At first blush, Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe seems like the perfect summertime read. And while I did enjoy the Southern charm and atmosphere, it became abundantly clear to me in the early chapters that this book was not what I thought it would be. That's not to say that it was bad or I didn't enjoy it, I just came into it thinking it would be a cute romance, and it almost seemed more like a cozy mystery with some romance on the side.
Piper Jane Mackenzie is the mayor of your average Small Town, USA. Except her fake fiancee and the sheriff both went missing the same night, and now she's trying to figure out what to do to save her career. Enter a mischievous trooper who is called on by her brother to investigate, and whose cover story is a man trying to be Piper's boyfriend. There is also Sam, a preacher new to town, and Pecos, a young high school graduate, to add to the mix.
I think my biggest issue with the book was the intent. I wasn't really sure where it was going and why there were so many characters and different perspectives. It takes a while to figure out, but it's a Southern novel, so I forgive it for its slower pace. It meanders a bit, but like Honey Creek itself, it takes a little getting used to before you can enjoy it!