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Sweet Tea and Sympathy

Southern Eclectic series

by Molly Harper

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?

This is one of those books that is more women’s fiction than romance.  While Margot does end up with a HEA moment, a good portion of it is as much about finding a place to call home as it is a guy to share it with.

I love the fish out of water moments as Margot transitions from her life in upscale Chicago to small town living down South.  It’s definitely a different way of living but if she gives it a chance she might find her happy again.  With grit and spunk she shows those who don’t want to accept her that she might have tripped but she’s not going to go down without a fight.  It’s fun and entertaining and touching and did I say fun!  How can it not be with a combination bait shop and funeral home for the family business?