Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic #1)


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 businesses in the same building back in 1928, and now it’s become one big family affair. And true to form in small Southern towns, family business becomes everybody’s business.

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot’s rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society, and made elegance and glamour her business. She’s riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she’s blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start—and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

As Margot finds her footing in a town where everybody knows not only your name, but what you had for dinner last Saturday night and what you’ll wear to church on Sunday morning, she grudgingly has to admit that there are some things Lake Sackett does better than Chicago—including the dating prospects. Elementary school principal Kyle Archer is a fellow fish-out-of-water who volunteers to show Margot the picture-postcard side of Southern living. The two of them hit it off, but not everybody is happy to see an outsider snapping up one of the town's most eligible gentleman. Will Margot reel in her handsome fish, or will she have to release her latest catch?


A wonderful story with very good characters. You are introduced to the lead character at the opening of the book. Margot Carey is an event planner and is doing a wedding with some of the most important people of Chicago. Because of a chef changing the menu and shrimp when there were people allergic, she was late to see the flamingos making their break and causing havoc. She, of course, took full responsibility and then was let go by her company of ten years. A few nights later while having a little too much wine she is offered a job from a place in Georgia. Thinking that it was a joke she calls back the next day to find out that they are serious. She also finds out that the people that offered her the job are related to her but she has never met them, at least in her memory. The place is in Georgia, on the shore of Lake Sackett. The business has been in operation since 1928 and is named The McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait shop. One stop shopping. She is still thinking that it is a joke until she arrives to the small town and to the family property to see for herself. Margot is a fish out of the water, but the author gives you very different characters to help make the story. One of the best is Aunt Tootie, then there are her two female cousins Frankie, and Marianne who work on getting her out of herself and making her welcomed. Her father is there and she is dealing with never having a relationship with him and the reasons why. She is also coming to the realization that she has become somewhat of a joke in the business because of what happened, but her former employer called for her contacts in Chicago and she did not give them up which was good. When going to a meeting with Marianne at the school for her two children she comes to meet Kyle the principle and his two daughters. She also realizes that he could use her help in planning the Founders Day Festival. This is really where the story takes a turn to drama but it only adds to the story. Of course, she must decide on whether to take another job in Dallas or stay there which only adds to the story. With all of the different characters along the main character and Aunt Tootie, this is a wonderful story, and the whole funeral home bait shop works. A good book. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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