Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic, #1)
Beloved author Molly Harper launches a brand-new contemporary romance series, Southern Eclectic, with this story of a big-city party planner who finds true love in a small Georgia town.Nestled on the shore of Lake Sackett, Georgia is the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. (What, you have a problem with one-stop shopping?) Two McCready brothers started two separate businesses in the same building back in 1928, and now it’s become one big family affair. And true to form in small Southern towns, family business becomes everybody’s business. Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot’s rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society, and made elegance and glamour her business. She’s riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she’s blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start—and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation. As Margot finds her footing in a town where everybody knows not only your name, but what you had for dinner last Saturday night and what you’ll wear to church on Sunday morning, she grudgingly has to admit that there are some things Lake Sackett does better than Chicago—including the dating prospects. Elementary school principal Kyle Archer is a fellow fish-out-of-water who volunteers to show Margot the picture-postcard side of Southern living. The two of them hit it off, but not everybody is happy to see an outsider snapping up one of the town's most eligible gentleman. Will Margot reel in her handsome fish, or will she have to release her latest catch?

Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic, #1) Details

TitleSweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 21st, 2017
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501151224
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic, #1) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    After a huge disaster at her event planning job Margot Cary finds herself jobless and soon to be homeless if she can't find something quick. But unfortunately for Margot in this day and age the huge catastrophe that happened at her last event has gone viral and all of her prospects are afraid of taking a chance on her so her job hunt hasn't been going well. Just as things are looking their worst Margot gets contacted by a lady that claims she's family from Margot's biological father's side and s After a huge disaster at her event planning job Margot Cary finds herself jobless and soon to be homeless if she can't find something quick. But unfortunately for Margot in this day and age the huge catastrophe that happened at her last event has gone viral and all of her prospects are afraid of taking a chance on her so her job hunt hasn't been going well. Just as things are looking their worst Margot gets contacted by a lady that claims she's family from Margot's biological father's side and she wants Margot for a job in Georgia. 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.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Cindy Burnett
    January 1, 1970
    This book was such a fun read! I have read a lot of heavier books lately, which I thoroughly enjoy, but was ready for something a little lighter, and this book was perfect. I love Molly Harper’s writing; it’s clever, often hilarious, and just plain fun. But of course what else would you expect from a book that is centered around a family business called the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop?! Margot Cary is an estranged member of the McCready family who moves back to Lake Sackett, Georg This book was such a fun read! I have read a lot of heavier books lately, which I thoroughly enjoy, but was ready for something a little lighter, and this book was perfect. I love Molly Harper’s writing; it’s clever, often hilarious, and just plain fun. But of course what else would you expect from a book that is centered around a family business called the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop?! Margot Cary is an estranged member of the McCready family who moves back to Lake Sackett, Georgia after an epic and very public work fail which resulted in the loss of her job. Sweet Tea and Sympathy focuses on her reintegration into her very large and nosy family and the town in which they all live. Margot is unfamiliar with the South and its customs and ways, and while her learning curve is steep, she slowly manages to become a part of Lake Sackett and all it offers her.My favorite part of the book by far were the characters. Harper creates a group of loveable, entertaining, and ragtag bunch of characters that made me want to visit her fictional Lake Sackett and meet the various McCready’s. As I was writing this review, I looked up the book on Goodreads and was delighted to see that it is the beginning of a series. I am already looking forward to the next one!I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a lighthearted story with some depth to it. I truly enjoyed reading each and every page. Thanks to Gallery Books for my copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a really fast and quite enjoyable read. After a failed high society event in Chicago, involving flamingos and shrimp, (need I say more?), event planned Margot Carey has lost her job. She has been blackballed and shunned. Really, I don't think she was to blame - at least not as much as the chef..but as her character states in the book - she lost control of the event and the workers of the event and all hell broke loose!So after losing her job, her new home and her reputation, she re This book was a really fast and quite enjoyable read. After a failed high society event in Chicago, involving flamingos and shrimp, (need I say more?), event planned Margot Carey has lost her job. She has been blackballed and shunned. Really, I don't think she was to blame - at least not as much as the chef..but as her character states in the book - she lost control of the event and the workers of the event and all hell broke loose!So after losing her job, her new home and her reputation, she receives contact from a distant family member inviting her to come "home" to Lake Sackett and work in the family business. Guess what the business is? The McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop! I said this book was fun, right? She has not been to Lake Sackett since she was a small child and does not know this side of the family. As she settles into her new home (a cabin!), she starts her new job at the funeral home. While there she meets her long last relatives, is reunited with her father she has not seen or heard from since her Mother left him, and meets a handsome "lumberjack" type man who is not really a lumber jack but the town principal. You see where this is heading....This book is full of fun, emotion, and southern charm. It's a fun book but it also deals with some heavy issues: death, addiction, loss of employment, starting over, grief, estrangement, and family drama. I have never read this Author before but I know I will be reading more of her books in the future. This was was an enjoyable read that did not require too much thought or energy. Its a curl-up-on-the-couch type of book! It's fun, enjoyable, has fun moments with characters who talk like real people. This book has a nice flow to it. The pacing is fantastic. I found that time slipped away as I read. It's a book one can easily sit down and read in one sitting. You know what else I loved about this book?????? The ending does not come out of thin air. My biggest gripe with romance books is the build up of the story to have a rushed ending where everyone falls madly in love after 300 pages of angst and has to immediately get married. OH, Come on! This book had wonderful pacing (I know I already said something similar to this). I admit it, I enjoy romance books but I hate the rushed endings. This book does not feel rushed at ALL!!! woo-hoo!!!I received a copy of this book from Gallery, Threshold, Gallery books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com
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  • Marla
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so much fun! The characters are sharp and funny, June, the little girl was making me laugh. Loved Aunt Tootie. I would love to have a crazy funny family like this. I'm so glad this will be a series. I think I found a new favorite author. If you want to laugh and feel good and just be entertained, then pick up this book. I received an advanced copy from Netgalley.
