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"The camaraderie of a small town is captured in all its glory in this story of rediscovered love, lies and deceit. Trust comes in small doses and is lost just as easily as the clever plot unfolds, especially when unusual characters provide surprises." - RT Book Reviews, 4-stars

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Welcome to the small town of Adams Grove, where the tea is sweet and trouble is brewing. ~ 
   Book One - Sweet Tea and Secrets
   Book Two - Out of Focus
   Book Three - Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes
   Book Four - Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies (Sept 2013)
   Book Five - Mint Juleps and Justice (2014)

Product Details

  • File Size: 831 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (September 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087340OO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

Nancy's latest novel is LIFE AFTER PERFECT. A women's fiction novel set in the small southern town of Boot Creek, North Carolina. A story of betrayal, friendship, and new beginnings.

Also look for SAND DOLLAR COVE. This story is available exclusively through the SWEET TALK BOX SET with 10 other bestselling authors to raise money for Diabetes Research. In July, Sand Dollar Cove will be released in digital and paperback as a stand-alone novel.

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.

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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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Tooncesmom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Betrayed by her long-time steady, Garrett Malloy, Jill Clemmons fled Adams Grove, Virginia to work for-and then live with--Bradley Kase. Now she's returning, and memories of life in the small town, and her lingering and unwanted attraction to Garrett remain.

Grandma Pearl always said you should live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says, "Oh s---, she's awake!" Hard advice for Jill to follow, even harder when she must come home to bury the woman who was mother and grandmother to her. Despite her high profile career with Kase's foundation, Jill longs for the simplicity of Adams Grove, but how can she cope without the woman who raised her? And how can she cope when sexy architect/contractor Garrett feels a need to protect her?

While she was gone, Garrett made their dreams a reality with his upscale contracting business. He seems to have fulfilled the dreams they planned together. Even though Garrett's success give Jill pause, she's happy he succeeded but knows her life and future is with Bradley and the foundation which, without her expertise, would not be the success it is.

But things are not as simple as they appear. Instead of settling her grandmother's estate and returning to Savannah, Jill finds it hard to leave the home where she grew up. Then things begin to happen: an unlocked door, a ransacked house, being shut up in an attic and having to escape by breaking through a wall. And that's only for starters. As one event after another occurs, Garrett fears for Jill's safety. And when the attacks get personal, they both must use their wits to outsmart a nemesis. But who is it and why would they want to hurt Jill?
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69 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Flowers on December 11, 2011
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Bought this book because of all the 5 star ratings. It is not a 5 star book in my opinion. The reader is expected to suspend all reasoning and believe that the main character is just that stupid. At times a very frustrating and predictable book. I've learned to read the lower star ratings as well before I purchase a book to get the full story.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Grace on May 2, 2011
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Sweet Tea and Secrets takes place in Adams Grove and centers around childhood sweethearts, Jill and Garrett, who meet again after the death of a respected town matriarch, Pearl, who is also Jill's grandmother and the woman who raised her. The relationship of Jill to her grandmother is tenderly written, and Jill's rocky reunion with her first love is told amid the dangers and threats arising from Pearl's secrets. This is an enjoyable read - with grief, love, laughter, danger and mystery - it's got it all. I look forward to the next book in the Adams Grove series.
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A. Robinson on March 2, 2012
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Cracking this open on a rainy day at home, I thought the first chapter got it off to a good start. As the book developed, the intrigue deepened... and went too far to the ridiculous. Not sure what the porno scene halfway through was thrown in there for; it was totally unnecessary and unwelcome. Jill stumbling in on Bradley in a fair less graphic scenario would have played to her shock and disgust effectively enough. ("...and his tie wasn't the only thing flopping." Are you kidding me? Cheesy and inconsistent with the tone throughout the rest of the story.) Oh, did you know her grandmother's house had withstood hurricanes including Andrew?? Yes, Hurricane Andrew apparently tore through Virginia, not South Florida. By the end, which had strayed into the highly incredible, I had just stopped caring. :(

Other inconsistencies are noted already in other reviews. Way too much was left unexplained entirely. Let's just say the writing was careless, and did not live up to its initial potential.

I'd have gone one-star only, but for the yummy food and meal descriptions that sent me to my Paula Deen cookbook. I say, skip this book and just head for the kitchen. You'll end up far more satisfied.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marie C. Cordalis on December 21, 2011
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I love stories about Southern small town life. (Maybe because it's so completely foreign to my own experience.) In that regard this book didn't disappoint. I also love all the "food porn" as a good friend of mine calls it. You know, when the characters are talking about chocolate pecan pie and making you drool for instance. And, love the fact that the author shares those recipes with you at the back of the book. But I would have liked to learn more about the residents of this particular small Southern town and get a little more emotional investment in them.

My main issues with the story were that I was able pretty early on to figure out who the bad guy was, so not a really difficult mystery to solve and mostly with the fact that the main character, Jill, not only believed someone she'd just met, "Bradley" when he fed her lies about the love of her entire life, "Garrett" but that she'd run away without even giving him (Garrett) a shot at proving they were lies. Really? you've known and loved someone your whole life, he's never given you reason to doubt him before and you wouldn't even try to work out what the heck is going on?

Those things said, This book is very well written, well edited and a pretty cute little read. If you like Southern
mysteries, you will probably like this.

I received a free copy of this book in order to review it.
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