Sweet Tea and Sympathy

Sweet Tea and Sympathy

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...

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Sweet Tea and Sympathy Reviews

  • Carrie

    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.

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  • Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    Sweet Tea and Sympathy is book one in the Southern Eclectic series by Molly Harper. I love the cover of this book and was so excited to win it in a Goodreads Give-a-way.

    Margot Cary was raised by her mother and step-father in a very un-emotional way in Chicago, Illinois. After her mother passed away and her step-father moved away, Margot remained in Chicago and became an event planner for a prestigious company. It’s one of Margot’s biggest parties and if she can pull this one off, she is sure to

    Sweet Tea and Sympathy is book one in the Southern Eclectic series by Molly Harper. I love the cover of this book and was so excited to win it in a Goodreads Give-a-way.

    Margot Cary was raised by her mother and step-father in a very un-emotional way in Chicago, Illinois. After her mother passed away and her step-father moved away, Margot remained in Chicago and became an event planner for a prestigious company. It’s one of Margot’s biggest parties and if she can pull this one off, she is sure to get the partnership she has been hoping for. Things were all going so perfectly, until the chef brought out those shrimp. Who knew flamingos loved shrimp that much. The whole thing went down in history as the flamingo debacle. And just like that, her career in Chicago was over. No one could come anywhere near her.

    Out of the blue, a woman popped up claiming to be her Aunt Tootie. Margot discovers she has a whole town full of relatives from her biological father she knew nothing about. And they want to hire her. She’s about to be homeless, can’t find a job anywhere, so she takes the offer. It will just be temporary, only until she can find something better.

    Should she remember Lake Sackett, Georgia? She was so little when her mother took her away from here for a life in the big city. Her family owns the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. They are offering her a job, a place to live. But more than that, they are offering her the opportunity to get acquainted with a family she never knew. Getting to know a father she never knew. At the same time, maybe this time away will help to build her confidence back up. But as soon as one of the resumes she has sent out comes through with a job, she’s outta here!

    Kyle Archer is a widower with two little girls. The first time Margot saw him, she saw such sadness in his eyes. She can’t seem to look away from him, wondering what he’s so sad about. When she realizes what he does for a living, though, and that he’s a daddy, it makes her worry. She does not do kids. She has no experience with kids. And she’s only in Lake Sackett temporarily, until she can find a job in a bigger city.

    This book was such a fun ride. This is a quirky town and the residents are equally quirky. The longer she is there, though, the more she calms down. The more she connects with her cousins. She never really had friends before so this feels so wonderful. And then there is Kyle and his daughters. She can’t seem to keep her distance from Kyle. Her head says keep the walls up but her heart says something else.

    The whole experience in Lake Sackett turns out to be a bit of a journey of self discovery for Margot. Actually a bit of one for Kyle as well as he sorts out his feelings. His daughters were adorable as well. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the sarcastic banter and I loved the McCready’s. Book #1.5 in this series is Peachy Flippin Keen and book #2 is Ain’t She A Peach. I look forward to reading both of these soon.

  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads

    This was a cute, humorous, and enjoyable read. It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday and had all the remembrances of a small Southern town. The main character of Margot was both likeable (and relatable) and the addition of her motley crew of a family added to the story.

    It was a fast and quick read that is pretty predictable but the journey on getting to the end was truly the best part. I definitely will be looking for more in this series in the future as well as more written by Molly Harper

    This was a cute, humorous, and enjoyable read. It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday and had all the remembrances of a small Southern town. The main character of Margot was both likeable (and relatable) and the addition of her motley crew of a family added to the story.

    It was a fast and quick read that is pretty predictable but the journey on getting to the end was truly the best part. I definitely will be looking for more in this series in the future as well as more written by Molly Harper as her writing style is equal parts serious and humorous, making for the perfect combination in a novel.

  • Julie

    Sweet Tea & Sympathy by Molly Harper is a 2017 Gallery Books publication.

