Title: Somewhere Along the Way
Author: Jodi Thomas
My Thoughts: Somewhere Along the Way is the second book in the Harmony series, but it does well as a stand alone (but I recommend reading the first book - Welcome to Harmony!) We join a lot of the same characters two years down the road, but let me try to tell you about them.
Reagan is almost 18 and is living with her Uncle Jeremiah - he isn't really her uncle, but he will never state otherwise. She has 2 best friends - Noah McAllen and Brandon Briggs. Noah has been distant lately and though Reagan doesn't want more than friendship, she can't help feeling jealous. Brandon is about as different from Noah as you can get. Where Noah comes from a close knit family and has plans for college and the rodeo, Brandon's father died years ago and his mother has basically checked out. He is on his own, determined to turn out better than his parents but is rough around the edges.
Alex (Noah's sister) is the sheriff and is engaged to Hank Matheson - volunteer fireman. Hank wants to marry, but Alex keeps putting him off. She seems to have a problem admitting that she needs anyone. Liz, Hank's sister, has just hung her shingle as a brand new lawyer in Harmony. Too proud to let her family know she is short on cash, she is actually living out of her office and showering at the gym where she has a free month's membership. The postman begins leaving her "neighbor's" mail with her when his office is locked. This neighbor is G.L Smith - but his real name is just Gabriel Leary. G.L. Smith is his pen name under which he writes graphic novels. He lives on a farm outside of town and has been a loner since he walked away from a military hospital about 4 years before as Gabe Wiseman. He is paranoid and doesn't seem to do well mixing with people - until he meets Liz.
There are some other characters that round out the story and help to give you a picture of Harmony - where things don't always fall into place as the name implies. It is a story full of warmth though and the characters are ones that I wouldn't mind having in my own life. It is a story of how family can be found in the most unlikely places and people aren't always who they appear to be. Sometimes you have to really look to see the gold under grime. I loved this book and flew through it in 2 days!
~I received a copy of this book from the author for review.~
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Somewhere Along the Way