Jodi Thomas...Just Down the Road

My Review

Tinch Turner has been a loner, ever since the death of his wife.

Dr. Addison Spencer was hoping for a quiet evening in the hospital, so that maybe she could get off early. Yeah right, Addison should have expected that she would not get her wish. It was a Saturday night.

The first time that Addison saw Tinch, it was in the ER. He had been in a bar fight. Let’s say that Tinch did not make a good first impression on Addison. No matter what Addison may think of Tinch, she and he will have to band together for the sake of a little boy.

I have enjoyed this series a lot. It reminds me of another famous series that I also like a lot. Maybe you have heard of it…it is called Virgin River by Robyn Carr. The reason for the reference to Mrs. Carr’s series is that both series feature great characters and story lines but wonderful authors.

I have followed Reagan since the beginning with Welcome to Harmony. I felt like I have grown up with her. To see her turn into a woman in this book made me feel a little bit like a proud mom. I was glad to see her and Noah reconnect. Tinch and Addison made a good couple together. I like that they both did not jump into the romance but it was drawn out in this book until the last third of the book. Also, can I say what an intriguing name Tinch is. Just like the last book, I knew I would finish this book in a matter of a few hours and I was right.

Just Down the Road is like receiving a great, big hug from a loved one. It is warm, makes you feel good and has you wanting another one!

Sell date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 978-0425246924
Retail price: USA $ 7.99

On April 3, 2012, my new story JUST DOWN THE ROAD will be released. I’m walking the floor waiting for the birth of this book because I fell like it’s the best I’ve ever written. A friend of mine commented that, over the last 36 books, I’ve said that a few times before, and I probably have, but I work to make each one better and this one shines. For those readers who love stories that wrap around your heart, you’ll love this one. It’s about the people of a small town who, though they think they live private lives also interact and change those around them. I’ve really never thought of the people in my books as characters, for me they are people, as real in my mind as my neighbors. They are wise and foolish, and loving…and unforgettable.

Whenever I begin to plot I like to mix my stories together so that one plot forms out of the life of several people. In JUST DOWN THE ROAD I have the beginnings of young, first time, love and the sweet love of two people who thought they were destined to live their lives alone. In the opening I introduce two people who are running, one from life and the other toward it. One, because of fear, thinks she’s never lived and the other feels his life is over. They are not a couple anyone would put together but as they grow to love each other. Tinch and Addison realize they’re a perfect match. And, for a man just learning to live again, Tinch has to also realize that there are some things in life worth risking his life for.

I’m never sure what to say when people ask me what I do for a living. I daydream. I play. I imagine. I create. I scrub the rough worlds clean. I’m not a writer for a living, I’m simply a writer.In JUST DOWN THE ROAD all my work, and skill and that spark of talent seemed to come together. The people I created breathed. I’m very proud of this book and I hope it makes you laugh, and cry and fall in love with the people who live in Harmony.

Enjoy the story,

Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of 34 novels and 11 short story col-lections. In June 2011, WELCOME TO HARMONY won a RITA, the highest award for women’s fic-tion. Jodi currently serves as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.


Jodi Thomas said…
Loved your review, especially the part about comparing the book to a hug! That's great!

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