Sweet Tea and Sympathy ( A Southern Eclectic Novel) by Molly Harper

Gallery Books Release on November 21st.

Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic, #1)

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 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?

Molly Harper is well known for her Half-Moon Hollow books. Paranormal romance in a small Kentucky town.

Her titles never fail to crack me up! And since she is a former humor columnist that is no surprise. This new Southern Eclectic is definitely something I can get behind.

Being a Georgia girl myself, the title kind of jumped right out at me and I just knew this was going to be good. And it is.

Chicago and small town Georgia are about as far apart as you can get in a lot of ways.

I don’t think anywhere in Chicago you would find the bait store next to the funeral home, but it works.

The McCready family is full of loveable characters. Even though Margot comes to town at the behest of a family she doesn’t remember, she quickly falls in love with her cousins and aunts and uncles and maybe even the hot new principal.

She may even find out why her father never followed her mother when his wife just up and left with Margot. Could they get another chance to be family? Or will she hightail it out of there as soon as a better opportunity comes along?

These are smart, witty and downright hilarious characters and I laughed right along with everyone else!

A good read about family, assumptions, and the love of family!

This book will be out November 21st.

Netgalley/Gallery

 

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Monday Reading

Merry Monday! The poor sun is trying so hard to peek out of the clouds. When I would much rather take a book and crack my neighbor over the head with it. She has left her dog inside. Alone. And his either trying to communicate with the rest of the canine world or he is just being a bitch. But he has been howling for hours now and I have had it.

Did everyone get a lot of reading done over the week-end? I know I did. What’s the best thing you read this past week end? Mine was the new Sophie Kinsella book. But then her books are always a riot!

Hope your Monday is peaceful. And that you had a nice week-end!

xx Patricia

 

Hello Monday, What’s Everyone Reading This Week?

Surprise Me Coming in February!

 

Daughters of the Storm (Blood and Gold, #1) Coming March 6, 2018

The Undertaker's Daughter (Untitled #1)  Coming February 6, 2018

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters Coming December 5, 2018

Two Girls Down Coming January of 2018

These are my books for the week. What have you got on your TBR list today? I really need some suggestions on series for 13-year-old girls. Preferably a series. She’s going to be grounded a long time with no phone.

xx  Patricia    Enjoy this Clean Slate Monday!

 

A Little Girl’s Heart and a Chance to Help!

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I would love to introduce you all to Ember and her mom Jessie. When the floods hit Houston and Ember heard about it, she wanted to do her own fundraiser for a specific family her mom helped her choose.

Ember is Charli and Corbin’s cousin and Jessie is their aunt. She also teaches and runs her own ballet studio,( Ascend Studios) which is where we went for the event. Ember is 7 like Charli.

For weeks this little girl worked on making tiny wreaths, Christmas ornaments and other crafts. There was also a table with craft supplies for kids to make and take something. Auntie Jessie had made hundreds of butter cookies to sell by order. I bought 6 dozen!

So today Jessie said they raised around $300! And this was just a private FB pop up event. As Jessie said, ” Can you imagine this time of year and Christmas with just nothing?”

I absolutely love the fact of helping others on a personal level instead of writing a check and not knowing where it goes. And I am privileged to know these two. Ember is always full of great ideas and Jessie is great at executing those ideas and supporting her daughter 100%. They aren’t simply good at talking their faith, they live it. They put faith into action and those actions change people’s lives.

And from what I hear some of the kids thought it was such a great idea they want to do it also. Great kids!

If you would like to help this family you can still do so on their Go Fund Me page. Link is below.

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xx Patricia

 

https://www.gofundme.com/hurricane-reliefmcwilliams-family…

They have been taking care of the homeless in Beaumont, Tx. for two years now. And now, they are homeless. Foster-Adoptive parents Robert and Jennifer…
GOFUNDME.COM

THE HOSTAGE HEART by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (Severn House)

The Hostage Heart

Emotionally hurt in the past, a job in a large country house seems to be Emma’s best option for staying single and safe… 

When Emma Ruskin becomes governess to 10-year-old Poppy Ackroyd, the haughty Ackroyd family all treat her with contempt – particularly Gavin, the effortlessly superior eldest son.

Yet Emma realises that Gavin alone genuinely cares for Poppy and their unexpected rapport flatters and alarms her – surely he is out of her league?

But then disaster strikes when Emma and Poppy are snatched by kidnappers. Imprisoned and terrified, Emma knows they will be killed if the ransom isn’t paid – unless Gavin can get to them first…

First published as Dangerous Love, and originally under a pseudonym, this is a new edition with a new introduction from the author.

As the author states, this is a very early work. I think I will keep that in mind.

The story moves along nicely, but we aren’t really given any insight to the family until the end. They are all such different characters but very shallow from the little we know about them and their motivations.

The kidnapping was believable but the ending just was not. The story was moving along nicely and then it was suddenly all tied up and left me scratching my head.

I have heard that her later books are good so I’ll definitely give her another read.

Netgalley/Severn House  Nov.1,2017

Seashells,Spells and Caramels: Book 1 of the Spells and Caramels Cozy Witch Mystery Series by Erin Johnson

Seashells, Spells & Caramels (Spells & Caramels #1)

Imogen’s spent her twenties in Seattle, saving every penny and missing every party, to follow her dream of opening her own bakery.

When that dream goes up in flames, she accepts a spot in a mysterious baking contest—one she doesn’t remember entering. She travels to a bustling, medieval village off the coast of France and discovers an enchanting world of magic and mystery, and learns that she, too, possesses powers.

Unable to so much as cast a spell, Imogen struggles to keep up with the other witches and wizards who have come from all over the magical world to the Water Kingdom’s big competition. She juggles relationships with a sweet new friend, a snarky baking fire, and a brooding, handsome baker. As Imogen falls for this bewitching world, she fears she won’t master her magic in time to win the job of Royal Head Baker, and will be forced to return to the shambles of her non magical life.

It only gets worse, when a competitor drops dead in the middle of the big white baking tent, and Imogen’s the prime suspect. Now, she’ll not only have to survive the vampire and psychic judges, but also clear her name by finding the real murderer, before they strike again.
With a killer on the loose, a missing prince, and the Summer Solstice Festival fast approaching, Imogen will have to bake like her life depends on it- because it just might.

 

I don’t usually accept author requests. But when the author contacted me about this one, I thought well, the cover is cute and Imogene sounds like an interesting character so I gave it a read. And I really enjoyed it!

Full of quirky characters with different magical powers that they have had a long time to hone, Imogene is just discovering she has some pretty special abilities as well. She just has no idea how to use them!

With a little help and advice, she finally makes friends with her fire and gets to baking. When one of the contestants is murdered, Imogene needs to make sure her name is clear and that the contest continues. Imogene has no back up plan, its win the contest or back to her boring and unfulfilling life.

Magic and Baked Goods? Yes, sign me up. This was a fun read. When you read hard-core fiction and non-fiction regularly, a story such as this sweeps all the drama away and just leaves you smiling and laughing.

Well Done Ms. Johnson!  This book will be available on the 29th of this month.