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Sweet Tea and Secrets (Adams Grove #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  2,259 Ratings  ·  225 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Montlake Romance (first published April 28th 2011)
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    Suzanne Barrett
    May 23, 2011 Suzanne Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Nancy Naigle
    Aug 29, 2012 Nancy Naigle rated it it was amazing  ·  (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 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
    Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    Jun 22, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing  ·  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
    Sharon Mariampillai
    This was a great read. I really enjoyed the story. Jill and Garrett grew up together and were each other's first loves. Then, Jill moved to Savannah and met someone new. However, Garrett never gave up on their love. When Jill's grandma Pearl dies, they are brought back together. I really loved Pearl's videos that she left behind. I love how she never gave up on Garrett and Jill. I thought Jill and Garrett were meant to be together. I felt bad for Jill because she left Garrett and met a jerk. I d ...more
    Jun 12, 2012 Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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.
    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.
    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

    1) she was going to (view spoiler)
    2) she didn't even (view spoiler)
    Julie Barrett
    Apr 19, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    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
    Leanne Hunt
    Aug 15, 2015 Leanne Hunt rated it liked it
    Shelves: romance
    Small towns lend themselves to stories, and Adams Grove in Virginia provides a picturesque setting for this sweet, clean romantic novel. Although romance is not my favourite genre, I found this book relaxing and enjoyable to read. The main characters are well depicted and credible, and the plot is satisfyingly constructed with good pacing and drama. Being a stickler about writing style, I also found the book well-written, with good attention to dialogue and theme.
    Kelsey Browning
    Oct 13, 2012 Kelsey Browning rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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 15, 2011 Leah St.James rated it it was amazing  ·  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!
    Vikki Vaught
    Great characters and an engaging story. I really like Ms. Naigle's writing style. The flow is good and so is the pacing. I can't wait to read the other books in this series. They're in KU and you can listen to the audio for free. The narrator is very good. Happy reading!
    Bette Hansen
    Sep 25, 2013 Bette Hansen rated it really liked it
    Wonderfully sweet love story with tons of Southern charm. The reunion of Jill and Garrett has you rooting for the couple from the beginning. The book is filled with humor, mystery & romance. A light easy read I recommend.
    Two-haiku review:

    He cheated on her
    So she dumped him, moved away
    Returns for grandma

    All not as it seems
    Mystery and mild romance
    Just what I wanted
    Jun 06, 2015 Nana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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.
    Michelle K
    May 15, 2011 Michelle K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Great summertime read.
    Full review here:

    Jul 01, 2017 Patrizia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: romanzi-rosa
    L'idea della storia non era male, ma la resa non è sempre stata buona: in più di un'occasione ho storto il naso e la protagonista non ha mai acceso le mie simpatie. Infine, non è che il modo di scrivere dell'autrice mi sia piaciuto molto...
    Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
    originally posted at http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

    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
    Apr 24, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: indie-authors
    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
    Mar 15, 2012 Aimee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Mar 22, 2012 Leanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    May 05, 2013 Ronna rated it really liked it
    After reading one of the later books in this series, I knew that I needed to enjoy the earlier books, so I started with book one in this Adams Grove Series. This small town has everything you'd expect. In book one, one of the town's matriarchs has just died before her 85th birthday. Somehow, her granddaughter, Jill, has never considered that her beloved Pearl, would ever leave her. Everyone in town is there to support Jill in her grief.

    Jill has been working with her boyfriend to raise funds fo
    Rosy M.
    LINK: http://dragonflyliteraryblog.blogspot...

    Sfogli il romanzo, leggi la dedica – “Questo libro è dedicato a ogni donna che ha bisogno di una pausa” – e pensi immediatamente che Tè, zucchero e segreti è il romanzo giusto nel momento giusto. Non è solo la sua deliziosa cover ad attirare l’occhio, quella tazzina bianca dai motivi stilizzati con una rosa, un uccellino, no: Tè, zucchero e segreti è molto di più. Inizi perciò a sfogliarlo. Ti scappa immediatamente un sorriso leggendo le primissime r
    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
    Phyllis Johnson
    May 14, 2011 Phyllis Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Pamela Barrett
    Dec 19, 2011 Pamela Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Debbie Collins
    Nov 13, 2013 Debbie Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I loved book 1 in the Adams Grove series. Jill has to go back home, due to the death of her grandmother, Pearl, who raised her. Pearl, always the matchmaker, had high hopes for Jill and her ex boyfriend, Garrett Malloy. After the funeral, strange things start happening in the small, quiet town. Jill learns that her beloved grandmother, had secrets, the kind that brings danger to her and her friends. She also, finds out a lot of things she did not know about her current love interest. With all th ...more
    Jul 02, 2011 Kym rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
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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)” 3 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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