You’ve read about Harmony in Jodi Thomas’ previous novels, now learn the story of how it all began…
Harmon Ely wanted to build a town. After 10 years of running his trading post, he figured it was about time for some company, so he placed an ad looking for workers, promising 40 acres and a house for anyone who will stay for two years to help build the town.
Haunted by a troubled past, Clint Truman spends his days in the saloon where he drinks away his bitter memories. Once a soldier in Terry’s Texas Rangers, he’s better known now for being little more than a drunk brawler. After losing everything that ever mattered to him, life has left him hardened and angry. With his life spiraling out of control, it seems his options are running low, so when Clint’s offered a job to haul supplies and defend a new town in Texas, he knows he has to go. There’s just one catch- he needs to bring a bride.
Patrick McAllen has run away from home, for good. His father had beaten him nearly to death for previous escape attempts, and made it clear that the next time there would be no beating- he would find him, and he would kill him. But Patrick remains hopeful. With sadness, he says goodbye to his brother Shelley, taking along his neighbor’s daughter, Annie, to be his bride. Together they plan to build a town for Harmon Ely, and a future for themselves. Yet still his father’s warning weighs heavy on Patrick’s mind, as his past threatens to follow him all the way to Harmony.
Captain Gillian Matheson is trying to get to his wife Daisy. After sending him a cryptic letter asking him to meet her at a trading post run by Harmon Ely, he fears the worst and is determined to set off at once to join her. Against his wishes he is ordered to escort Jessie, a silent and independent girl who was rescued from an outlaw camp, to a mission along the way. But the girl has other plans- and a good thing, too, because an unseen danger is riding fast on their heels.
A Place Called Harmony is a heartwarming story of love, hope, and the struggle to overcome the hurt of the past. Full of strong, beautifully flawed characters that leave a lasting impression and stay with you long after you finish the book- you can’t help but fall in love with each one, and are left wanting more. Jodi Thomas has a wonderful writing style that flows with ease and draws you in at once, and is sure to keeping you reading late into the night. Don’t pass this one up!
Rating: 5 stars
I have received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
About the author:
A fifth generation Texan, Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state.
With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer In Residence.
“My door is usually open to students all morning,” explains Thomas, who talks to the classes at the University and on other campuses during her many speaking engagements when not writing in her spacious office in WTAMU’s Cornette Library. “They come by to visit and ask questions about being a writer. When I was a child, being a writer wasn’t an option. All the people I knew had regular jobs. I’m hoping that students will see that being a writer is a possibility. This is particularly important in these days when programs in the arts are being cut in the public schools.”
Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, “When I was teaching classes full time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher, or nurse, or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I’m still making the world a better place.”
While the author toured the country speaking to Desk and Derrick clubs about her 2003 novel, THE WIDOWS OF WICHITA COUNTY, the members of various chapters formed a Jodi Thomas Fan Club. The group enthusiastically promotes her novels and public appearances and even volunteers to provide drivers for her out-of-town engagements.
When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, Tom, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo, and “checking up” on their two grown sons.
You can learn more by visiting her website, www.jodithomas.com
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