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Secrets over Sweet Tea

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13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Denise Hildreth Jones has long been a favorite author. I've been

Denise Hildreth Jones has long been a favorite author. I've been patiently anxiously waiting a new book for TWO YEARS, so I was STOKED when I received a copy of Secrets Over Sweet Tea for review two months before it was "technically" available!

Denise starts ...
Denise Hildreth Jones has long been a favorite author. I've been patiently anxiously waiting a new book for TWO YEARS, so I was STOKED when I received a copy of Secrets Over Sweet Tea for review two months before it was "technically" available!

Denise starts by introducing readers to a fantastic—and diverse!—cast of characters. I immediately connected with Grace—feeling both sorry for her situation and frustrated that she wouldn't stand up for herself. She seemed like such a feisty, independent woman, except in her marriage. I suppose we all have our secrets and "masks" that we slip on and off depending on where we are and who we're with.

And Scarlett Jo! She was gregarious, hilarious, and outrageous! But her love for the Lord and for the people around her was palpable. I loved her habit of praying and walking every morning and actually think it's something I'll try in my own neighborhood. She's a force to reckon with, but her compassion for Grace and Zach (and others) really drove the story. Of course, Scarlett Jo has her own secrets as well, and I really loved how the roles reversed between Grace and Scarlett Jo. I thought it was a great picture of the give and take in relationships.

Denise has outdone herself with this emotional yet hopeful story. Tackling such a bevy of heart-wrenching topics (divorce, reconciliation, adultery) could have taken over the story and/or left readers in despair. Instead, the author used these subjects to move the story along and show God's grace in life-like circumstances.

Secrets Over Sweet Tea is a beautiful story about friendship, hope, and grace. My recommendation? Rush out and purchase a copy as soon as it becomes available next month! I believe you will be as touched as I was by this incredible book. [5 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for my fair and honest review.

posted by iblog4books on February 21, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Secrets Over Sweet Tea is saturated in Southern comforts and Chr

Secrets Over Sweet Tea is saturated in Southern comforts and Christianity-that's not a bad thing, but at times both topics get a little heavy handed in this book.
Set in the South, the book follows the lives of a handful of characters whose lives continue to cross paths...
Secrets Over Sweet Tea is saturated in Southern comforts and Christianity-that's not a bad thing, but at times both topics get a little heavy handed in this book.
Set in the South, the book follows the lives of a handful of characters whose lives continue to cross paths-in church, as neighbors and friends.
Although a little preachy- the stories are entertaining, especially the character Grace.
Her relationships and career are pretty interesting.

posted by nj2az on July 4, 2013

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