Sweet Tea and Sympathy

Molly Harper

Received from Netgalley

SWEET TEA AND SYMPATHY is the first book in the Southern Eclectic series. It centers around Margot failing at her job in Chicago and finding refuge at her family compound in Lake Sackett, Georgia. Her family runs the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. This is her father’s family, who she hasn’t seen in decades. She doesn’t know any of them even though when she was younger, she actually lived at the compound. Her plan is to go there, regroup and let all the media attention die down. Then she will actively look for another event planner job and continue on with her career. Well, at least that’s what she thinks is going to happen.

Her family welcomes her with open arms, even though she feels like they are complete strangers to her. Her family is very large and very nosy and I found myself giggling out loud over and over again. Margot knows nothing about the south and their customs and southern ways and it is hysterical as she learns them. SWEET TEA AND SYMPATHY is a very entertaining read and once I started reading it was very hard to put down. It is total culture shock for Margot and she plans to run to her next job in a big city as fast as she can.

I devoured every single page of SWEET TEA AND SYMPATHY and when I finished I found myself wanting more. I loved all of the characters and wish I had a crazy and funny family like Margot does. The tender moments in the story really pull at the readers heart strings. I loved how her dad tried to build a relationship with her even though he has been absent for most of her life. Then the romance between Margot and Kyle, the widowed elementary school principal is sweet but also frustrating at times. Both of them agree that they aren’t in the right place in their lives for a relationship and agree to just be friends. Well, you know how that is going to go right? SWEET TEA AND SYMPATHY is southern charm at its finest! I can not wait to continue this series.


KK~coffee ~_Susan



My friend Sandy @sandysbookaday) tagged me for this “Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” Tag 🙂 This meme was created by Perfectly Tolerable. Go check out this blog.

Thanks for tagging me Sandy. I’m not much for reading classics so this is probably going to be a bit embarrassing!! Oh well, here we go………

If you haven’t already, go check out Sandy’s blog



So, let’s check out this list!


100 Books To Read In a Lifetime List


Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll  Yes
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt  Yes
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume  yes
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
Charlotte’s Web E. B White  yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Dune Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder  Yes
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak  Yes
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank  Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green  Yes
The Giver Lois Lowry
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins  Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy Yes
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susanne
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak  yes


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Happy Sunday and thanks for reading!



About the Book


Title: Son of Promise

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Woman’s Fiction

Be it known, your sins will find you out, but God’s mercy endureth forever!
Can a wife find the grace to forgive when her husband’s withheld the truth?
Travis Buckmeyer has a secret son, and the morning’s come to tell his sweet wife. He hates breaking Emma Lee’s heart. She promised him one ten years ago, but hasn’t been blessed to carry a baby to term. Every miscarriage made the telling harder, but now his clock’s run out. He’s going for his son, praying he won’t lose her.
Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author


Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-two years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.


Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo

SON OF PROMISE—a companion story to my Texas Romance Family Saga’s book ten CHIEF OF SINNERS—features Travis and Emma Lee Buckmeyer, who readers first meet in CHIEF. She’s the sister of its heroine Sandy Harris, and he is a friend of its hero Buddy Nightingale; he’s also the son of Crockett Buckmeyer (from book eight COVERING LOVE) and grandson of Patrick Henry Buckmeyer (hero of book one VOW UNBROKEN).
A standalone, it isn’t necessary for readers to know all these ancestors to enjoy SON OF PROMISE, but those who do will surely love it all the more. What I know is that this couple won a chunk of my heart. Their faith is outstanding and their love inspiring. In the ’40s, Emma Lee didn’t have the fertility options young women do today, and miscarriage after miscarriage left her hurting. That’s why he hadn’t told her.
He didn’t want to hurt her, but circumstances had changed, and time was up. She had to be told that morning he already had a son born from a one night liaison thirteen years before because he was leaving to claim his Cody from a reform school and bring him home.
The boy had never known real love, but I loved him from the first. Forced to grow up way too fast—lying, stealing, and participating in most any other rebellious act—he’s missed so much. He’s overwhelmed with Travis and Emma Lee—their home, their partnership and love for each other, and their generosity toward him.
He planned to light out from the start, but days piled on top each other, and he never pulled the trigger.
In VOW UNBROKEN, there was an awesome canine named Blue Dog, and I went into his POV (Point Of View—got into his head) a couple of times. My Simon & Schuster editor ‘requested’ that I lose those segments, and so I did. But in this novel, I get into a canine’s head again . . . I’m hoping readers will find that fun.
In years past, I owned, managed, and milked a herd of eighty-plus dwarf goats and loved their Great Pyrenees guardians, so it was fun to include them in the story. I love how Emma Lee was able to sell her paintings for exorbitant prices, but remained so humble and unassuming. And that she and Travis opened their home (they’re so much like my husband and me) to total strangers. We’ve had so many people live with us over the years, to help them, be blessings—the hands and feet of God in the earth.
I pray my story gives God glory and that its readers will be drawn closer to Him through it. He blesses me and highly favors me daily. I can’t thank or praise Him enough!

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Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 18

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Maureen’s Musings, January 20

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Bibliophile Reviews, January 21

Reading is My SuperPower, January 22 (Interview)

A Greater YesJanuary 22

Texas Book-aholic, January 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 23

Baker kella, January 24

Janices book reviewsJanuary 24

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 25

Jeanette’s ThoughtsJanuary 25

Quiet Quilter, January 26

Carpe Diem, January 26

C Jane Read, January 27

A Baker’s Perspective, January 27

Simple Harvest Reads, January 28 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

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BigreadersiteJanuary 30

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 31

Avid Reader Book Reviews, January 31




To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away

GRAND PRIZE : $50 Amazon Gift Card
1st Prize: Choice-of-Caryl’s Titles (print or ebook)
2nd-4th: ebook of SON OF PROMISE!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


Uh ohhhhhhh, more than one approval this week! I’m trying not to request but it’s so hard!


