Sweet Tea and Sympathy, by Molly Harper

30753667Margot Cary is on the top of her game as an event planner in Chicago. Bridezillas, temperamental chefs, and finicky florists? No match for Margot. Shrimp, on the other hand, may just lead to the end of Margot’s career. After one disastrous high society party, no company or event planning business will touch Margot. Except, of course, the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. The McCready’s are the family Margot never knew she had — a forgotten part of her past that might just be the way to her happy future.

Sweet Tea and Sympathy was a great read to start the new year. Smart, snappy, and hilarious, with touches of romance, drama, and plenty of family. This was my first experience with author Molly Harper, but I’m glad to have read her work. I laughed out loud several times and was sad to have to put the book down when work called or my eyes wouldn’t stay open one minute more. Happily, this seems to be the first in a series of books set in Lake Sackett, Georgia.

About the Book
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?


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