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The charming and uplifting new novel from the legendary author of dozens of unforgettable romances! Travel to the small town of Honey Creek where ties run deep and happiness is just around the next river bend… Marcie Latimer longs to run away from Someday Valley—especially since her ex-boyfriend spun a web of lies that almost led to tragedy in neighboring Honey Creek. The charming and uplifting new novel from the legendary author of dozens of unforgettable romances! Travel to the small town of Honey Creek where ties run deep and happiness is just around the next river bend… Marcie Latimer longs to run away from Someday Valley—especially since her ex-boyfriend spun a web of lies that almost led to tragedy in neighboring Honey Creek. Little wonder so many locals have turned their backs on her. But not Brand Rodgers. The quiet cowboy comes to listen every time she sings at Bandit’s Bar, offering a glimpse of safety and calm that Marcie’s rarely known. After Texas Ranger Colby McBride saved Honey Creek’s mayor, Piper Mackenzie, from a fire, she claimed him with a kiss. That was five months ago, and Colby still isn’t sure where they’re headed. Piper loves her town—but does she love Colby? And is he even ready for what comes next? Pecos Smith, Honey Creek’s emergency dispatcher, is grateful to have a new bride he adores and a baby on the way—even if one vital piece of the puzzle is missing. But as trouble comes stalking through the valley, lives will cross surprising paths. And Marcie, who’s always felt that a forever love was out of reach, might discover that Someday is the perfect place to find it . . .


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The charming and uplifting new novel from the legendary author of dozens of unforgettable romances! Travel to the small town of Honey Creek where ties run deep and happiness is just around the next river bend… Marcie Latimer longs to run away from Someday Valley—especially since her ex-boyfriend spun a web of lies that almost led to tragedy in neighboring Honey Creek. The charming and uplifting new novel from the legendary author of dozens of unforgettable romances! Travel to the small town of Honey Creek where ties run deep and happiness is just around the next river bend… Marcie Latimer longs to run away from Someday Valley—especially since her ex-boyfriend spun a web of lies that almost led to tragedy in neighboring Honey Creek. Little wonder so many locals have turned their backs on her. But not Brand Rodgers. The quiet cowboy comes to listen every time she sings at Bandit’s Bar, offering a glimpse of safety and calm that Marcie’s rarely known. After Texas Ranger Colby McBride saved Honey Creek’s mayor, Piper Mackenzie, from a fire, she claimed him with a kiss. That was five months ago, and Colby still isn’t sure where they’re headed. Piper loves her town—but does she love Colby? And is he even ready for what comes next? Pecos Smith, Honey Creek’s emergency dispatcher, is grateful to have a new bride he adores and a baby on the way—even if one vital piece of the puzzle is missing. But as trouble comes stalking through the valley, lives will cross surprising paths. And Marcie, who’s always felt that a forever love was out of reach, might discover that Someday is the perfect place to find it . . .

30 review for Picnic in Someday Valley

  1. 4 out of 5

    Susan's Reviews

    Jodi Thomas takes us into the hearts and homes of several of the townsfolk of Someday Valley (in book 2 of the Honey Creek series.) Piper McKenzie and Colby McBride put a capital M in Miscommunication (less sizzle, more talking people!!) Sultry Marcie Latimer learns to fight (and kick!) back when ex-marine, Brand Rodgers, teaches her some strategic kickboxing moves (and that she is worthy of all the love he can give her!) As for Pecos and his "beauty queen fallen on hard times"/"pregnant by anot Jodi Thomas takes us into the hearts and homes of several of the townsfolk of Someday Valley (in book 2 of the Honey Creek series.) Piper McKenzie and Colby McBride put a capital M in Miscommunication (less sizzle, more talking people!!) Sultry Marcie Latimer learns to fight (and kick!) back when ex-marine, Brand Rodgers, teaches her some strategic kickboxing moves (and that she is worthy of all the love he can give her!) As for Pecos and his "beauty queen fallen on hard times"/"pregnant by another man" wife: they'll be so busy with the new baby and Pecos's two jobs and his studies that I'd be thrilled if they get enough sleep, as opposed to finally "getting it on." Adalee and Jesse are a "bewitching" pair who can only fulfill their deepest desires for one another in their dreams. (This was actually one of my favourite story lines. (Suggestion: the recipe for those insanely good scones that kept luring Jesse back for more should be included in the final edition!) The only reason I am rating this one a 3.9 out of 5 is because Adalee and Jesse needed their family and friends to step up and volunteer their baby sitting services so that these two overworked and over-burdened lovers could do more than just kiss, pine and dream! We get a taste of what these two have in store as their relationship progresses, but I wanted "more please!" A highly enjoyable read for fans of Jodi Thomas and her unique world. My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    1-Click Addict Support Group

