Sweet Tea and Sympathy

Popular author, Molly Harper, has has begun a new series called “Southern Eclectic”. The first book in the series, 
Sweet Tea & Sympathy, is due out November 21, 2017. I predict another bestseller for Ms. Harper and Gallery Books.
 
Margot Cary is a popular planner of elite events in Chicago. Her most recent gala was certain to bring her a promotion and a hefty raise, so Margot gave up her apartment and made a downpayment on a new home. Thanks to an arrogant chef who ignored her menu regarding food allergies, a black-tie event was ruined in a spectacular way. Margot was not only fired, but blackballed in her profession, and on social media. 
 
The matriarch of her estranged father’s family in small-town Georgia contacted her and offered her a job. The job? Taking the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop into the 21st century. Yep, you read it right. The family business was the result of two brothers starting two separate business in 1928. Finances required that they share the same building, and they are still connected.
 
Having nowhere else to go after giving up her apartment, Margot accepted the offer, and moved to the small rural town of Lake Sackett, Georgia. After a career amid glamour and elegance, culture shock was unavoidable.
 
Soon she meets a fellow transplant, Kyle Archer, the local school principal. Southern living is gracious,   delicious, but sometimes seen as intrusively friendly by newcomers; small town politics and jealousies are anything but gracious, delicious, or friendly. Margot’s family is ecstatic to see her budding relationship with Kyle, but not everyone in town is. As a resident of her small Kentucky home town, married to her high school sweetheart, Ms. Harper would know.
 
Margot missed the big city, with its theaters, museums, and great shopping. She also loved the relaxed atmosphere, the view of the lake from her new home, and the loving embrace of her dad and his family. After slashed tires, sabotaged work, and even her family’s animals targeted, should she stay or should she go?
 
After I got over being offended at Margot’s exaggerated description of all things Southern when she first arrived, I have to say, I enjoyed the book, and can’t wait to read the next books in this series. Also, the author is a fellow Southerner, so I suppose I have to forgive her.
 
What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy?
 
  • Only the usual things: split infinitives and  referring to people as “that” rather than “who”.

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