“The old-timey method of telling a tale meanders like a winding river, languidly moving from the main point, through adjacent stories and around pivotal points, finally arriving at the crux of the matter. Thomas is a master of this type of circuitous storytelling. Her latest Harmony, Texas, novel involves two sets of lovers whose tales intersect at some points, but neither ever dominates.
Harmony librarian Emily Tomlinson and truck company owner Tannon Parker were close as juniors in high school before tragedy struck. Now they’re lonely, broken people with a bridge the length of the Golden Gate between them. When Tannon’s mother falls ill, the bridge begins to tumble as Emily visits her mother’s best friend in the hospital.
Meanwhile Harmony attorney Rick Matheson is being targeted by someone who wants him dead. After he falls through sawn wooden steps, a friend of his family asks U. S. Marshall Trace Adams to protect him. Trace is taking a mental health holiday after she was the lone survivor of a shoot-out in what was supposed to be an abandoned warehouse.
As these four unlikely lovers draw closer and closer, my favorite Harmony characters, the “band” at the Buffalo Bar and Grill ruminate on love and life. Talented singer/songwriter Beau Yates, still trying to shake his stuttering, is courted by a girl who calls herself Trouble and drives fast along the highway at night. Beau’s partner Border Biggs, on the other hand, is knee deep in the simple pleasure of their owning their own place.
With these and so many more small town staples in place, including the library janitor, the owner of a bed and breakfast, the used bookstore owner, divorcing couples, and others, Thomas enriches the town and the story. Readers with a penchant for small town tales will be reveling and engrossed.
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