Denise Hildreth Jones' latest novel, "Secrets Over Sweet Tea," is a must-read for women as it is such an accurate portrayal of women and the many fronts that we may put on in order to mask our true feelings and hurting. Scarlett Jo is not your typical pastor's wife as she is loud, wears bright clothes that others point out she shouldn't be wearing at her age and speaks her mind (although she is working on knowing when not to speak!). Scarlett Jo takes a walk every morning and prays and sings. She is a people watcher and prays for her neighbors and tries to help them in any way that she can. Grace and her husband Tyler move to the street and Scarlett Jo reaches out to Grace and welcomes her to the neighborhood. As the lives of these two women intersect secrets are spilled, their friendship is strengthened and lives are changed.
Scarlett Jo is such a wonderful and fun character to spend time with. I would love a friend like her! Grace is a character whom tugged at my heart so much throughout the book. She is so successful professionally, yet there is so much hurting and heartache in her personal life as her husband Tyler has turned to alcohol. I love the setting of the book as well and the bits of Southern culture mixed in. This is a wonderful book and one that I will share with others and reread several times.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a honest review.*