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  • Debbie Oliphant
    January 1, 1970
    Molly Harper, you have a new fan!! This book had the southern comfort charm and whimsy with a little bit of Green Acres (ish) eccentricity. I loved it and the characters were so memorable, especially Aunt Tootie. She was the glue for the entire McCready clan and her type of lunacy kept it all together.The story centers around Margot who has just been fired from her dream job as an Elite event planner in Chicago. She's humiliated and running out of money. She received a call from her Aunt Tootie, Molly Harper, you have a new fan!! This book had the southern comfort charm and whimsy with a little bit of Green Acres (ish) eccentricity. I loved it and the characters were so memorable, especially Aunt Tootie. She was the glue for the entire McCready clan and her type of lunacy kept it all together.The story centers around Margot who has just been fired from her dream job as an Elite event planner in Chicago. She's humiliated and running out of money. She received a call from her Aunt Tootie, who offers her a job to help work in the the family business, a bait and bury business that's been in the family for over 100 years. She accepts the offer because it's the only offer. She arrives in the little lake community and is exposed to the family she barely knows on her father's side. Her newfound family is warm and loving and welcome her with open arms. Margot feels like she has culture shock as her big city lifestyle seems to conflict with the small town, everyone knows your business, no filter banter way of life. Margot is also estranged with her father and doesn't know if the pain can be healed. She tried to carve out a life for her but is unsure where she is closed to be.She meets an interesting man that seems to have his own pain to resolve and the two realize they have similarities that bond them together. Kyle is trying to have a normal life and believes by compartmentalizing parts of his life, he can have a semblance of normalcy but Margot changes that and the two navigate there way to each other while working through the craziness of the small town community.This book was a great and I swear, I probably gained a pound or two just from the food descriptions. Southern comfort food is like no other and it was like a character in itself. Everyone would benefit with have g an Aunt Tootie who was playing chess when everyone else was playing checkers. This story has me laughing out loud and will continue to smile for days.
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  • SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    The beginning of this book was a bit rough for me. But just because there are so many people right away and that was a bit overwhelming. But the more we get into the story the more fun it was. And actually come to think of it made us feel like Margot, who also was not used to such a bug family and the small town living. This book was a fun, sweet and sexy story. But also with some heartbreak, and a lot of heartwarming moments. ‘ I really enjoyed the story, it was well written, a great pacing an The beginning of this book was a bit rough for me. But just because there are so many people right away and that was a bit overwhelming. But the more we get into the story the more fun it was. And actually come to think of it made us feel like Margot, who also was not used to such a bug family and the small town living. This book was a fun, sweet and sexy story. But also with some heartbreak, and a lot of heartwarming moments. ‘ I really enjoyed the story, it was well written, a great pacing and was nicely balanced between humor and heartbreak. Margot was a little annoying at the beginning but she grew on me. I did however enjoy Kyle right away. He was charming and funny and yet a bit of a mystery The side characters where just as much part of the story as the main couple, which I really enjoyed. Overall fun m entertaining and romantic book. I rate it 4 ★
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  • ☆~BookishDani~☆
    January 1, 1970
    I want to thank NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing with an e-ARC in exchange for a honest review.Title:Sweet Tea and Sympathy Author: Molly HarperPage count: 320 pagesPublication Date: 11/21/2017Synopsis: Margot is a city girl who just got fired from her fancy event planning job. She was due for a promotion and instead she was fired for something that was out of her control and completely embarrassing. While she is at the end of the rope financially, she gets a random and strange job offe I want to thank NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing with an e-ARC in exchange for a honest review.Title:Sweet Tea and Sympathy Author: Molly HarperPage count: 320 pagesPublication Date: 11/21/2017Synopsis: Margot is a city girl who just got fired from her fancy event planning job. She was due for a promotion and instead she was fired for something that was out of her control and completely embarrassing. While she is at the end of the rope financially, she gets a random and strange job offer from her biological father's company in small town in Georgia. She has no memory of her father and was adopted by her stepfather at an early age. Reluctant Margot takes the job offer because no one will hire her because of her embarrassing termination even though shes's talented and highly experienced.When arriving in Georia Margot is blown away by her wild and southern family. She lives on her family's compound and is working for the family business, The McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop and yes it is in the same building!Margot tries to adjust to southern living while discovering her family history. Margot and her father seem to bump heads and both are stubborn people. Admist all of the family stuff and searching for her true self Margot meets elementary school principal Kyle. Unfortunately Kyle is a gem to the single ladies of Lake Sackett. Can Margot survive the society change? Can she make amends with her father? Will she make Lake Sackett her home? Will she be able to have a relationship with Kyle or will she have to set him free? Read Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper to find out!Review: I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! This book warmed my heart and made me feel right at home. As being a South Carolinian and a Southern Belle this book was a breath of fresh air. I felt like I could relate to so much in this charming story. This book really shows society status and how different living in the southeast can be. I highly recommend this book if your looking for something light and sweet as tea!
