Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Review and Giveaway: Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas (blog tour)

Book Details:

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley (June 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425235106
ISBN-13: 978-0425235102
Review Copy: Publisher

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What I Thought:

I REALLY enjoyed this one! I loved the down home, small town characters, and the revolving theme of love throughout the story. It wasn't all romantic love either...it was family love and love for your home all wrapped up in one.

I did like reading about the budding friendships and romances; I do plan on continuing to follow this trilogy. Jodi Thomas was able to make me feel connected to her character's through her writing.

This story certainly had enough elements to keep everyone busy including some mystery! I have to say that it was a good mix of everything!

I'll be waiting for the next book coming out in the fall because there's so much more I want to know about these wonderful character's!

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About the Book:
(from Amazon)

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.

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And now a Guest Post from Jodi Thomas:

In a few days WELCOME TO HARMONY will hit the stores and I don’t know when I’ve been so excited about a book coming out. A writer writes a story, climbs into a world and lives there for months. Then, the writer has to send the story off and let go of the characters for a while. With this book it wasn’t easy.

I open with Reagan, a runaway, being dropped off after dark on the Main Street of Harmony, Texas. Before the night is over, she’s stepped into a world she’s never known. A world where she can belong.

As I wrote it seemed like my characters came to me one at a time, sat down, and began to tell me their story. As the book moves through the weeks, you’ll meet a funeral director who cares about everyone he meets, a volunteer fire chief who loves what he does, a sheriff who fights every day to live up to her family, and a child who sees people for who they really are.

This story will touch your heart and make you laugh. By the time you finish, you’ll feel like Harmony is a real place.

Three love stories wind their way through the book. One is a story of first love between two teenagers. Another is a love story between two strong willed adults who have loved each other since childhood but are torn apart because of an accident. The third love story is between a middle aged kind man who had never found anyone he can talk too. He develops a relationship with a woman on line that he met one icy night when they were both forced of the road due to weather. Both are professionals dedicated to their work and not the kind of people used to sharing feelings.

I hope to keep you up late because you have to learn what happens to the folks in Harmony. So, come along with me for a visit.

Jodi Thomas

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I want to thank Jodi for joining us today! Thanks to her and the publisher I have a copy of this one to giveaway!

-to enter you MUST leave a comment or question for the author.
-open to US and Canadian residents only
-please leave an email
-Contest ends June 1st Release Day!

21 comments:

  1. Oh I want this one! I love Jodi's books! Count me in! thanks!

    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

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  2. I would love to read this. I like it when authors show how people can influence other's lives.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  3. Contrats on the release. I would love to win this.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  4. You made me wanna read it!!I hope I will win!!

    d.alexandra2@yahoo.com

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  5. I would love to read this book!!1 Thank you for a great review

    dsublady at aol dot com

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  6. What others does Jodi enjoy reading? I'd love to read this!
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  7. Who will be the focus of the next Harmony book? This first one sounds great!

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  8. I would like to read this book about small-town living. I live in a rural area - dairy country - and small town sounds large compared to this area.

    Please enter my name in the giveaway. Thanks!

    pboylecharley AT hotmail DOT com

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  9. Jodi, I love your books!! They never disappoint, always a great read. My husband even reads your western historicals and loves them!! Please enter me for this one.

    I follow

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  10. Thanks so much for stopping in today everyone!

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  12. How did the author choose the setting? Why Texas?

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  13. shes new to me so it sounds awesome and would love to read this

    as a new reader what do u recomend we read first

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  14. im a follower

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  15. I love stories where people find a place to belong. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the terrific review and giveaway!

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  16. I haven’t read any of this author’s books, but your review sounds like a book that I would take pleasure in reading. Thanks you so much for hosting this giveaway.

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  17. Harmony sounds like a wonderful small town with lots of interesting characters!
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  18. Sounds like a great read, thanks for the chance!
    six_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  19. I love reading books where you get to know the characters
    rally_thade17@hotmail.com

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  20. Congrats on the release. Sounds like a very good read. Please accept my entry. Thanks!

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  21. What's your favorite musical? :)

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