Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Guest Blog and Mini-Review: Chance of a Lifetime by Jodi Thomas

As the holidays wind down and we cuddle into the cool nights, I’d love to take you along on a journey with me to a small town in Texas called Harmony.

When I began CHANCE OF A LIFETIME, I started with Emily, a librarian.  She’s kind and caring with a secret that keeps her fears compartmentalized in her mind.  When a friend from her past asks a favor, she agrees not knowing how far into an adventure they’ll stumble while discovering each other and a secret of the town.

Writing the story of Harmony in CHANCE OF A LIFETIME has been a pure joy for me.  I grew up in a small town and understand how the people’s life stories blend together and how everyone bands together when trouble comes.  So come along with me this cold night in January on an adventure that will make you smile and keep you reading long into the  night.

Jodi Thomas
About Chance of a Lifetime:
Release date: December 31, 2012
Publisher: Berkley
Paperback, 336 pages
ISBN: 9780425250525
Retail Price: USA $7.99

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Jodi Thomas takes us back to Harmony, Texas, in CHANCE OF A LIFETIME. The fifth book in her popular Harmony series presents a story where big dreams are brewing—and anything and everything is possible…

Emily, the local librarian, has started a writing group, but as the group stumbles through both the fiction and reality of their lives, they’re learning much more than how to write. But Emily suddenly has other things on her mind when a friend from her past shows up in Hamony's
library. Now she must deal with a secret she’s kept for fifteen years—a secret that changed her life and threatens to shatter her future.

Meanwhile, new lawyer Rick Matheson thinks he’s in charge of his world until accidents start happening all around him. Just when he realizes someone is trying to kill him, he meets a beautiful U.S. Marshal named Trace Adam. Now that the marshal has given him an even stronger reason to go on living, he must learn to take a chance on life to dream bigger—and love better—than
he ever has before...
“Another winner...Fans will be delighted.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
I'm a huge fan of the Harmony, Texas series and I'm right in the middle of Chance of a Lifetime and I am loving it. Not only do I get to revisit one of my favorite small towns and some of my favorite people, but I am getting to know some new ones as well.  There is romance in the air and some mystery as well.  Ms. Thomas can craft a book that draws you in from the first page until the last. And my favorite thing about this series, the real feeling of community.  I live near a community that feels like Harmony and count myself lucky to be a part of it as a transplant (we go to church in it).  So these books are near and dear to me.  I'll have a formal review soon, but know this book is another winner in this series.  Something I can tell from halfway through.  Actually I could tell it from the first chapter when I met Emily the librarian and Tanner.

About Jodi Thomas:
Jodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of 36 novels and 11 short story colections. In June 2011, WELCOME TO HARMONY, the first book in the Harmony series, won a RITA, the highest award for women’s fiction. Jodi currently serves as the Writer in Residence at West Texas
A&M University in Canyon, Texas.


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