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  • Peggy Jaeger
    January 1, 1970
    Fired for a situation beyond her control, elite event planner Margot Cary is trying desperately to find another job but no one in her Chicago based area wants anything to do with her. It might have something to do with amuck-running flamingos….When Margot is contacted by a relative she’s never heard of to come “home to Georgia” and help run the family business, Margot is at first suspicious, then wary. But when she realizes she is the laughingstock of the event planning world in which she lives, Fired for a situation beyond her control, elite event planner Margot Cary is trying desperately to find another job but no one in her Chicago based area wants anything to do with her. It might have something to do with amuck-running flamingos….When Margot is contacted by a relative she’s never heard of to come “home to Georgia” and help run the family business, Margot is at first suspicious, then wary. But when she realizes she is the laughingstock of the event planning world in which she lives, Margot succumbs to her better judgment and heads to a home she has no memory of and one that, frankly, terrifies her.The members of her extended family – and there are plenty of them - welcome her home like a prodigal. Welcome arms and enough casseroles to make her thighs cringe, the family wants Margot to stay put with them and help them with the family business. But can an upscale event planner from the big city survive in a dying southern town running a Mortuary/Bait shop?Into this mix, Harper tosses in a recovering alcoholic father Margot never knew and doesn’t remember, and a love interest with just enough of his own angst and troubles to make Margot’s look almost insignificant.I’ve never read anything by Molly Harper before but I will tell you truthfully I’m going to go explore her back list.This book was funny, sad, heart-warming, heart wrenching, and such a downright pleasure to read, I want to explore her other works. Filled with a fun cast of characters who are as southern as they are complex, and enough one liners and zingers to make a room of comedians sit up and take notes, SWEET TEA and SYMPATHY is a joyous tale of family lost and found, enduring love, and moving passed death and sadness.I was given an arc of this book from Netgalley for an honest opinion and my totally honest opinion is that you should read it. Today!
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    Molly Harper writes books with witty Southern banter, which I happen to really like. Her main characters aren't perfect but are always striving to do better. As a recent transplant to the South from the Midwest I could also relate to the culture shock inherent in such a move. Charming novel with characters that you want to succeed.
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  • Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.
  • Arlena
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Sweet Tea and Sympathy Author: Molly HarperPublisher: Gallery BooksSeries: Southern Eclectic #1 Reviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: FourReview: "Sweet Tea and Sympathy" by Molly HarperMy Thoughts.....This was quite a interesting read with some really humorous scenes that will have you laughing out loud. The memorable characters were all for the most part well developed, portrayed and believable that will definitely keep your attention. What will happen when Margot's long lost family reaches o Title: Sweet Tea and Sympathy Author: Molly HarperPublisher: Gallery BooksSeries: Southern Eclectic #1 Reviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: FourReview: "Sweet Tea and Sympathy" by Molly HarperMy Thoughts.....This was quite a interesting read with some really humorous scenes that will have you laughing out loud. The memorable characters were all for the most part well developed, portrayed and believable that will definitely keep your attention. What will happen when Margot's long lost family reaches out to her? The story is about Margot Cary who was a elite event planner from Chicago but after being humiliated she leaves town and excepts a offers to working in the family business [a Bait and Mortuary business] in Lake Sackett, Georgia. It was quite a interesting read as Margot gets to know of her recovering alcoholic father that she never knew. How will Margot do in this small town community especially after she meets Kyle [the lumberjack] who seem to have problems of his own? Get ready for a 'fun, sweet and sexy story, family lost and found, heartbreak, mystery and some heartwarming moments.' The characters for the most part were a complex group of individuals that could have their own story that will definitely keep your interest as you read through this story of southern traditions. So, if you on in for a read that deals with a 'journey of self discovery, forgiveness finding love' embracing who you are, and accepting change' then you have come to the right place for one interesting first series.Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • J.M. Powers
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet Tea and Sympathy is the first book I’ve read by Molly Harper, and it will certainly not be the last. This story is so witty I laughed to tears several times. Later, while cooking dinner, I busted out laughing about random, hilarious banter from the book. (Yeah, that earned me a weird look from the others gathered in the kitchen.) Sweet Tea and Sympathy is full of memorable, witty, and tear-jerking scenes. I found it hard to put the book down. Molly Harper’s author voice sprinkled sweetness Sweet Tea and Sympathy is the first book I’ve read by Molly Harper, and it will certainly not be the last. This story is so witty I laughed to tears several times. Later, while cooking dinner, I busted out laughing about random, hilarious banter from the book. (Yeah, that earned me a weird look from the others gathered in the kitchen.) Sweet Tea and Sympathy is full of memorable, witty, and tear-jerking scenes. I found it hard to put the book down. Molly Harper’s author voice sprinkled sweetness and reality throughout. All the characters are REAL. Yep, kudos to the author. The main character, Margot, is easy to like—and sympathize with. She stumbles through sudden changes in her life. From culture shock between her former home of Chicago, to the southern quirks (and charm) of Lake Sackett, Georgia is not the only stumble. She has a whole family to adjust to—one she has not been in contact with since she was a young child. The loving, open-armed welcome she receives is yet another thing she needs to acclimate to. Though the McCready family is huge, the author did a fine job of making each one memorable. I didn’t have any problem figuring out who was who. Margot’s growth is gradual, and I found myself chuckling, wiping a tear, and biting my nails during the many twists and turns in Sweet Tea and Sympathy. I adore the author’s voice, and her quirky way of writing about everyday life. I will certainly read more of her books. I received this complimentary copy from Net Galley.
