Friday, June 16, 2017

Book Review - Sweet Tea Tuesdays by Ashley Farley

Book Synopsis
Three best friends met every Tuesday for twenty-six years. And then they stopped.

From the author of the bestselling Sweeney Sisters Series comes a novel of friendship, family, and hope.

When new next-door neighbors Georgia, Midge, and Lula first assembled on Georgia’s porch in Charleston for sweet tea, they couldn’t have known their gathering was the beginning of a treasured tradition. For twenty-six years they have met on Tuesdays at four o’clock, watching the seasons change and their children grow up, supporting each other in good times and in bad. With their ambitions as different as their personalities, these best friends anticipate many more years of tea time. And then, one Tuesday, Georgia shares news that brings their long-standing social hour to an abrupt halt. And that’s only the beginning as unraveling secrets threaten to alter their friendship forever.


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My Review
Sweet Tea Tuesdays tells the story of three friends named Lula, Georgia, and Midge who met on Georgia's front porch every Tuesday for 26 years for sweet tea and a visit.  When life changes suddenly one summer, their friendship is tested.  This novel tells the story of their friendship as well as their individual stories.

There is so much that I enjoyed about this book.  It is set in Charleston during the summer, and Ashley Farley captures summer in the south perfectly.  (I will admit that the constant mention of sweet tea made me make crave - and drink - more sweet tea than usual!)

At its heart, this is a book about friendship.  Lula, Georgia, and Midge have been great friends for many years.  They have been together through ups and downs in their marriages, through watching children grow up, and finding their own place in the world with work and life passions.  I really liked these three women.  The author did a beautiful job at delineating the characters and giving them each a unique voice.   The book is told from different viewpoints -- each of these women, as well as Lula's youngest daughter.

There is warm and unexpected kindness and some heartbreak in Sweet Tea Tuesdays.  I would recommend it for fans of books like Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe or movies like Steel Magnolias.  It was a wonderful summer read that found me reaching for the tissue box a few times.  Put this one on your summer reading list!

Author Bio
Ashley Farley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues. Her goal is to keep you turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. If her story stays with you long after you’ve read the last word, then she’s done her job.

After her brother died in 1999 of an accidental overdose, she turned to writing as a way of releasing her pent-up emotions. She wrote SAVING BEN in honor of Neal, the boy she worshipped, the man she could not save.

Ashley is a wife and mother of two young adult children. While she’s lived in Richmond, Virginia for the past 21 years, part of her heart remains in the salty marshes of the South Carolina Lowcountry where she grew up. Through the eyes of her characters, she’s able to experience the moss-draped trees, delectable cuisine, and kind-hearted folks with lazy drawls that make the area so unique.

I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours.


Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

What a wonderful review!

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias are two of my very favorite movies. If this book is anything like them I know I'll love it!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

Ashley Farley said...

Thank you for your flattering review and for hosting a stop on the book tour. Spice up your sweet tea with some sweet tea vodka in my sweet tea martini recipe.

trish said...

I love books about long term friendships. :)