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Southern traditions, history, and hope come together in author Piper Huguley’s heartfelt romance from Hallmark Publishing.



Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hallmark Publishing

Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 13, 2021

Genre: Small Town Living and Romance

Althea Dailey has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams: she’s about to make partner at her prestigious law firm in New York. So why doesn’t she feel more excited about it? 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 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 Milford College, a historically Black institution. But Althea suspects Jack of trying to steal her grandmother’s recipes.

Despite Althea and Jack’s 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.

This Southern small-town romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Grandma’s Biscuits and Gravy.



Sweet Tea is Piper G Huguley's debut release with Hallmark Publishing. It's a great addition to the Hallmark collection. It has everything we've come to expect from a Hallmark movie with a bit of spice. The author takes us back, "Home to Milford College." remembering its historical elements of racism and rights to education and voting.

Both Althea Dailey and Jack Darwent are intelligent and successful in their own right, but still, something is missing. Tragedy has left them with voids that keep them running and chasing to fill them. As it is known to do, Mulford offered that balm of healing, helped them understand their purpose, and found love.

If there is one thing you know is how southern towns are particular about their sweet tea and the lengths they will go through to protect its authentic ingredients and taste. And while the backdrop is about a case involving the rights to a sweet tea recipe, the readers are sure to engage in this well-written story with dashes of realism of a small-town romance, southern traditions and foods, hope, and family legacies!

Sweet Tea is a great story with memorable characters, and I recommend it for your reading pleasure.


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