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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425246922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425246924
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jodi Thomas is a certified marriage and family counselor, a fifth generation Texan, a Texas Tech graduate, and writer-in-residence at West Texas A&M University. She is the author of many novels and novellas, including One Texas Night, the Harmony series (Welcome to Harmony; The Comforts of Home; Can't Stop Believing; Chance of a Lifetime), and the Whispering Mountain Novels including Wild Texas Rose. She lives in Amarillo, Texas.

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New York Times and USA Today's bestselling author Jodi Thomas has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels "Distinctive...Memorable," and that in her stories "[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes." In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Thomas into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN'S REWARD. She also received the National Readers' Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008). While continuing to work as a novelist, Thomas also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.

Customer Reviews

There is a warmth and depth to all of her stories and this one is chock full.
L. Broday
I couldn't put it down and just loved the characters and how everything comes together so completely at the end.
jerriewl
The secondary characters are fleshed out very well also, which leads to more enjoyment in reading the book.
K. Nolting

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Campbell VINE VOICE on April 3, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Just Down the Road" is my first visit to Jodi Thomas' charming fictional community of Harmony, TX. Where have I been? I was missing something really good--heartwarming romance with a touch of pathos and mystery-suspense. I have read other works by Jodi Thomas, and she always writes heart with humor, and that is a very good thing! Let me just say this about the character of Tinch Turner--the lonesome cowboy with a loving, true heart--where is my very own Tinch? When Tinch married his high school sweetheart and best friend, Lori Anne, he never dreamed that cancer would claim her at a young age. He acts out his grief by boozing, brawling, and brooding about what he'll never have again. A frequent visitor to the ER for after-fight medical care, Tinch sits up and takes notice when he meets the new ER doctor, Addison Spencer. Something about the pale, uptight, lovely woman makes Tinch want to clean up his act. When he discovers that Addison is his closest neighbor, "just down the road" from his place, things really get interesting. Often prickly, and always intriguing, Addison is far from indifferent to Tinch. She only plans to be in Harmony for a few months, and she left her former home to be free from her father and her almost-fiance. Meeting a gorgeous man unlike anyone she's ever known was definitely not on her agenda. Tinch's life takes another dramatic turn when he is suddenly given the care of his orphaned nephew, whose mother was Lori Anne's sister. Jamie is a dear little boy in need of much TLC. His drug-addicted mother's involvement with drug dealers left her dead and Jamie beaten and bruised. Tinch and Addison both feel the need to care for the child, and Addison begins staying at Tinch's house to help with Jamie.Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Broday on April 6, 2012
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I had high expectations when I heard this book was coming out and Ms. Thomas didn't disappoint. In my opinion this is the best in the Harmony series, and that's saying a lot because the others have been outstanding. I like how she keeps the series fresh by introducing a couple of new characters each time she writes a new one. In this story, it's Tinch Turner and Addison Spencer. Tinch is a true hero if I ever saw one. And he's sexy as he can be. The only problem he has is not caring about living to see tomorrow. It takes a little homeless boy and Addison to help him see that he still has a lot of living left to do before he hangs it up.

Another thing I like about Ms. Thomas's series is that she revisits some of the previous characters and adds pieces to their lives. Reagan and Noah, Uncle Jeremiah, Tyler and Kate all make an appearance in this one and the reader gets caught up on all the doings and goings on. These people have become like members of my family.

I laughed and I cried as I read this story. Ms. Thomas really knows how to pull out all the stops and wring emotion from each word. There is a warmth and depth to all of her stories and this one is chock full. I recommend it to any reader who's looking for a book that will satisfy and delight. I guarantee this one will.

I hope Ms. Thomas never quits writing. She provides the reading world with untold entertainment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gemms on August 10, 2012
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Just Down the Road is the 4th in the Harmony Series.. and again we meet new characters that we have never met before and touch base with a few we have met before.. But the focus has drifted from Reagan with whom this all started and starts following the new characters and barely remembers all the other characters I actually liked.. After all that we went thru with Ronelle in the last books she only shows up a few times with food etc. and the undertaker as to again wait for his army lady (his Kate) good grief I want to help him.. a good tried and true Southern saying fits him so well "Bless his heart". Noah shows up for a long stay (for him) and he and Reagan seem to be getting somewhere (just not sure how it happened cause we got left out of the details) Instead we have moved to two totally new characters and the mess they are both in. Doc Spencer is so wrapped up in her shallow self you just do not want to like her and Tinch is a great guy that should have done a better job protecting things after the author played up all his plans.. pretty wimpy if you ask me.. and why we are on the subject of jobs the little Sheriff who is always bragged upon by the author as being so good.. always seems to never be there when things are going down.. in real life if someones life is in danger I would hope that the sheriff would do a better job protecting people.. Our climax is on the high side of stupid and of course we had to throw Reagan in some how to keep her in the story which I thought the orginal book was about. Anyway.. the book leaves us finally with Noah and Reagan which leads me to believe that maybe just maybe the 5th book will be about them.. I shall hope.. because the other characters are getting old and not sure if I can handle even more new characters on top of the already confused pile.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 3, 2012
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Tinch Turner knows his life ended when his wife Lori Anne died. Now the widower rancher prefers booze and brawls. At the Harmony County Hospital ER after his latest barroom fight, he meets Dr. Addison Spencer who is town for a few months until her troubles end.

Sheriff Alexandra Matheson and Deputy Sheriff Phil Gentry investigate gun firing. Inside they find young Jamie Noble and his overdosed dead mom. Jamie's aunt was Lori Anne so his only known relative is his Uncle Tinch. Addison offers to help Tinch care for his grieving nephew.

Grieving the death of her beloved "Uncle" Jeremiah, Reagan Truman is the sole proprietor of Truman Apple Orchard. Firefighter Brandon Biggs and others offer her comfort as she mourns her loss while her beloved rodeo performer Noah MacAllen hides his feelings. Countering death is the birth of a baby at the Wright Funeral Home where Tyler Wright prays for the safe return of his beloved deployed Major Kate Cummings.

The latest tender Harmony small-town drama (The Comforts of Home, Welcome to Harmony and Somewhere Along the Way) continues the escapades of the residents with much more than just the above. The subplots are all entertaining and blend well together with the Turner second chance at love tale bringing freshness to the mix of mostly seeing what has happened to recurring characters; which in turn behooves newcomers to read the previous visits to Harmony.

Harriet Klausner
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