TITLE: Sweet Tea: A perfect heartwarming romance from Hallmark Publishing by Piper Huguley
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Release Date: July 1st 2021 by Hallmark Publishing
Format: Audiobook (7 hrs and 42 mins
Genre: Contemporary Romance,
Narrator: Inger Tudor
Blurb: Althea Dailey has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams. So why doesn’t she feel more excited about it? She’s about to become the only woman – and the only Black person – to make partner at her prestigious law firm in New York City. When she has to travel South for a case, she pays a long-overdue visit back home to Milford, Georgia. To her surprise, a White man she’s never met has befriended her grandmother.
Jack Darwent wasn’t interested in the definition of success dictated by his father and Southern high society. His passion for cooking led him to his current project: a documentary and cookbook about authentic Southern food. Althea’s grandmother is famous for her cooking at the historically Black Milford College, especially the annual May feast meal. But Althea suspects Jack of trying to steal her grandmother’s recipes.
Although Althea and Jack don’t have the best first impressions of one another, they discover they have more in common than they’d guessed…and even as they learn about one another’s pasts, they both see glimmers of a better future.
I enjoyed Inger Tudor’s narration of this story which was a good depiction of a southern romance. I especially loved the grandma’s gentle voice because it reminded me of my own grandmother. I am so happy that Piper Hughley wrote a heroine that was clear to her purpose. Althea Dailey was determined to be the first black person to make partnership at her top ranked New York City law firm. When she was basically told that if she won her new case, she would be invited to join as a partner, Althea had to return to the southern roots that she had worked diligently to escape.
Althea went back home to Milford, Georgia where she met Jack Darwent, a friend of her grandmothers. Instantly, Althea disliked Jack as she suspected him of taking advantage of her grandmother. Jack gave Althea everything she gave him in terms of attitude, until he decided to kill her with kindness in an effort to end their cold war. This journey home allowed both Althea and Jack to reflect on their life’s purpose, the family issues they were hiding from and what they ultimately wanted to do career-wise.
This hallmark book had snarky banter, thought provoking conversations, and words of acceptance. It felt realistic and reminded me of how family oriented southern people are. These characters finally got a place of peace and happiness. I love the title because Sweet Tea is satisfying and this southern romance was that.
*Special Thanks to Netgalley for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.