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  • Jeri
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely loved this book! Margot gets fired from her job after a party disaster and finds the southern roots she never knew she had. She can't believe she ever took the job at the family funeral home/bait shack but once she gets a job offer can she ever leave small town Georgia behind? This book hit all the right notes! It had laughter, drama and sweet southern family ties.I was given an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    This is book 1 in a new laugh aloud series Southern Eclectic. The story captures small town life to a tee with every child grandma and business man knowing what you had for breakfast and what you buy at the grocery. I can't wait for book 2 to see how the rest of this crazy family who runs the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. Margot is returning to Lake Sackett, Georgia to lick her wounds after she loses her job that went viral on the internet. Happy to embrace her the McCready clan ma This is book 1 in a new laugh aloud series Southern Eclectic. The story captures small town life to a tee with every child grandma and business man knowing what you had for breakfast and what you buy at the grocery. I can't wait for book 2 to see how the rest of this crazy family who runs the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. Margot is returning to Lake Sackett, Georgia to lick her wounds after she loses her job that went viral on the internet. Happy to embrace her the McCready clan makes her forget her shame and makes her one of the family. Sweet and romantic.
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  • C.E. Hart
    January 1, 1970
    If I had to describe Sweet Tea and Sympathy in a single word it would be FUN. It is witty, charming, and touching. The characters are wonderfully flawed and loveable, and the storyline(s) moved me.Margot is easy to sympathize with. She walks right into a wall of culture shock when she moves from bustling Chicago to a slower paced Lake Sackett, Georgia, and has to familiarize herself with family she doesn’t know. The author did a fabulous job of characterization. There are so many personalities, If I had to describe Sweet Tea and Sympathy in a single word it would be FUN. It is witty, charming, and touching. The characters are wonderfully flawed and loveable, and the storyline(s) moved me.Margot is easy to sympathize with. She walks right into a wall of culture shock when she moves from bustling Chicago to a slower paced Lake Sackett, Georgia, and has to familiarize herself with family she doesn’t know. The author did a fabulous job of characterization. There are so many personalities, and—being from the south—I feel I know a few of them personally. I adore Kyle, Tootie, and Frankie, and the small town of Lake Sackett is delightful. I’m normally not fond of stories that involve young children because it seems they are usually over-exaggerated or unnecessary to the plot, but this story serves the two little girls very well and they add so much heart.This is a feel-good story with depth. I laughed and sighed countless times while reading it. Molly Harper is a new-to-me author, and definitely a keeper. Cover: LoveTitle: LovePublisher: Gallery Books Pages: 320Pace: FastFirst Line: Margot Cary leaned her forehead against the warm truck window as it bounced along the pitted Georgia highway.I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley.
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  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    January 1, 1970
    Review 11/21
  • Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley.com for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.I can totally picture this book as a movie (or a Lifetime TV special) as long as they don’t cast Reese Witherspoon as Margot. Everything about the first book in hopefully a trilogy is so descriptive. I laughed my a$$ off during the Chicago party disaster and smiled when June came tearing around the corner in the supermarket. Even though it wraps up nicely at the end, I’m Thank you to NetGalley.com for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.I can totally picture this book as a movie (or a Lifetime TV special) as long as they don’t cast Reese Witherspoon as Margot. Everything about the first book in hopefully a trilogy is so descriptive. I laughed my a$$ off during the Chicago party disaster and smiled when June came tearing around the corner in the supermarket. Even though it wraps up nicely at the end, I’m dying to get to know the other family members a little bit more.What I loved: Every single part of that kooky family could have their own book – especially Donna. Something tells me she is one who’s bit may be as nasty as her bark but she’s go to the ends of the earth for the ones she loves. I wouldn’t call them simple – just honest people who still see the good in everyone. We need more of that in this world.What I didn’t love: I just don’t understand Margot’s mother – I get that life absolutely sucks when you live with a drunk – been there and have the souvenir t-shirt. What I don’t understand is how she could harden her heart to her child. And where was the recipe for the deep fried Hostess cupcake?What I learned: Sugar on fruit? Is that really a thing?Overall Grade: B+www.FluffSmutandMurder.com
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  • Meagan
    January 1, 1970
    Molly Harper has done it again. I loved her Alaskan shifter series, Bluegrass series, and And One More Thing. Sweet Tea and Sympathy mixes Southern tradition with Harper's comedic wit. This book is a great beginning to a new series, highlighting the importance of family while giving Harper fans just enough romance to keep us satisfied. Four stars, all the way!
