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Sweet Tea and Secrets (An Adams Grove Novel Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The writing is not so good. Either there is too much detail that you get drowned and lost, or the scenes don't seem to follow on in order.
Jill Clemmon's is angry with boyfriend Bradley for withholding the sad news of her Grandma Pearl's death for an evening for his own selfish reasons. fair enough. jill returns to Adams Grove in America's Deep South for the funeral and has to see her ex boyfriend Garrett, though we have no idea why he is her ex as everyone including the late grandma Pearl says they were meant to be together, soul mates.
Nothing in the writing had me convinced about those two though. The plot was flimsy and old fashioned. There is a clause in Pearl's will that forces the two to spend time together, yawn.
Bradley is a bounder, revealed in a tacky sex scene that just didn't fit with any other part of the story.
The writing is often sickly sweet, put me off I'm afraid, well that and the boring plot.
Only one star. Worse, I have already picked the follow up book to review so I have to read that one too !
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.
Jill Clemmons and Garrett Malloy were childhood sweethearts until Jill breaks it off after a misunderstanding. Leaving her beloved grandma Pearl, her only relative and Adam Groves’ matriarch, Jill moves away to work for Bradley Kase in the “big city” at one of his charities and they move in together.
When Jill receives the unexpected news that Grandma Pearl has died she goes back to Adams Grove for the funeral and moves back into their home despite break-ins at the house which have unsettled the town. Jill learns that Pearl had secrets and as the story unfolds, she also discovers that Bradley is not the person she thought he was. (I have to be honest and comment that a blind man on a galloping horse could have seen that and at times Jill’s naivitie is frustrating!)
Although Sweet Tea and Secrets was predictable, it was a “nice story” and one which really didn’t require a lot of thought. It had ups and downs, happy, sad and mysterious events but one of the things which I liked was that Pearl, an immensely warm and likeable character, was part of it throughout even though her presence in the story is short-lived . The recipes for some of her infamous creations are included at the end of the story for anyone interested in trying them. All in all a gentle, easy read suitable for some “me time” or holiday reading which I consider worthy of 3.5 stars.
The descriptions, however, make up for a lot as they are very good. There is enough detail to allow you to draw a southern idyll to your heart’s desire, but not so much that’ll you’ll be bored by yet another detailed explanation of a garden or home cooked meal. Food features a few times in the story and while not everything cooked ends up a recipe, there a few at the back. The ‘fry pan meatloaf’ looks great!
I’m pleased I read it but I don’t think I’d read another by the same author. It’s a like a naff version of a Fannie Flagg book and there are better alternatives!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just a bit pale , insipid and non engaging. Did feel the characters had any depth.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
You know the end romance from the start but the twists and turns are intriguingPublished 4 months ago by mrs s carlin