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Sweet Tea and Secrets (Adams Grove #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,321 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Adams Grove is mourning the loss of Pearl Clemmons, known for her award-winning chocolate pecan pie and the best unsolicited advice in the county.

When Jill returns to settle her grandmother’s estate, she’s greeted by a Clydesdale-sized guardian dog who doesn't seem to be earning his stripes (although he drools on them pretty well), and Garrett Malloy, the ex-fiancé she lef
Paperback, 360 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Montlake Romance (first published April 1st 2011)
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Suzanne Barrett
Betrayed by her long-time steady, Garrett Malloy, Jill Clemmons fled Adams Grove, Virginia to work for–and then live with--Bradley Kase. Now she’s returning, and memories of life in the small town, and her lingering and unwanted attraction to Garrett remain.

Grandma Pearl always said you should live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says, “Oh shit, she’s awake!” Hard advice for Jill to follow, even harder when she must come home to bury t
Alle Wells
Many novels try to capture the magic of southern country charm, but "Sweet Tea And Secrets" nails it, hands down. The people of Adams Grove are truly southern, right down to the woven placemats and the dreaded sunburn. Step inside the church fellowship hall or join the Fourth of July picnic and find Pearl's Blue Ribbon Chocolate Pecan Pie and Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies. "Sweet Tea And Secrets" is the South I know and love, filled with strong, intelligent, and heartwarming people who, somet ...more
4 stars for the setting, characters, and story.

0 stars for the obtuse heroine

DNF @ 61%

I don't think I'm the intended audience. There was a scene that the heroine walked in on (view spoiler) Now, I understand how upsetting that might be for someone in her situation except

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I have been in a reading rut, which I know I have mentioned in previous posts. Currently, if a book is not capturing my attention when starting it, I have just been getting bored. I want that read that is going to make me not want to put it down and see what happens. So, I sat on my couch and looked through my e-reader and I came across this one, Sweet Tea and Secrets: An Adams Grove Novel. I decided to give it a shot, see if this one could captivate me. It did, from the beginning. The grandmot ...more
Julie Barrett
Sweet Tea and Secrets by Nancy Naigle
Jill and Garrett grew up living in the same town but she got a career opportunity in another state and went for it.
Upon her grandmother dying she moved back to town to deal with the property and ran into her long lost friend.
Just simple free things one could do to show their affection towards one another was priceless.
In her will the grandmother, Pearl had plans for them to live together and then after a set period of time if it hadn't worked out they could s
Nancy Naigle
Aug 19, 2014 Nancy Naigle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey Friends -- no fair for me to rate this one...I wrote it.

When beloved town matriarch Pearl Clemmons dies on a warm June afternoon, the folks of Adams Grove, Virginia, can hardly believe it. Sure, Pearl was eighty-five years old, but everyone—particularly her granddaughter Jill—just assumed she would live forever. Now Jill must return home to settle Pearl’s estate, comfort a town in mourning…and face Garrett Malloy, the man who broke her heart years ago.

I hope you'll fall in love with Adams Gr
I was fortunate to receive a First Reads copy of this book. I enjoyed the small town setting and the characters. Good story line. Personally, I would have preferred a bit more mystery and a bit less romance for the mix. Good choice for an afternoon read.
Andrea Jackson
Re-read May 2015

This was a nice low-key romantic suspense. Part of the charm was in the setting of the small town in Virginia. The heroine, Jill, returns there when her beloved grandmother dies and things reignite with an ex-boyfriend. This one of those cozy romances. There was lots of action but there was also strong interaction between likeable townspeople. The brief appearance of the grandmother, Pearl, at the beginning was a total treat. And throughout the story, were these wonderful yummy r
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jul 17, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeannie and Louis by: Goodreads
In Adam Grove, Virginia, I was introduced to a lovely, talented, young woman named Jill Clemmons. Jill is instantly likable and we are thrown into a wonderful birthday scene of her Grandmother's.

The next scene has us in despair. Grandmother has passed and Jill not only needs to deal with the emptiness, but also a severe betrayal by her live-in boyfriend. Why the betrayal? Is something going on?

