Monday, November 4, 2013

Book Review: Secrets Over Sweet Tea

Author: Denise Hildreth Jones
Title: Secrets Over Sweet Tea
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publish Date: Feb 26, 2013
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: Secrets can be funny things. We think they keep us safe, but more often than not, they spill out when we least expect and make a mess out of everything. It's a truth Scarlett Jo Newberry knows all too well—a truth Grace Shepherd and Zach Craig are about to learn the hard way. As the lives of this boisterous pastor's wife, polished news anchor, and beleaguered divorce attorney intersect in the tree-lined streets of Franklin, Tennessee, scandal threatens to topple their carefully constructed worlds. Grasping at survival, they embark on a journey of friendship and courage, desperate to find a way back to laughter, love, and life.

Review: As most of you know, I read a good bit of Christian fiction. Secrets Over Sweet Tea is probably the best book from this genre I've read all year. It falls in that grey area known as women's fiction. (Yeah, its a girlie book, as if you couldn't tell that from the title)

The book chronicles the lives of three couples the first are Jackson and Scarlett Jo Newberry (His is the pastor of a rather unusual church) and Grace Shepherd and her husband Tyler and Zach and Caroline Craig.

Even if you don't usually read Christian fiction, there's much to love about this book. It isn't preachy but it does have universal message that is Christian and that's about healing the heart. Grace and Zach both have hearts in need of healing for different reasons. Both are in marriages that are failing.

Truth be told I wanted both of them to toss their spouses very early on. Both spouses were terrible, though I felt bad for Tyler, because he had a real problem. Caroline on the other hand needed help and it was sadly almost understandable why Zach chose to stray.

There's a lot of strife ahead for these two, but they are pulled together by the driving force that is Scarlett Jo Newberry. If you don't like Scarlett, well I feel sorry for you. I fell in love with her instantly. She's big, boisterous and funny. She's the kind of character you wish were real, because you want her for your best friend. She's just fantastic, and she's not without her secrets too. And she's not the typical holier than thou pastor's wife, but that's easy to tell. (The holier than thou types usually aren't very Christian in their actions)

Some of the best parts of this book involve Scarlett and Grace's friend Rachel. These two are polar opposites and yet they become friends by the end of the book.

I loved how everyone learned lessons about themselves as the book went on. Everyone including Scarlett grew a little.

It is also surprising which marriage really failed and which one managed to be mended.

I absolutely adored this book and I really wish it would become a series, because I'd love to revisit all of these characters again to see how things were going in their lives.

Rating: 5 flowers


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