Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Review: Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas

From the beloved and bestselling author of the Ransom Canyon and Harmony, Texas series comes a powerful, heartwarming story about generations of family and the ironclad bonds they forge. Order your copy of MORNINGS ON MAIN today!


When Jillian James lands in the small town Texas community of Laurel Springs, she’s definitely not planning to stay—except to find a few clues about the father who abandoned her and destroyed her faith in family.

Connor Larady is a single dad, and the only one caring for his grandmother, Eugenia, who has Alzheimer’s. And now he has to close Eugenia’s quilt shop. When Connor meets down-on-her-luck Jillian, he’s out of options. Can he trust the newcomer to do right by his grandmother’s legacy?

Jillian is done with relationships. But as she grows closer to Connor and Eugenia, she must consider giving up her nomadic life for a future with those who need her.

An inspiring family saga that asks us to consider what love and chosen family really mean.


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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Mornings on Main is a stand-alone novel by Jodi Thomas. It was a good book and I enjoyed reading it even though I wasn't able to connect with the story. For me, the main characters were lacking something and they didn't help my interest. Jillian is living a nomadic lifestyle and she is not willing to grow roots anywhere. Her backstory is explained and I could see why she was living like that. Connor could have been a great hero, but he was lacking interested. I felt like he didn't have a single bond with the people around him. He wasn't even paying a lot of attention to his daughter. I wanted to see a more loving father. A warmer man. A lover. He and Jillian didn't have any chemistry and I think that's the reason I wouldn't love the book. Still, even with everything I said, I cannot bring myself to say that Mornings on main was a bad novel. I was still able to enjoy it to some degree. Connor's daughter is also telling a part of the story and I was invested in her story. She grew up a lot as a character and I would like to see a novella revolving around her life a few years later after the events of this book. 


“Compelling and beautifully written.” —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on Ransom Canyon

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    About Jodi Thomas: New York Times and USA Today's bestselling author Jodi Thomas has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels "Distinctive...Memorable," and that in her stories "[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes." In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Thomas into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN'S REWARD. She also received the National Readers' Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008). While continuing to work as a novelist, Thomas also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.

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