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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Somewhere Along the Way by Jodi Thomas - Book Review and Giveaway

Title: Somewhere Along the Way
Author: Jodi Thomas
Publisher: Berkley

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.~


Jodi has kindly sent me an extra copy to giveaway to one of my readers.

Eligibility: U.S./Canada only

1. Sign up to be a follower of this blog - just let me know how you follow. (1 entry)

2. Follow me on twitter (@kherbrand) and tweet or use tweet button below. (1 entry)
3. Comment on any non-giveaway post and let me know. (1 entry)

All entries can be left in one comment, but must leave email address also! Giveaway will end on Nov 16. Winners will have 48 hours to respond.
Somewhere Along the Way
Publisher/Publication Date:
ISBN: 978-0-425-23772-4
358 pages


debbie said...

I am a gfc follower. I would love to read this book. I quite like the cover.

Maureen said...

It looks like a really lovely story.
I am a follower.
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DarcyO said...

I follow your RSS feed in Google Reader.

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DarcyO said...

I follow on Twitter and used your tweet button.

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Benita said...

I'm a follower. Please count me in.


karenk said...

please count me in....thanks :)

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Brooke said...

I'm a GFC follower. Thanks so much!


Karen said...

I am a GFC follower and email subscriber;)

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rubynreba said...

Such a pretty book! I follow on google and subscribe by email.

Linda Kish said...

Sounds good. Count me in, please.

I am a GFC follower

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Martha Lawson said...

I would love to be entered to win this one. I love, love Jodi's books!!

I follow on gfc & email subscriber.

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donnas said...

Sounds great. Thanks for the chance!

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scottsgal said...

I follow on gfc and reader
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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

Following Books and Needlepoint with NetworkedBlogs on Facebook -- I would love to read Somewhere Along the Way :)

Following @kherbrand on Twitter and Tweeted the giveaway


Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book. I am a GFC follower of this blog.


Anonymous said...

I also follow by Twitter. My Twitter name is Carolee888.

I tweeted: http://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2010/10/somewhere-along-way-by-jodi-thomas-book.html See above link for book giveaway!

Debbie F said...

Count me in!
I follow thru google reader
google friend connect
and networked blogs.

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jewelknits said...

I haven't yet read the first book, but yours is the second that's said this one is good as a stand-alone (that's the type of thing that makes me want to go back and read the other books in a series when I pick one up mid-series).

I follow on GFC as jewelknits, too!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

Dawn M. said...

I've been wanting to try this series so I'm glad to know it will work as a stand alone. :0)

I follow with GFC & Twitter.


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CherylS22 said...

GFC follower
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Laura H. said...

Thanks for another great giveaway! I follow via GFC, Networked Blogs, Twitter and e-mail (you choose). :-)
I also commented on your "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" review.

Tweeted giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/MamaHendo3/status/4710768779993088


Nancye said...

GFC Follower

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