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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, ...
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Overview

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.


2011 RITA Winner for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

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Publishers Weekly
Thomas (The Lone Texan) sets her latest trilogy in a town founded by three families who are also bitter rivals: McAllen, Matheson, and Truman. Nothing much happens in Harmony, Tex., except on Saturday nights, when the town sheriff is brawling at the local bar. Unhappy teen Reagan worked in a nursing home and loved listening to old Beverly Truman’s stories about Harmony. After Beverly’s death, Reagan steals her last name and runs away to Beverly’s hometown. Jeremiah Truman, Beverly’s brother, quickly figures out that Reagan isn’t actually a long-lost relative but lets her stay with him anyway. Meanwhile, sheriff Alexandra McAllen tangles with fire chief Hank Matheson, who keeps rescuing her from her Saturday night sprees. The characters are delightful, and a subplot about mysterious fires balances the sweet stories about being and becoming family. (June)
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I grew up knowing all the connotations of pink, thanks to my feminist mother. Pink was the color of Barbie's shoes, hula hoops, and Pink Floyd, all of which she loathed. And the color of bubble gum and cotton candy, neither of which she allowed (she was an early foodie). But somewhere along the line, pink took on a different connotation: it was adopted by a fierce band of women tackling a devastating disease -- breast cancer. These days, pink is feminine and feminist, the color of women warriors.

This fall Penguin Books has launched a special initiative to promote breast cancer awareness: classic, reissued romances written by Nora Roberts, Bertrice Small, and more, tagged with pink ribbons. I read a few of these novels, and was delighted to find romances with no relation to cotton candy. These are books that tackle life's toughest issues head-on, that depict men and women in hardship, in pain, and in love.

Nora Roberts's Angels Fall is the story of Reece Gilmore, a woman whose life is torn apart by the kind of casual violence that has become seemingly commonplace in America. The sole survivor of a workplace massacre, she suffers from extreme PTSD. Once a promising chef, she now lives hand-to-mouth in a rattling car, hitting the ground every time a truck backfires. When the novel begins, she finds herself in a tiny town, meeting a sardonic, surly writer named Brody, and begins to heal -- until she witnesses a murder. She's already considered a nutcase, so no one believes her, except for Brody. He is the man every woman living through trauma needs at her side. When Reece tries to hide her scars, Brody shocks her out of self-pity by mocking her ears and her skinny hips. He never babies her, but he fights for her, always remembers to lock the doors, and brings her tulips in every color of the rainbow.

Irene Stenson, the heroine of Jayne Ann Krenz's All Night Long, is also haunted by murder -- but in her case, it's the deaths of her mother and father. She discovered their bodies as a teenager, and even now, seventeen years later, she's afraid of the dark, and blood makes her dizzy. Irene never believed the police's verdict of murder/suicide, and she's come home to find out the truth. Along with a murderer, she finds a man who understands, bone-deep, what it is to be scarred by death. Luke Danner is an ex-Marine haunted by the whap-whap-whap of helicopters, unable to take himself out of "battle ready" mode. Luke is a gruff, taciturn man, the kind a woman can lean on, and cry on, and depend on. He's no more social than Brody and he, too, believes Irene when no one else does. In a spinning world, he is, as she says, "sure and true and right."

In Jodi Thomas's Welcome to Harmony, Alex McAllen is the town sheriff -- and a woman given to behavior unbefitting to her uniform. She is so scarred by the guilt she feels for her brother's death that she tends to drink herself insensible on Saturday nights. Luckily for Alex, her brother's best friend, fire chief Hank Matheson, hauls her out of the bar before she goes home with any cowboy who wanders by. In short, Alex's problems aren't small, and Jodi Thomas doesn't minimize them. She is a woman in pain, a woman whose guilt is as crippling as Reece's fear in Angels Fall. Hank becomes her right hand, not only in the bar, but as they tackle a firebug threatening their small town, and his strength gives her the courage to fight on, to accept the past. This novel looks squarely at the fact that despairing people are not always easy to get along with -- nor to love. And yet they need love more than anyone else.

Catherine Anderson's Always in My Heart looks at a pain that is even sharper than that caused by the death of a brother or parent:  two years ago Ellie Grant and her ex-husband Tucker lost their oldest boy Sammy -- and their marriage shortly thereafter. Now they're both trying to mend. Ellie is certain that Tucker's luscious girlfriend Liz doesn't bother her. Tucker thinks Ellie's friend Marvin is a loser, but it's none of his business. The only people who truly don't accept Marvin and Liz are the Grants' two remaining children, Kody and Zach. But it's not until the boys manufacture a way to get Ellie and Tucker into the wilderness together, with time alone, that they discover each other's wracking guilt. Both of them are hiding a heart-breaking secret, and it's Tucker who realizes that they must learn to talk to each other. Even better, he knows exactly the words that will start the healing: "I'll always, always love you…until the rivers stop flowing, and the ocean goes dry." 

Christina Dodd's Ann Smith, in Scent of Darkness, feels unlovable not because of a burden of guilt or sorrow, but because she was convinced as a young girl that she somehow attracts devilish attention -- and that those who love her will die. Thinking that camouflage will work a miracle, she laughs softly, never swears, keeps her virginity, and dresses sedately, hoping to disguise the scary little tattoo she's had from birth, the one that will attract the Evil One and his minions. What she needs is no more than what the other women in these books need: someone who believes her, who loves her, and who is not frightened by her problems. Someone who will stop her from feeling unloved, unwanted, and sorry for herself. In her case, this turns out to be Jasha Wilder. A distant ancestor of Jasha's made a pact with the devil, so her little tattoo is nothing compared to the one that ripples from his shoulder to his waist. He realizes that Ann wouldn't, in his words, recognize love if it dragged her into the forest, but he convinces her:  "Without you, I'm not whole…Maybe you want a stronger man who doesn't need you. But this is the only kind of love I have, and it's yours if you want it."

