This Chick Read: Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic book 1) by Molly Harper

Margot Cary’s career as an event planner in Chicago ends with the biggest splash in Chicago’s elite society and her name becomes synonymous with failure. What she needs is some time off for people to forget what happened, and for her to dust off her resume and find a new job. Out of the blue, her great Aunt gives her a call and asks her to come help run the family business, The McCreary Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. Yep, you wouldn’t think the two would have anything to do with each other, and no, they did not use someone’s toes as bait. Margot is skeptical about the job and doesn’t know anything about her father or his side of the family, but desperation and the need for a job makes her accept the job, at least temporarily. However, along with the job comes a family that she never knew she wanted, and a father who she thought didn’t want her.

This novel is a little bit family saga and a little bit romance. Don’t let that hint of romance fool you, this novel is about a girl who never knew she was lost, until she was found.  I loved the contrast of Margot’s fish out of water city girl attitude and the kookiness of her small town family. They had a ton of heart and the way they melted Margot’s endeared them to me and made me relish those scenes.

When Margot and Kyle meet, Margot is drawn to his sweet sadness. I don’t want to say their love story was lackluster, but it was certainly secondary to her need to learn about this new family and get to know a father that she felt abandoned her as a child and that didn’t disappoint me at all. Kyle was certainly wonderful, but he had a lot going on in his head too. I liked how the gentle Southern pace of their romance allowed the reader to focus on the other more central story line about family and roots and also made Kyle’s journey of acceptance of this new relationship feel real.

The name of this book, Sweet Tea and Sympathy was certainly apropos both to the southern roots of Margot’s family and also some of the challenges that needed to be overcome by both Margot and Kyle before finding happiness. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review and it was honest.

Sweet Tea

Click this link to purchase!  Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic Book 1)

Copyright 2017 Deborah Kehoe The Reading Chick All Rights Reserved

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This Chicks Sunday Commentary: Book Club- More Wine Please…

I love getting together with friends having some cocktails, food, and dishing on a good book. It’s a great time to get away from problems at work, and you can leave your husband and kids at home.  It’s the best hour and a half vacation in the middle of my week! But, sometimes that book club starts to feel like a chore.  Here are a few tips to keep it fun!

1) Don’t captain the Book Club Ship!  Wouldn’t it be more fun if you just showed up, ordered a drink and had fun with your friends? Yes it would! Looking over your shoulder for your boss and tearing your hair out in panic while google searching book club questions is no way to spend your last half hour at work! 


2) Can we pick a fun book to read please?  I get it. We all have different tastes in books. I got my fill of Pride and Prejudice while in college and other people think thats what a book club should be about. Be adventurous! Pick out a juicy book- think sex. Lots of it! There’s nothing more fun than giggling about the sex scenes with your friends. You might even get some great tips!  Lol.


3) Keep your group small. Unless you are meeting at someones home, it’s hard to hear people across a big table. Remember, you will be talking about things that might be overheard by Grandma and Grandpa sitting at the next table. Although truly, Grandpa would probably love to hear our unsavory discussion about the hero in our book! Grandma may want to thank us later!

4) Finish the book! Ok, I’ll admit, I have been totally guilty of this one. I know some friends who read on their phone at work just to get it finished! Remember though, if the book is a mystery and half the group hasn’t read it, the ending will be spoiled. If we hate it, you will hear we hated it! Who would want to finish a book if no one liked the characters, the writing sucked, etc? It happens! Not all books are great, but do your part and finish the book so you can give your honest opinion.


5) Take part in the discussion! That’s why we have alcohol. It loosens lips, so hopefully even our quiet friends will take part. Don’t drink? Sugar is the next best thing! Order lots of dessert. Sugar high’s and alcohol buzzes are remarkably similar. Both cause hyperactivity and chatter.


I am totally trying to be funny and make a joke out of how serious some book clubs take themselves. For those of you who like those, I apologize! I like the next great book just as much as the next person, however, truthfully 95% of the time I’d pick Kristen Ashley over Jodi Piccoult. If I could just find that Kristen Ashley book club!  Lol.

Until next Sunday!

Deb

This Chick: Take ONE book off your TBR and join our discussion!

Yesterday in my Sunday Commentary post an idea germinated between Donna @ Heron There & Everywhere and me. My post Lets Talk Books was a brief post asking for your help on what to read next. I gave six choices and Donna commented that she’d had Kulti by Mariana Zapata on her kindle for awhile and maybe we should read it together? I thought that sounded like a fun idea. We could read and review it, and link to each other’s posts!

If both Donna and I own this book and have let it sift to the bottom of our TBR pile,  how many other bloggers also have it, want to read it, and just haven’t gotten around to it?

Read it with us!

Rules! There aren’t really any but the following…

1) Read Kulti by Mariana Zapata


2) Post your review on May 15, 2017

3) Link back to Donna’s and my blog, and we’ll add your review links to ours!

Please let me know in a comment below if you are going to take part. I would love to belong to a book club with my fellow bloggers! But, if it’s just Donna and I, I’ll expect you all to read our reviews, like them, and be super jealous that we took one book off our TBR’s!

I look forward, to reading your review of this book!

Here’s a synopsis of Kulti to get you excited to start reading. I love sports romances, and this one has a twist! Our protagonist playing sports is female….

“Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.”

When the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to.

It didn’t take a week for twenty-seven-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon—why she’d ever had his posters on her wall, or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.

Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man that hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been.

Nothing could have prepared her for the man she got to know.

Or the murderous urges he brought out in her.
This was going to be the longest season of her life.

This Chicks Sunday Commentary: Let’s Talk books!

When I first started blogging it was because I loved to pass on a great book to my friends. Are you one of those people who can have a conversation with anyone about anything? I am. It’s a part of my job to entertain, make people like me, and hopefully buy what I’m selling. Get your minds out of the gutter! I sell advertising! Which does require me to talk, but I’ve really noticed that when I ask or get asked about the last book I’ve read, my whole persona changes. I sit up straighter, smile and start glowing about a good book. So when I started this blog, I thought I’d be conversing with people who read and enjoy books like I do. And I am! I even occasionally come across someone who is as infatuated with a book as I am, which is fun, but it doesn’t happen as often as I thought it would.

So I’m going to try something a bit different for this weeks Sunday Commentary. I’d like you all to choose my next book..  If you have read any of the following books and think it was awesome, so-so, or awful, give it a shout out!  I will read what the majority chooses, review it, link it back to you all, and lets chat! These are books I have on my TBR, kindle, or have gotten as gifts and are ready to read! I’ve chosen six, because, well, I had gotten to five when I skimmed down my Kindle to the Z’s and saw a Mariana Zapata book that has been sitting unread for over a year. So I added it! You’ve got six titles to choose from, and I tried to mix up the genres a bit.

1)  I read the third book in this series first and it was great! Makes me want to start from the beginning of the series.

2) I read and reviewed Now That It’s You and liked this authors writing style, so I picked this one up on sale… awhile ago. Lol.

3)  I have had this book for a few months. It was part of my Uppercase Box subscription and I still haven’t gotten to it…

4)  I received this book for free at the RT Convention LAST year. I’m heading to this year’s convention on 4/30…

5)  this was on sale on Amazon for .99 and I saw so many great reviews… 

6)  I do love sports romances, and had heard great things about this author. Then I read the Wall of Winnipeg and Me, which was exceptional! I just need to get to it!

Ok, folks, what will it be? What book did you love? Love to hate? Or wished was just a touch better? OR, is one of these books on your own TBR list? Read it with me!  

Let me know which is your choice, I’ll read it, review it and let’s talk about it!

I can’t wait to read what you choose…

Deb