Review: Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper (Southern Eclectic #1)

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?



You guys. This book is so heartwarming. It is one of those reads that make you want to sit on a couch with a cozy blanket and ignore the world around you. If you love small town romances full of quirky family members, sweet tea and lots of “bless your hearts” then you are in for a treat.

Margot had it all… kind of. She had the stressful yet great job, an even more amazing salary, a shiny new apartment in the big city of Chicago and a darn good reputation as an event planner. It took shrimp and a couple of flamingos for her career to go down the drain. Then she was left homeless, unemployed and with a tainted reputation.
But god bless family. They somehow always find a way to give a helping hand even when you had no idea they existed. Which is exactly what happened to Margot. She had to move to the middle-of-nowhere, Georgia with a huge family she didn’t know the first thing about but at least she had a roof over her head and a steady job. But it was all temporary. Because as soon as she found a job in the city, she would bolt.
Things are never that simple though. Who would have thought Margot would find a gorgeous and kind-hearted man in that tiny town. And who would have thought Margot would kind of start loving her huge and (a bit) crazy family!
Suddenly leaving started looking like a bad idea for Margot.

I have to admit I thought this book was going to be full of romance. As in, flooding with romance. Definitely more romance than family. That’s not what I got. I got more family than romance. But that’s not a bad thing because I love Margot’s family. Their dynamic is something pretty much everyone craves. Where they have each other’s back no matter what and even though they are always up in your business you wouldn’t trade them for the world. It was pretty obvious to me that Margot was going to end up falling in love with her family. Then again, who wouldn’t?! They are literally the definition of Southern charm.

Kyle Archer is dreamy and also the definition of Southern charm. I mean, even his name sounds like a freaking dream. He’s a widower, father of two little girls and principal of an elementary school. He hasn’t figured out everything when it comes to raising two girls but he sure does a great job at parenting.
I wish we had more of him throughout the book. Like I said, for me this book is more family story than romance story. But all in all, I loved every glimpse of Kyle. I’m a fan of single parent romance stories and this one is definitely one of my favorites. I’m sure my fellow single parent lovers out there are going to swoon over this one.

This book is what I like to call a very mature romance story.  It contains mature characters who don’t go around doing reckless things (or not as much as young adults usually do anyway). I personally like some crazy reckless young love in my life so I may or may not have found it to be a bit slow-paced in some parts but in the end, it was a pretty great book. I definitely recommend it. I bet lots of y’all are going to love this read.


4 / 5 flowers


Massive thanks to Gallery Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!


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