    Warmth and family, friendship and love… All the good things are here… This isn’t one couple finding romance but three very different sets of people, and circumstances, all trying to find their way in life. And love… Small town life was never so good, or so darn complicated… I’d be hard pressed to declare a favourite but if I had to, Marcie and Brand snicked a bit ahead. Mysterious, quiet and unbelievably strong and protective, Brand was a balm to Marcie’s soul. She was no fragile flower, far from Warmth and family, friendship and love… All the good things are here… This isn’t one couple finding romance but three very different sets of people, and circumstances, all trying to find their way in life. And love… Small town life was never so good, or so darn complicated… I’d be hard pressed to declare a favourite but if I had to, Marcie and Brand snicked a bit ahead. Mysterious, quiet and unbelievably strong and protective, Brand was a balm to Marcie’s soul. She was no fragile flower, far from it, but in those most desperate hours, a hero cowboy would not be turned away… Pecos and his new bride were quietly finding their way as well. He’d loved her for years and couldn’t believe he had a chance… Piper and Colby. Well, their way was hampered by distance and lack of plain speaking. Thank goodness they had the opportunity to figure it out. Told in this author’s signature straight and no nonsense style, I loved the quiet unfolding of stories laced with warmth, humour and all the foibles that live in man and life. There were anxious moments but these stories had me glued to the pages with the sheer emotion so calmly shared.. An abrupt ending meant I left this story, this valley, way too quickly for my liking but I have a book to catch up on and another to look forward to in this series…~Diane, 4.5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review 4.5 stars. A delightful read with wonderful characters. Well-written and engaging, “Picnic in Someday Valley”, by Jodi Thomas (Kensington Books/Zebra), is a captivating story or stories, and I couldn’t put it down. There is more than one romantic couple in the story and I wasn’t expecting to like it so much: the characters are all very different, yet all have a core of integrity and a passion that is so sexy when we find it in these devo Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review 4.5 stars. A delightful read with wonderful characters. Well-written and engaging, “Picnic in Someday Valley”, by Jodi Thomas (Kensington Books/Zebra), is a captivating story or stories, and I couldn’t put it down. There is more than one romantic couple in the story and I wasn’t expecting to like it so much: the characters are all very different, yet all have a core of integrity and a passion that is so sexy when we find it in these devoted, besotted heroes. I found each of these characters compelling and the romances unique and moving. Some of the stories are downright romantic in the classic sense, some have supposedly alpha, protective heroes (Brandon) making the most appalling Beta proclamations and turning into endearing male characters. I was rooting for Jesse and his deserving a second chance at love and happiness and found Colby and Piper’s relationship passionate, confusing and absorbing. This was very easy to read and love and I didn’t mind the stereotypes at all.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Another wonderful, sweet, and exciting romance. This is the second title in another series which is very much like Harmony and Ransom Canyon series. Each chapter is narrated by a different person in a small town in Texas and each book covers the love stories of a few of the residents. You feel like you get to know everyone in town and are excited when you see familiar names popping back up. The bad guys always get what they deserve and the good ones get the girls. I sometimes wonder how so many Another wonderful, sweet, and exciting romance. This is the second title in another series which is very much like Harmony and Ransom Canyon series. Each chapter is narrated by a different person in a small town in Texas and each book covers the love stories of a few of the residents. You feel like you get to know everyone in town and are excited when you see familiar names popping back up. The bad guys always get what they deserve and the good ones get the girls. I sometimes wonder how so many people can fall in love without really knowing much about the other people, but Thomas makes us feel like they do somehow. It’s nice to be able to pick up her books and immediately feel transported into a simpler life. This particular title centered around Marcie, who was left pretty down at the end of the last book. She had been living with the bad guy, but no one believed she knew nothing of his plans and pretty much shunned her. Except one handsome cowboy, who it turned out had feelings for her for a long time. He helped her to believe in herself again. Pecos and his new wife had their baby and Colby and the mayor were wrapped up in craziness, as usual. If you haven’t read a Jodi Thomas book yet, what’s stopping you? They’re a great escape. If I give one title 4 stars and the next is the series 5, will that make it 4.5 stars? Probably not, but that’s where I am. Big thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    If you read the previous book in the Honey Creek series you need to read this one. it can stand alone but you will understand the characters more if you read the previous book. I really liked this book. I thought it was well written and the characters drew me in. Jodi Thomas did not disappoint with this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my early review. Jodi Thomas is a new writer to me and I appreciated a chance to read her work. I was compelled to finish the book because of the well-written characters despite the strongly offensive violence that came into the book out of nowhere. This is why it is a two star and I debated on whether it should really be a one or less. I may not read any other books by this writer because of the offensive element surprisingly included in this bo I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my early review. Jodi Thomas is a new writer to me and I appreciated a chance to read her work. I was compelled to finish the book because of the well-written characters despite the strongly offensive violence that came into the book out of nowhere. This is why it is a two star and I debated on whether it should really be a one or less. I may not read any other books by this writer because of the offensive element surprisingly included in this book. Picnic in Someday Valley should have earned three or four stars because it is filled with wonderful characters. Jodi Thomas's characters are well written and are discovering how to love again after personal struggles. You want to root for and get to know each of the main characters Marcie, Jesse, Colby, Pecos and Piper along with the minor characters Brand, Adalee, Winston, Star and the Sheriff. The book is flawed by lacking a single plot - it is more like five short stories loosely connected. But, the book's disorganization could have worked if more details were put in to connect everything and it would have been a very pleasant experience - if the author chose to not to change the book for the worse about 70 percent into it. So you read along and want to see what is going to happen in the five separate romantic stories and then POW! {Spoiler Alert} Leon, a serial rapist, targets Marcie and there is graphic description of his plan to torture her, brutally stabbing her, to smear her with her own blood and repeatedly rape her over several days. He kidnaps and plans to burn alive her friend Piper, the mayor, and calls Marcie on the phone to come and rescue Piper because he really wants to torture Marcie, but Piper is like a bonus? I thoroughly object to rape and violence against women in books and television, because it ONLY serves to encourage real-life Leons to act and I don't need or want to read this. Prevalence of this garbage, makes it commonplace. Instead, we should be outraged by this and NEVER think it is acceptable as "entertainment." It is not. Writers should not use it as a cheap trick just thrown in to thicken the plot. It's not fair to readers who think they are getting a nice western style romance with first responder heroes, only to get this thoroughly disgusting stuff thrown in just for effect. The author tries to redeem herself by Marcie's growing confidence and her bravely defending herself against Leon, acting to save the day. This is a small concession given the level of violence included. There may be a proper way to write about violence against women, but this was not it. If the last 30 percent of the book was like the rest, this would have been a very good book. Maybe a re-write should occur.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas is the 2nd book in the Honey Creek romance series, and another great read. This book covers three couples romance stories, along with a mystery or two. Piper and Colby, Pecos and Kerrie, and Marcie and Brand. I found this book to be fun with many twists and turns, that kept me reading. I liked the first book, Breakfast at the Honey Creek Café, because it had more suspense, but I loved catching up with the couples in this book. The plot and characters are w Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas is the 2nd book in the Honey Creek romance series, and another great read. This book covers three couples romance stories, along with a mystery or two. Piper and Colby, Pecos and Kerrie, and Marcie and Brand. I found this book to be fun with many twists and turns, that kept me reading. I liked the first book, Breakfast at the Honey Creek Café, because it had more suspense, but I loved catching up with the couples in this book. The plot and characters are well developed, and I enjoy the quirky characters in this book. I highly recommend this book, and am looking forward to the next book in the series, and other books by this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    HappyBookWorm2020

