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Welcome to Harmony (Harmony Series #1)
     

Welcome to Harmony (Harmony Series #1)

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by Jodi Thomas
 

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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, but keeps her distance from the

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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, but keeps her distance from the welcoming townsfolk. Until prairie fires threaten Harmony-and Reagan learns the true meaning of family, friends, and home.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101188033
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Jodi Thomas's Harmony Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
44,188
File size:
663 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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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Welcome To Harmony 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
AAR More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Snoozy24 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book like all of Jodi Thomas books was excellent!
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LBroday More than 1 year ago
Excellent!! The characters leaped off the page and into my heart. Love Harmony and all the people who live there. Jodi Thomas never disappoints and she hit this one out of the ballpark.
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pedally More than 1 year ago
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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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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Keeps your interest with the character interaction. Nice style of writing. Thomas is one of my go to authors!
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frosty1 More than 1 year ago
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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