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  • Chrissy
    January 1, 1970
    http://rpmbt-blog.com/rpmbt/review-sw...Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper isn’t necessarily a normal read for me, but it was one that I’m glad I read.This isn’t necessarily a romance, but a journey of self discovery, forgiveness, and maybe just a bit romance. When everything blows up in Margot’s world in Chicago, which is quite hilarious as a reader to read, her long lost family reaches out to her with a job offer she can’t refuse, because it’s the only job offer she has. When she shows up http://rpmbt-blog.com/rpmbt/review-sw...Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper isn’t necessarily a normal read for me, but it was one that I’m glad I read.This isn’t necessarily a romance, but a journey of self discovery, forgiveness, and maybe just a bit romance. When everything blows up in Margot’s world in Chicago, which is quite hilarious as a reader to read, her long lost family reaches out to her with a job offer she can’t refuse, because it’s the only job offer she has. When she shows up in Lake Sackett, Georgia she stands out something fierce and definitely doesn’t fit in, but her crazy family doesn’t let her push them away like she wants too.I loved the crazy McCready family and how they embraced Margot with everything they had and how they loved her unconditionally and gave her everything they could. They taught her the ways of Southern life and gave her everything they could to make her feel comfortable, even if she swore up and down she was only going to be in Lake Sackett until she could find another job. Margot for the longest time wouldn’t bond with anyone besides her cousins Frankie and Marianne. These two drag her out and make her have fun even though she doesn’t want too. Thanks to them she gets to have a few minutes of fun with the grumpy “lumberjack” and then runs away.When she runs into the lumberjack again when she has to babysit Frankie at the school sparks fire, but things have a weird way of playing out between Kyle and Margot, and that’s perfectly fine. The banter between these two is refreshing and fun, and they both have a lot to work on themselves between anything can truly happen, but watching their friendship grow throughout this book into something more is wonderful. When Kyle needs help with the Founders Day Festival he calls on Margot for help, and finally Margot can put her skills to work and she has a drive like no other to help Kyle and the town be successful again. I loved watching Margot take charge and stand up for herself when helping out with the festival, and also with finding her footing in the family business. I just wish she would have found it sooner with her father Stan. That was a difficult part of this book, but how things played out with these two was actually perfect.Margot grew a lot in this book from the woman we met in the beginning to the one who we ended this book with. I wasn’t a fan of Margot when we first met her, but the Margot we left with was amazing. If I’m going to be honest, I kind of hated Margot, and grew to love her. The way she finally embraced who she was and let her guard down was beautiful and she truly grew into herself in this book. If you’re looking for a book about finding yourself, finding love, and embracing who you truly are and accepting change, I highly suggest picking up Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper today. This was a unique and beautiful book, and I truly loved the McCready family!I have received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Maria Logan-Montgomery
    January 1, 1970
    https://grumpybookreviewer.com/romanc...Popular author, Molly Harper, has begun a new series called "Southern Eclectic". The first book in the series, Sweet Tea & Sympathy, is due out November 21, 2017. I predict another bestseller for Ms. Harper and Gallery Books. Margot Cary is a popular planner of elite events in Chicago. Her most recent gala was certain to bring her a promotion and a hefty raise, so Margot gave up her apartment and made a downpayment on a new home. Thanks to an arrogant https://grumpybookreviewer.com/romanc...Popular author, Molly Harper, has begun a new series called "Southern Eclectic". The first book in the series, Sweet Tea & Sympathy, is due out November 21, 2017. I predict another bestseller for Ms. Harper and Gallery Books. Margot Cary is a popular planner of elite events in Chicago. Her most recent gala was certain to bring her a promotion and a hefty raise, so Margot gave up her apartment and made a downpayment on a new home. Thanks to an arrogant chef who ignored her menu regarding food allergies, a black-tie event was ruined in a spectacular way. Margot was not only fired, but blackballed in her profession, and on social media.  The matriarch of her estranged father's family in small-town Georgia contacted her and offered her a job. The job? Taking the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop into the 21st century. Yep, you read it right. The family business was the result of two brothers starting two separate business in 1928. Finances required that they share the same building, and they are still connected. Having nowhere else to go after giving up her apartment, Margot accepted the offer, and moved to the small rural town of Lake Sackett, Georgia. After a career amid glamour and elegance, culture shock was unavoidable. Soon she meets a fellow transplant, Kyle Archer, the local school principal. Southern living is gracious,   delicious, but sometimes seen as intrusively friendly by newcomers; small town politics and jealousies are anything but gracious, delicious, or friendly. Margot's family is ecstatic to see her budding relationship with Kyle, but not everyone in town is. As a resident of her small Kentucky home town, married to her high school sweetheart, Ms. Harper would know. Margot missed the big city, with its theaters, museums, and great shopping. She also loved the relaxed atmosphere, the view of the lake from her new home, and the loving embrace of her dad and his family. After slashed tires, sabotaged work, and even her family's animals targeted, should she stay or should she go? After I got over being offended at Margot's exaggerated description of all things Southern when she first arrived, I have to say, I enjoyed the book, and can't wait to read the next books in this series. Also, the author is a fellow Southerner, so I suppose I have to forgive her. What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy? Then there are the usual things: split infinitives and  referring to people as "that" rather than "who".As a Southern girl myself, I have to say I have never heard anyone say "ya" in place of "you". Look for me online as The Grumpy Book Reviewer.
