"I've a vision," she announced. "A terrible vision, all black smoke and fire." (page 1)
Jodi Thomas is a masterful author who wield her pen like a fence master extraordinaire. She use words that portray her story to the maximum enjoyment of her readers.
Welcome To Harmony is her first book of the series. Here we meet a 16-year old runaway named Reagan. She works at a nursing home where a former resident of Harmony, Texas reminisce about her childhood hometown in a most favorable way. When that old lady passed away, she travels to Harmony.
"I'd wish, if I were reverse wishing, that I didn't have to leave this place." (page 21)
Reagan took a chance and went to the last living Truman in town, Jeremiah, the pretend great-uncle. He's quite crotchety, but he's also fair and caring in his own way.
While Reagan is the central character of this book, there's also hoards of secondary characters. There's the mayor who seem to have the hots for the sheriff. There's the funeral director and his very interesting love story. I
"Any chance you'd kiss me?"
"No," she answered. "But, I might snuggle a little. It's getting cold and I guess if you're tied, you'll be safe enough. (page 347)
It is nearly impossible to get bored with this book. There's romance, mystery and interesting residents of this town. What I'd really like to know is...will I know Reagan's love story when she's finally grown up? The saddest part about this book is it's only a trilogy. I'd want more. There's that many characters that I want to get to know more.
Other books in the Series:
Somewhere Along the WayThe Comforts of Home