Never-before-published-from the New York Times bestselling author of Rewriting Monday
Sixteen-year-old runaway Reagan has always wanted a place to belong. She’s never had a real home of her own, but perhaps she could borrow someone else’s. Under an assumed name and identity, she moves to Harmony, Texas, but keeps her distance from the welcoming townsfolk. Until prairie fires threaten Harmony-and Reagan learns the true meaning of family, friends, and home.
WELCOME TO HARMONY by Jodi Thomas is a wonderful, delightful contemporary no val set in modern day Harmony, Texas. It has a well written plot and subplot. It is written with depth and detail. This is the first in an Trilogy of a small town’s founding three families ( the McAllen, Matheson and The Truman’s). It has romance, guilt, tension, and emotional issues, it also about family, friends,and home. This first novel is related to the Truman family. A teenage girl of sixteen who is actually homeless and was in the foster care system, decides to become the granddaughter of one of the ladies she was taking care of at a nursing home center after the lady dies. She goes to Harmony, Texas homing to find a place to call home. She finds so much more, she finds a home with the lady’s brother, who knows she is not his niece, but accepts her anyway, plus friends and a family. The characters are delightful, witty, and strong with problems of their own. You have a sheriff who has a drinking problem, guilt, emotional tension between the sheriff and the fire chief and the underlying story of prairie fires.Although I would have liked to have learned more of the ending of this story, concerning the fire chief and the sheriff. I would highly recommend this story especially if you enjoy a sweet story of small town life. This book was received for review and details can be found at The Berkley Publishing.
Reviewed by April Renn