After reading two novels by Jodi Thomas I’m convinced few authors write about small towns better. Welcome to Harmony, the first book in her new series, is set in Harmony, Texas – a town of 14,000. Rain hasn’t made an appearance in a long time and there’s an arsonist on the loose.
The main characters in this book are Reagan, a teenage runaway from Oklahoma; Jeremiah Truman, the man who takes Reagan in; Alexandra McAllen, the town sheriff who is haunted by a personal tragedy; Noah, the sheriff’s 16 year old brother; Hank Matheson, the fire chief; Tyler Wright, the local undertaker. There are many other memorable characters who play a part in the search for the arsonist. Thomas creates minor characters who are unique enough that I hope to read more about them in future books.
Welcome to Harmony is more than a novel about arson. Reagan is looking for a place to call home, a place where she belongs, a place where she feels welcome. There’s a strong attraction between Alexandra and Hank; good friendship with the promise of more between Reagan and Noah; and a sweet online correspondence between Tyler and a mysterious woman – a couple who thought that love may have passed them by. I’m hoping we’ll read more of Tyler’s story as the series progresses.
Thomas is a first-rate storyteller and she pulled me into the lives of her characters and the drama of the fire scenes. If you like novels about small towns with good, believable characters I recommend you read Welcome to Harmony. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Review copy from Penguin Group
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