Sitting across from a doctor when she says the word "cancer" is a moment that no woman forgets. But if that woman happens to have at her shoulder a man like those described in these novels -- the kind who will love her no matter what, who accepts her scars and her guilt and even her drunken Saturday nights -- then she is luckier than she feels. Life spends a good deal of time knocking us down. These novels build a reader back up, giving her the backbone and the courage to go on for another day, without pretending that scars and guilt are easy to ignore, or that they don't mark us as people. That makes them perfect complements to the cause they support.  




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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101188033
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Jodi Thomas's Harmony Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 44,202
  • File size: 648 KB

Meet the Author

Jodi Thomas
Jodi Thomas is a certified marriage and family counselor, a fifth generation Texan, a Texas Tech graduate, and writer-in-residence at West Texas A&M University. She lives in Amarillo, Texas.
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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    A wonderful, delightful story of small town USA!

    WELCOME TO HARMONY by Jodi Thomas is a wonderful, delightful comtemporary noval 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 Triology 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 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, cut accepts her anyway, plus friends and a family. The characters are delighful, 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. The underlying story of priarie fires.Although, I would have liked to learned more about 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 Publising and My Book Addiction and More.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

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    This fine small-town portrayal will remind readers of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Grove

    Although they named the town they established Harmony, the three Texas families who founded the place should have named it acrimony as the McAllen, Matheson, and Truman brood detest one another. They compete with one another over who should run Harmony while Sheriff Alexandra McAllen goes on drinking binges every Saturday night with fire chief Hank Matheson always nearby to clean her up

    Teen Reagan worked in a nursing home where she enjoyed hearing elderly resident Beverly Truman tell stories about her hometown of Harmony. When Beverly dies, Regan decides to relocate in Harmony; borrowing the late woman's surname. Beverly's brother Jeremiah realizes almost immediately upon meeting Reagan that they do not share bloodlines, but decides not to expose her. Instead he allows her to keep her ruse as he welcomes her into the family.

    However, the divided town must come together as a prairie fire bears down on it. Especially the three leading rival families or Harmony will be no more.

    This fine small-town portrayal will remind readers of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Grove although Harmony has its own stamp, that of talented Jodi Thomas. The story line is mostly a sweet concoction of townsfolk welcoming outsiders like Reagan and readers. The prairie fire and the Sheriff's drinking problem add tension and issues to an engaging but otherwise sugary portrait of a small Texas town.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    I started backwards in the series and it was great learning abou

    I started backwards in the series and it was great learning about the start of the town and its characters. Reagan is a runaway, who cleaned Beverly Truman's room. She shared all about Harmony and Reagan found home. Her brother Jeremiah still lived there, so reagan passed herself off as Beverly's grad-daughter. Jeremiah, was old and set in his ways, he took her in as his own. The off-kilter relationship of Hank Matheson and Alexandra McAllen was presented. Tyler the undertaker was introduced, a gentle, single person with a big heart. Reagan, meets Noah and Brandon and their freindships evolve. Tyler met his Katherine and they exchanged e-mails for awhile. Fires started to become a problem, whether kids or an arsonist. Tyler was an initial suspect because of his back road riding. Saralynn, Hank's niece calls because of a threat made to the family, so she wanted to talk to her Sir Knight for awhile. A federal arson specialist was brought in, who discovered it was gasoline set fires. Saralynn was left behind, called Tyler for help, he escaped jail, changed clothes and went to the ranch to get her.He had a run-in with a trooper, when his Kate came to his rescue, not realizing it was Ty. The ending you'll have to find out yourself, but I look forward to the next books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Excellent

    This book like all of Jodi Thomas books was excellent!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    Jay

    Toches* they are so solf abd big. Twists nip.ples. I want you to scream when I have se.x with yuiuuu.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Jay

    Hey ...i smike taking off your cloths

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2014

    To Jay

    I nod. "Understood."

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    Posted July 25, 2014

    Charlie

    Jumps in

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    Posted July 25, 2014

    Kira

    She sits at the edge of the pool.

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

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    This series is well written with interesting plots and character

    This series is well written with interesting plots and characters.  Kept my attention and bought the next book immediately after finishing the previous one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Great series

    I started to read book 4 of this series, hadn't read any Jodi Thomas, and found the characters so interesting that I started the series from the beginning. So glad I did. I have since read the Whispering Mountain series, except for the last book which I just got - and have enjoyed it too. Great author, nice story lines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Based on nook sample

    Jac2848 - dd not like nook sample

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Good read-

    Keeps your interest with the character interaction. Nice style of writing. Thomas is one of my go to authors!

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    To many people thrown at you for one book

    There was so much going on in this book that you would think you would be glued to the pages. Unfortunately that wasn't the case for me. This book was brought to me and said it was like Robyn Carr's Virgin River series, and I couldn't find that further from the truth. While in the VR series, you get to meet lots of interesting characters, you meet them slowly, they aren't all thrown at you. There is flow, where in this book, in my opinion, it was kind of thrown at you from all angles. I did, finally, get in to the story line, but it was almost 3/4 way through the book, and that was because of the firebug that showed up. Unfortunately, it was almost to easy to figure out who the fire-starter was which kind of took the fun out of it. I don't see book 2 in my future.

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