Naturally, Jill returns to Adam Grove and reunites with her former love, best friends, and the changes
Pearls of love and wisdom handed down from heaven.

Sweet southern goodness all around. Captivated by the plot and characters and looking forward to the second series. Good reading.
Very sweet-natured story and lead protagonist with bite; after I finished I was craving two things: time with my grandmother and a glass of sweet tea (and I don't mean Lipton), the real kind that you enjoy while sitting in a rocking chair on a porch watching an afternoon thunderstorm roll in, in the south.
Kelsey Browning
Nancy Naigle has a talent for writing setting as an actual character. I fell in love with Adam's Grove and the special quirks that make small towns so special. I enjoyed getting to know Jill, Garrett and Clyde. Can't wait for the next Adam's Grove book!
Leah  St.James
Jul 26, 2011 Leah St.James rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of sweet romances
Ms. Naigle brings us a wonderful slice of small-town America in a distinctly southern voice that makes me want to drown my hurry-up city ways in my own home-made pitcher of sweet tea! :-) Can't wait to try some of the recipes in the book too. Nice job!
I have read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The author has captured the flavor of small-town Virginia along with the pecan pie and sweet tea. The characters are warm and the story is a page-turner - an entertaining read!
Michelle Kelly
Great summertime read.
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Adam's Grove is a charming, vivid world that came to life for me and reminded me of my own small hometown. It's an archetype for the American South that works well at carrying the story. The characters were well-rounded; you'll find yourself cheering for Jill and grieving over Pearl as if you've known them all your life - like they were just a couple gals from your own neighborhood. It was flawlessly plotted - balancing suspense and romance seamlessly. A nice touch at the end - Naigle includes a ...more
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Sep 23, 2012 Lyn (Readinghearts) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mostly romance readers who like stories with a southern voice.
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: Sisterhood of the Traveling Book
A friend of mine called this book "whole lot of love story and a little bit of mystery, with a southern drawl." (Thanks Pamela). Let me just say that her statement sums this book up so perfectly that I had to borrow it for my review as I couldn't think of anything better to say. Nancy Naigle is a great new voice in Southern lit. Her first novel, Sweet Tea and Secrets, is a delightful read which takes place in a small Southern town where everyone knows everyone else. The main protagonist, Jill, r ...more
Laurie Franco
I finished this book in about a day, and I have to say that for me, this is one of those books that I wish would never end! The story had it all. Loss, betrayal, second chances at love.....and a treasure waiting to be found. Seriously, what more could a girl ask for? The main character Jill is so likable, even when you want to smack her for being SO pigheaded about her exboyfriend (and one true love??) Garrett. And GARRETT sounds like the man every girl would love to call her own! I do have to a ...more
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The book begins with Jill driving to Adams Grove to celebrate her beloved Grandmother's Birthday. At the Birthday we learn a little back story and from there the real story begins. Jill gets a call while at a Gala that she organised. Her Grandmother Pearl is dead.
It was a horrible blow to Jill. She rushes back to her home town to see her grandmother buried but ends up in a mystery. The thing is she doesn't know she is part of a grand mystery until it sneaks
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Grandma Pearl was a matchmaker indeed. She was also loved by the town of Adams Grove. When she passed on, she left behind a trail of secrets for her granddaughter Jill to follow. And, with her matchmaking skills in mind, before she died she set out to encourage Jill and Garrett to rekindle their relationship. It would be a win-win situation for all parties involved.