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  • P.e. lolo
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful story with very good characters. You are introduced to the lead character at the opening of the book. Margot Carey is an event planner and is doing a wedding with some of the most important people of Chicago. Because of a chef changing the menu and shrimp when there were people allergic, she was late to see the flamingos making their break and causing havoc. She of course took full responsibility and then was let go by her company of ten years. A few nights later while having a littl A wonderful story with very good characters. You are introduced to the lead character at the opening of the book. Margot Carey is an event planner and is doing a wedding with some of the most important people of Chicago. Because of a chef changing the menu and shrimp when there were people allergic, she was late to see the flamingos making their break and causing havoc. She of course took full responsibility and then was let go by her company of ten years. A few nights later while having a little too much wine she is offered a job from a place in Georgia. Thinking that it was a joke she calls back the next day to find out that they are serious. She also finds out that the people that offered her the job are related to her but she has never met them, at least in her memory. The place is in Georgia, on the shore of Lake Sackett. The business has been in operation since 1928 and is named The McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait shop. One stop shopping. She is still thinking that it is a joke until she arrives to the small town and to the family property to see for herself. Margot is a fish out of water, but the author gives you very different characters to help make the story. One of the best is Aunt Tootie, then there are her two female cousins Frankie, and Marianne who work on getting her out of herself and making her welcomed. Her father is there and she is dealing with never having a relationship with him and the reasons why. She is also coming to the realization that she has become somewhat of a joke in the business because of what happened, but her former employer called for her contacts in Chicago and she did not give them up which was good. When going to a meeting with Marianne at the school for her two children she comes to meet Kyle the principle and his two daughters. She also realizes that he could use her help in planning the Founders Day Festival. This is really where the story takes a turn to drama but it only adds to the story. Of course she must decide on whether to take another job in Dallas or stay there which only adds to the story. With all of the different characters along the main character and Aunt Tootie this is a wonderful story, and the whole funeral home bait shop works. A good book. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com
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  • Brandi Hodges
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet Tea and SympathyIn this fun new book by Molly Harper we meet Margot Cary. She is an elite party planner at the top of her game when her world comes crushing down. Thanks to a catastrophe filled with seafood and flamingos she loses her job, her friends abandon her and the new home she had made a downpayment on is no longer a viable option. Now blacklisted to other employers, Margot is contacted by her long lost family. Now, she has packed up her belongings and is leaving the busy Chicago st Sweet Tea and SympathyIn this fun new book by Molly Harper we meet Margot Cary. She is an elite party planner at the top of her game when her world comes crushing down. Thanks to a catastrophe filled with seafood and flamingos she loses her job, her friends abandon her and the new home she had made a downpayment on is no longer a viable option. Now blacklisted to other employers, Margot is contacted by her long lost family. Now, she has packed up her belongings and is leaving the busy Chicago streets to move to a small Georgia town. She used to live in Lake Sackett, Georgia with her parents when she was small, but her mother packed up and divorced her (then) alcoholic father. Leaving a life that Margot no longer remembers. Now that she is back, she is with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who all remember, love and have missed her.The family business that Margot has been brought in by her Great Aunt Tootie to assist with is McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop…Most of the members of the family work for the business in one way or another - including cousin Frankie who is the mortician (and happens to love her job!)One of the first folks Margot runs across in town is a sad looking man. A visit to the local bar and a few glasses of a moonshine laden drink lead Margot to approach the mystery man and kiss him outside the bar. Imagine her surprise when she meets him in another venue - as the principal at the school her cousins children attend! At the same time, Margot is re-introduced to a member of the family she hasn’t seen in a very long time. Stanley McCready - also known as her father. Stanley lives at the funeral home/bait shop. The home he shared with his daughter and former wife stands empty on the family compound (made up of individual cabins for the family members). Connecting with this man proves to be difficult for Margot for most of Sweet Tea and Sympathy.Margot gets to use her job skills to use saving as she works to save a local festival that could help save the town.In Sweet Tea and Sympathy there are cooky cousins, a herd of dogs, a control freak PTA mom, the failure of a career and new beginnings.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley who gifted me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I've been wanting to read something by Molly Harper for a long time, and when this showed up on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance. My expectation was that since Harper is a well established author, I could assume a solid writing style and I wasn't disappointed. The Southern US setting allowed the book to have a relaxed feeling which fits well with a summer read. I struggled a bit with the pace of the story. Some Thank you to NetGalley who gifted me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I've been wanting to read something by Molly Harper for a long time, and when this showed up on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance. My expectation was that since Harper is a well established author, I could assume a solid writing style and I wasn't disappointed. The Southern US setting allowed the book to have a relaxed feeling which fits well with a summer read. I struggled a bit with the pace of the story. Some parts seemed to happen ahead of schedule and then we had to wait forever that story element to happen again. There are a lot of characters in this book and keeping them all straight was a bit confusing. I kept getting the characters mixed up, especially the minor cousins and townspeople. If this ends up being a series, that should no longer be an issue. But, having all those characters to introduce slowed down the rhythm of the story and lessened my overall enjoyment. It seemed as though Harper came to a realization that she was near her word goal and she quickly wrapped things up in a neat package. As I said, the writing was what I was expecting, I liked the main characters and the setting but I think the story could have been paced out better to really make this rounded out. If this becomes a series, I'd pick up the next one.
