Welcome to Harmony (Harmony Series #1)

Welcome to Harmony (Harmony Series #1)

by Jodi Thomas

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Overview

The first novel in the Harmony series from New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425235102
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Series: Jodi Thomas's Harmony Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 185,410
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas is a fifth-generation Texan who sets many of her stories in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. She is a certified marriage and family counselor, a Texas Tech graduate and writer-in-residence at West Texas A&M University. She lives with her husband in Amarillo, Texas.

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Welcome To Harmony 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 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!
knittingmomof3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From My Blog...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.
tarenn on LibraryThing 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. 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.
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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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