    This is the second book in the series set in Someday Valley, Texas. Some of the events mentioned in this review began in the first book, but I don't think it is necessary to read the first book to enjoy this one. There are four couples in this book whose relationships are in various stages. This book starts off with a bang and builds until the end. I am focusing on the romance in this review but there are also some bad guys, danger, and a mystery. Marcie Latimer is looked down upon by people in This is the second book in the series set in Someday Valley, Texas. Some of the events mentioned in this review began in the first book, but I don't think it is necessary to read the first book to enjoy this one. There are four couples in this book whose relationships are in various stages. This book starts off with a bang and builds until the end. I am focusing on the romance in this review but there are also some bad guys, danger, and a mystery. Marcie Latimer is looked down upon by people in the small town that she grew up in, partly because of her parents and how she grew up, and most recently because she was involved in a scandal that involved the mayor's fiance. Marcie really broke my heart as the reader finds out more about her and her life. She now works for the owner of her dad's old cafe, waiting tables and singing a few nights a week. Brandon Rogers is a quiet man who likes to listen to Marcie sing. He isn't too well known to many people in Honey Creek, even though he went to school there. One night he helps Marcie out of a tight situation and they begin to get to know each other. There is more to both of them than almost anyone around them knows. They have a beautiful love story, more so because no one in her life had ever really cherished and protected Marcie. The mayor of Honey Creek, Piper MacKenzie, is tired of waiting for Colby MacBride, now a Texas Ranger. They grew close during the drama of the events in book 1 but now she hasn't seen him in months. That is about to change. Maybe because they have so little time together, theirs has seemed to me to be the weakest love story in the series - so far. Pecos Smith and his new bride Kerrie are both just out of high school. Pecos is one of the sweetest, most loveable characters in any book I've ever read. Kerrie became pregnant and left home because her parents did not take the news well. Pecos came to her rescue, although it wasn't his baby. He graduated from high school and got a job as a dispatcher for the police department in Honey Creek. Kerrie is uncomfortable and close to delivering. Pecos is wondering if he will ever be a lover as well as a husband. The fourth couple was introduced in this book. Jesse is a busy single father of three who barely has time to breathe. Adalee works in a bakery and her scones are already famous in town. She is raising her 15-year-old sister who is a handful. I can already tell that their love story will be fabulous. I highly recommend this series and am hoping to see more of these characters in the next book. My thanks go out to Kensington Books and Netgalley for giving me an ARC of this book. I was delighted to read and review it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas is a sweet, homespun, romance. Although this newest release is the second novel in the Honey Creek series, it can be read as a standalone. Marci Latimer has been down on her luck ever since her previous boyfriend’s arrest and conviction. She is living in an unsafe area but it is close to the bar where she sings on weekends. Marci’s car is currently out of commission so she has not followed through with the plans she has been making for her future. After a g Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas is a sweet, homespun, romance. Although this newest release is the second novel in the Honey Creek series, it can be read as a standalone. Marci Latimer has been down on her luck ever since her previous boyfriend’s arrest and conviction. She is living in an unsafe area but it is close to the bar where she sings on weekends. Marci’s car is currently out of commission so she has not followed through with the plans she has been making for her future. After a group of drunken bar customers try to hurt her, she and local cowboy Brand Rodgers form a friendship that  quietly grows into something deeper. The threat of flooding in nearby Honey Creek provides an unexpected opportunity that could help her get back on her feet. With one of the men who tried to attack her threatening her, Marci decides it is time for her to stop being so timid. With Brand’s assistance, she is prepared for whatever comes her way. Marci loves spending time with Brand but the taciturn cowboy does not reveal much about himself. They enjoy quiet evenings together and he makes her feel incredibly safe and cared for during their time together. Brand is very supportive of Marci’s recent decisions and he will do anything to keep her out of harm’s way. In nearby Honey Creek, farmer, widower and father of three Jesse Keaton is suddenly smitten with bakery owner Adalee. He makes up excuses to see her but he does not see any way he can ask her out. Between working his farm and caring for his children, Jesse has very little free time. Needless to say, he is taken off guard when Adalee appears to be attracted to him as well. But is there any chance they will be able to see where a relationship between them might go? Honey Creek Mayor Piper Mackenzie is still involved with a long-distance relationship with Texas Ranger Colby McBride. But their time together is very limited due to both of their demanding careers. Piper is excited about Colby’s upcoming visit but their severe lack of communication is becoming a huge problem. Will Colby find a way to salvage their fractured relationship? Picnic in Someday Valley is a heartwarming romance with a wonderful, downhome cast of characters. The various characters are vividly developed and very easy to like. The various story arcs fit together seamlessly as their lives begin to intersect.  The different  romances are marvelous to watch unfold as the couples figure out how to make their lives fit together. With a hint of suspense, Jodi Thomas brings this small-town romance to a heartfelt conclusion. Old and new fans of the Honey Creek are sure to love this newest installment.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    Author Jodi Thomas is a superb storyteller who never disappoints and often amazes. After reading "Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe", Book One in the "Honey Creek Series", I knew the next book would also be a wonderful read, but I have to say: Wow! "Picnic in Someday Valley" is a real reader's treat, with all the "bells and whistles"--and then some. The small-town Texas setting gives an immediate sense of place. Characterizations are so vivid that you'd swear the author is reading their minds in Author Jodi Thomas is a superb storyteller who never disappoints and often amazes. After reading "Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe", Book One in the "Honey Creek Series", I knew the next book would also be a wonderful read, but I have to say: Wow! "Picnic in Someday Valley" is a real reader's treat, with all the "bells and whistles"--and then some. The small-town Texas setting gives an immediate sense of place. Characterizations are so vivid that you'd swear the author is reading their minds instead of creating their identities. Piper Jane Mackenzie, born into politics and public service, is still the mayor of Honey Creek. Recent tumultuous events in the community had brought about much change for the residents--especially Piper. Surviving scandal, an attempt on her life, and being rescued by a handsome state trooper sent by her two Texas Ranger brothers was a lot to deal with, and there was more to come. Trooper Colby McBride was now a Texas Ranger, a dream come true, but one that kept him away from Piper more than either one of them wanted. They were both married to their careers, and matters of the heart frequently gave way to matters of business. Marcie Latimer, who lived in nearby Someday Valley, was a young woman whose heart and trust had been broken more than once. She had been an unwilling player in the sick scheme of the man who had threatened Piper. Marcie, who was trying to find her place in the world, was a talented singer and guitar player, and she had one special fan who came to her shows at the bar where she worked. Brand Rodgers, a tall, quiet man with rock-hard muscles and cowboy stoicism, saw everything in Marcie that she didn't see in herself. Brand was a patient man--a man of hidden depths--and he would wait for Marcie to come into her own as he watched out for her. Pecos Smith, a young man with a big heart, and great determination, had married Kerrie, the girl he loved who was pregnant with another man's child. Both of their families disapproved, but Pecos knew in his heart that if they kept moving forward, no matter how slow the pace, someday love would find its way. These three couples, plus a great group of supporting characters, will once again face danger and uncertainty as new threats come to light. How will they resolve the obstacles they face? Jodi Thomas fills her stories with humor, elements of surprise, poignancy, and, of course, passionate romance and true love. It's that trademark element of surprise, combined with masterful storytelling, that keeps readers coming back for more. I look forward to future Texas tales in the highly enjoyable "Honey Creek Series".. Book Copy Gratis Author

