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Sweet Tea and Secrets (An Adams Grove Novel)

Sweet Tea and Secrets (An Adams Grove Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Naigle
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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.

Revised edition: This edition of Sweet Tea and Secrets includes editorial revisions and new scenes.

About the Author

Nancy Naigle was born and raised in Virginia Beach. She balances her career in the financial industry with a lifelong passion for books and storytelling and is co-author of the novel Inkblot with Phyllis C. Johnson. When she isn’t writing or wrangling goats on the family farm, she enjoys antiquing and cooking. She lives with her husband in Drewryville, Virginia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612185959
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (25 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087340OO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,104 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nancy Naigle, writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense. She hopes readers will find an escape from their hectic day-to-day in the make believe worlds she creates that aren't so different from the small town in Virginia where she lives.

Nancy's debut Novel, SWEET TEA AND SECRETS, was the first release set in the fictional southern town of Adams Grove. The series includes:
--Sweet Tea and Secrets
--Out of Focus
--Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes
--Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies
--Mint Juleps and Justice

Enjoy the book trailers for each of the stories, then visit to get to know the gals featured in THE GRANNY SERIES. (Take the WHO'S YOUR GRANNY quiz to see which granny your the most like!)
Book One of this southern cozy caper is IN FOR A PENNY, co-written by Nancy Naigle and Kelsey Browning.

Nancy also co-wrote a suspense novel called inkBLOT with Phyllis C. Johnson under the pen name Johnson Naigle.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid start to the series...‏ 4 July 2014
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The biggest plus point for Sweet Tea And Secrets is that I didn't find the lead - Jill - annoying, and could understand why she made the choices and actions she made; when I don't click with the lead and understand their decisions from an early point I'm bound to end up frustrated and wishing that they were real so that I could slap them.

I also liked that the romantic element was between characters who had known each other for years, instead of I-looked-into-his-eyes-once-and-lost-my-heart-and-brain fairytale rubbish.

I feel that the mystery subplot takes second place to the romance and family drama, so it isn't anything a amazing or complex. However it isn't insulting-to-readers-intelligence-levels either, so it was entertaining enough for me.

I didn't have any complaints with the character or the plot - except for the way that almost everyone tended to verge towards being too sweet and nice to each other. I don't need all my books to be ultraviolent and have the characters talk to each other in ways that would make Sex & The City script writers blush, but all of the fluffiness didn't strike me as being real at times; it was a bit like a Disney movie at points.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable light reading 28 April 2014
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This is a nice story.

It is a bit predictable in some ways, but the characters in the story are developed well, and it's easy as a reader to feel involved with the book.

It has a bit of everything, romance, drama, mystery.

An easy to read and enjoyable story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Mystery 17 Dec 2012
By Mrs. C. Colbert VINE VOICE
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This book is set in Southern America. I found the characters a little bit too wholesome but otherwise the book was easy reading and uplifting. It is a story about trust, love and respect. About going back home and finding your true self. Whilst this might sound cheesy, the book is not.There are twists and turns, laughter and romance.A good book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Sweet with Silly Secrets 31 Aug 2013
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I expected to like this story, it's just the sort of thing I like to unwind with - prodigal child returning from the big city, comes face-to-face with an old friend and realises there's unfinished business to deal with. In essentials this tale runs true to type, but there are a few problems.

Like why did Jill and Garrett break up in the first place? Their reasons are mostly implied through various accusations throughout the book, but I would have liked to have known exactly what happened. Especially the part that Bradley played. It's all so vague and stupid. I can't see why two people who have been together forever would have fallen apart like that, all on the accusations of a stranger.

I also wondered why they weren't already married, since they were clearly so committed and were both apparently the marrying type.

That was the biggest problem I had, but there were others - continuity issues, such as the wood incident never being mentioned again, and a rapidly healing shoulder, amongst others. The 'treasure' plot was daft and obvious, and Jill's whole relationship with Bradley was just farcical. There were also a few weird instances where internal monologues were scattered throughout the dialogue, which were clunky and a bit cringeworthy.

Maybe this writer's style didn't quite work for me, but this whole book just seemed ridiculous. The things that happen, the slow speed at which the characters work things out, the ineptitude of the local police... gah.

No, sorry, this one didn't work for me. I won't be returning to Adams Grove anytime soon.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I really, really love this book. The characters are great, the story has sufficient twists and turns to keep up the interest of the reader - and it's just so sweet. It's kind of like how life should be - and made me want to move to Adams Grove and befriend all the locals!!! Roll on Book Two.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Easy Read 11 July 2014
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A very easy to read book. Jill has returned to Adams Grove for a surprise birthday party for her grandmother, Pearl, who had brought Jill up since she lost her parents. Returning to her childhood home means she will be bumping into Garrett, her boyfriend from schooldays, who broke her heart, forcing her to move away to the city when the opportunity arose of working for Bradley. Things don’t work out as Jill expected. She has to face up to the sudden loss of someone she thought would always be there for her. Then Pearl’s secrets begin to come to the surface and things suddenly become dangerous for Jill. It is quite a predictable read; a bit far-fetched in places. I think we all know how the story will end, but as I said it is easy to read, ideal for holiday.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read.... 7 July 2014
By mandynolan TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is an enjoyable and lovely read....a good holiday read....I found it easy to read and the characters were good....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet tea and secrets 16 Jun 2014
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I enjoyed reading this book the first in the Adams Grove Novels. I shall look forward to the next in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy read but with obvious ending....but with a little twist!
The ending was easy to guess fairly early on. But the route, and the little twists added interest. I'm enjoy a good romance, but this one was a little 'sickly' at times.
Published 1 month ago by Asa
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read
With just the right amount of romance and action, this is a great read. Keeps you gripped until the end.
Published 1 month ago by kerri knox
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and charming
I loved the small town, Southern American setting and this book had a very warm heart. It was full of twists and turns, had some great comic moments and well-written romantic... Read more
Published 1 month ago by romancefiend
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Tea and Secrets (An Adams Grove Novel)
Sweet Tea and Secrets by Nancy Naigle is set in the small town of Adams Grove, Virginia.
Jill Clemmons and Garrett Malloy were childhood sweethearts until Jill breaks it off... Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. Archer
4.0 out of 5 stars great summer read
Easy to relate to characters
The author weaves a tapestry of life in the south whilst engaging the reader in romance and intrigue
Published 2 months ago by kazm
1.0 out of 5 stars Sickly sweet tea and clunky plot
I did not enjoy this novel at all. I hoped it would be a light and easy read to relax and enjoy but found myself sometimes confused and mostly bored. Read more
Published 2 months ago by elsie purdon
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Tea and Secrets.
Nancy Naigle continues her Adams Grove series with this lovely contemporary romance which has just enough mystery to intrigue the reader. Read more
Published 2 months ago by catherine
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice read
Will read more of her books ,easy to read. Good characters can get into story quickly. Definitely one to read
Published 3 months ago by a jc
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