Oh man! I have not kept up with this very well!
Read a great Southern Christian Fiction -
"Secrets over Sweet Tea" by Denise Hildreth Jones - 4.5 stars
Takes place in Franklin, TN (the author's hometown)
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.
~ Denise is one of my favorite authors! I have read all of her fiction books (7, I think). She is an amazing writer! Ever since the first book - "Savannah from Savannah" I knew I was hooked.
This is a great light southern fiction book. It is fun and quirky but with a touch of seriousness and sadness to it. The whole time I was reading this I was thinking - "Steel Magnolias", "Hart of Dixie" and "GCB", I could actually picture some of the characters playing the parts in this book. I love southern fiction because it is usually fun and this book did not disappoint me.
Denise is a great character builder. I have to say that is definitely her biggest strength. As in all of her books you really get to know the characters very well. There is such detail. You really feel like you are watching a movie or TV show. I can almost hear that southern twang while I am reading.
This book seemed so real to me. The situations were real. So many times (not always) a Christian Fiction will paint a pretty picture where everything is perfect with the world. I mean, they're Christians, they're perfect right?... wrong! Even Christian sin (no one is sinless except Jesus). We all have our secrets, we all have our regrets, even us Christians. In this book... boy do they have secrets! The characters are so human; they have flaws just like the rest of us.
Here are a couple of my favorite quotes -
"I need a googler!"
He walked down the stairs from the bonus room. "Mom, you've got to learn how to work a computer."
She stared at him like he had three heads. "Jack, I have five children. You don't have five children because you want to do things for yourself. You have five children so that when they are able, they can be your slaves. So come down here and get to work. I want you to google channel 4 news in Nashville..." ~ this made me giggle out loud!
"Don't mock me, Jackson Newberry. Northerners are a different breed, baby. they don't like you to touch them. They don't want to be called sugar or sweetie or honey pie or darlin'. They've never heard of lard. They have no clue on God's green earth what fixin' to even means. And if you say y'all, they look at you like you'd probably marry your second cousin or something." - I don't even mind when she makes fun of us northerners, LOL.
All in all this is a great read! I highly recommend it. If you like quirky fun southern Christian fiction you would love this book! Of course it is very clean (no sex, only mention of it, and no swearing). This has a lot of laugh out loud moments. And it has a gorgeous cover!