Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Welcome to Harmony - Jodi Thomas

Book Blurb:
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.

In My Own Words:
Harmony is a town that was founded by families that preferred to feud then get along.  And many years later, that seems to be the theme their current day family has decided to follow.  Reagan comes to Harmony hoping to make a new life for herself.  She convinces most of the town that she is the niece of the meanest man in Harmony, but the brother of her only friend that passed away.  Saying she was the granddaughter of her beloved friend gets her passage into the town and a home, for now.  Alex, the town sheriff, is the best sheriff that Harmony has ever seen, until Saturday nights roll around and she ends up at the local bar drowning her sorrows in the bottom of a bottle.  When her brother was killed in the line of duty 3 years prior, Alex blames herself.  The only person that can get through to her, that isn't scared of her, she hates with all the passion she can muster is Hank (her brother's bestfriend).

Notable Quote:
"So this falling off is part of it, win or lose. Noah, doesn't that seem strange to you? Seems like if you make the time, they should train the bulls to stop at the bell and let you off."
"I'll put that in the suggestion box" Noah laughed.

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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