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The delightful and touching new novel from the bestselling author of dozens of treasured romances. Return to the picturesque Texas town of Honey Creek—a place where friendship and warm welcomes can be relied on, and love always finds a way… Benjamin Monroe is pretty sure how his life will play out. He’ll continue teaching chemistry in his small college, and spend his fr The delightful and touching new novel from the bestselling author of dozens of treasured romances. Return to the picturesque Texas town of Honey Creek—a place where friendship and warm welcomes can be relied on, and love always finds a way… Benjamin Monroe is pretty sure how his life will play out. He’ll continue teaching chemistry in his small college, and spend his free time biking through the valley. Eventually, he’ll retire to putter around in his garden and greenhouse. His colleague, Virginia Clark, is not one for routines. She’s chatty, spontaneous, and bubbly, and before Benjamin realizes what happened, she’s talked him into collaborating on a research project—studying the mating habits of college students. Virginia knows her desire to work with Benjamin is motivated by more than the potential prize money . . . and hopes he might not be quite as indifferent as he seems to be. Ketch Kincaid, one of Benjamin’s star students, returned to college after serving in the army. He needs something to get his mind off his recent breakup and collecting research data might do it. And there’s another distraction on the horizon—a woman who looks like she, too, knows about heartache. Soon enough, their project, “The Chemistry of Mating,” is gaining notoriety. Friends, neighbors . . . the whole town has become involved. But no matter what the data determines, one conclusion seems inescapable: love follows its own rules . . .


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The delightful and touching new novel from the bestselling author of dozens of treasured romances. Return to the picturesque Texas town of Honey Creek—a place where friendship and warm welcomes can be relied on, and love always finds a way… Benjamin Monroe is pretty sure how his life will play out. He’ll continue teaching chemistry in his small college, and spend his fr The delightful and touching new novel from the bestselling author of dozens of treasured romances. Return to the picturesque Texas town of Honey Creek—a place where friendship and warm welcomes can be relied on, and love always finds a way… Benjamin Monroe is pretty sure how his life will play out. He’ll continue teaching chemistry in his small college, and spend his free time biking through the valley. Eventually, he’ll retire to putter around in his garden and greenhouse. His colleague, Virginia Clark, is not one for routines. She’s chatty, spontaneous, and bubbly, and before Benjamin realizes what happened, she’s talked him into collaborating on a research project—studying the mating habits of college students. Virginia knows her desire to work with Benjamin is motivated by more than the potential prize money . . . and hopes he might not be quite as indifferent as he seems to be. Ketch Kincaid, one of Benjamin’s star students, returned to college after serving in the army. He needs something to get his mind off his recent breakup and collecting research data might do it. And there’s another distraction on the horizon—a woman who looks like she, too, knows about heartache. Soon enough, their project, “The Chemistry of Mating,” is gaining notoriety. Friends, neighbors . . . the whole town has become involved. But no matter what the data determines, one conclusion seems inescapable: love follows its own rules . . .

30 review for Dinner on Primrose Hill

  1. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)

    Dinner on Primrose Hill is a cozy, thoroughly enjoyable novel with characters that become family and friends. Jodi Thomas’ prose is highly engaging, leaving no reader’s emotions untouched. The themes of family, friendship, love and loss resonate off the page, translated from words into feelings. Each couple spotlights a unique and distinct love story. Thomas demonstrates her knack for writing affective love stories with plenty of romantic tension and chemistry, that are also wholesome. When this Dinner on Primrose Hill is a cozy, thoroughly enjoyable novel with characters that become family and friends. Jodi Thomas’ prose is highly engaging, leaving no reader’s emotions untouched. The themes of family, friendship, love and loss resonate off the page, translated from words into feelings. Each couple spotlights a unique and distinct love story. Thomas demonstrates her knack for writing affective love stories with plenty of romantic tension and chemistry, that are also wholesome. When this book is over, readers will feel like they just visited Honey Creek, Texas. Jodi Thomas just does it for me! Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com Arc provided for review by Netgalley, courtesy of Zebra Books

