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Sweet Tea and Sympathy

(Southern Eclectic #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,485 ratings  ·  628 reviews
Beloved author Molly Harper launches a brand-new contemporary romance series, Southern Eclectic, with this story of a big-city party planner who finds true love in a small Georgia town.

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
Paperback, 307 pages
Published November 21st 2017 by Gallery Books
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Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet Tea & Sympathy by Molly Harper is a 2017 Gallery Books publication.

Cute and funny contemporary romance-

For the most part, Molly Harper, is known for her offbeat and delightful paranormal romance novels.

While this new series is vastly different in terms of genre and settings- the cute, sweet and quirky elements you know, and love, are still prominently featured.

When event planner, Margot Cary's career takes an overnight downturn, she finds herself out of work and nearly homeless. Whe
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet Tea and Sympathy is book one in the Southern Eclectic series by Molly Harper. I love the cover of this book and was so excited to win it in a Goodreads Give-a-way.

Margot Cary was raised by her mother and step-father in a very un-emotional way in Chicago, Illinois. After her mother passed away and her step-father moved away, Margot remained in Chicago and became an event planner for a prestigious company. It’s one of Margot’s biggest parties and if she can pull this one off, she is sure to
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
It was pretty fun. I think you will like it if you like the Southern small town thing. Folksy. That's a word, right? That's how I'd describe the book. With a word that I think is a word.
Gee, I'm good at this writing-reviews thing.

Our heroine is Margot. She's a snooty party-planner in Chicago when her life derails and she ends up moving to Kentucky to take a job at a family business when she had no idea she had family. The business is a bait shop and funeral parlor. This is perfectly normal in th
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Party planner extraordinaire Margot has had to deal with plenty of mini emergencies and unexpected glitches during events, but the one thing she never would have predicted was that she would be (quite literally) tackling a real life angry bird situation . . . .

To make matters worse, once word begins to spread about the gala disaster, Margot loses not only her dream job, but also her loan approval on a new condo she was planning on pu
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
After a huge disaster at her event planning job Margot Cary finds herself jobless and soon to be homeless if she can't find something quick. But unfortunately for Margot in this day and age the huge catastrophe that happened at her last event has gone viral and all of her prospects are afraid of taking a chance on her so her job hunt hasn't been going well. Just as things are looking their worst Margot gets contacted by a lady that claims she's family from Margot's biological father's side and s ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book was a really fast and quite enjoyable read. After a failed high society event in Chicago, involving flamingos and shrimp, (need I say more?), event planned Margot Carey has lost her job. She has been blackballed and shunned. Really, I don't think she was to blame - at least not as much as the chef..but as her character states in the book - she lost control of the event and the workers of the event and all hell broke loose!

So after losing her job, her new home and her reputation, she re
Cindy Burnett
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was such a fun read! I have read a lot of heavier books lately, which I thoroughly enjoy, but was ready for something a little lighter, and this book was perfect. I love Molly Harper’s writing; it’s clever, often hilarious, and just plain fun. But of course what else would you expect from a book that is centered around a family business called the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop?!

Margot Cary is an estranged member of the McCready family who moves back to Lake Sackett, Georg
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*2.5 stars*

I like Molly Harper, though admittedly she isn't my favorite author, but I always find her stuff to be light and nice. Sweet Tea and Sympathy, however, simply bored me to tears. Clutches those pearls!

This book is certainly more women's fiction than romance. In fact, I kept waiting for the chemistry and romance to develop, and well into the last quarter of the story I STILL felt like nothing real was happening. If you are looking for romance-y romance, this isn't it.

Sweet Tea and Symp
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a cute, humorous, and enjoyable read. It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday and had all the remembrances of a small Southern town. The main character of Margot was both likeable (and relatable) and the addition of her motley crew of a family added to the story.

It was a fast and quick read that is pretty predictable but the journey on getting to the end was truly the best part. I definitely will be looking for more in this series in the future as well as more written by Molly Harper
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
4.5 Stars Such a fun story.
One of the things I love the most about the writing style of Ms. Harper is her snarky, dry sense of humor. It reminds me of me… lol. But it also makes for a humorous look at life even when everything we have dreamed of goes down the drain in one impressive display.

While a pity party is definitely due, life does have to move on, and moving on is exactly what Margot has to do. But why be boring? Let’s move on to a completely different world and
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2017
Have you ever read a book and felt like the author wrote it just for you? Like it truly speaks to your soul, the characters seem like your type of people and there is such a strong connection you wouldn’t be at all surprised if said characters jumped off the page and strolled into your home? That’s exactly what happened when I read Sweet Tea & Sympathy, I felt understood. That may sound silly as this book is a very lighthearted read, but it’s true! I loved everything about it from the settin ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, steamy, romance
I should probably admit up front that I'm a huge fan of Molly Harper. Her mix of Southern charm and pure snark hit my sweet spot and this novel is no exception. Indeed, this is pretty much an exemplar of her work and something I might point to as representative of what to expect with her stories. As such, the story was pretty predictable with a lot of the story beats happening right on time and about how I expected them to happen. Which I don't take at all as a bad thing as my rating will attest ...more
As a high end event planner Margot can handle just about anything. But when her crowning glory in the Chicago event planning scene goes horribly awry she finds herself unemployed and unemployable. So when her aunt who she has never met offers her a job in the family business in Georgia she has little choice but to accept.

She quickly discovers the family business is a Funeral Home and Bait Shop, she has dozens of relatives and a father who abandoned her as a child. With spotty internet and cell
Debbie Oliphant
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Molly Harper, you have a new fan!! This book had the southern comfort charm and whimsy with a little bit of Green Acres (ish) eccentricity. I loved it and the characters were so memorable, especially Aunt Tootie. She was the glue for the entire McCready clan and her type of lunacy kept it all together.

