hurt. These mentors have lessons of their own to learn, too, so we get to see their counselees, who've taken the lessons to heart, turn around and remind their mentors of their own teachings. It's clear that Jones really believes the message she's teaching can help change people's lives for the better. It's one she's learned through personal experience and wants her readers to experience for themselves.

I'll write more about that message when I review "Reclaiming Your Heart." For now I want to focus on "Secrets over Sweet Tea," the stories of three people who've been deeply wounded by life and their recoveries in the small Southern community of Franklin, Tennessee. These characters and their friends are amazing--and so is the community.
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