  2. 5 out of 5

    1-Click Addict Support Group

    Sweet and utterly enjoyable… Honey Creek is one of those places I wish were real. From quirky homes to quirkier, eccentric people, the town quietly embraces them all, comforting and nurturing… This story followed three very different couples as they fell in love in wildly varied ways and whys. This was home, whether now or in the past, and they all felt that connection. Six people, their paths intersecting and winding together, slowly revealed their secrets to one another…. What happens when you pu Sweet and utterly enjoyable… Honey Creek is one of those places I wish were real. From quirky homes to quirkier, eccentric people, the town quietly embraces them all, comforting and nurturing… This story followed three very different couples as they fell in love in wildly varied ways and whys. This was home, whether now or in the past, and they all felt that connection. Six people, their paths intersecting and winding together, slowly revealed their secrets to one another…. What happens when you put a lawman, ex-military, professors, a librarian and a woman still finding herself, in a town surrounded by a deadly threat? There is drama but also many moments of quiet reflection on choices made. Their stories snuck up on me with emotion that I didn’t see coming until I was completely lost in it all… The charm of this town and its inhabitants never fails to capture my heart and this time was no exception… ~Diane, 4 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is a sweet and charming read. I did enjoy getting to the various couples in this book. Honey Creek is a nice place to visit. Each book can be read as a stand alone novel. The people are genuine. Each couple did not have instant romantic connections. They were slow and sweet; except Ben and Virginia Clark. As Virginia said, they are older and don't have as much time so no time to waste. Ben and Virginia are opposites...Ben is a country boy and Virginia a city girl. Yet, they are so good toge This is a sweet and charming read. I did enjoy getting to the various couples in this book. Honey Creek is a nice place to visit. Each book can be read as a stand alone novel. The people are genuine. Each couple did not have instant romantic connections. They were slow and sweet; except Ben and Virginia Clark. As Virginia said, they are older and don't have as much time so no time to waste. Ben and Virginia are opposites...Ben is a country boy and Virginia a city girl. Yet, they are so good together. Another couple that I liked is Hank and Millie. There was trust issues between them at first. Just because they started out as strangers. Yet, as time went on they got closer to one another. While, I liked Ketch; I did struggle a bit more to connect with him and his story. As a fan and long time reader of Jodi, I do enjoy her books. I look forward to her next one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Spreen

    This is a romance novel involving three couples. Benjamin and Jenny teach at the same college. They knew each other from years ago, and the flame never burned out. We know this because when they're finally in the car together and he is wondering if he should take a chance on kissing her, she says, "Do you want to touch my breasts?" This is not meant to be funny or ironic. Hank is a pastor's good-for-nothing son who runs over the librarian with his motorcycle. Remorseful, he moves in to take care This is a romance novel involving three couples. Benjamin and Jenny teach at the same college. They knew each other from years ago, and the flame never burned out. We know this because when they're finally in the car together and he is wondering if he should take a chance on kissing her, she says, "Do you want to touch my breasts?" This is not meant to be funny or ironic. Hank is a pastor's good-for-nothing son who runs over the librarian with his motorcycle. Remorseful, he moves in to take care of his "pretty lady." Love bursts into bloom even though he's hiding the fact that he's secretly on the bomb squad of an entirely different city; this is helpful since somebody's leaving poorly-made pipe bombs around the town. Ketch falls in love with Tuesday, since they have foster childhood in common. He's gigantic, she's Lilliputian, and even though they're intent on remaining platonic, every time they see each other, she tells him, "Pick me up," which he does like a toy. And then they kiss. These unconvincing story lines, plus typos and illogical sentences, made for a DNF. Thanks anyway to the publisher for allowing me to read this novel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review A highly entertaining read showing how romance, passion and chemistry happen between the most unlikely people, “Dinner on Primrose Hill”, by Jodi Thomas (Kensington Books/Zebra), creates a fictional world with unique and relatable characters readers want to escape to. I found the story cosy and romantic, the characters and their stories different and interesting and the three couples’ HEA very uplifting for such troubled souls. I really Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review A highly entertaining read showing how romance, passion and chemistry happen between the most unlikely people, “Dinner on Primrose Hill”, by Jodi Thomas (Kensington Books/Zebra), creates a fictional world with unique and relatable characters readers want to escape to. I found the story cosy and romantic, the characters and their stories different and interesting and the three couples’ HEA very uplifting for such troubled souls. I really liked that some of the characters weren’t broken but had lost hope and yet were able to find happiness. The fact they are not perfect and are not trying to impress is also fascinating. The writing style is good and I just wanted to keep reading and see where the plot was going. I loved meeting characters from the previous story. Some dimensions are openly far-fetched – the 8-year boy speaks sometimes like an adult, some dialogue parts sounded unnatural – but it all fits so well with the story. Very enjoyable!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book

