The first full length novel in the Southern Eclectic series, Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper is an absolutely charming novel of new beginnings and coming to terms with the past.
Unable to find a job after her last event becomes famous for all the wrong reasons, Margot Cary very reluctantly accepts her Great-Aunt Tootie's offer to work in the family business. Grudgingly relocating to Lake Sackett, GA, she is out of her comfort zone in too many ways to count. Margot is surprisingly enchanted by her extended family but unsurprisingly, her estranged father, Stan, continues to be a disappointment. She is intrigued by Kyle Archer and although their attraction is mutual, are either of them ready for a relationship at this point in their lives?
Margot is a bit of a snob when she first moves to Lake Sackett and despite how out of place her fancy clothes and shoes are in the rural community, she clings to her big city ways. She tries to keep her distance from her numerous family members, but they have a way of sneaking past her defenses. Charmed by their eccentricities and their big hearts, Margot cannot deny how much their easy acceptance of her means to her. However, Stan continues to keep his distance from her and she remains unforgiving when he blows his chance to start mending their strained relationship. Despite slowly coming to appreciate and enjoy her close-knit family, Margot is still planning to leave town at the first opportunity.
Margot is absolutely delighted to meet someone who can commiserate with her adjustment to life in small town America. As a transplant to Lake Sackett, Kyle has a pretty good idea just how much of a culture shock she is experiencing. Their friendship is definitely a bright spot in her (hopefully) temporary relocation but will their unexpected attraction have any impact on her plans for her future? Well, considering just how ill-prepared she feels when confronted with the depth of Kyle's situation, Margot is not sure she is the right person for him.
Sweet Tea and Sympathy is a humorous and poignant novel that is fast-paced and engaging. Margot is initially a little off-putting but as she falls under the spell of her family, Kyle and Lake Sackett, she becomes much more sympathetic and likable. Despite a bit of a romantic element, Margot's character growth is what drives the story and it is an absolute joy watching her connect with her relatives and sort through her tangled relationship with her father. A heartwarming first installment in Molly Harper's Southern Eclectic series that readers of women's fiction are going to LOVE.