Title: Sweet Tea and Sympathy
Author: Molly Harper
Genre: romance, contemporary
Is this part of a series? Yes, Southern Eclectic #1
Publish Date: November 21st, 2017
Big city event planner Margot Carey has had the mother of all bad days. Between the ass of a chef, tower of food the hostess is allergic to, and angry birds there’s apparently a meme dedicated to her fowl up (ha ha!). What there isn’t, is job offers. Having lost her place at her prestigious event company, she sends her resume to everyone- the only bite being a “what not to do” learning session for interns.
When the aunt she never knew about contacts her, she grudgingly takes the job working with her estranged father’s family at the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop (yes, you heard that right) in Georgia. The city girl in her hates that you can’t get good coffee and everything is sweet enough to induce a coma…. but there’s another side. A side that revels in having a large, messy family after years of feeling alone. Getting to know her cousins and Aunt Tootsie is a definite plus. Then there’s Kyle who looks like a hot lumberjack but is in reality the principal of the elementary school. Yes, Kyle is a definite perk. He comes with his own drama, though, in the form of two little girls. Can Margot, who has never really been in a relationship or had a good parenting role model, take on this family?
Let’s begin with the pros for this book- the character interaction is hilarious. I loved watching Margot and her family get to know each other. This was well written and fast paced, keeping my interest the whole time. I think I read it within a few days ( a feat seeing as I was working and had family functions vying for my time). I liked these characters so much that I will be looking into the rest of the series in hopes of seeing more of them.
On the other hand, there are moments where the book seemed so outlandish and the characters so catty that I found it hard to swallow- surely these things just don’t happen! I also found her relationship with her father to be overly stilted and painful- more so than it had to be because we were bludgeoned with it several times. Lastly, more often than not her relationship with Kyle seemed contrived and there were just too many misunderstandings. That aside, I still had a lot of fun with this book. It’s a four star book for me.
On the adult content scale there’s language and sexual content. Let’s be real, this is an adult romance novel and as such was not written with teens in mind in anyway. I would say seventeen and up at the very least. Let’s give it a six.
I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Gallery books in exchange for an honest review. My thanks.
The book comes out 11-21-17. Are you planning on reading it? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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