    There’s just something about this series. This author has an unique way of sliding you right into the story and a part of it all. I absolutely loved this visit to Honey Creek and the surrounding town. The characters are so unique, and the stories literally consume you. And I love that everyone has a bit of mystery. So much fun. I can’t wait for the next visit.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    So much to love and enjoy reading Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas. No one writes a small Texas town better than Jodi. It's obvious she has a great love for the place and she makes her reader love it too. The characters are so loveable and such fun. Some of them carry "bruising" from their past. In this book we have three main pairs, promising some romance.  1. Benjamin and Virginia, two college professors in their early forties. He is a head person and she is a heart person and their topic So much to love and enjoy reading Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas. No one writes a small Texas town better than Jodi. It's obvious she has a great love for the place and she makes her reader love it too. The characters are so loveable and such fun. Some of them carry "bruising" from their past. In this book we have three main pairs, promising some romance.  1. Benjamin and Virginia, two college professors in their early forties. He is a head person and she is a heart person and their topic of research over the Spring break? What makes people attracted to each other? 2.  Ketch and Tuesday. Ketch is an ex soldier just finishing up his studies and Tuesday is a young woman who starts out as a barmaid but really wants to be a nurse. And... she owns the Primrose Hill house. 3. Amelia the University librarian and Hank - well not giving away what Hank does but he's a character anyway. The humour in this story is a load of fun. There is just a touch of exaggeration, not much but a gentle touch. The dialogue is witty when the reader least expects it and a chuckle emits on the spot. There is a bit of a town mystery going on, and it is mainly through that that all the couples are interconnect and the story takes on a cohesiveness. I love that compassion for her characters that oozes out of Jodi Thomas. That Primrose Hill house. The kind of house we'd all like to explore and maybe even live there. I know I would. Another totally delightful read from Jodi Thomas.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas is the third book in the Honey Creek series. The books are all set in Honey Creek, Texas. In each novel the stories of three separate couples all roll around each other while the primary story involves them. Benjamin and Virginia are both professors at the nearby college. They are opposites and work together on a research paper. He is a chemistry professor and she is a biology professor. They are the first couple. Hank and Millie are even more opposite. Eve Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas is the third book in the Honey Creek series. The books are all set in Honey Creek, Texas. In each novel the stories of three separate couples all roll around each other while the primary story involves them. Benjamin and Virginia are both professors at the nearby college. They are opposites and work together on a research paper. He is a chemistry professor and she is a biology professor. They are the first couple. Hank and Millie are even more opposite. Everyone knows Hank as the preacher’s kid who was out of control. What they don’t know is that he is a specialist with law enforcement. Millie is the local librarian for the college. As Hank comes blowing into town, he hits Millie and she is badly hurt. Hank agrees to stay and help Millie. They are couple number two. Ketch is an ex service man going to college to find his new life. He has no family to help him and he is determined to move on into what he is going to do next. Tuesday is shy and easily bullied by some of the locals, who see her as easy. Ketch helps her to fix her place and she helps him find his way. They are couple number three. The main storyline focuses on pipe bombs that are being left all over town. The group of couples along with the sheriff are working together to work toward solving the mystery while falling in love. I enjoy Jodi Thomas’ novels about Honey Creek. I like the mix of characters and how they are woven into the story. The storyline moves right along and keeps you guessing. Dinner on Primrose Creek by Jodi Thomas is a good read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    Returning to author Jodi Thomas' "Honey Creek Series" is once again a true reader's treat with Book Three, "Dinner on Primrose Hill". This time the setting is the small college town of Clifton Bend, TX--not too far from Honey Creek, and located in the same beautiful valley. Forty-something college professors Virginia Clark and Benjamin Monroe are seemingly opposites in just about every way--she's bouncy, bubbly, and effusive--he's a methodical, orderly, man of routine. They both teach at Clifton Returning to author Jodi Thomas' "Honey Creek Series" is once again a true reader's treat with Book Three, "Dinner on Primrose Hill". This time the setting is the small college town of Clifton Bend, TX--not too far from Honey Creek, and located in the same beautiful valley. Forty-something college professors Virginia Clark and Benjamin Monroe are seemingly opposites in just about every way--she's bouncy, bubbly, and effusive--he's a methodical, orderly, man of routine. They both teach at Clifton College and are brought together when Virginia suggests that they collaborate on a research project, "The Chemistry of Mating", which could earn them some prize money. With the nagging thought thought that somehow, somewhere, he and Virginia had met before, Benjamin agrees to her plan. When former military man Ketch Kincaid takes his broken heart to a bar to beat out his troubles, he and barmaid Tuesday Raine find themselves coming to each other's rescue. Ketch, who is attending college and working full-time is hired by Benjamin to help with the research project. College librarian Amelia Remington and wild son of a preacher Harrison Norton literally collide with each other on a rainy street. After crashing into her with his motorcycle, he becomes her care provider. Life and love are always different than we imagine them to be--sometimes more than we expected and often times less than we had hoped. Author Jodi Thomas is a master storyteller who gives her characters real flaws, good hearts, and the second chances they well deserve. With her trademark humor, treasured surprise twists, and memorable moments of poignancy, she gives her readers a full sense of involvement in each new story line that she creates. "Dinner on Primrose Hill" is an entertaining addition to the "Honey Creek Series", and readers will also greatly enjoy the first two books in the series: "Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe" and "Picnic in Someday Valley". Book Copy Gratis Author

