Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Breakfast at the Honey Creek Café

It’s a delight to welcome the Queen of small-town fiction, New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas back to Thoughts in Progress to share the debut of her quaintest and craziest Texan town yet in a feel-good new novel released yesterday, BREAKFAST AT THE HONEY CREEK CAFÉ.

Jodi has a romantic, heartwarming contemporary new series set in Honey Creek, Texas—a little town nestled in the rolling hills bordering the Brazos River, where family bonds and legends run deep, and friendship and love (and gossip!) are always close at hand.

By Jodi Thomas
*Series: A Honey Creek Novel
*Paperback: 320 pages
*Publisher: Zebra (May 26, 2020)
*Language: English
*ISBN-10: 1420151282
*ISBN-13: 978-1420151282

Piper Jane Mackenzie, mayor of Honey Creek, won’t let a major scandal rip her quirky hometown apart, or jeopardize her dream of one day running for higher office. So, she’s willing to welcome undercover detective Colby McBride, hired to help solve the mystery behind her wannabe fiancé’s disappearance. Colby’s cover? That he is an old boyfriend now begging Piper for a second chance—always when there are plenty of townsfolk around to witness his shenanigans.

Piper hardly knows whether to laugh or cry, especially when she finds herself drawn to the handsome rascal. He's not the only newcomer she has to deal with. There’s a new interim preacher in town, Sam Cassidy. Drifting from one assignment to another since his one love died, Sam isn’t sure he’s the right fit for Honey Creek. But as Piper knows, this is a place chock-full of surprises. And if she can keep her town—and her heart—from going completely off the rails, there may be a sweet, unexpected future in store . . .

Now for those of you who aren’t familiar with the author, here’s a bit of background on her.

Author Jodi Thomas
With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 50 novels and a dozen novellas. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.

Jodi has been inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. When not working on a novel, Thomas enjoys traveling, renovating a historic home, and “checking up” on her grown sons and four grandchildren.

For more on Jodi and her writing, visit her online at:

Thanks so much for stopping by today. What is it about small town life that has so much appeal to us as readers?


  1. Small town life has the appeal of a 'simpler' time. That said, having lived in more than one, many of the issues that cities face are also faced in small towns. Anonymity is more difficult though - which has some huge pluses.
    Congratulations to the prolific Jodi.

    1. Thanks for sharing some very wise thoughts about small towns.

  2. Miss Jodi is just the best!!! Small towns are home to big hearts and sometimes big dreams. The sense of place is timeless. Life's simple pleasures are savored. If you are born there, and you choose to stay there, small things offer big comforts.

  3. Small towns are such good places to set stories like this, aren't they, Mason? And I really like the premise of this one.Thanks for sharing.

    1. I hope you'll enjoy this series. I just found out PICNIC IN SOMEDAY VALLEY, the second in the series, will be released April 27. And now I'm in the middle of writing Book 3 and loving the characters!!


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