The story centers around Margot who has just been fired from her dream job as an Elite event planner in Chicago. She's humiliated and running out of money. She received a call from her Aunt Tootie,
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much fun! The characters are sharp and funny, June, the little girl was making me laugh. Loved Aunt Tootie. I would love to have a crazy funny family like this. I'm so glad this will be a series. I think I found a new favorite author. If you want to laugh and feel good and just be entertained, then pick up this book.

I received an advanced copy from Netgalley.
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
4.5 stars!!! Absolutely LOVED this small Southern town romance. It was a sweet and funny read that I was in the perfect mood for. Review to come!

Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, rabf
Sweet Tea and Sympathy

Molly Harper

Received from Netgalley

SWEET TEA AND SYMPATHY is the first book in the Southern Eclectic series. It centers around Margot failing at her job in Chicago and finding refuge at her family compound in Lake Sackett, Georgia. Her family runs the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. This is her father's family, who she hasn't seen in decades. She doesn't know any of them even though when she was younger, she actually lived at the compound. Her plan is to go ther
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, comical, fun, loyalty
I love Molly Harpers believable characters and her hysterical sense of humor. Somehow she makes the strange combination of a bait shop and a funeral parlor work as the backdrop for this story. A close, quirky family can be overwhelming to any outsider but boy is it fun watching them try to bring one of their own into the fold. Amanda Ronconi is, as alway, fantastic. She has a way of making each characters personality pop. Onto the next.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Laughs, heartwarming family time, hilarious scenes, memorable characters with a huge helping of small town & Southern twang.

In my college years, I was ALL ABOUT the cute romances (Sophie Kinsella), chick-lit (Good In Bed) & mysteries with some fun (Stephanie Plum). Somewhere between graduate sch
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Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
We first meet Margot Cary at the height of her career as an elite event planner in Chicago where everything goes spectacularly wrong. With a tarnished reputation and at the end of her lease Margot accepts an offer of employment from her estranged father's family the McCready's.

The McCready family owns a Funeral Home and Bait Shop located on the shore of Lake Sackett. The tale delivered a delightful tale as Margot gets to know the family she and her mother left behind. As her father tries to rebu
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I want to thank NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing with an e-ARC in exchange for a honest review.

Title:Sweet Tea and Sympathy

Author: Molly Harper

Page count: 320 pages

Publication Date: 11/21/2017

Synopsis: Margot is a city girl who just got fired from her fancy event planning job. She was due for a promotion and instead she was fired for something that was out of her control and completely embarrassing. While she is at the end of the rope financially, she gets a random and strange job offe
Title: Sweet Tea and Sympathy
Author: Molly Harper
Publisher: Gallery Books
Series: Southern Eclectic #1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"Sweet Tea and Sympathy" by Molly Harper

My Thoughts.....

This was quite a interesting read with some really humorous scenes that will have you laughing out loud. The memorable characters were all for the most part well developed, portrayed and believable that will definitely keep your attention. What will happen when Margot's long lost family reaches o
RoseMary Achey
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Author Molly Harper has an extensive collection of published work to her credit and throngs of passionate admirers. I picked up Sweet Tea and Sympathy because of it's attractive cover. Not sure how to categorize this title, but I would place it in the New Adult Fiction group...not my typical genre. There are several very funny lines in the book but overall the story line was quite predictable. Probably better suited to a 20 something than this old lady.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet and fun little contemporary story to listen to on my commute. I think I am going to only write long reviews about my 4-5 star reads, everything else I may just write my brief thoughts.
Sometimes you read a book and without planning it, it turns out to be exactly what you needed. This book made me smile, grin, sigh and overall just put me in a really good mood. Molly is my spirit animal in more ways than one. I loved meeting and getting to know her big family and watching her relationship with Kyle blossom. Perfect end of the year read.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not a book for everyone, but Molly Harper always manages to bring a smile to my face and the occasional LOL. Her writing is sharp, clever and creative. She brings larger than life characters to life, albeit unbelievable, but reality isn't always the point. The point is this book makes a good little escape.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of southern romantic comedy
Rated 4.5 - SWEET TEA AND SYMPATHY by Molly Harper is exactly the type of zany small-town contemporary I’ve craved and never found. I was thoroughly entertained by Harper’s wacky characters. If you love backwoods country as much as I do, you’re going love this hilarious family with hearts of gold.

Margot Cary loses her job as a high-class event planner during a comical fiasco involving shrimp-eating flamingos at an elegant fundraiser with the elite of Chicago. The photos and one-liners hit social
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Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The beginning of this book was a bit rough for me. But just because there are so many people right away and that was a bit overwhelming. But the more we get into the story the more fun it was. And actually come to think of it made us feel like Margot, who also was not used to such a bug family and the small town living.
This book was a fun, sweet and sexy story. But also with some heartbreak, and a lot of heartwarming moments. ‘
I really enjoyed the story, it was well written, a great pacing an

Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
This book reminded me so much of Sweet Home Alabama. Instead of the main character heading back to her roots to take care of a problem, in this story a problem forces the main character to head back to the roots she can't even remember.

I love dipping into some rom-coms as a palate cleanser to my normal thriller reads and this one was an absolute pleasure to read. Growing up in a military family had me living in the South (Texas and Alabama) and reading this triggered so many good memories. Hones
I really enjoyed Sweet Tea and sympathy! It was different, to me, than a lot of Molly Harper reads - but in a good way. Still plenty of humor and small town hijinks, but it also felt somehow deeper to me. You've got our main character, Margot Carey, who starts the story off in typical Harper fashion - an party snafu involving flamingos that will leave you laughing so hard you cry. But it leads her down the road of desperation and reuniting with her long lost Georgia relatives and blundering thro ...more
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