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    If you’re a fan of Jodi Thomas, you know that she writes series about small towns in Texas which feature different residents’ love stories in each title. They are all sweet and wholesome and this series has a bit of suspense. This title featured some people from the local small college- 2 professors, 1 current student, a past student, the new librarian, and a bomb specialist from Houston who just happened to be visiting his hometown when they started finding pipe bombs placed around town. I’m lo If you’re a fan of Jodi Thomas, you know that she writes series about small towns in Texas which feature different residents’ love stories in each title. They are all sweet and wholesome and this series has a bit of suspense. This title featured some people from the local small college- 2 professors, 1 current student, a past student, the new librarian, and a bomb specialist from Houston who just happened to be visiting his hometown when they started finding pipe bombs placed around town. I’m looking forward to the next volume in the series already! Big thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I have been in a reading funk lately, so I was happy that I get the chance to review this book. It was really good. I liked how the book focused on different characters and I think my favorite character was Hank. He was really sweet to Millie. The ending was not what I expected, but it was still good. I am grateful that netgalley let me read this in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Registered on Bookcrossing - https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/... Really good story with a lot of interesting characters, it was a breath of fresh air in the romance genre. I had never read anything by this author so I was happy that I won this book on Goodreads. Looking forward to more books by this author. This is my honest review. Registered on Bookcrossing - https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/... Really good story with a lot of interesting characters, it was a breath of fresh air in the romance genre. I had never read anything by this author so I was happy that I won this book on Goodreads. Looking forward to more books by this author. This is my honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Very cute romance involving three lonely, quirky couples. I didn't want to put it down. I just wish that after the big build up towards resolving things for everyone, it is done quickly in a couple of pages in the epilogue. Very cute romance involving three lonely, quirky couples. I didn't want to put it down. I just wish that after the big build up towards resolving things for everyone, it is done quickly in a couple of pages in the epilogue.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kayes

    Really enjoyed the intertwining of the characters in this story and the humor in it also. Did alot of laugh out loud in this book. Can't wait for the next book. Really enjoyed the intertwining of the characters in this story and the humor in it also. Did alot of laugh out loud in this book. Can't wait for the next book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marie Christensen

    This was my third book in the series & I’ve enjoyed every one of them. Bummed that I have to wait until May 2022 for the fourth

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I liked this book. Using character strands always is interesting.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ilean

    It was a cute easy to read story but not very believable.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas is the third book in the series but can be read alone. I devoured it. Once again I am mesmerized by Jodi’s writing and character development. At first I was worried that there were three couples and would I be able to keep up. Each of them are unique in their challenges and relationships that it was such a treat. Ben and Virginia(Red) – Both professors at the local college. Ben realizes he knows Virginia as red from his college days. She has asked him to he Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas is the third book in the series but can be read alone. I devoured it. Once again I am mesmerized by Jodi’s writing and character development. At first I was worried that there were three couples and would I be able to keep up. Each of them are unique in their challenges and relationships that it was such a treat. Ben and Virginia(Red) – Both professors at the local college. Ben realizes he knows Virginia as red from his college days. She has asked him to help with a research project – The Chemistry of Mating. Ben and is OCD (my words; not the authors) was adorable. Ketch and Tuesday – you love Ketch from the beginning, and I fell in love with the house as much as he did. Ketch is ex-military, attending the college and working in construction. His girlfriend has broken up with him in a letter. He meets Tuesday and they start a sweet friendship. Hank and Millie – I loved each of the couples but Hank and Millie may have been my favorite. Everyone in town thinks of Hank as the bad boy. He may be all grown up but they still see him as the reckless youth driving a Harley and riding bulls in the rodeo. He has not lost his taste for adventure. He runs over (literally) the librarian that everyone loves. Each of the men were adorable and the women were strong leads for each of them. I highly recommend this book. To date every Jodi Thomas book I have read has been wonderful. I read this one in two days.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne Wolters

