“I’m just Southern enough and polite enough to say ‘bless her heart’ instead of ‘screw that knock-kneed bitch.'” ~Sweet Tea and Sympathy
Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper: 3/5 Stars
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?
This will be a spoiler free review! I hope y’all enjoy it!
I’m very thankful to have received an e-copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! Let’s just get right in to the review.
I was really excited to read this book, but I was sadly in a reading slump when I picked it up and I finally finished it. I’m happy to have finally powered through the slump. I’m glad I read this book, because despite being in a slump this book was a very easy and predictable read.
I knew from the beginning how the novel was going to unfold which means there weren’t any plot twists. That’s sayin’ something for me since I’m never good at predicting outcomes in books. However, that’s not why I gave this book three out of five stars. I gave this book three stars because it just didn’t “wow” me. I was expecting more from this book, but I wouldn’t exactly say I was disappointed. The story was still cute and the writing was great! I just wish there was a little more. The romance fell a little flat for me and it was all a little cliche.
I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. It was just another romance/contemporary. It wasn’t anything special or very different. It was still pretty good and it had some cute moments that I loved, but overall I didn’t love the book.
More on the positives it that I love the cover of this book! It’s such an amazing cover and the title is great as well! The title ties in with the story very well and the cover is just so cute!
This book is around 300 pages, or at least that’s what Goodreads tells me, and it seemed to go pretty fast for a contemporary. I don’t mean that in a bad way either! I know that I could have finished this book much faster if I wasn’t in a slump, but like I said it was a really good read for my slump, because it was fast and easy to read. The writing was good and the story was, for lack of a better word, simple. The story started off interesting and I found it to be interesting throughout. Like I said I just wish there was more to the romance. I don’t really mind the fact that it was cliche mainly because a lot of books and such can be cliche and get five stars it’s just that I was a little disappointed by the romance.
I’ll definitely give more of Molly’s books a try, because I’ve heard great things about her other novels. I didn’t dislike this book nor did I love it. This book was a good read for me and I am very happy to have received an e-copy of it. I’m sorry this review is short, but I didn’t want to spoil anything! I hope y’all liked it!