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jan Fore

    Picnic in Someday Valley Jodi Thomas April 27, 2021 This book is #2 in the Someday Valley Series. In this sequel Thomas highlights each chapter with the ongoing lives of feature characters in the novel. Marcie Latimer now sings in her father’s old bar that she spent time in growing up. After leaving Someday Valley she is back singing in Bandit’s Bar. She latched onto Boone Buchanan, a good-for-nothing lawyer. He ended up in jail for burning down city hall, risking lives. It has ruined her reputatio Picnic in Someday Valley Jodi Thomas April 27, 2021 This book is #2 in the Someday Valley Series. In this sequel Thomas highlights each chapter with the ongoing lives of feature characters in the novel. Marcie Latimer now sings in her father’s old bar that she spent time in growing up. After leaving Someday Valley she is back singing in Bandit’s Bar. She latched onto Boone Buchanan, a good-for-nothing lawyer. He ended up in jail for burning down city hall, risking lives. It has ruined her reputation in Someday. Mayor Piper Jane Mackenzie held office in a small office in part of the remnants of city hall. The town was preparing to rebuild but needed financing to do so. In the meantime she spent days doing her best for Someday, waiting for the love of her life, Colby McBride to return. He is a Texas Ranger and leaves town as necessary. Pecos Smith is dispatcher for the police station. He and his new wife, Kerrie are expecting a baby soon. He handles the town 5 nights a week and looks after Kerrie and their home days whenever he is not catching sleep. Jesse Keaton is 40 years old. He loves his 3 children, takes care of the farm and works days when childcare is available. His wife, Beth died in childbirth when the youngest, Sunny Lyn was born. Friends and family advise him to start dating but Beth is still in his heart and loving another woman is just not possible, or is it. He visits the bakery every couple of weeks to pick up scones for the crew at work. Each time he stops by he is entranced by Adalee, the woman of green eyes and red hair. She seemed to be able to read his mind, appear and disappear. This is the first of Thomas’s books that I have read. Once I was able to follow the plot I was able to enjoy the merrymaking of the characters yet experience the sadness of what some were feeling. Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas will be published by Zebra Books of Kensington Publishing Corporation on April 27, 2021. I appreciate Kensington allowing me to read and review Picnic in Someday Valley. Thomas is a new author for me. Her fans enjoy the unique persona that she brings to her stories. Reading prior books in the series is not a necessity. I am sure character understanding is easier but I caught on to her townsfolk and appreciated meeting them. Do pick this one up after April 27. Enjoy!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas Honey Creek #2 Charming small-town romance…well…more than one romance, really, and each pulled at my heartstrings in a different way. I so wanted each couple to find their happily ever after though a few still have some hiccoughs to work out. There was a conclusion that was not a cliffhanger but there is still more I need to know about the characters so do hope to hear more about them in future books of the series. What I liked: * Someday Valley, Texas: a wo Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas Honey Creek #2 Charming small-town romance…well…more than one romance, really, and each pulled at my heartstrings in a different way. I so wanted each couple to find their happily ever after though a few still have some hiccoughs to work out. There was a conclusion that was not a cliffhanger but there is still more I need to know about the characters so do hope to hear more about them in future books of the series. What I liked: * Someday Valley, Texas: a wonderful town filled with people I would love to know. * Marcie: a bit broken and down on her luck, plucky, loving, kind, has hidden strengths, good friend, so deserving of the Brand. * Brand: strong silent type, deep, multi-layered, lethal, capable, devoted, one-woman man, REALLY liked him. * Piper and Colby: long distance relationships don’t work easily and I am rooting for them to find a way to be together more often in future books of the series * Pecos and Kerrie: Young couple expecting their first child, loving, kind, deserve a happy future together. * Adalee and Jesse: this is one couple I hope can BE a couple in the future and hope to hear more about them in the future * Star: Adalee’s younger sister, loves animals, good with children, has potential * Jesse’s children * Piper’s brothers: wonder if they will get stories of their own in the future * That the bad guy was caught – he was REALLY creepy! * That I felt I was part of the story – or could have been * Catching up with some of the characters from the previous book * All of it really except… What I didn’t like: * The creep I was meant to dislike * Knowing that real people experience some of the bad things that happened to some of the characters in this book * having to wait to find out what will ultimately happen with some of the couples Did I like this book? Definitely Will I read more in this series/by this author? As soon as I can! Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington-Zebra for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4.5 Stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas is kind of a continuation of Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe, with many of the same characters. She was his girl; she just didn't know it yet. He came every Friday night to hear her sing. He bought one beer and didn't drink it and then went home. Until the night some guys messed with her. Until Joey Hattley and his guys were drunk and rude. He took her home. He was a gentleman. She forgot her guitar and he brought it back, just in time to keep the five g Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas is kind of a continuation of Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe, with many of the same characters. She was his girl; she just didn't know it yet. He came every Friday night to hear her sing. He bought one beer and didn't drink it and then went home. Until the night some guys messed with her. Until Joey Hattley and his guys were drunk and rude. He took her home. He was a gentleman. She forgot her guitar and he brought it back, just in time to keep the five guys from breaking in and raping her, or worse. She went home with him. Brand was still a gentleman. Marcie wasn't sure she wanted him to be. She took her to work the next day and while she was there, he fixed her door, and the window that was broken, and made it so no one could get in. But the guys he had beat up were mad, now, and wanted revenge, and one of them still wanted Marcie. Piper and Colby had the weekend. It was the first one in a while. The first night was great, but the others deteriorated. Why didn't they just talk, but no, they made assumptions. Piper and Marcie had been friends. Now it seemed they were again, and one of the fools made the threat where Piper could hear it. Mistake. This is terrific book, full of good characters and interesting situations. As most romances, it has a happily-ever-after, but boy, the road to it was BUMPY, not only fro Brand and Marcie, but also for Piper and Colby. A baby was born. There was a new police dispatcher and a new deputy and it was all enough to make your heart beat out of your chest. This was a riveting story, despite the fact it was pretty much a foregone conclusion how it would end. I loved it. I loved Brand. Colby was not so bad, either. The women were strong and proud. It is everything it should have been! I was invited to read a free e-ARC of Picnic in Someday Valley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #picnicinsomedayvalley