    This captivating story has a rather large cast of characters, Benjamin, Virginia/Jenny, Ketch, Tuesday, Amelia, Harrison/Hank and those are only the main characters that this story is about. Each of them has their own individual stories and ties to the small town in Texas where this story takes place. Benjamin and Virginia, also known as Jenny are professors at the local college, Amelia is the college librarian, Ketch is a student at the college and has completed 4 years in the Army, Tuesday wor This captivating story has a rather large cast of characters, Benjamin, Virginia/Jenny, Ketch, Tuesday, Amelia, Harrison/Hank and those are only the main characters that this story is about. Each of them has their own individual stories and ties to the small town in Texas where this story takes place. Benjamin and Virginia, also known as Jenny are professors at the local college, Amelia is the college librarian, Ketch is a student at the college and has completed 4 years in the Army, Tuesday works at a local bar and has grown up in the area, Harrison, also known as Hank grew up in the town, and is the son of a preacher, and has a "bad boy" reputation. He is only visiting and lives elsewhere now. Amelia is closing up the library and preparing to leave for the day with plans for a quiet time at home, however when she walks outside , a big rain storm has blown into town and she can't see where she is going. The rain is blinding and all of a sudden she find herself on the pavement. Hank can't see where he's going either and runs right into Amelia with his motorcycle. Hank sustains a few cuts and scratches whereas Amelia has broken bones and other severe injuries. At the college where they are both professors Benjamin and Jenny realize they have a 20 year old past however, neither of them acknowledges that they knew each other many years ago, in fact, they mostly avoid one another. Ketch is nearing graduation and was making plans for the future with his fiance when he receives a letter from her breaking up with him. After a night of drinking to sooth the pain, Tuesday rescues him in the parking lot, get him home and patches up his injuries resulting from a fight. As this beautifully written story evolves, it is both heart wrenching and heartwarming to feel the pain and suffering and also experience the healing and happiness as each person has something to offer the other. Jodi Thomas expertly weaves the story of each person together to be one compelling, difficulty to put down book. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy of this book. The opinions and comments are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas is a wonderful, heartwarming, and enjoyable contemporary romance that is the third book in the Honey Creek series. I loved this! I really enjoyed reading this easy, relaxing narrative that alternates between three sets of couples all tied in by living or working within the same small-town college setting in Texas. I liked seeing the progression of not only the three relationships, but also the complex histories of each character, how each was trying to find Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas is a wonderful, heartwarming, and enjoyable contemporary romance that is the third book in the Honey Creek series. I loved this! I really enjoyed reading this easy, relaxing narrative that alternates between three sets of couples all tied in by living or working within the same small-town college setting in Texas. I liked seeing the progression of not only the three relationships, but also the complex histories of each character, how each was trying to find their place in life, and also how each found their respective answers. There were cute moments that made me chuckle, heartwarming moments, and moments with a tinge of sadness that really tugged at my heart a few times. My favorite characters were Benjamin and Virginia. Their interactions and banter were quick, witty, and spot on. The chemistry was evident (to me at least) from the beginning. This is the third book, and while I have enjoyed all three, this is by far my favorite. I also really, really loved the ending. It was beyond perfect!!! 5/5 stars Thank you NG and Zebra/Kensington Publishing for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas is a wonderful, heartwarming, and enjoyable contemporary romance that is the third book in the Honey Creek series. I loved this! I really enjoyed reading this easy, relaxing narrative that alternates between three sets of couples all tied in by living or working within the same small-town college setting in Texas. I liked seeing the progression of not only the three relationships, but also the complex histories of each character, how each was trying to find Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas is a wonderful, heartwarming, and enjoyable contemporary romance that is the third book in the Honey Creek series. I loved this! I really enjoyed reading this easy, relaxing narrative that alternates between three sets of couples all tied in by living or working within the same small-town college setting in Texas. I liked seeing the progression of not only the three relationships, but also the complex histories of each character, how each was trying to find their place in life, and also how each found their respective answers. There were cute moments that made me chuckle, heartwarming moments, and moments with a tinge of sadness that really tugged at my heart a few times. My favorite characters were Benjamin and Virginia. Their interactions and banter were quick, witty, and spot on. The chemistry was evident (to me at least) from the beginning. This is the third book, and while I have enjoyed all three, this is by far my favorite. I also really, really loved the ending. It was beyond perfect!!! 5/5 stars Thank you NG and Zebra/Kensington Publishing for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Dinner on Primrose Hill is #3 in the Honey Creek series. That said, it can stand alone. I enjoyed the occasional visit from characters featured in the previous books but if you’re new to the series you won’t feel lost. I won’t rehash the publisher’s description posted above but will say there are a few more characters that add a lot to the story. Told with Jodi Thomas’s signature heart and humor she proved once again why she’s my go-to comfort read author. It’s a story about finding home – be it Dinner on Primrose Hill is #3 in the Honey Creek series. That said, it can stand alone. I enjoyed the occasional visit from characters featured in the previous books but if you’re new to the series you won’t feel lost. I won’t rehash the publisher’s description posted above but will say there are a few more characters that add a lot to the story. Told with Jodi Thomas’s signature heart and humor she proved once again why she’s my go-to comfort read author. It’s a story about finding home – be it a place or a person. It was exactly the book I needed at the end of August 2021. If you need a book to take you away you’ll never go wrong with a Jodi Thomas novel. I was happy to find at the end a preview of the next book in the series. Digital galley courtesy of Jodi Thomas, Kensington Books and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    This is a great read! It's the first time I've read a book by Jodi Thomas and I would be happy to read the next Honey Creek book. The story is about how six people from different walks of life cross paths, and those encounters changing their futures! Ketch meets Tuesday after a night of drinking his sorrows away. He helps her avoid trouble and she helps him make it home drunk. Both have been hurt in different ways and are leery of others. He is big and tall she is short and tiny and they both dec This is a great read! It's the first time I've read a book by Jodi Thomas and I would be happy to read the next Honey Creek book. The story is about how six people from different walks of life cross paths, and those encounters changing their futures! Ketch meets Tuesday after a night of drinking his sorrows away. He helps her avoid trouble and she helps him make it home drunk. Both have been hurt in different ways and are leery of others. He is big and tall she is short and tiny and they both decide they can't be anything more than friends, they are looking for something different in a partner. They both agree they want to be best friends, but can they, is the question. Then there is Dr. Benjamin Monroe and Professor Virginia (Jenny) Clark both in their 40’s and set in their ways. She is a flamboyant redhead, he is uptight and regimental, he’s a full head taller and slender where she is on the chubby side. They both are professors at the same university. Jenny is new to the school and comes to him to help her work on a research paper to get a ten-thousand-dollar grant. The topic, “Redefining sexual attraction in today’s world”. He agrees reluctantly but something about her bubbly personality so opposite of him is a little refreshing. She reminds him of a time long ago, one special weekend with a redhead that he’ll never forget. Amelia Remington is the librarian, single and she hasn't made any friends yet but is still well respected and appreciated in the little town of Honey Creek. When she is leaving