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  • Reeca Elliott
    January 1, 1970
    Margot considers herself the best of the best when it comes to party planning. As a matter of fact, she is going to make partner! UNTIL….the flamingos and shrimp! OMG! You have to read the book to believe it! This was the first scene in the book and it had me in stitches.Margot makes the biggest faux paus ever. She loses her job and all that’s left for her is the McCready Funeral Home and Bait shop! Yes, you heard me, McCready Funeral Home and Bait Shop! Now how southern is that. If you live in Margot considers herself the best of the best when it comes to party planning. As a matter of fact, she is going to make partner! UNTIL….the flamingos and shrimp! OMG! You have to read the book to believe it! This was the first scene in the book and it had me in stitches.Margot makes the biggest faux paus ever. She loses her job and all that’s left for her is the McCready Funeral Home and Bait shop! Yes, you heard me, McCready Funeral Home and Bait Shop! Now how southern is that. If you live in the south there is one of those on the first dirt road to the left.Margot falls back to her family she has never met. She feels out of place. But like true southerners, her family takes her in, welcomes her, and teaches her how to drink sweet tea. Then it becomes crunch time. Is she going to stay or has she finally found her place in the world.This is a fabulous palate cleanser, beach read or whatever read you want. This book hits the spot! This story had me in stitches from the get go! The author totally nailed the snarky comments and the wonderful southern ways. The characters were just that, characters. In the south there are lots of quirky people and the author knew exactly how to portray this. I adored this read and I expect great things from the next book!I received this novel from Simon and Schuster as part of the #xoxperts.
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  • Patricia Romero
    January 1, 1970
    Molly Harper is well known for her Half-Moon Hollow books. Paranormal romance in a small Kentucky town.Her titles never fail to crack me up! And since she is a former humor columnist that is no surprise. This new Southern Eclectic is definitely something I can get behind. Being a Georgia girl myself, the title kind of jumped right out at me and I just knew this was going to be good. And it is. Chicago and small town Georgia are about as far apart as you can get in a lot of ways.I don't think any Molly Harper is well known for her Half-Moon Hollow books. Paranormal romance in a small Kentucky town.Her titles never fail to crack me up! And since she is a former humor columnist that is no surprise. This new Southern Eclectic is definitely something I can get behind. Being a Georgia girl myself, the title kind of jumped right out at me and I just knew this was going to be good. And it is. Chicago and small town Georgia are about as far apart as you can get in a lot of ways.I don't think anywhere in Chicago you would find the bait store next to the funeral home, but it works. The McCready family is full of loveable characters. Even though Margot comes to town at the behest of a family she doesn't remember, she quickly falls in love with her cousins and aunts and uncles and maybe even the hot new principal. She may even find out why her father never followed her mother when his wife just up and left with Margot. Could they get another chance to be family? Or will she hightail it out of there as soon as a better opportunity comes along?These are smart, witty and downright hilarious characters and I laughed right along with everyone else!A good read about family, assumptions, and the love of family!This book will be out November 21st.Netgalley/Gallery
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    This book was filled to the brim with sweet southern charm. I was drawn into this amazing book right away and didn’t want to put it down. It was interesting, the characters were lovely and easy to relate to, the writing was vivid and hilarious, and the romance was perfect.I absolutely loved Aunt Tootsie and Frankie. They were amusing and unexpected. They made me laugh out loud multiple times in this book, something that doesn’t happen all that often. As for Margot, she grew emotionally quite a This book was filled to the brim with sweet southern charm. I was drawn into this amazing book right away and didn’t want to put it down. It was interesting, the characters were lovely and easy to relate to, the writing was vivid and hilarious, and the romance was perfect.I absolutely loved Aunt Tootsie and Frankie. They were amusing and unexpected. They made me laugh out loud multiple times in this book, something that doesn’t happen all that often. As for Margot, she grew emotionally quite a bit in this book; she started off a snotty stuck up city girl and slowly started letting go of the stress and anger and began to enjoy life in the south. I enjoyed that aspect as well.The writing was so good, I could picture the lake, the cabins, the funeral home/bait shop, and could almost taste all the deep fried desserts! My mouth watered a lot! The stories and incidents in this book were down right hysterical and I loved every one of them. This is the type of book you can read when life just has you down or you are just in the mood for something light and entertaining. *I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Margot Cary has everything she thinks she ever wanted. Her career as a high profile event planner is going great, until one fateful day when a disaster of epic proportions strikes the gala opening of the new tropical greenhouse at the botanical gardens. Now she's jobless and blacklisted, unable to even get an interview, when she gets a skype call from the great-aunt she never knew she had. Aunt Tootie has a job for