Sweet Tea and Secrets

Sweet Tea and Secrets

by Nancy Naigle


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When beloved town matriarch Pearl Clemmons dies on a warm June afternoon, the folks of Adams Grove, Virginia, can hardly believe it. Sure, Pearl was eighty-five years old, but everyone—particularly her granddaughter Jill—just assumed she would live forever. Now Jill must return home to settle Pearl’s estate, comfort a town in mourning…and face Garrett Malloy, the man who broke her heart years ago.

Making matters worse, a string of break-ins at the Clemmons place has Jill and the rest of the town on edge. She can’t imagine what Pearl possibly could have had that is worth stealing. But when Jill’s safety is threatened, she and Garrett must join forces to unearth Pearl’s secrets before someone else—someone dangerous—gets there first. Garrett may have been the last man Jill wanted to see, but now, she may not want to let him go.

Revised edition: This edition of Sweet Tea and Secrets includes editorial revisions and new scenes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612185958
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Series: Adams Grove Novel Series , #1
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 1,099,450
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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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Sweet Tea and Secrets 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Grandma Pearl was a matchmaker indeed. She was also loved by the town of Adams Grove. When she passed on, she left behind a trail of secrets for her granddaughter Jill to follow. And, with her matchmaking skills in mind, before she died she set out to encourage Jill and Garrett to rekindle their relationship. It would be a win-win situation for all parties involved. Jill left Adams Grove a year ago, to begin a new life with a great new job. She became very busy, but made it back to Adams Grove for her grandmother's surprise party, and then for her death just a while later. Pearl was the only relative Jill had left, and so her surprise passing hit her pretty hard. She stops everything she's doing to come back to Adams Grove and take care of things, and to keep a fresh mind of all the memories of Pearl that are there. And Garrett, he just doesn't give up. Garrett loved Pearl too. Obviously, Pearl loved Garrett and wanted him to be a part of the family. She'd always felt Garrett and Jill belonged together. Even in death, Pearl is everywhere. She has a strong presence throughout the story, playing on the good and bad emotions of her family and friends that loved her. Jill sees so many changes within Adams Grove. She's torn between her life in Savannah (though her boss and boyfriend is a rude man!), and the life she left behind. And it seems someone is intruding in Pearl's house. Weaved into the story is a mystery. Who keeps breaking into the house? What is it they are after? Then comes the secrets Pearl left behind. The mysterious letters written to Pearl from a man Jill has never heard about, and so on. Adams Grove, Virginia is a quaint little country town filled with a variety of people. It seems that Jill is surprised at those who'd once left, but came back to this town for one reason or another. What is it about a small town that brings people back, no matter where they left to and what they went to do? The ending gives vague hints that there could be more stories set in this little town. I sure hope so, because I'd love another visit. Ms. Naigle writes characters that are engaging and fresh, a plot that is moving, romantic, mysterious, and emotional. It's perfect reading for the upcoming hot summer days, where sitting in the shade with your own glass of tea seems fitting. Want my advice? Don't miss this charming and wonderful book. Sweet Tea and Secrets has a little bit of everything - romance, mystery, something that tugs on your heartstrings, and that wonderful happily ever-after that the romantic reader craves. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
tonyakappes More than 1 year ago
Nancy Naigle is a great new voice in women's fiction and small towns. She captured me from the beginning with her character development and all the way to the end! I love the small hometown and getting to know all the residence. A little romance plus suspense made it much sweeter than just the sweet tea! Great!!!
PhyllisCJohnson More than 1 year ago
Pull up a chair and fix yourself a nice tall glass of sweet tea. Here's a great read for the summer that you don't want to miss- Sweet Tea and Secrets by award winning author, Nancy Naigle. When Jill decides to go back to Adams Grove, little does she know that her world is going to be turned upside down in a short amount of time. The only family she has left, Grandma Pearl, the pie baking, advice giving matriarch dies unexpectedly and leaves behind a mystery to unravel and some hidden treasures. Obstacles and danger come Jill's way and her old flame, Garrett Malloy, is there to help her escape them while Bradley Kase tries his best to get in her way. Read the book! It will have you on the edge of your seat, misty eyed and craving some of Grandma Pearl's chocolate pecan pie. (To be washed down with iced tea, of course.)
Alegg4u2 More than 1 year ago