the library she encounters Hank (Harrison) Norton who has returned to town for a brief visit to see his father, a retired Pastor, now at the nursing home, Harrison has the reputation of being wild and a disappointment to his father, everyone knows of his past but none know of his current position in life and he wants it that way. His meeting with Amelia is by a horrific accident and she will be laid up for a long time. She has no family left or friends and she can't take care of herself in her condition. She is delicate, fragile even, he realizes, and Hank steps up to care for her. They couldn't be more opposites and taking care of her and her dog Rambo is something he would never guess he'd be doing. Hank finds himself feeling more than just responsibility but he must get back to his own life in Houston. He'll wait until she can take care of herself then he'll leave. The story is told by each of the six characters from their perspective. In my opinion, the way the professors spoke to each other was too old. I could see my 80-year-old parents talking the way they did. I liked the dynamics between Hank and “Millie” it was really sweet and real but find it difficult to believe that arrangement could happen. I loved the dog, Rambo. Ketch and Tuesday are delightful and like their interaction. The whole group gets tied together in trying to stop a pipe bomb maker causing havoc to the town. It's far-fetched at times but the story is heartwarming and a good read. It's not my usual genre but I did enjoy it a lot. I hope Jodi brings all of these characters back in another book. You will be glad you read it! I gave it a three but it's 3.5 it was just the dialog between the professors that wasn't my favorite part of the read. Thank you, NetGalley, Kensington Publishers, and author Jodi Thomas for this digital at this is my honest opinion.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas is a sweet romance with a hint of mystery. Professor Benjamin Monroe is in his early forties and has never been married. He teaches at the college during the week and on weekends, he helps his dad on the family farm. Benjamin’s office is right next door to Professor Virginia “Jenny” Clark and he tries to avoid her as much as possible. Which is why he is so surprised when she asks him to assist her on a research project. Benjamin is a little uptight and serio Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas is a sweet romance with a hint of mystery. Professor Benjamin Monroe is in his early forties and has never been married. He teaches at the college during the week and on weekends, he helps his dad on the family farm. Benjamin’s office is right next door to Professor Virginia “Jenny” Clark and he tries to avoid her as much as possible. Which is why he is so surprised when she asks him to assist her on a research project. Benjamin is a little uptight and serious whereas Jenny is a little bit quirky and impulsive.  After they start working together, why is Benjamin suddenly having sexy thoughts about his curvy research partner? Army veteran Ketch Kincaid is older than the rest of the students so he is focuses on his classes while also working construction. After receiving a “Dear Ketch” letter from his fiancée, Ketch throws caution to the wind and gets drunk to forget his heartbreak. Thankfully for him, bar waitress Tuesday Raine is there to help him get safely home after the bar closes. They find themselves unexpectedly drawn to each other but will Tuesday be open to a future with Ketch? Town librarian Amelia Remington and bad boy Harrison “Hank” Norton meet in spectacular fashion during an accident. When Amelia needs care during her recovery, Hank offers to help her until she is back on her feet. Hank is a preacher’s son who left town years ago and he has cleaned up his act during the intervening years. But after someone begin planting pipe bombs around town, the truth about his career comes out when he collaborates with local law enforcement. In his downtime, he and Amelia grow closer but is there any chance of a relationship working out between them since they live in different towns? Dinner on Primrose Hill is a homespun romance with eclectic but likable characters. The romances are lovely with the future of each of the couples uncertain. The slight mystery aspect feels a bit like an afterthought since it takes place late in the story. The story is engaging but a little repetitive.  Since there are three separate story arcs, the relationships are a little underdeveloped and take place during a short span of time. This third installment in Jodi Thomas’ Honey Creek is heartwarming with appealing characters and can be read as a standalone.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    This is the first book by this author and this boo is book 3 as part of a series. As a reader it took me a little bit longer to become familiar with the characters as well as the storyline. It can be read as stand alone but would probably be enhanced by reading the previous books in the series. This series is about small town in Texas and is sweet as well as wholesome. This captivating story has a rather large cast of characters, Benjamin, Virginia/Jenny, Ketch, Tuesday, Amelia, Harrison/Hank an This is the first book by this author and this boo is book 3 as part of a series. As a reader it took me a little bit longer to become familiar with the characters as well as the storyline. It can be read as stand alone but would probably be enhanced by reading the previous books in the series. This series is about small town in Texas and is sweet as well as wholesome. This captivating story has a rather large cast of characters, Benjamin, Virginia/Jenny, Ketch, Tuesday, Amelia, Harrison/Hank and those are only the main characters that this story is about. Each of them has their own individual stories and ties to the small town in Texas where this story takes place. a wonderful story of three sets of unlikely people falling in love and settling down. I simply loved it. Most of these people might have been described as "losers" or unlovable but they found one another and it was all-good. Hank was the town bad boy, had been for years, and was riding his motorcycle too fast, as he was wont to do, and ran into and injured Amelia Remington, the librarian and discovered that she had no one to see to her when they let he go home. He had no choice but to volunteer and discovered someone as unlike himself as possible. Ketch Kincaid had been dumped, by letter, the only one Crystal had ever written him, after six years, and drank himself into a stupor. He was helped home by the Bartender, Tuesday Raine, the town bad girl, and discovered that Crystal had done him a favor. Benjamin was a slightly-over-forty, college professor who was totally annoyed by his next- office-over mate until e discovered something amazing about her. They were all brought together by a common concern, and learned so much. Very heartwarming and light, really enjoyed the book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, author and Netgalley.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas was a wonderful story of three sets of unlikely people falling in love and settling down. I simply loved it. Most of these people might have been described as "losers" or unlovable but they found one another and it was all-good. Hank was the town bad boy, had been for years, and was riding his motorcycle too fast, as he was wont to do, and ran into and injured Amelia Remington, the librarian and discovered that she had no one to see to her when they let he Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas was a wonderful story of three sets of unlikely people falling in love and settling down. I simply loved it. Most of these people might have been described as "losers" or unlovable but they found one another and it was all-good. Hank was the town bad boy, had been for years, and was riding his motorcycle too fast, as he was wont to do, and ran into and injured Amelia Remington, the librarian and discovered that she had no one to see to her when they let he go home. He had no choice but to volunteer and discovered someone as unlike himself as possible. Ketch Kincaid had been dumped, by letter, the only one Crystal had ever written him, after six years, and drank himself into a stupor. He was helped home by the Bartender, Tuesday Raine, the town bad girl, and discovered that Crystal had done him a favor. Benjamin was a slightly-over-forty, college professor who was totally annoyed by his next- office-over mate until e discovered something amazing about her. They were all brought together by a common concern, and learned so much. This was such a fun book. These characters were all quirky and interesting, in different ways. They are brought together by a thinly disguised mystery, but as couple they were beyond amazing. Most romances are about young, good-looking people. Some of these were not . . . young, or good-looking, but they were definitely romances, and good ones. What a terrific, feel-good book. Yay, Jodi Thomas. You did great! I was invited to read a free e-ARC of Dinner on Primrose Hill by Kensington Publishing, through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #kensington #jodithomas #dinneronprimrosehill