her at the family business, McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop, and sudde Margot Cary has everything she thinks she ever wanted. Her career as a high profile event planner is going great, until one fateful day when a disaster of epic proportions strikes the gala opening of the new tropical greenhouse at the botanical gardens. Now she's jobless and blacklisted, unable to even get an interview, when she gets a skype call from the great-aunt she never knew she had. Aunt Tootie has a job for her at the family business, McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop, and suddenly Margot is in the middle of a huge family that she did not remember having. Life in Lake Sackett, Georgia is about as different from her life in Chicago as it can get, but there are some advantages, Kyle Archer being one of them.This was a really fun read, I loved all of the characters and the setting. Lots of warmth and humor along with the deeper story line of dealing with the past and moving on with relationships. If you like Mary Kay Andrews, you will proabably enjoy this, too.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    After an party she planned goes spectacularly wrong and gets her blackballed, Chicago event planner Margo Cary returns to her small town roots. Margo finds herself back in Lake Sackett, Georgia working for the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bate Shop. Surrounded by a large, loud family, trying to reacquaint herself with a long absent father, secretly (she thinks) job hunting, Margo remembers nothing of her first three years. She was brought up and educated by a proper if unhappy mother and a B After an party she planned goes spectacularly wrong and gets her blackballed, Chicago event planner Margo Cary returns to her small town roots. Margo finds herself back in Lake Sackett, Georgia working for the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bate Shop. Surrounded by a large, loud family, trying to reacquaint herself with a long absent father, secretly (she thinks) job hunting, Margo remembers nothing of her first three years. She was brought up and educated by a proper if unhappy mother and a British physician stepfather. Margo is overwhelmed by her family, the small town nosiness, and an incredibly attractive hookup from a local bar. Does she want to settle into small town life with back stabbing southern ladies and entrenched politics surrounded by loving family members? Can she incorporate the brooding man she briefly latched onto in a bar into her life? What does big city Margo want her life to be? This cleverly written book is filled with well rounded characters and plenty of humor.
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  • Yvonne V (Naughty Professora)
    January 1, 1970
    This was a pleasant surprise! The story of a young woman who has her career (and life) implode finds a new life, new purpose, and new future in a small southern town. The story was well paced, and allowed the reader to fall in love with not only the main character, but the quirky side characters from Aunt Tootie, to the hot young principal Kyle and his adorable daughter. Really enjoyed the second chance at romance for Kyle, and the second chance at Family for Margot. Heartwarming, fun, and charm This was a pleasant surprise! The story of a young woman who has her career (and life) implode finds a new life, new purpose, and new future in a small southern town. The story was well paced, and allowed the reader to fall in love with not only the main character, but the quirky side characters from Aunt Tootie, to the hot young principal Kyle and his adorable daughter. Really enjoyed the second chance at romance for Kyle, and the second chance at Family for Margot. Heartwarming, fun, and charming characters made this one a winner. Only one thing missing for me: I wish there was more of an explanation for Margot's father's absence in her life while growing up. This is something that could have been teased out a bit more with more details, but there was a good resolution nonetheless. Molly Harper is a new author for me, and she has a new fan! Hoping to read more of the McCready family, and really would love a story for Duffy, Frankie, and more of Marianne!
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  • Em B
    January 1, 1970
    Margot Cary has a troubled relationship with her father and his side of the family. Unfortunately for Margot, her self-imposed distance from them is about to disappear after a major (and hilarious) work disaster leaves her fired and homeless, until her McCready family members offer her a place to live and a new job in the family business - McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop.But things aren't all bad down south in Lake Sackett, Georgia - there's the gorgeous and kind Kyle Archer to keep t Margot Cary has a troubled relationship with her father and his side of the family. Unfortunately for Margot, her self-imposed distance from them is about to disappear after a major (and hilarious) work disaster leaves her fired and homeless, until her McCready family members offer her a place to live and a new job in the family business - McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop.But things aren't all bad down south in Lake Sackett, Georgia - there's the gorgeous and kind Kyle Archer to keep things interesting... I'm a big fan of Molly Harper's paranormal books, and this new contemporary romance has reaffirmed her position on my "keep an eye on" list. As always, the characters are the real draw - funny, quick and lively, they pull you into the story and keep you entertained. There were some really touching moments in this book as the characters deal with a number of emotional issues, and the blend of humour and heart made this a genuinely lovely read.
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