  14. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I was thrilled when I realized that Picnic in Someday Valley was the second book in the Honey Creek series. As I have mentioned before; Jody has the ability to draw me in with characters that you really care about. I am not even sure who would be my favorite character in this series; I enjoyed them all. Piper, the independent mayor and her Texas Ranger, Colby. I was a little frustrated with her on how she was treating Colby. I enjoyed the scenes between them and how they rallied the town togethe I was thrilled when I realized that Picnic in Someday Valley was the second book in the Honey Creek series. As I have mentioned before; Jody has the ability to draw me in with characters that you really care about. I am not even sure who would be my favorite character in this series; I enjoyed them all. Piper, the independent mayor and her Texas Ranger, Colby. I was a little frustrated with her on how she was treating Colby. I enjoyed the scenes between them and how they rallied the town together for the possible flooding. Pesco married Kerry to protect her and her unborn child. He is so sweet to her. We get to watch as he comes into his own. Brand was another of my favorites. He is such a mystery and has the strong silent type written all over him. He and Marcie were a cute couple. Marcie was a portrayal of someone trying to break the cycle of poverty and loser status. Jessie is a widower with three kids. He finally has a connection with someone even if he never has the time to follow through. My favorite scenes with him were when he was helping the runaway. It may feel that there are a lot of characters but I got so involved in their stories that I didn’t mind at all. I highly recommend this book, but I would also recommend reading the book one first so that you get the full impact of the characters and their journey. I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jade aka MrsTosh

    This is everything I love about a romance book. I haven't read the previous book in the series but I don't think that mattered and I really enjoyed the writing and the amazing characters. I will probably go back and read it as it will give me a bit more background into some of the secondary characters like Pecos and Kerry. It was an easy read, and once I started I didn't want to put the book down. The author has a way of drawing you into her story and making you more invested in the characters wi This is everything I love about a romance book. I haven't read the previous book in the series but I don't think that mattered and I really enjoyed the writing and the amazing characters. I will probably go back and read it as it will give me a bit more background into some of the secondary characters like Pecos and Kerry. It was an easy read, and once I started I didn't want to put the book down. The author has a way of drawing you into her story and making you more invested in the characters with every word she writes. Whilst the book is very sweet in places she also manages to weave some darkness in there which kept me on the edge of my seat right until the end, I adore Marcie and her willingness to trust again after she has been hurt so badly in the past. The fine mix of family, friendships and a great neighbourhood spirit kept me invested and I will definitely be reading other books in the series. Thank you to Netgalley UK and Zebra books for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My rating scale ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Absolutely loved it! Gave me a warm fuzzy feeling or made me cry. And took me on an emotional rollercoaster. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Really liked it. Will read more by the author and other books in the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - It was just okay, didn’t move me, but don’t feel like I wasted me time reading it either. ⭐️⭐️ - Didn’t like this book and probably won’t read other in the series. ⭐️ - I did not care for this book at all and feel like I wasted my time reading it

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jade aka MrsTosh

    This is everything I love about a romance book. I haven't read the previous book in the series but I don't think that mattered and I really enjoyed the writing and the amazing characters. I will probably go back and read it as it will give me a bit more background into some of the secondary characters like Pecos and Kerry. It was an easy read, and once I started I didn't want to put the book down. The author has a way of drawing you into her story and making you more invested in the characters wi This is everything I love about a romance book. I haven't read the previous book in the series but I don't think that mattered and I really enjoyed the writing and the amazing characters. I will probably go back and read it as it will give me a bit more background into some of the secondary characters like Pecos and Kerry. It was an easy read, and once I started I didn't want to put the book down. The author has a way of drawing you into her story and making you more invested in the characters with every word she writes. Whilst the book is very sweet in places she also manages to weave some darkness in there which kept me on the edge of my seat right until the end, I adore Marcie and her willingness to trust again after she has been hurt so badly in the past. The fine mix of family, friendships and a great neighbourhood spirit kept me invested and I will definitely be reading other books in the series. Thank you to Netgalley UK and Zebra books for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My rating scale ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Absolutely loved it! Gave me a warm fuzzy feeling or made me cry. And took me on an emotional rollercoaster. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Really liked it. Will read more by the author and other books in the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - It was just okay, didn’t move me, but don’t feel like I wasted me time reading it either. ⭐️⭐️ - Didn’t like this book and probably won’t read other in the series. ⭐️ - I did not care for this book at all and feel like I wasted my time reading it