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pj Ausdenmore

    One of the things I've most enjoyed about this series is how Thomas captures the spirit of a small town and the people who live there. In Dinner on Primrose Hill, her characters span a wide range. Some have spent their whole lives in the same small town while others couldn't wait to get out as soon as they turned eighteen and still others are newly arrived. They all have stories, they all have flaws, they all deserve love. Even when they aren't looking for it...or don't believe they're deserving One of the things I've most enjoyed about this series is how Thomas captures the spirit of a small town and the people who live there. In Dinner on Primrose Hill, her characters span a wide range. Some have spent their whole lives in the same small town while others couldn't wait to get out as soon as they turned eighteen and still others are newly arrived. They all have stories, they all have flaws, they all deserve love. Even when they aren't looking for it...or don't believe they're deserving of it...or think the time for love has passed them by. Thomas focuses on three couples in this book, one in their forties, one in their late thirties, and the third in their twenties. While events (a bit of mystery/suspense) cause the couples, and a few others, to weave in and out of one another's lives, each of the couples' relationships unfolds in alternating chapters told primarily from the male perspective, a twist I found to be very entertaining. Each couple has a unique vibe and while I related to some more than others, their journeys were all sweet, heartfelt, a bit quirky, and enjoyable. This is the third book in Thomas's Honey Creek series and while a few continuing characters appear, readers new to Honey Creek should have no problem starting with Dinner on Primrose Hill. For fans of the series, reading this newest book is like a trip home, where you catch up with old friends and make a few new ones. I'm already looking forward to my next visit in Sunday at the Sunflower Inn, which is scheduled to be published April 26, 2022. *ARC received for fair and unbiased review

