Gimme Some Sugar by Molly Harper
I am not a romance reader at all but the Southern Eclectic series is so charming I can’t help but return to the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop.
“Most people had nightmares about mortuaries. They didn’t spend Christmas in one. But he was proud that the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop was a Lake Sackett institution. Or the McCready’s belonged in an institution. It was a thin line.” *
Book one, Sweet Tea and Sympathy, followed the story of Margot and her place within the hilariously dysfunctional McCready family as well as her romance with elementary school principal Kyle Archer.
Book two, Ain’t She A Peach?, introduced us to Frankie, the funeral home embalmer/county coroner who fell in love with new sheriff Eric Linden.
In the third installment of the series, Lucy Brewer leaves behind city living in Texas after the sudden death of her husband to return to her hometown of Lake Sackett, Georgia with her young son Sam.
Lucy’s working hard to open her own bake shop, Gimme Some Sugar, though her overbearing mother-in-law Evie seems to be working against her. Evie seems to think Lucy should be lying in bed grieving instead of starting a business. Not to mention the fact Lucy has put Sam in a preschool instead of letting his grandmother watch him while Lucy works. It’s safe to say Lucy and Evie do not see eye to eye on anything, which causes a lot of friction.
It isn’t long before Lucy reconnects with Duffy McCready, the boy she fell in love with as a kid. They were best friends through high school until everything changed. Duffy never had the guts to ask out Lucy and after getting his prom date pregnant, he did the honorable thing and married her right after graduation. Lucy decided to marry her high school beau Wayne and follow him to Texas.
No one knows that Lucy’s marriage to Wayne essentially ended long before he died unexpectedly and yet she feels guilty at the thought of moving on so quickly.
Duffy offers to help Lucy out by building cabinetry for her bakery but soon their easy friendship is complicated by their history. Their budding romance has Duffy’s ex-wife and Lucy’s mother-in-law determined to ruin their second chance.
Molly Harper has created such a genuine cast of characters; the Southern charm and humor is so entertaining and I fall back into this quirky small town and laugh out loud with every book.
What I love about this series is that the romance is not lovey dovey and is secondary to the character-driven story that follows the McCready family. Gimme Some Sugar is lighthearted and fun and another cozy read in the series. While I enjoy starting a series from the beginning, each book has enough brief back story that you can pick up anywhere without feeling lost.
Thanks to Gallery Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Gimme Some Sugar is scheduled for release on April 2, 2019.
*Quote included is from a digital advance readers copy and is subject to change upon final publication.