I read my first book by Jessica Patch after I learned that she lives in my general neck of the woods. She may be an hour or so away but that’s pretty much local and I need to support local authors if I can. The first few of her books I read were Love Inspired Suspense and I found them to be well crafted and good enough that I added her to my must read list. Then came the Honeyhaven novellas and I learned that this author also has a talent for light-hearted romantic comedy.

Hometown Honey is the third volume of the Honeyhaven series. It features single mom Zayda Miller who dreams of expanding her business to a larger building and her former best friend Stratton Shay who has become a famous chef and has returned to town for the annual pageant. Stratton has a dream of his own and is finally in the position to achieve it but what if his dream and Zayda’s dream collide?

Hometown Honey is the perfect summer read with its lovable characters, humorous situations, and warm-hearted romance. In addition to the primary characters, other Honeyhaven residents play excellent supporting roles. It was fun to catch up with the stars of the previous books and to learn a bit more about Crockett and Scout (aren’t those great names?) who I hope will be featured in the next book.

I thoroughly enjoyed Hometown Honey from the very beginning to its perfect end. If you haven’t had a chance to read anything by this author, this series would be an excellent place to start.

I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by the author. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Welcome back to Honeyhaven!

The town is gearing up for the bicentennial and all the festivities including the annual Hometown Honey Pageant. Single mom, Zayda Miller has never been a fan of pageants, particularly this one, but she needs cash and if she could pull it off and win, she could use the sweet prize money to help her achieve her dream. With zero talent or skill in the kitchen—why baking pies is part of the pageant is beyond her—she’s off to a pathetic start. When her high school sweetheart, up and coming chef, Stratton Shay returns to town for the grand event, she reluctantly allows him to help her in the kitchen, but they might be cooking up more than pies for the competition. Until they discover they both want the same thing. And for one of them to win, the other will have to lose.


Jessica R. Patch is known for her dry wit and signature twists whether she’s penned a contemporary romance or romantic suspense. When she’s not hunched over her laptop (or in physical therapy because she’s been hunched over her laptop), you can find her cozy on the couch in her mid-south home watching way too much Netflix with her family, going on “adventures” in the name of book research, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook. Sign up for her newsletter “Patched In” at Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.