  28. 5 out of 5

    HappyBookWorm2020

    This book is set in Clifton Bend, not far from the town of Honey Creek, and was a thoroughly satisfying, romantic read. There are three couples in this book. The chapters alternate with each being narrated or seen through the point of view of one character, most frequently by the men, although each woman has her own chapter. I liked seeing the male point of view - it was pretty funny at times. I do recommend making a list of each couple's names, ages, and occupations when you start the book. The This book is set in Clifton Bend, not far from the town of Honey Creek, and was a thoroughly satisfying, romantic read. There are three couples in this book. The chapters alternate with each being narrated or seen through the point of view of one character, most frequently by the men, although each woman has her own chapter. I liked seeing the male point of view - it was pretty funny at times. I do recommend making a list of each couple's names, ages, and occupations when you start the book. The oldest couple, Benjamin and Virginia are both in their 40's and teach at the local college. Benjamin is uptight while Virginia is very much a free spirit. They could not be more different. The second couple, Amelia and Hamilton (Hank), are in their thirties. She is the librarian at the college while Hank left Clifton Bend right after high school and few in town know what he did after that. Hank is the son of a local pastor and he and his dad don't get along. Hank and Amelia meet when they are involved in an accident. The youngest characters are Ketch and Tuesday who are in their early 20's. Ketch just got out of the military and Tuesday is working as a waitress. Ketch helps her out of a tight situation one night, and they become friends. She lives at a house on Primrose Hill. I fell in love with that house and this couple. I don't think it is necessary to read the first two books in order to enjoy this one. I received a review copy of this book from the publisher Kensington Books through Netgalley. It was my pleasure to read and review this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    cbdef

    This was a Goodreads giveaway ARC book that I received. As such, it was the first book that I had read by this author and in this series. Although the book can be stand-alone, if you had been following the series, I suppose the reader would feel comforted returning to a familiar setting and some familiar characters. It is a cute romance tale, with a small mystery woven into the plot that brings all the characters together for a small non-momentous resolution. I did enjoy the character description This was a Goodreads giveaway ARC book that I received. As such, it was the first book that I had read by this author and in this series. Although the book can be stand-alone, if you had been following the series, I suppose the reader would feel comforted returning to a familiar setting and some familiar characters. It is a cute romance tale, with a small mystery woven into the plot that brings all the characters together for a small non-momentous resolution. I did enjoy the character descriptions of each of the main characters, and was interested as the book progresses to learn more about them and how the couples come together to complement each other. However, I didn't feel that there was enough time spent on the relationships. I felt the development of the relationships in the story were rushed (story covers only a month for the couples to find each other, get to know each other and accept that they have found 'the one'). Perhaps it should not have been a story of 3 relationships, but only one or two. Of the three couples in this book, only the Professors relationship is fully explored and brought to resolution by the end of the book. The other couples only warrant completion in the 2 page Epilogue. The story seemed to wrap up too quickly; I felt like the author had tired of these characters and was eager to end this book and move on to the next one. Overall, I would recommend the book. It was a quick read and the characters were interesting. Also, the author did not resort to soft porn or explicit details during the love scenes, seemingly necessary to sell books today.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jan Fore

    Dinner on Primrose HIll Jodi Thomas October 26, 2021 This latest novel by Jodi Thomas is part 3 in the Honey Creek series. It begins with introducing each set of duo characters, their position in Clifton College and how they fit in with the town's history. Clifton College is a small school yet very well known for its talented and intelligent students. There are the returning folks who work for the police and sheriff's department as well as the mayor of the town. This is a fun yet very interesting s Dinner on Primrose HIll Jodi Thomas October 26, 2021 This latest novel by Jodi Thomas is part 3 in the Honey Creek series. It begins with introducing each set of duo characters, their position in Clifton College and how they fit in with the town's history. Clifton College is a small school yet very well known for its talented and intelligent students. There are the returning folks who work for the police and sheriff's department as well as the mayor of the town. This is a fun yet very interesting story of how six different people come to depend on each other. Each comes to confide in each other as well as helping save the small town from an angry, brutal group. I have read the first two in the series, Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe and Picnic in Someday Valley. I enjoyed them but this particular selection was heartwarming and a welcome change. It provided a range of reading emotions. The reader is part of the microcosm of scattered villagers within the picturesque Texas territory. Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas is published by Zebra Books of Kensington Publishing Corporation. I appreciate their allowing me to read and review Thomas´s latest book via NetGalley. It is due to be released on October 26, 2021. Dinner on Primrose Hill was such a pleasure to read. It´s characters made me laugh and feel sad for them. Her fans are going to welcome part 3 of this series. For those who have never read Jodi Thomas I encourage you to read this one. It is a comforting and a joy to experience her tales of these inspiring couples.

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