Title: Welcome to Harmony
Author: Jodi Thomas
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
Paperback: 384 pages
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.
Beautiful and heartwarming, Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas is a definite feel good novel about finding roots and belonging. Reagan is 16 years old and looking for a place to call home. After cleaning Beverly Truman’s nursing home room she has learned all about this woman’s home in the small town of Harmony and without knowing why, feels as though she belongs there. When Beverly passes away Reagan finds her way to Harmony and becomes Reagan Truman. The only person certain she is not a Truman is the cantankerous brother of Beverly, who takes Reagan under his wing, much to the surprise of the town. Reagan is trying to keep it their secret yet Noah McAllen, the sheriff’s younger brother, also known as “preacher” is quickly becoming her friend and Reagan, unaccustomed to kindness, friendships, and people caring for her, is uncertain how to proceed. Harmony, Texas is like no other town; it is equally divided into three sections belonging to the Trumans, the Mathesons, and the McAllens. Old family grudges are still alive and kicking in this old town as well as a fair share of secrets. Hank Matheson, rancher, head of the volunteer fire department and all around great guy promised his best friend, Warren McAllen, that he would take care of his sister, Alex McAllen. Alex McAllen, who took over becoming sheriff of Harmony when her brother Warren died, has other plans, which do not include Hank. Finally Tyler Wright, the only funeral director in the town and who has no idea how to talk to many people besides Hank and Saralynn, discovers an online relationship a woman named Kate. Is love in the air, will the old grudges be buried once and for all and will Harmony truly unite or will all be exposed when push comes to shove? Welcome to Harmony is a definite page-turner filled with an array of characters from gregarious to cantankerous and everything in between. The reader will have no trouble identifying with Thomas’ characters. Thomas draws the reader into Harmony with her descriptive prose, witty and delightful narrative and a plot line that steps just outside what the reader may expect and takes the reader on a delightful journey into the lives of the inhabitants of Harmony. I found Welcome to Harmony to be an extremely delightful and enjoyable book to read. To my dismay the end came too soon and my only complaint is that I must wait until fall for the next in the Harmony trilogy, Somewhere Along the Way, to be released. I would not hesitate to recommend Welcome to Harmony to any reader.
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I received a complimentary copy of Welcome To Harmony by Jodi Thomas from Penguin to review. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.