Sweet Tea warmly invites you in and before you know it 100 pages have whizzed by in a flash. You know it is a good book when life becomes a distraction while you wonder what is going to happen next in Adams Grove. Naigle's writing is reminicent of Harper Lee with the small town southern charm mixed witha modern day romance and suspense similiar to Nora Roberts. It is a spell binding and hard to put down, yet once it is over you miss the characters. It makes you yearn for more and wish that a sequel was immediately handy just so you can get your Adams Grove fix. It is a must read for the beach, for a rainy day - for any moment in your life when you want a good book that will comfort you like a warm blanket. This is an ideal book for a book club. I can't wait to read more from Naigle.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Southern Mystery I really enjoyed this book and it's southern charm. This book is part of the Adams Grove series but can be read as a stand alone. The story is about Jill and Garrett,who were childhood sweet harts who haven't seen each other in a year. They start talking again after the death of Jill's grandmother Pearl, who leaves Jill and Garrett a video and even in her death is trying to play match maker. This book has it all, grief from loosing Pearl, romance, humor, danger, and suspense. It also has a big slobbery puppy who just makes the story. I was lucky and won a copy of this book from a contest from Fresh Fiction. I can't wait to read more books in this series, I already bought all of the other books that are available. 
JoanneTroppello More than 1 year ago
Returning back to Adams Grove after the death of her grandmother, Pearl Clemmons, Jill is met with mixed emotions-she's mourning the loss of Pearl but also not exactly excited to see her ex-fiancé, Garrett Malloy. She stays at her grandmother's home to get her estate situated and there are a series of break-ins. That's when they begin to realize their lives are in danger. Will Jill and Garrett find a way to escape the present danger and rekindle their romance? My review: Sweet Tea and Secrets is a polished and sophisticated, yet laidback novel with a down home country feel. From the start, I felt like I was pulled right in to the quaint town of Adams Grove. The relationship between Jill and Garrett was fun and sassy. I loved the physical tension and how it was sweet, exactly right up my alley. The re-development of their relationship was something that kept my interest throughout the novel. Ms. Naigle's writing style was detailed but not with an overkill of unnecessary information. The plot line was exciting and very believable and I wanted to know more when the story ended. This story was so compelling and I would love to read more about Jill and Garrett and the characters of Adams Grove. I give Ms. Naigle 5 Stars for Outstanding Fiction.
wildabouthorsesJanBrown More than 1 year ago
What a delightful read this book was, as I so love small town life and the people you find in it. Jill is the small town gal who comes back after Grandma dies and from there its a suspenseful mystery with a romance thrown in in the mix when she runs in to an ex boyfriend. The reading of the will brings surprises and the story is full of twist and turns. How can you not wonder what this story brings when you read something like this "Grandma Pearl always said you should live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says, "Oh sh*&^, she's awake!" I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series titled "Out Of Focus".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Pearl. What a hoot! The heroine fell sorta flat for me, as did the plot about 2/3 of the way through. The author did weave Southern mannerisms and dialogue throughout nicely enough, except for a few times when it was a bit overdone. All in all, it was an okay read and I might look into the next one in the series.
BRCthatsME More than 1 year ago
Pearl is great, and the small town colorful. I hope Carolanne gets her own story. Can't wait until November for Out of Focus to come out.
PamelaBarrett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jill and Garrett were childhood sweethearts until Jill breaks it off after a misunderstanding. Then Bradley comes along and steals her away with his big city charms and a job offer she couldn¿t refuse¿working for one of his charities. Jill¿s grandma Pearl, who raised her, thinks that Jill has made a mistake and at every opportunity she tries to her back together with Garrett. The problem is that Jill won¿t even forgive him. All that changes when Pearl passes away and Jill, home for the funeral, realizes that staying mad at the one person who can help her through her grief and protect her when Pearls house is broken into, is making matters worse. Nancy Naigle¿s Adams Grove mystery is full of southern country charm, funny dialogue, a big wonderful dog and great recipes. I enjoyed it, and think that you¿ll like it if you like Fannie Flaggs¿ stories. There are more installments to come. I read this on kindle.
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
This was a southern sweet romance with a mystery included.  It was well written and well plotted.  The characters were believable and real.   I loved Aunt Pearl and could feel why the townfolk all loved her so.  I have felt the sorrow from losing someone so dear, so it was easy to relate to Jill and her grief at having lost her only remaining relative.   When Jill returned to Adam's Grove it took her a while to get over her anger with the man who had broken her heart, Garrett Malloy.   While I could understand, I wanted to shake her and scream at her to get over it!!   It was so very obvious Jill and Malloy were meant to be. While living in Aunt Pearl's house, Jill stumbled upon a box  of old love letters written between Pearl and JCP, and therein began the mystery...also the fear.  Someone had been in the house and locked Jill in the hot attic,   On such a hot day, she could have died if she hadn't had the sense of mind to escape as she did.  And there were many more attemps of foul play as well. It was a very well written book and a good story.   I did at times get lost in the conversation of who was speaking.  I very much enjoyed this read. 