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pj Ausdenmore

    Reading this book really does feel like catching up with friends and neighbors at a Sunday afternoon picnic. Thomas is a master at creating communities, especially small Texas communities, then populating them with complex characters and intriguing storylines. I become invested in her characters, both primary and secondary; by the end of the book I feel as though I've made new friends. I find myself emotionally attached and am eager to discover where life will take them next. There are many such Reading this book really does feel like catching up with friends and neighbors at a Sunday afternoon picnic. Thomas is a master at creating communities, especially small Texas communities, then populating them with complex characters and intriguing storylines. I become invested in her characters, both primary and secondary; by the end of the book I feel as though I've made new friends. I find myself emotionally attached and am eager to discover where life will take them next. There are many such characters in Picnic in Someday Valley. And then there's the town itself. Thomas's descriptions are so detailed, her sense of place so acute that if I close my eyes, I can convince myself I'm actually there in Honey Creek. This is the second book in Thomas's Honey Creek trilogy. It can be read on its own but I encourage you to first read book one: Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe. Some of the continuing storylines begin in that book and carry through book two while others begin in book two and will hopefully carry through to the third book in the trilogy. My enjoyment of Picnic in Someday Valley was richer and my understanding of several characters (and character relationships) deeper after I read book one. Now I'm counting down the weeks until book three, Dinner on Primrose Hill releases on October 26th. I have no doubt it will be another enjoyable trip to Honey Creek where old friends welcome you back and new ones are ready to make your acquaintance. *ARC received for fair and unbiased review

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I know I said this in a review after reading the first Honey Creek book by Jodi Thomas but I adore small town romance books! Something charming about the small town setting, my love for this setting could also be because I grew up in a small town and now raise my family in one. Jodi Thomas does such an amazing job with character development, making you feel like you're a part of the small towns she writes about. In book 1, I loved watching the relationship form between Piper and Colby. In book 2 I know I said this in a review after reading the first Honey Creek book by Jodi Thomas but I adore small town romance books! Something charming about the small town setting, my love for this setting could also be because I grew up in a small town and now raise my family in one. Jodi Thomas does such an amazing job with character development, making you feel like you're a part of the small towns she writes about. In book 1, I loved watching the relationship form between Piper and Colby. In book 2, I enjoyed seeing the "what's next" for them - and how relatable that it isn't always sunshine. While the suspense happening in the book wasn't something I could relate to, I did like feeling how real their relationship felt. Enter the story of Marcie and Brand in Picnic in Someday Valley. First of all, you'd have to not have a pulse to not build a hot image in your head of Brand. Strong, tall, silent type - it's easy to see why Marcie would feel safe with him around. In the pages of this book we get to visit characters that now feel like old friends; Pecos, Kerrie, Mr. Winston, and Piper's aunts. I love that - a feeling like coming home after being away. This was the right amount of romance and suspense to keep me turning the pages, flying through it in a few sittings. I can't wait to return to Honey Creek again soon! Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an e-copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Marcie Latimer wants to leave Honey Creek and Someday Valley to follow her singer/songwriter career & the scandal that her ex-boyfriend involved her in. Brandon “Brand” Rogers is a loner and mysterious and has a hear of gold. Piper Jane McKenzie & Colby MacBride have been a couple since he was her bodyguard when a mad man tried to kill her. Their relationship hits a rough spot when their jobs get in the way. Pecos & Kerrie Smith are and young and married with a child on the way. A marriage of co Marcie Latimer wants to leave Honey Creek and Someday Valley to follow her singer/songwriter career & the scandal that her ex-boyfriend involved her in. Brandon “Brand” Rogers is a loner and mysterious and has a hear of gold. Piper Jane McKenzie & Colby MacBride have been a couple since he was her bodyguard when a mad man tried to kill her. Their relationship hits a rough spot when their jobs get in the way. Pecos & Kerrie Smith are and young and married with a child on the way. A marriage of convenience just may turn into true love when these best friends face the trials of marriage. Jesse Keaton is a widower with three small children who isn’t looking for love. Adalie Summers is considered the town witch by many but with a trouble younger sister and a bakery there’s no time for love. These two just may find the unexpected love of a lifetime. These couples with face danger, emotional tangles and face off with a psychopath that won’t be a Picnic in Someday Valley. Jodi Thomas returns to Honey Creek with the book Picnic in Someday Valley. The author follows three sets of couples on the trip to hopefully find true love. A suspenseful, emotional story of redemption, love and new beginnings. Heroic men who have hearts of gold and the women in their lives. These men will help them through the danger they’ll face whether it’s a bad storm, a tormented man, or the troubled younger sister. All these characters will come together to help their and protect their fellow residents. Picnic in Someday Valley is anything but a good time. The circumstances will bring these couples together to fight to live through a storm and a kidnapping. Picnic in Someday Valley by Joi Thomas will have you cheering for these couple to come together and survive the danger that they face. A wonderful story that has been wanting to return to these great characters to get better acquainted with them.

  20. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas picked up the stories of Piper and Colby, Pecos and Kerrie, and Marcie a few months after Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe. It was another entertaining and compelling read as more of their life stories unfold in daily reports/chapters from the characters' point of view. Ms. Thomas writing is smoothly paced and her descriptive writing pulled me in to each of the characters' story as their thoughts and feelings are revealed. I was captivated with Marcie and Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas picked up the stories of Piper and Colby, Pecos and Kerrie, and Marcie a few months after Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe. It was another entertaining and compelling read as more of their life stories unfold in daily reports/chapters from the characters' point of view. Ms. Thomas writing is smoothly paced and her descriptive writing pulled me in to each of the characters' story as their thoughts and feelings are revealed. I was captivated with Marcie and Brad's story as I really wanted to know more about Marcie and this solo cowboy who was there for her when everyone else had abandoned her after the first book in this series. Piper and Colby kept me feeling frustrated as they so badly needed to "talk" and couldn't get past their pride and career duties. Pecos and Kerrie were adorable but Pecos deserved more from her and I have hopes that will come in future books. Jesse and Adalee were new characters and I hope to see more of them in the next book. The dramatic ending made me feel so proud of Marcie when she raced to save Piper and together they saved themselves. I couldn't put this book down and I'm already looking forward to the next one in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Zebra Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    BookAddict

    This one surprised me, taking us into the lives of multiple characters but woven together nicely by this gifted storyteller. It's only fair these characters open their hearts to the reader because they certainly made a home for themselves in mine. With her arsonist ex-boyfriend in jail, Marci Latimer is the pariah of Someday Valley to most everyone except broody, stoic cowboy, Brand Rodgers. But all is not as it seems with either of these characters, and Brand's support helps Marci learn to stand This one surprised me, taking us into the lives of multiple characters but woven together nicely by this gifted storyteller. It's only fair these characters open their hearts to the reader because they certainly made a home for themselves in mine. With her arsonist ex-boyfriend in jail, Marci Latimer is the pariah of Someday Valley to most everyone except broody, stoic cowboy, Brand Rodgers. But all is not as it seems with either of these characters, and Brand's support helps Marci learn to stand up for herself when it really matters. In neighboring Honey Creek, Mayor Piper MacKenzie and Texas Ranger Colby McBride are struggling to make a distance relationship work. When a looming storm threatens everyone in the valley, the relationship troubles take a back seat as the residents work together to keep everyone safe. With many other memorable characters, the small-town bond is strong. I love the elements of folks banding together to help each other, as well as the focus on the blessings they have rather than what they lack. Although some of the descriptions of violence seemed out of place for a heart-warming romance, I enjoyed the element of suspense as well as the portrayal of a victim finding her strength in the face of danger. All in all, this was a captivating read that makes me curious for more from these characters.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Delores

    What makes a good book great? Jodi Thomas has the answer with this one. The story revolves around three couples, individually introduced at first—but all characters the reader would be acquainted with from Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe. Their stories are interesting, but sometimes I felt I lost a character for a bit as the short chapters deal with just a few people most of the time. However, the story becomes more complex, and the tension and intrigue begin to build and build—until I didn’t What makes a good book great? Jodi Thomas has the answer with this one. The story revolves around three couples, individually introduced at first—but all characters the reader would be acquainted with from Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe. Their stories are interesting, but sometimes I felt I lost a character for a bit as the short chapters deal with just a few people most of the time. However, the story becomes more complex, and the tension and intrigue begin to build and build—until I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished the book. Weaving all the players together to meld into the climax and conclusion was artful. How a story is told is so important—simply with just a few words, or with many descriptive sentences that set a scene so much more intensely in just a few words—“Night seemed was silently weeping before the storm came in riding a north wind.” Another that described a busy night for the dispatchers—“some drunk must have sent out invitations to join him at the sheriff’s office for a party” made me chuckle. This type of writing takes talent and imagination! Details add so much—like the trailer park owner’s plans for a small piece of his property! Great job. Highly recommend! I received a Net Galley ARC for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    The second book in the series did not disappoint. Picnic in Someday Valley was engaging, intriguing, and captivating. It kept my attention throughout the whole book. I cannot wait for more books in this series in the future. Following a few different individuals' point of views. Marcie is a small town girl who has seen a lot of hardship in her years of life. She is trying to figure out what to do with her life after her boyfriend tried to kill the Honey Creek mayor in the town hall fire. Everyon The second book in the series did not disappoint. Picnic in Someday Valley was engaging, intriguing, and captivating. It kept my attention throughout the whole book. I cannot wait for more books in this series in the future. Following a few different individuals' point of views. Marcie is a small town girl who has seen a lot of hardship in her years of life. She is trying to figure out what to do with her life after her boyfriend tried to kill the Honey Creek mayor in the town hall fire. Everyone in her town and the neighboring towns wants nothing to do with her. She finds herself being cared for by Brand Rodgers, a local quiet farmer. After reconnecting with her childhood friend, the Honey Creek mayor(Piper), they both find themselves in danger from a local drunk who wants to hurt Marcie. Marcie and Piper both have strong-willed men on their side who want to take care of them. Marcie believes she needs to take care of her own problems. Piper is trying to figure out what she wants from her current boyfriend, Texas Ranger Colby McBride. By the end, the two will find what they truly want from their lives.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Trzewik

    The stories keep getting better! This is book two in the series and should be read in order. The characters are wonderful. Piper the Mayor and Colby a Texas Ranger are once again the main characters, but there are several inner connecting storylines going on. I was afraid that I may not remember where it left off, but no problem. That should tell you what a great story teller Jodi Thomas is. It’s 3 months later and the relationship between Piper and Colby has hit a bump in the road. Both are int The stories keep getting better! This is book two in the series and should be read in order. The characters are wonderful. Piper the Mayor and Colby a Texas Ranger are once again the main characters, but there are several inner connecting storylines going on. I was afraid that I may not remember where it left off, but no problem. That should tell you what a great story teller Jodi Thomas is. It’s 3 months later and the relationship between Piper and Colby has hit a bump in the road. Both are into their chosen careers and the long distance relationship is not working. Finally having a long weekend to be together isn’t working out as Colby hoped. Mother Nature is against them with a storm heading to Honey Creek. Of course being the Mayor, Piper needs to be in storm center and Colby is pulled in as backup. All hands on deck. There is Marcie, a down on her luck, ex girlfriend of the man who is in jail for attempted murder. A mysterious rancher. Very young newlyweds with a baby due soon. So as you can see there is a lot going on, but not so many characters that you can’t keep it straight.  I am voluntarily posting an honest review after reading an Advance Reader Copy of this story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    joyce w. laudon

    Readers of Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe will be delighted to meet up with their old (character) friends in this second novel set in Texas. Piper, the mayor, and her Texas Ranger are back along with the widows and a number of other folks from the first novel including Pecos and his young bride. For those who have not read Breakfast, there is a lot of information given to catch you up; however, for a more leisurely read, take the books in order. In part, this title tells the story of Marcie. S Readers of Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe will be delighted to meet up with their old (character) friends in this second novel set in Texas. Piper, the mayor, and her Texas Ranger are back along with the widows and a number of other folks from the first novel including Pecos and his young bride. For those who have not read Breakfast, there is a lot of information given to catch you up; however, for a more leisurely read, take the books in order. In part, this title tells the story of Marcie. She was a character in the first novel too, but comes into her own here. Marcie is a singer who made the mistake of getting involved with the wrong man. She expects little to bad things from relationships. Will it be any different with Brand? Readers also meet Jesse, a young widower. He takes excellent care of his three children and his farm but can he hope for more in life? Will he find love with the baker of the most perfect scones? Spending time in the locations and with the characters make for a relaxing read. Travel to Texas; readers will want to stay for a while. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the second book in the Honey Creek series. You don't have to read these books in chronological order. Each can be read as a stand alone novel. I have not read the first book in this newest series but I felt an instant connection towards everyone in this book and do want to go back and read the first book. I have been a fan of Jodi's for years. Her books are endearing as are her characters. They in turn become more than just characters in a story but like family and friends. There are so This is the second book in the Honey Creek series. You don't have to read these books in chronological order. Each can be read as a stand alone novel. I have not read the first book in this newest series but I felt an instant connection towards everyone in this book and do want to go back and read the first book. I have been a fan of Jodi's for years. Her books are endearing as are her characters. They in turn become more than just characters in a story but like family and friends. There are so many people in this book...Marcie, Jesse, Colby, Brand, Adalee, Winston, Star, Pecos and Piper and the Sheriff. While, like I said, I liked everyone; I did find it a little hard to fully embrace all of them as strongly. I would have liked there to have been about two, maybe three tops major storylines in this book versus so many storylines. They all kind of felt more like minor storylines with a lot of switching about from the various characters. Yet, I still enjoyed this book. Picnic in Someday Valley is a charming book filled with engaging characters. I look forward to visiting Honey Creek again.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Monica Mac

    I have not read the first book in the series, but I found that it wasn't necessary when reading this book, it can be easily read as a standalone. Marcie is living in Someday Valley, eking out a living working as a singer in a bar, but she longs for a better life. If only some of the men in the town would just let her be.... Colby is interested in the Mayor, Piper, but is their relationship going anywhere or is it just destined to be a short-term thing? Then there is the silent Brand, a man of few w I have not read the first book in the series, but I found that it wasn't necessary when reading this book, it can be easily read as a standalone. Marcie is living in Someday Valley, eking out a living working as a singer in a bar, but she longs for a better life. If only some of the men in the town would just let her be.... Colby is interested in the Mayor, Piper, but is their relationship going anywhere or is it just destined to be a short-term thing? Then there is the silent Brand, a man of few words but whose actions speak very loudly indeed. He is a real gem of a man, it has to be said. Pecos is working as a dispatcher and waiting for his first child to be born. However, there is a story there as well, and it is complicated. He loves his wife though and has high hopes for the future. All of these characters mix and mingle in various ways and even though the path of love is not smooth by any stretch of the imagination, there is enough positivity in this book for me to give it a classification of a sweet romance. 4.5 stars from me. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    Jodi Thomas never fails to awe. The number of characters and relationships she juggled in this book would lead you to believe that someone's story wouldn't be as strong as the others, but you'd be wrong. Somehow she gives them each a strong storyline, but crosses them over each other and intertwines them in a fashion that gives you the perfect feeling of a small town. There were three different love stories going on in Picnic in Someday Valley. One was the continuation of the mayor, Piper, and he Jodi Thomas never fails to awe. The number of characters and relationships she juggled in this book would lead you to believe that someone's story wouldn't be as strong as the others, but you'd be wrong. Somehow she gives them each a strong storyline, but crosses them over each other and intertwines them in a fashion that gives you the perfect feeling of a small town. There were three different love stories going on in Picnic in Someday Valley. One was the continuation of the mayor, Piper, and her rescuer from the last book. One was of Pecos and his continued marriage to his pregnant best friend, whose baby isn't his. The last is of Marcie and her new friendship with a local rancher who may be more than a rancher. There are definitely some dark and violent themes in this book. There are triggers of rape and other violent actions against women. Just be aware. A very good book by an excellent author! I was given a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas is the second book in the Honey Creek Series. The story follows some of the same characters as the first book and adds new characters in the story line. Different characters narrate different chapters which makes the book even more interesting as you read the events from various angles. The book is a quick read. PJ or Piper Jane is still the Mayor of Someday Valley and she is still seeing the hot texas Ranger, Colby McBride. Pecos has a new wife and baby o Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas is the second book in the Honey Creek Series. The story follows some of the same characters as the first book and adds new characters in the story line. Different characters narrate different chapters which makes the book even more interesting as you read the events from various angles. The book is a quick read. PJ or Piper Jane is still the Mayor of Someday Valley and she is still seeing the hot texas Ranger, Colby McBride. Pecos has a new wife and baby on the way. Marcie, left scarred by her ex boyfriend - the arsonist and killer - is now struggling to survive. We meet Brand, who always comes to listen to Marcie. Then there is Jesse with his three small children falling for Adalee, who can bake like no one else, but neither have time. The quirky characters and the story lines bring the readers on a wonderful journey in Someday Valley. This time there is a bit of drama that needs to be dealt with, but Brand and Colby are determined to figure that out. Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas is a fun good read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shavona Thompson

    First, let me say I love all of Jodie Thomas' books and have read almost all of them. She is one of my top three favorite authors. This book caught me off guard - in a good way. There is more in depth and riveting suspense in this book than in any of her previous ones. Such attention to detail and descriptions. Her books are always thrilling but the main focus is usually romance. In this one it was more about the mystery. I was caught up in the enigma of trying to figure out if and when this guy First, let me say I love all of Jodie Thomas' books and have read almost all of them. She is one of my top three favorite authors. This book caught me off guard - in a good way. There is more in depth and riveting suspense in this book than in any of her previous ones. Such attention to detail and descriptions. Her books are always thrilling but the main focus is usually romance. In this one it was more about the mystery. I was caught up in the enigma of trying to figure out if and when this guy would be caught. Would Marcie and Piper survive? There is plenty of sweet romance with strong independent women and even stronger men standing behind them-just in case they are needed. We love our heroes but independent heroic women are awesome! This is book two in the series. I can't wait for book three. Thank you to NetGalley and Zebra Books for this advanced review copy. In return, I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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