Jill left Adams Grove a year ago, to begin a new life with a great new
Jill returns to her home after being away for a year. She left Adams Grove after breaking up with her long time boyfriend Garrett. Jill returns because of the death of her beloved Grandmother Pearl. She moves back into their home even after being warned about some break-ins at the house. Jill slowly realises there is something going on and that she might be in some danger. Can she overcome her anger towards Garrett and let him help her through a difficult time and maybe find a way for them to ge ...more
ARe Cafe
This is a lovely, emotion-ridden book that at times brought me to tears. The author has created a wonderful woman in Grandmother Pearl and an intriguing mystery about her long ago lover, along with the unknown treasure. Pearl has a way of drawing the reader to her throughout the book, even after her death. Pearl’s ability to direct people, even beyond the grave, is perhaps unrealistic, but the reader cannot help but accept her. Jill, an interesting character, finds herself pulled in two directio ...more
Phyllis Johnson
When Jill decides to go back to Adams Grove, little does she know that her world is going to be turned upside down in a short amount of time. The only family she has left, Grandma Pearl, the pie baking, advice giving matriarch, dies unexpectedly and leaves behind a mystery that ultimately has Jill questioning her current relationship with Bradley Kase and the one she left behind. Garrett Malloy, her old flame, brings back to mind some good old times and helps her dig her way out of some narrow e ...more
Caren ~ the misfit geek
This was a fast, easy summer read. I really enjoyed the flow and pace of the story. It is a sweet love story with some mystery and suspense thrown in to keep it interesting. It is set in a southern town filled with great charm. The story itself holds a special kind of charm. It was just easy to become swept away by the story.

The characters are well developed. They are easy to connect to and lovable for the most part. The villain is easy to hate and reveals himself early. I was rooting for Jill a
This was actually a really cute and sweet story. I loved the romance and the suspense edge it had. Although you could see right away that Bradley was a huge prick, I had no idea how much until the very end. Con men suck!

I am actually excited to read this series for the first time now when all the books are out. Looks like I have the next few days planned reading. This story was not only well written but it had an emotional side to it that had me tearing up and now I am craving more of this town
Pamela Barrett
Jill and Garrett were childhood sweethearts until Jill breaks it off after a misunderstanding. Then Bradley comes along and steals her away with his big city charms and a job offer she couldn’t refuse—working for one of his charities. Jill’s grandma Pearl, who raised her, thinks that Jill has made a mistake and at every opportunity she tries to her back together with Garrett. The problem is that Jill won’t even forgive him. All that changes when Pearl passes away and Jill, home for the funeral, ...more
Grandma Pearl Lives in Adams Grove and is known for her award-winning chocolate pecan pie and for giving out the best advice, whether you ask for it or not! Her Southern Hospitality and Grandmotherly ways
engulf you like a warm hug. Shortly after returning home to attend a surprise party for Grandma Pearl, Jill gets a call from her ex-fiance’ that Pearl has passed away. Jill returns to Adams Grove, to find out she didnt know everything about Grandma Pearl.

I found this book to have a small town, w
Mary: Harry Dresden's Love Slave
This was pretty good but I docked it a couple of stars for one main reason. It was very predictable. I knew exactly who the bad guys were and why they did what they did almost immediately. Obviously with a romance book you know the main H/H are going ot end up together so that was no surprise. I just kept hoping the author would give me a surprise twist or something.

I normally like books a lot spicier than this one. But I only dock a star for lack of sex scenes if the author keeps bringing them
This book was a struggle for me to get through. The character development was shallow and the storyline was predictable.

I was three quarters of the way through when the "who done it" mystery was solved. I couldn't decide whether or not to read on. The only reason I chose to finish the book was find out where the pearls were hidden.

Mostly I rated this book low for the editing. There were so many typographical and grammatical errors. There were also a couple of storyline errors that made you stop
I really enjoyed this book and it's southern charm. This book is part of the Adams Grove series but can be read as a stand alone. The story is about Jill and Garrett,who were childhood sweet harts who haven't seen each other in a year. They start talking again after the death of Jill's grandmother Pearl, who leaves Jill and Garrett a video and even in her death is trying to play match maker. This book has it all, grief from loosing Pearl, romance, humor, danger, and suspense. It also has a big s ...more
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“Love’s kind of like sweet tea. The secret is all in having the patience to let it steep. ~ Pearl Clemmons (Sweet Tea and Secrets)” 1 likes
“Jill Clemmons started each day with Grandma Pearl's favorite quote mind: Live your life in such a way that every single morning when your feet hit the floor, Satan shudders and says, "Oh shit, she's awake!"
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