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Sweet Tea and Secrets by Nancy Naigle is the first book in her Adams Grove series. It was pure delight to read this book. It is an easy read with well developed characters. Nancy's world development of Adams Grove was spot-on about small southern towns. It was a intriguing mystery that kept me guessing and a lovely second chance love story. I am looking forward to meeting more residents of Adama Grove and learning about their lives in a town that I would love to visit.
froggy29532DC More than 1 year ago
I loved book 1 in the Adams Grove series. Jill has to go back home, due to the death of her grandmother, Pearl, who raised her. Pearl, always the matchmaker, had high hopes for Jill and her ex boyfriend, Garrett Malloy. After the funeral, strange things start happening in the small, quiet town. Jill learns that her beloved grandmother, had secrets, the kind that brings danger to her and her friends. She also, finds out a lot of things she did not know about her current love interest. With all that is going on, will Jill and Garrett find their way back to one another? I loved the characters in this book, and Nancy Naigle, gave them each a personality, that had you feeling like you were a part of them. I loved the big, goofy dog named Clyde, he was a mess. I especially liked the surprise that Clyde found near the end of the book. If you love a book filled with romance, suspense, danger , humor and even some grief, then you have to read this book.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
After reading one of the later books in this series, I knew that I needed to enjoy the earlier books, so I started with book one in this Adams Grove Series.  This small town has everything you'd expect.  In book one, one of the town's matriarchs has just died before her 85th birthday.  Somehow, her granddaughter, Jill,  has never considered that her beloved Pearl, would ever leave her.  Everyone in town is there to support Jill in her grief.   Jill has been working with her boyfriend to raise funds for a children's center in Savanna.  She was raised by Pearl, and her return to the old home in Virginia, brings many surprises for Jill. Amongst them is the new relationship that she now has with her old boyfriend, Garrett, who devastated her when her cheated on her a year ago.   But things aren't what she expected.  Apparently someone is looking for something, as Pearl's house has been broken into and ransacked.  Garrett also claims that his "cheating" was a set-up. Her new boyfriend is less than sympathetic with the hick-up that Pearl's death has caused in their relationship. This romantic mystery keep me involved throughout the story.  Definitely will continue thus intense and fun series!
amyoneal More than 1 year ago
omgoodness....I was so worried for jill and garrett at certain parts of the book. thank goodness everything worked out wonderfully. Bradley needed to be smacked!!! and clyde and little pearl. loved them. had me laughing through the whole book. cant wait to read the next book
dove091204 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic!!! Adams Grove is a town that anyone would love to live in and the you will fall in love with the characters right off the bat...especially grandma Pearl.  I highly recommend this book to everyone!!!  
MisfitGeek More than 1 year ago
This was a fast, easy summer read.  I really enjoyed the flow and pace of the story.  It is a sweet love story with some mystery and suspense thrown in to keep it interesting.  It is set in a southern town filled with great charm.  The story itself holds a special kind of charm.  It was just easy to become swept away by the story. The characters are well developed.  They are easy to connect to and lovable for the most part.  The villain is easy to hate and reveals himself early.  I was rooting for Jill and Garrett the whole time.  Although Pearl is not physically present during the entire story, she still plays a significant role in the plot. This book is charming and delightful.  I would recommend it for anyone looking for a quick, light read for the summer.  The humor that is liberally dispersed throughout the book makes it a really fun read.  This is the first book of the Adams Grove series.  It will be fun to read what comes next.
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jotsandtittles More than 1 year ago
From the beginning the author had me with her touching tale of a woman and her Grandmother. The story unfolded to reveal all that was wonderful and sinister in Adams Grove. A small town with all it had to offer in the way of friendships, mystery, romance and stirred together with a bit of sweet tea! This author can sure spin a tale cleverly disguised and always surprising. The end was truly unexpected and left me waiting for more stories from the quiet little neighborhood and it's interesting residents. Her book Out of Focus is another Adams Grove and Nancy Naigle delight!
franny62 More than 1 year ago
The dtory eas good but there seemed to be parts missing. It wasn,t formated for my nook very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago