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A Honey of a Christmas: First Line Friday

Hello, reader friends! I pulled a few late nights this week… is it nap time yet?! We have a sweet novella featured today, A Honey of a Christmas, plus my review! Please share your first line then come to see me over at Seekerville (with a giveaway) and Hope by the Book!


A Honey of a Christmas by Jessica R. Patch

A Honey of a Christmas

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“Agnes, did you know,” Agnes Piercy sang out as she dug through the trunk of her Ford Focus for her event binder, “that your Christmas plans, would one day sink in water?”


I loved this story! The “friends to more” romance trope is one of my favorites and since my personal love story falls in this category, I can definitely relate to both the pros and cons these characters encounter!

I couldn’t help but love Tucker in the first Honeyhaven installment. Even when I wanted to shake him for his blunders, he’s just such a devoted guy and handy to boot! I have a soft spot for mister fix-it types (again, real-life love story connection). Besides being a loyal and feisty friend, Agnes blended into the background of the first novella for me (which is understandable, it is a novella) but oh how I love her now that I know her! I aspire to her organizational skills and creativitiy and admire her independence and wit.

Honeyhaven is a wonderful small-town simply ripe for a sweet romance such as this. Jessica Patch has woven a heart-sore hero, reluctant heroine, and festive event-planning chaos with faith, family, and hilarity. I highly recommend this series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.



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17 thoughts on “A Honey of a Christmas: First Line Friday”

  1. Haha! Love that first line! That Christmas song is one of my faves, so I could immediately hear the tune and everything!

    I’m featuring the first line from Angela K. Couch’s brand new release “The Tory’s Daughter” on my blog, but here, I’m going to share the first line of “Little Women”, which I’ve just started listening to via audiobook:

    “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

    Have a great weekend!


  2. I fancy the Christmas-y cover.

    This week I am featuring the first sentence from `Swimming in the Deep End` (Christina Suzann Nelson)

    So here I’ll feature the first sentence from my next TBR book.

    `Someday I hope to write a book on the subject of “The End”. (Through My Father’s Eyes` by Franklin Graham)


  3. My first line comes from A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner:

    September 2011

    The length of floral-patterned challis rested on the cutting table like a bridal bouquet undone.

    Happy Weekend and Happy Reading!!!


  4. Today is book launch day for my latest Regency novel, so I’m featuring it on First Line Friday on my blog. However, I am currently reading A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep. I will share from the third chapter, which is where I’m at. “It was a grisly kind of day.”


  5. “If the Etonville Little Theatre was doing “Carousel” instead of “Bye, Bye Birdie”, I could sing “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over”” Lola Tripper said, humming and sipping a cup of coffee in a back booth of the Windjammer restaurant, which also functioned as my office.
    JUST IN TIME by Suzanne Trauth
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


  6. My first line is from “Finding a Plain Christmas” I included two as the second sets the tone.
    Kirsten Bergman woke to the sounds of her alarm begging to be shut off. She groaned, looking through sleepy eyes at the night sky. Stumbling to the bathroom, she noted the time: ten p.m. on Thanksgiving night. She had a battle plan for shopping the sales starting at midnight and had forced herself to go to bed early that evening.
    Her boss, Richard “Ebenezer” Collins, would demand her presence the next morning despite most other people taking the day off. She stopped mid-way through brushing her teeth and wondered what Richard would think of her calling him that. She wondered if he thought of her at all. She decided that once again, she was spending too much time thinking of him.


  7. Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from A Musket In My Hands by Sandra Merville Hart. Here I’ll share the first line from chapter 8.
    “Callie’s fingers shook as she signed the document to enter the army.”

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend with lots of time to enjoy reading!


  8. Happy raining Friday!

    My first line is from The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep

    Dover, England 1808
    Numbers would be the death of Johanna Langley.

    Blessings, Tina


  9. Ha! That made me smile.

    My FLF today shared on the blog is from Valerie Comer’s story in A Christmas to Remember: Eight Christian Romances Celebrating the Gift of Christmas. “So how many households does that make?” Kade Delgado shifted his sleeping toddler in his arms, but Jericho snored on.”


  10. I need to check out this book! I loved Jessica’s novella in the Laugh Out Loud collection this year.

    My first line on the blog is from Susan May Warren’s Wait for Me.

    Here’s the first line of the book I’m starting later TONIGHT! “Thomas knew the moment Amber Sterlington entered Almack’s ballroom.” –A Heart Revealed by Josi S. Kilpack.


  11. Happy Friday!
    This week on my blog I shared The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright but I’m currently reading A Light on a Hill by Connilyn Cossette so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (30) here: “Staying close to the narrow river that now barreled downhill through the valley toward Beit She’an, we kept within the trees as much as possible.” Hope you have a great weekend!


  12. Happy Weekend! My first line is from Wait for Me by Susan May Warren:

    “He wasn’t looking for trouble, but if Pete didn’t act right now, at least one person was going to die.”


  13. Such a fun first line. 🙂

    Happy Friday! I’m sharing from An Unseemly Wife by E.B. Moore on my blog. Here is the first sentence from Chapter 6:

    “On and on, they rode alone through the woods, between the branches, a flaming sun setting thin clouds aglow, until one night the sky cleared to a deep black studded with uncountable white points.”


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