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

  • Jacob Proffitt

    I should probably admit up front that I'm a

    fan of Molly Harper. Her mix of Southern charm and pure snark hit my sweet spot and this novel is no exception. Indeed, this is pretty much an exemplar of her work and something I might point to as representative of what to expect with her stories. As such, the story was pretty predictable with a lot of the story beats happening right on time and about how I expected them to happen. Which I don't take at all as a bad thing as my rating will attest

    I should probably admit up front that I'm a

    fan of Molly Harper. Her mix of Southern charm and pure snark hit my sweet spot and this novel is no exception. Indeed, this is pretty much an exemplar of her work and something I might point to as representative of what to expect with her stories. As such, the story was pretty predictable with a lot of the story beats happening right on time and about how I expected them to happen. Which I don't take at all as a bad thing as my rating will attest.

    But that makes this very hard to review on its own merit. I really liked Margot and she had my full sympathy with her retreat to the family she never knew when her professional life blows up in spectacular fashion. I found her family loveable and really enjoyed getting to know them. I love that Harper made the family's "funeral home and bait shop" business actually hang together beyond the punchline it would have been with a less-careful author. And I loved all the sweet souls in their small town and how well they worked as fully-fleshed characters that still served as backdrop in Margot's story of growth and maturation.

    And Kyle was just adorable. As were his kids. And no, that doesn't mean Harper played them for sweetness and puppies because she's way too talented to put up with that.

    And now I'm gushing. Ugh. Let me cut this short. It's typical for Molly Harper which isn't going to be a fit for all readers. I love the banter and the setting and the characters and had a really hard time putting it down. And if I have anything to say about it, bacon will be known in our home as "nature's glorious meat candy" from now on.

    : There are only a couple explicit sex scenes and Harper actually pulls the curtain before things go terribly far. And that fit this story very well, I think. So this is the low side of my steam tolerance.

  • 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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  • Marla

    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.

  • Ian

    As a high end event planner Margot can handle just about anything. But when her crowning glory in the Chicago event planning scene goes horribly awry she finds herself unemployed and unemployable. So when her aunt who she has never met offers her a job in the family business in Georgia she has little choice but to accept.

    She quickly discovers the family business is a Funeral Home and Bait Shop, she has dozens of relatives and a father who abandoned her as a child. With spotty internet and cell

    As a high end event planner Margot can handle just about anything. But when her crowning glory in the Chicago event planning scene goes horribly awry she finds herself unemployed and unemployable. So when her aunt who she has never met offers her a job in the family business in Georgia she has little choice but to accept.

    She quickly discovers the family business is a Funeral Home and Bait Shop, she has dozens of relatives and a father who abandoned her as a child. With spotty internet and cell phone reception, no Starbucks or even a shop that sells fruit, Margot is well out of her comfort zone but with the help of a brooding school principal, his two young daughters and her crazy family she gradually finds a place. The only problem is Lake Sackett is a dying town. The tourists have abandoned them, businesses are closing and there isn't much of a future for someone with her skills.

    I read a lot of books and honestly I've read pretty much every story before, usually more than once. There aren't too many books I wished would just keep going indefinitely. There aren't too many authors I'll buy just because their name is on the cover.

    But this is that book and Molly Harper is that author.

    I loved everything about this book. I wanted more of every single character. So much love for

  • 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.

  • Chris  Carroll

    4.5 Stars Such a fun story.

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    One of the things I love the most about the writing style of Ms. Harper is her snarky, dry sense of humor. It reminds me of me… lol. But it also makes for a humorous look at life even when everything we have dreamed of goes down the drain in one impressive display.

    While a pity party is definitely due, life does have to move on, and moving on is exactly what Margot has to do. But why be boring? Let’s move on to a completely different world and

    4.5 Stars Such a fun story.

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    One of the things I love the most about the writing style of Ms. Harper is her snarky, dry sense of humor. It reminds me of me… lol. But it also makes for a humorous look at life even when everything we have dreamed of goes down the drain in one impressive display.

    While a pity party is definitely due, life does have to move on, and moving on is exactly what Margot has to do. But why be boring? Let’s move on to a completely different world and live with people we don’t know!

    The family is quirky and a bit wild but you will quickly fall for them right along side of Margot. And Kyle – a blend of sweet and sad, and a perfect balance for Margot’s life. I love the wild passionate streak they have going on!!

    Refreshing and fun, with bouts of pity party going on, Sweet Tea and Sympathy is a delightful read that offers a look at a second chance in life. From family to work, even to love, this book has it all. Absorbing and highly entertaining, you will not want to put this one down.

    Copy received for review consideration

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  • 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*

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