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Sweet Tea and Secrets (An Adams Grove Novel) Paperback – 25 Sep 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (25 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612185959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612185958
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,967,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By elsie purdon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 April 2014
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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.
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 !
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By Book Gannet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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 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.
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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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This story shows how easily the trusting can be manipulated. It is good never to underestimate those who manipulate. The main characters did have a lot to deal with and I do wonder that someone in such a vulnerable situation would allow herself to be alone at any time. I also found it a little strange that the police did not connect the dots, I know that I did part way through the book. However I still enjoyed reading the book and I really cared about the characters.
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