Here is what I was approved for this week:


So that’s it for me! I’m so excited to read all of these!


Have a great weekend, stay warm, and Happy Reading!!






Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

Today, my first line comes from a book I am reading now!



Recently ordained minister Noah Kincaid was surfing the Internet, killing time, when quite by chance, he happened to find a church being auctioned on eBay—in some little place he’d never heard of—Virgin River.





KK~pink is an attitude~_Susan





Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as sharing books that you’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them 🙂! These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talkshe’d so appreciate it.

This week I’m picking a book I read a few years ago and loved!




When I read the preview for THE NIGHTINGALE, I knew it was going to be an emotional story and I knew it was going to make me cry. All of Kristin Hannah’s books have always made me cry. I had no idea I would be sobbing and be an emotional wreck after finishing it. The last name of both women in this heartbreaking novel means Nightingale in French, hence the name of this wonderful story.


Kristin Hannah’s latest book, THE NIGHTINGALE is the story of two sisters and how each reacts to the challenges of living in France under Nazi occupation. The sisters grew up in the years after the Great War and both saw and felt the destructive effects of that war on their family and those left behind. Their father returned from World War I a very different man than the one who left. Then shortly after that, their mother died. Their father could not or would not care for his daughters and they were deposited on relatives, schools and others, growing up with little familial love and connection.


While THE NIGHTINGALE is focused on the lives and different personalities of the two sisters and how each in their own way responds to the horrors of war, the question at the very heart of the book is – would I risk my life and when and most important, my child’s life – to save a stranger? Despite the often numbing effects of war and the constant threat of death, compassion and love underscore the characters’ decisions and actions. Needless to say, the story brings a strong emotional response. So keep the tissues handy.


THE NIGHTINGALE will stay with you for a long time after you finish reading it. I have no idea when I will be able to read another book, but right now I can’t stop thinking about this one. There were several times I found myself desperately wanting to keep reading, to find out what would happen next, but I was afraid to turn the page, scared of the possible fates awaiting these characters. Kristin Hannah has a magical way of telling dramatic stories about women, friendship and family.




More Throwback Thursday Picks Around the Blogosphere…

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews

Amanda at Literary Weaponry

Cathy at Between the Lines

Julie at Novel Thrills and Chills

Cathy at What Cathy Read Next

Noriko at Book Fiend

Amy at NovelGossip

Lynne at Fictionophile

Nicki atThe Secret Library Site

Mischenko at Read Rant Rock and Roll

Caryl at Mrs Bloggs Books

Sam at Clues and Reviews

Annie at The Misstery

Katie at Katie Creative Writer Blog

Rebecca at Boofsbooks





WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve been reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m finally getting into doing weekly memes now. I have always loved this amazing meme and decided to finally do it. Won’t you join me if you don’t do this one already?










KK~rule the world~_Susan




Now That You Mention It

Kristan Higgins

Received from Edelweiss

Nora Stuart’s father left the small island of Scupper, Maine when she was twelve years old. Her high school years were horrible and her only saving grace was earning a full scholarship to Tuffts University. She leaves the island becomes a doctor, but always wonders why her dad left all those years ago. When he left Nora and her younger sister Lily were never close like they were when her dad was around. Nora misses her sister terribly but Lily is fighting her own demons and Nora doesn’t know how to get through to her. NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT pulled at my heartstrings from the very beginning and never let go.

While running an errand from the hospital, Nora is hit while crossing the street. Once released from the hospital she finds herself on a ferry heading back to Scupper Island. NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT is filled with many secrets as well as lots of mystery. I also found myself giggling out loud at many of the situations Nora finds herself in. Nora is a very kick ass woman and I was cheering her on from the get go. Her boyfriend/ex boyfriend, Bobby is a jerk and I really wanted to reach in to the story and slap him! As questions get answered and mysteries solved, I loved how Nora kept pushing forward. She never gave up, even with her sister’s teenage daughter, Poe, who is a typical teenager and quite mean. Nora keeps pushing on as she knows Poe is hurting too.

While reading NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT I became emotionally invested in all of the characters. They are all flawed, real and lovable! Once I started reading, I was instantly hooked. I devoured every page and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. Between Bobby and Luke, I wasn’t sure who I wanted to punch in the throat more! Haha
Do yourself a favor, grab this wonderful book, your favorite drink, and get on your couch and read it. It’s the perfect way to spend the day!






God, how I loved her voice………so sad.

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies at age 46

The Cranberries' lead vocalist Dolores O'Riordan performs in 2016.

Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish band The Cranberries, died in London on Monday, according to a statement from her publicist.

O’Riordan, who was 46, died “suddenly” according to the statement, but no details were given on the cause of her death.
The singer was in London for a short recording session, the statement added.
The Cranberries rose to global fame in the mid-1990s with a string of hits, including “Linger,” “Zombie” and “Dreams.” The group, from Limerick, has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.
In 2007 O’Riordan launched a solo project with her album “Are you Listening?” before reuniting with the group in 2009. That same year she also teamed up with The Smiths’ bassist Andy Rourke and DJ Ole Koretsky to form the group D.A.R.K.
In 2017, the Cranberries’ canceled many dates on their Europe and North America tour, with the band citing O’Riordan’s ongoing back problems as the cause.
This is a developing story — more to come