Title: Sweet Tea and Secrets
Author: Nancy Naigle
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: September 25, 2012
This edition of Sweet Tea and Secrets has been revised and includes new scenes.
When beloved town matriarch Pearl Clemmons dies on a warm June afternoon, the folks of Adams Grove, Virginia, can hardly believe it. Sure, Pearl was eighty-five years old, but everyone—particularly her granddaughter Jill—just assumed she would live forever. Now Jill must return home to settle Pearl’s estate, comfort a town in mourning…and face Garrett Malloy, the man who broke her heart years ago.
Making matters worse, a string of break-ins at the Clemmons place has Jill and the rest of the town on edge. She can’t imagine what Pearl possibly could have had that is worth stealing. But when Jill’s safety is threatened, she and Garrett must join forces to unearth Pearl’s secrets before someone else—someone dangerous—gets there first. Garrett may have been the last man Jill wanted to see, but now, she may not want to let him go.
This was a very sweet book. It was a clean, lovely, romance with suspense thrown in there. Nancy writes such great stories. Her writing is very easy to follow and her characters are well developed and you just love some of them so much. The great thing about small town romances is that it isn’t just about the two main characters but about all the family and friends in that town that want the main hero and heroine together and happy. I have never lived in a small town, but would love to experience a place like Adams Grove.
I enjoyed the relationship that Jill had with Pearl. You could tell they had such a deep love for each other. It was heartbreaking when Jill lost Pearl but so great to see the people in town pick her up in their arms and take care of her. One of those people included Garrett, someone Jill left behind when she left Adams Grove a year before. With Jill and Garrett, I wish there was a little more passion between them. It was almost too easy for them to fall back into their relationship. I wanted them to give into their feelings physically more than they did but then that would not have fit them as characters, so I was okay with it.
Regarding the suspense part of the story – I was hooked from the beginning to find out on who was after Jill and what they wanted. I thought I knew who was at the root of it but then was completely thrown off a few times. It was such a fun adventure that had you smiling and laughing one minute and broken hearted the next. I love those emotional reads. The book was definitely a page turner and I didn’t want to put it down until the end! If you are interested in small town romantic suspense I highly recommend this one!
Reviewed by: Amy R.