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Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic) Paperback – November 21, 2017
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About the Author
Molly Harper is the author of two popular series of paranormal romance, the Half-Moon Hollow series and the Naked Werewolf series. She also writes the Bluegrass ebook series of contemporary romance. A former humor columnist and newspaper reporter, she lives in Kentucky with her family, where she is currently working on the next Southern Eclectic novel. Visit her on the web at MollyHarper.com.
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Southern comfort in the form of family support. Big city girl learns to love rural southern hospitality and the unwavering loyalty of her extended family. Meeting a man that appears to have tragedy in his eyes but that can kiss with abandon is a huge endorsement for staying.
Small town, southern contemporary romance with a few quirky characters make this romance a delightful read.
I liked the dialog interaction between Margot and Kyle. A little sarcastic, a little playful. Neither is afraid to be forthright while their relationship grows. Margot’s lack of knowledge in dealing with children lead to a few funny quips.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. I also purchased a copy to gift.
The dialogue is funny and sweet. A nice light touch of romance, and plenty of quirky family. Molly Harper's deft hand shines through in this book and makes me eager to see more of Lake Sackett.
Margot didn’t know how well she would function in a rural environment, much less a place where she would constantly hear the banjo music from Deliverance in the back of her head.
I told Frankie to take it easy on you. The first time you tangle with moonshine is like dancin’ with a good-looking carnie. Sure, it feels great at first, but you wake up sore and soaked in regret.
There’s a real distrust of technology around here. Hank Mason hooked his son’s iPod into the church’s PA system to play a hymn he found on the Internet and one of the seniors smashed the ‘devil’s rectangle’ with her shoe.
The tutus are an after-school-only accessory… We have a whole policy about it. We had to write one, after the great tutu war of 2015… Many lives were lost.
Warning – I wrote this review while in a rapturous fog after reading this delightfully clever and smartly written book. I adored this charming and thoughtfully crafted story from beginning to end. This was my first experience reading Molly Harper’s work and she is found treasure! I had three pages of favorite quotes notated on my kindle and suffered through a painful process to select which ones to include in this review. The premise was entertaining; the storylines were superbly developed and deviously clever; and the writing was captivating, highly amusing, and laced with small-town quirkiness and insightfully humorous Southern eccentricity. I smirked, snorted, and frequently laughed aloud as the uptight “big city” woman struggled to find her footing while starting over among newly found relatives in a small Southern backwater with a dying economy, petty politics, and a shockingly vast consumption of pork and deep-fried foods. Molly Harper has an instant fangirl. I greedily want all her words.
With little options left other than living on the street Margot packs her things and moves from Chicago to Lake Sackett, Georgia to meet her father’s family and take on the task of becoming the planner for the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. Yes, her family is in the business of funeral and fishing which is so far out of Margot’s realm it’s unreal. Margot however after moving down to the small town finds herself getting to know relatives she never knew she had and coming to love the small town life including the local principal, Kyle Archer.
Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper is the first book in the new Southern Eclectic contemporary romance series. There also seems to be a companion novella already released in the series featuring another couple from Lake Sackett but I haven’t read that one myself but being different main characters it would seem that these would be fine to read as standalone books if a reader chose to do so.
This book had all sorts of little things that I loved about it from the small town charm to reconnecting a family. Meanwhile during all the antics of Margot trying to fit in with this family that she had never known and grown up in a very different environment there was also a budding romance with some cute little girls involved in his family.
My only downside was it sort of rubbed me wrong for Margot to put a lot of blame on her biological father for their being apart when it seemed to be her mother’s doing and as an adult the street went two ways so she could have reconnected herself. In the end though that was a small complaint leaving this one to rate at 4.5 stars and I’ll definitely look for more from this small town.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.