I received this book for free from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Mornings On Main by Jodi Thomas
Published by HQN Books on April 1, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Digital, print
Source: InkSlinger PR
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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.
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!
“Compelling and beautifully written.” —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on Ransom Canyon
Contemporary Romance; small town romance.
For those that follow my reviews I know this is not my usual type of romance. I still don’t remember what made me choose this story, but I’m glad I did. Even being different from my usual cup of tea, I have enjoyed!
- Addictiveness: Addictive enough. Yes, this was a fast-paced, slow burn romance. But it has some small mysteries and an amazing group of characters that grabbed me.
- Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 STARS OF THE BOOK!!! Really all characters are multi-dimensional and very well-developed. All of them, including secondary characters, are easy to love, connect and understand. There are three generation here. The teens were adorable. The hero and heroine were sweet and the elders were cute. Oh, I cannot forget to say how believable they are. Sometimes too believable, because I know is ridiculous, but I love my books boyfriends to be hot as hell, and here they are not. 🙂
- Freshness: Even though the story doesn’t have anything we could say WOW, how different, the overall book has a fresh vibe. Really, this was supposed to be like all sweet, small-town romances out there. But the author has created a quilt shop and a family saga that felt FRESH!!!
- Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5 Slow opening and wonderful ending. Perfect conflict and dialogues very well written. Steady pace with enough subplots to enhance the story. This story was extremely believable and highly enjoyable. Oh, I have to mention the amazing setting. This small town is wonderful, full of details and I felt liking visiting there.
- Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 3/5, description 3/5, development 5/5, steam 2/5 This is a love story. The very slow burn type. We see lots of love here, different kind, but always love. Is beautiful, but not steamy.
- Writing Style: Good! Amazing characters, great setting, really good plot and ok romance.
- Cover: art 3.5/5, title 5/5, subtitle 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 2/5 I’m obsessed with book covers and even though after reading I don’t dislike this one, but I had to be true to myself, because I would never buy this book only looking at its cover. Is not ugly, only not my cup of tea. Looking at it, I can guess small town romance, sweet, extra sweet while I’m more into the rough, bad boy romance. 🙂 But, this cover is really a good representation of the story. I know, I’m not making any sense.
Not my usual read, but sometimes it feels good a change of pace. Yes, I did miss my amazingly hot alpha hero. Yes, I’ve missed hot sex between the adults. But it was a good read and I probably will read more from the author.
26.5/35 STARS – 3.5 STARS (3.5 stars between 24.5 and 27.5 stars)
Addictiveness: 3.5 Character: 5 Cover: 3 Freshness: 4 Plot: 4 Romance: 3 Writing Style: 4
- Action 1/5
- Angst 2/5
- Darkness 0/5
- Humor 3/5
- Romance 5/5
- Suspense/Mystery 2/5
- Would I recommend? I would recommend this book for everyone that enjoys small town romance.
- Would I re-read this book? I don’t know.
- Would I re-read this series? This is a stand-alone. But if it became a series I would read it.
- Would I read more from the author? Yes, I will.
You MAY read this because you follow the author; you SHOULD read this because you like small town romances; you MUST read this because of the amazing characters!!!
Connor Larady looked up from the copy machine he’d been trying to murder for an hour. “Morning,” he said as he set down his latest weapon of destruction, a screwdriver. “May I help you, miss?”
The woman clamoring through his office door was tall and slim enough to be a model. With hair in a ponytail and little makeup, she could have still been in her teens, but the wisdom in her big, rainy-day-colored eyes marked her as a good ten years older.
He shoved his tools aside, walked over to the front desk and tried to find a scrap of paper to write on. No one ever came into a newspaper office without either wanting something written, or rewritten.
You’d think a writer would have a pen and pad handy. Only he wasn’t much of a writer, and this wasn’t much of an office. The Laurel Springs Daily had been whittled down to little more than a weekly flyer and a spotty blog of what was happening in town when he got around to it, but he kept up the office his father and grandfather had both run.
Considering himself a good judge of people, Connor had a premonition he’d be filling out a free obit form or a lost dog report, also free.
There were some days he’d thought of combining the two columns in the weekly paper. The header could read LEFT TOWN FOR PARTS UNKNOWN. The byline could be Those Recently Departed or Run Over.
The woman moved one small step closer. Connor had no idea if she was just shy or half-afraid of him. Maybe his grandmother and daughter were right: he was starting to look like the mug shots on the Dallas nightly news. Hair too long, this was the third day he’d worn the same old wrinkled shirt, and he hadn’t bothered to remove the raincoat his gram said only a vampire would wear.
He’d tried to tell them both that he didn’t have time to commit a crime. He was too busy running the town and keeping up with them. His grandmother had taken to wandering off alone, and his daughter was worse. She preferred wandering off with any pimpled-faced, oversexed boy who had a driver’s license. Between the two of them, his curly brown hair would be gray before he turned forty. That is, if it decided to stay around at all.
Connor shoved his worries aside and waited for the attractive stranger to say something. Anything. Or run back out the door. He didn’t much care which. He had more than enough to deal with this morning, and he didn’t want to hear a complaint. Everyone thought if you were the mayor, you loved listening in detail of what was wrong in town.
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