    Cute and funny contemporary romance-

    For the most part, Molly Harper, is known for her offbeat and delightful paranormal romance novels.

    While this new series is vastly different in terms of genre and settings- the cute, sweet and quirky elements you know, and love, are still prominently featured.

    When event planner, Margot Cary's career takes an overnight downturn, she finds herself out of work and nearly homeless. Whe

    Sweet Tea & Sympathy by Molly Harper is a 2017 Gallery Books publication.

    Cute and funny contemporary romance-

    For the most part, Molly Harper, is known for her offbeat and delightful paranormal romance novels.

    While this new series is vastly different in terms of genre and settings- the cute, sweet and quirky elements you know, and love, are still prominently featured.

    When event planner, Margot Cary's career takes an overnight downturn, she finds herself out of work and nearly homeless. When she is contacted, out of the clear blue sky, by her great-aunt on the McCready side of her family, who offers her a job in Lake Sackett, Georgia at the family funeral home/bait shop, Margot feels she has no other option but to accept.

    Once she arrives in Georgia and begins to meet her estranged father’s family, the culture shock is spectacular.

    Not only that, she knows that sooner or later she will have to stand face to face with her father, Stan, a man she hasn’t seen or heard from since she was a small child.

    But, it really is only temporary. She’s sending out her resume at every available opportunity. So, as soon as she gets a new job, she’ll be right back in the city where she belongs… right?

    The big city girl adapting to small town life might be a familiar fable, but it never seems to grow tiresome.

    In this case, hilarity is mingled with family drama, cute dogs and kids and sweet romance, peppered with just the right amount of spice, to give the story plenty of originality.

    In one or two places I guffawed out loud, and once I had to put the book down because I couldn’t stop laughing. Suffice it to say, the McCready family is a real hoot.

    Of course, there are some tender moments, too, especially between Margot and her father, who is trying unsuccessfully to build a relationship. The romance between Margot and Kyle, the widowed school principal, is very sweet and touching, as well.

    The characters develop nicely, and of course, Margot will discover that small town life has its advantages.

    Overall, this is a very light and fun southern style contemporary romance that will definitely brighten your day and lighten your mood!!

    4 stars

    * I received a complimentary copy of this book as a member of Simon & Schuster's XOXO After Dark official street team.

  • Debra

    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.

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  • Cindy Burnett

    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.

  • Jilly

    It was pretty fun. I think you will like it if you like the Southern small town thing. Folksy. That's a word, right? That's how I'd describe the book. With a word that I think is a word.

    Gee, I'm good at this writing-reviews thing.

    Our heroine is Margot. She's a snooty party-planner in Chicago when her life derails and she ends up moving to Kentucky to take a job at a family business when she had no idea she had family. The business is a bait shop and funeral parlor. This is perfectly normal in th

    It was pretty fun. I think you will like it if you like the Southern small town thing. Folksy. That's a word, right? That's how I'd describe the book. With a word that I think is a word.

    Gee, I'm good at this writing-reviews thing.

    Our heroine is Margot. She's a snooty party-planner in Chicago when her life derails and she ends up moving to Kentucky to take a job at a family business when she had no idea she had family. The business is a bait shop and funeral parlor. This is perfectly normal in the small town South. My friend lived in a tiny town here in Texas. Her mom owned the flower shop, her dad owned the funeral parlor, and he was the Justice of the Peace. They used to say that their family would "marry you and bury you." So, this quote was no surprise to me about the bait shop/funeral parlor:

    Margot has a bit of culture shock when she moves to town. I honestly know not one thing about Chicago, except that they like pizza that has limp greasy meat under the sauce on top of a giant slab of greasy bread... yeah, I said it! Come at me bro!

    Scary pizza aside, Margot is completely unfamiliar with the way people eat down in the South.

    This is true. We actually have a restaurant down the street that is famous for throwing biscuits to their diners. It's called the Potatoe Patch. And, yes, the word potato is spelled wrong on the sign. It's folksy.

    Sure it does.

