Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper

Setting: Lake Sackett, Georgia
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: November 21, 2017

All it takes is one egotistical chef to ruin the career Margot Cary built for herself. She's a talented event planner who has the world at her fingertips. When one chef decides to serve shrimp, even though Margot put notes regarding the hostess's seafood allergy, Margot's a laughing stock without a job. A call from a distant relative in Lake Sacket, Georgia, will have to do.

Margot heads to the remote community to help out at her estranged father and uncle's bait shop/funeral home. It's different from anything she's done before, but she needs a place to live and a job until something else comes along.

What she doesn't plan on is an intense attraction to Kyle Archer. She's convinced, at first, that he must be the town lumberjack. Discovering he's the local principal takes her by surprise and only makes him more intriguing. She's only in town long enough to get her career fired back up though and many in the community want her gone. If she's going to make it in this town, she'll need to draw on skills she didn't realize she had.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Sweet Tea and Sympathy was a solid win. Molly Harper drew me in with characters who charmed their way into my heart. Kyle's little girls are just adorable and had some of the best lines in the book. The author did well to capture the innocence of a child and pair it with the no-nonsense attitude you'd expect from a child growing up in that community.

I was hooked from the start. I wasn't sure about the setting, so my enjoyment of it took me by surprise. A bait shop, fishing charter, and funeral home in one seemed odd, but it worked. I loved watching Margot adapt and shift from her big city ways. It was simply enjoyable from start to finish.

RTR's Bottom Line

I loved so much about this introduction to the Southern Eclectic series. The characters had me laughing and tearing up. The setting was fabulous. I felt at home and didn't want to leave. You have no idea how happy I was to find out this is the first book in the series. As I read, I was already counting all the ways this charming town could bring in new characters (someone needs to buy the town bakery) and bring me back to this fictional world.


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