Scarlett Jo Newberry is as outspoken and flamboyant as her name, but her unique personality and good heart have also make her a dynamic part of her minister husband's ministry. So no one is surprised when Scarlett decides to find out more about the newest neighbors in Franklin. Never did she expect to find beautiful news anchor Grace Shepherd, who along with her hockey star husband, has made yet another move, to yet another strange house. Little does anyone suspect that within weeks, Grace will find herself the client of another nearby neighbor, divorce lawyer Zach Craig, and that both Zach and Grace will face a summer of scandal, survival, and the deepest desire to find a lives that honor themselves and God.
The secrets that the title refers to are the secrets that we keep from even ourselves -- the secrets that dishonor the person we were meant to be, the secrets that can weave themselves so deeply into our lives that we lose almost every sense of joy in our lives. These secrets dictate how we treat others and decisions we make. For both Zach and Grace, the decisions have led to shattered marriages and lifeless careers. And it is perfectly clear that as each secret gains strength and power, it has led the owner further and further away from the life and person God has created.
Even though entertaining, some Christian fiction books read like fiction from the first sentence to the last. Not so Secrets over Sweet Tea. At times it was almost too painful to continue reading, especially if you've watched someone deal with broken dreams and shattered hearts recently. Denise Hildreth Jones writes in her author's notes that book comes from her own struggle out of a broken place. She also writes that this fiction book is a counterpart to her nonfiction book Reclaiming Your Heart: A Journey Back to Laughing, Loving, and Living. I have not read that title, but plan to investigate it further.