    Margot immediately meets a guy and they start getting together. Let's just say that it's a good thing she met him quickly before all of the Southern cuisine does its magic, cuz everyone who moves here all nice and thin learns the beauty of yoga pants - without the yoga cuz that's weird hippy stuff.

    The breakfast they bring her:

    Some exercise company is out there wondering why their best sales are in the South, but in the extra extra large size. No smalls. Never size small...

    It could be worse.

    The guy that Margot immediately hooks up with is a widowed father of two little girls, so she's a bit scared off. Finally! A little realism. In books, every heroine is just dying to date the single fathers.

    But, in reality?

    So, I was glad she didn't automatically want an instant family. You never see men lining up to date single mothers.

    Anyway, the book was pretty fun and entertaining. It would be a good vacation read.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    *2.5 stars*

    I like

    , though admittedly she isn't my favorite author, but I always find her stuff to be light and nice.

    , however, simply bored me to tears.

    This book is certainly more women's fiction than romance. In fact, I kept waiting for the chemistry and romance to develop, and well into the last quarter of the story I STILL felt like nothing real was happening. If you are looking for romance-y romance, this isn't it.

    *2.5 stars*

    I like

    , though admittedly she isn't my favorite author, but I always find her stuff to be light and nice.

    , however, simply bored me to tears.

    This book is certainly more women's fiction than romance. In fact, I kept waiting for the chemistry and romance to develop, and well into the last quarter of the story I STILL felt like nothing real was happening. If you are looking for romance-y romance, this isn't it.

    is all about family and family dynamic. I liked that part of the story, actually. The quirky Southern family, the estranged father, the weird fishing shop/funeral home-thing was entertaining. However, a few little punchy details didn't carry the story for me.

    My overall impression of this book is that it is well-meaning. The messages were there, it

    to be funny-ish, but it feel just shy for me. It took me over two weeks to finish, and for me, a reader of 4-5 books a week, that is unheard of.

    I think many readers will enjoy this story, but it just didn't connect for me.

    *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

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    Party planner extraordinaire Margot has had to deal with plenty of mini emergencies and unexpected glitches during events, but the one thing she

    would have predicted was that she would be (quite literally) tackling a real life angry bird situation . . . .

    To make matters worse, once word begins to spread about the gala disaster, Margot loses not only her dream job, but also her loan approval on a new condo she was planning on pu

    Find all of my reviews at:

    Party planner extraordinaire Margot has had to deal with plenty of mini emergencies and unexpected glitches during events, but the one thing she

    would have predicted was that she would be (quite literally) tackling a real life angry bird situation . . . .

    To make matters worse, once word begins to spread about the gala disaster, Margot loses not only her dream job, but also her loan approval on a new condo she was planning on purchasing. Right when she’s about to give up hope, Margot receives a phone call from a long lost relative, Aunt Tootie . . . .

    (No relation)

    Making her an offer she can’t refuse . . . . basically because it’s the ONLY offer on the table. What’s the offer, you might ask? Come down and help with the family business . . . .

    Yep, you heard that right. Bait shop slash funeral home. Margot plans on only staying as long as it takes for people to forget the little snafu, but reuniting with a family she didn’t even know she had, new friendships, a potential for romance with a handsome local and the charm of the South might just change her mind.

    I think I had my expectations set just

    too high for this one. After having a pretty howling good time reading about

    combined with this being about a Yankee who finds herself transplated to the deep South had me thinking in shades of . . . .

    And while there was plenty of . . . . .

    Along with some humor . . . .

    It just felt REALLY forced. Margot wasn’t a great character which could be excused if Kyle was, but he was a big drip too. Then there were his children . . . .

    Neither did Margot! But of course

    children were different – even though they were pretty insufferable little bastards, if you ask me. And then there was the being beaten over the head by Margot’s daddy issues . . . .

    That freaking storyline was on a damn loop.

    It sucks that this one wasn’t a hit for me, but I’ve been assured

    will deliver what I’m looking for. We shall see, but let’s not forget that . . .

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