I think I found a new Southern contemporary favorite in the new release of “Secrets Over Sweet Tea”.
No other wild, eccentric character has been more endearing that Scarlett Jo. That woman LEAPS from the page and doesn’t mind speaking what she thinks you need to hear. And most of the time she’s right. She’s charming and sassy, smart and warm. She’s the perfect Southern character to read; truly memorable.
Zach has taken a road that so many marriages have fallen into. To watch him walk out of his affair was so difficult at times. Yes, he made some poor choices, but his growth had to be the strongest of all three main characters. One of the best scenes in the entire book was at the end where he’s talking to Grace. I wanted to slow down and savor his wisdom, wisdom having only come of a new faith in God.
I loved Grace. She made some difficult decisions, but I have the absolute most hope for her beyond this story. I’d love to know what happens to her next and maybe even Tyler. My reason to mention all three of these characters is because they are that memorable. The writing is that captivating and the Southern charm and taste that much more engaging. This one is making my keeper shelf; excellent read.
More about the novel...
Secrets can be funny things. We think they keep us safe, but more often than not, they spill out when we least expect and make a mess out of everything. It's a truth Scarlett Jo Newberry knows all too well--a truth Grace Shepherd and Zach Craig are about to learn the hard way. As the lives of this boisterous pastor's wife, polished news anchor, and beleaguered divorce attorney intersect in the tree-lined streets of Franklin, Tennessee, scandal threatens to topple their carefully constructed worlds. Grasping at survival, they embark on a journey of friendship and courage, desperate to find a way back to laughter, love, and life.