The Publisher / Author/ Book Tour Company has provided this book club with a copy of this book for review or we have purchased the book with our own funds. The opinions shared about the story are those of the book club or the individual reviewer and not influenced by The Publisher / Author/ Book Tour Company if received for review.Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper
Series: Southern Eclectic #1
Published by Gallery Books on November 21st 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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?
Although everyone really enjoyed Sweet Tea and Sympathy, responses seemed to be split between those who are already fans of Molly Harper and those who this was the first Molly Harper read.
Those who have read most of Harper – and LOVE her – felt like this had her signature sarcastic humor they love and had the dependable small town characters and hijinks they’d come to expect. Some really appreciated that, despite having her trademark humor, Sweet Tea and Sympathy took on some deeper themes than traditional Harper.
Those who were new to Harper enjoyed it, but there were some challenges in expectations. Some had really expected a more traditional contemporary romance, so the fact that it had only one point of view (despite being 3rd person) was a frustration. They wanted more of Kyle, the hero, and felt he wasn’t developed enough. Others, due to th3 cover, had expected a Women’s Fiction type read and, for them, this satisfied and surpassed expectations.
As a group, Frankie was declared the favorite character and we’re all looking forward to her story. Some had read the precursor novella, “Save A Truck, Ride a Redneck,” and insisted that it changed the whole experience of Sweet Tea and Sympathy for the better. Overall most enjoyed it and plan to read more.