Review: Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper

Posted June 22, 2018 by Francesca in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review: Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper
Sweet Tea and Sympathy
by Molly Harper

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 21st 2017
Series: Southern Eclectic #1
Published by Gallery Books
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
Pages: 320
Format: Audiobook
 

“If you like small town romances that are packed full of family fun and southern charm you won’t want to miss this series.”
~ Under the Covers

I have a confession to make.  I picked up this book purely because of the cover and the title.  I have had bad experiences in the past reading Molly Harper, as in her humor doesn’t really work for me with the paranormal romances I’ve read.  But I figured this was contemporary and it seemed like it would be a cute read so why not?

I’m glad to say that this was a much better experience than those books by miles.  While I can’t say this was a perfect read or that it had me glued to the pages, it was enjoyable and I do want to continue reading the series.

One thing remains, though.  I think Ms. Harper’s heroines are never going to be my favorites.  There’s just something about them that even while I like them (like in this case) I don’t fully connect with.  But keep in mind we’ve gotten pretty far from my heavy dislike of Jane Jameson.

Back to this book.  SWEET TEA AND SYMPATHY is the perfect type of summer read in my opinion.  Our heroine finds herself in a bad position with her career and failing at life in her city until she gets a call from her long lost family (her father’s family) and they’ve offered her a lifeline to come work at the family business in Georgia.  Moving to a different state that is the complete opposite to the pace of life she’s accustomed to and having to reconnect with her father were not high on Margot’s to do list, but they’re her only choice.

I liked that this wasn’t so heavily focused on the romance and maybe even felt more like a story about Margot’s self discovery than purely romance.  I won’t go as far as saying this felt like a women’s fiction novel but it certainly crosses over genres a bit and that worked for me in this case.  It gave enough importance to the situation our heroine finds herself in, her feelings about her father and a family she doesn’t really know.  It gave her the space to come to terms with a different life she never knew she could have.  And yes, there’s the sexy romance with a single father of two and principal of the town’s school.

Overall, SWEET TEA AND SYMPATHY was a nice and refreshing surprise.  If you like small town romances that are packed full of family fun and southern charm you won’t want to miss this series.  I, for one, plan to pick up the next one soon.

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About Molly Harper

When Molly Harper was eight years old, she set up a “writing office” in her parents’ living room, complete with an old manual typewriter and a toy phone. And she (very slowly) pecked out the story of her third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city. She had a dark sense of humor even then.

When Molly was considerably older, she headed for Western Kentucky University, where she majored in print journalism. After graduation, she landed a job with The Paducah Sun and married her high school sweetheart, David, a local police officer. After six years at the newspaper, Molly took a more family-friendly secretarial position at a local church office.

A big fan of vampire movies and TV shows, she decided to write a vampire romance novel. Molly created Jane Jameson, a bit of an accidental loser. Jane is single, almost 30, and a librarian working in Half-Moon Hollow, Ky. She has become a permanent fixture on her Mama’s prayer list. And despite the fact that she’s pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. Jane drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar. On her way home, she’s mistaken for a deer and shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire. The three-book Jane Jameson series–which includes Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs,Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men and Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever—was released in 2009. A fourth and final installment, Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors, was released in 2012.

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Amy R

Thanks for the review, this one is on my TBR pile.

denise
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denise

I’ve been curious about this book and appreciate your review.

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Sophia Rose

Glad you found your niche with the contemporaries. I’ve read all the books in the series except this one, but I had the same reaction. I found each story pleasant enough and I liked the overall family and setting. Definitely good summer reading. 🙂

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Kathy Valentine

Awesome review Francesca!! On my tbr gr list!! Shared on all my socials!!

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Sounds perfect for the summer

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I’ve got this one to listen to, picked up mainly because it was Molly Harper. I do love her PNR. I was curious to see how much romance would be in this series and I’ve been kind of nervous of trying a contemporary by Molly. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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This one has less romance than I was expecting. Not sure about the rest of the series. But it was still a nice balance. Hope you enjoy it!

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I read one of her paranormal romances and didn’t like it, may give this one a try, thanks Francesca