Mornings on Main: A Small-Town Texas Novel

Mornings on Main: A Small-Town Texas Novel

by Jodi Thomas


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“Compelling and beautifully written.” —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on Ransom Canyon

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335062956
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Edition description: Original
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 223,470
Product dimensions: 5.27(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas is a fifth-generation Texan who sets many of her stories in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. She is a certified marriage and family counselor, a Texas Tech graduate and writer-in-residence at West Texas A&M University. She lives with her husband in Amarillo, Texas.

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Mornings on Main: A Small-Town Texas Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Living a rootless life is difficult, and when your life contains more questions than answers, one thing leads to another. Such is the case for Jillian James. Never having a home for more than two years, a habit she inherited from her father, she’s now seeking answers to why her father left her at university, why they never stayed anywhere for long, or anything about her mother. Starting with a random zip code one of the few bits she has from him, she decides to start her search in Laurel Springs. Planning on staying no more than three months, Jillian meets Conrad, mayor of the town and owner of the local newspaper, he hires her to work at A Stitch in Time, his grandmother Eugenia’s quilting shop. Eugenia is slowly deteriorating as Alzheimer’s is taking its toll, and Conrad wants histories and photographs of the many quilts displayed at the shop before they are lost forever to the disease. Slowly Jillian starts to understand the locals with the treasure trove of information that Eugenia’s stories reveal, and her ability to capture both the charm, detail and images of the quilts, and her gentle way of coaxing the stories from the tangled web that is his grandmother’s memory have Conrad excited and impressed: hoping to convince Jillian that there is a place and opportunity for her in the small town. Told in multiple points of view, where the timeframes aren’t always clearly defined, the narration for this story takes some getting used to but this also works to help build gradual pictures (visual and impressions) of the various people in the community and their stories. With a lovely sense of the ‘getting to know’ the town, the small community opens up to Jillian through Eugenia’s stories, the quilts and their own reminiscing about moments that have “become a part of their story.” Using the art and lore of quilts, the fabrics, patterns, stitches and intended use, the quilts become characters in and of themselves, a tangible representation of lives and times to last beyond their last breaths. A lovely story that engages and reminds us of the ties that can bind people together through years and miles: revealing truths that don’t always relate to the questions we have, but show that family is often what you make when you aren’t intending to. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
4 Star Review Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas This was a new author to me. Jillian James is looking for answers and clues to the father who abandoned her. When she arrives in Laurel Springs, Texas she knows it will be a temporary visit. Connor Larady, the town mayor, is a man with a lot on his plate, not only is he a single father but he is looking after his grandmother, Eugenia who has Alzheimers; he also has to decide what to do with her quilt shop. When Connor hires Jillian to help out in the quilt shop he is uncertain as to whether she is trustworthy. Jillian has sworn off men,but there is something about Connor that makes her want to take a leap of faith. Can Jillian be happy in a small town? Or will her wanderlust be too much for her? Whilst I liked Jillian, initially to me Connor was harder to engage with as I found him to be distant with those around him; thankfully he grew on me. Mornings on Main is a story of family, community, of life in a small country town and one of love. I enjoyed the characters and how Jodi Thomas brought them to life and I loved Eugenia's character.
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Cathyquilter More than 1 year ago
Jillian James is a traveler. Her father was an oil worker and moved her constantly while looking for work. As an adult she continues to move on a regular basis, never settling in one place. Her father had kept a journal listing the zip codes of the places he had visited. Jillian goes to Laurel Springs trying to find a connection to the father she hasn’t seen in years. She gets a job documenting and photographing the quilts in a shop owned by a sweet lady who is losing her memory. As Eugenia is losing her memories, Jillian makes new ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Sweet, comforting, and small-town charming! Mornings on Main is a heartwarming novel that immerses you in a story about love, old love, new love, and young love and highlights the importance of having a place to call home. The prose is fluid and warm. The characters are affable, genuine, supportive, and lovable. And the plot is an absorbing tale about life, love, family, friendship, community, coming-of-age, single parenthood, romance, the difficulties and struggles of Alzheimer's, and the beautiful art of quilting. Overall, Mornings on Main is a tender, lovely, compelling mix of heart, hope, and humour that ultimately reminds us that capturing, remembering, and sharing those special moments in life is truly what it's all about.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
One of those sweet, small town romances that is just as much women’s fiction as it is romance, Mornings on Main is the kind of story that you have to cherish. It isn’t fast paced and you definitely can’t speed through it. Instead you need to settle back and get ready to enjoy every page, every encounter, every brush of the hand, every secret that slips out, every glimpse into what makes people tick, every chance to get to know them just that tiny bit better. It’s a slow, gentle process and all the better for it. Neither Jillian nor Connor are looking for someone. They live their lives a certain way and figure that’s what they are built for … until they meet each other. While the connection is immediate, they go through a lot of fits and starts because both of them are wary. Jillian’s upbringing (and continued nomadic lifestyle) and Connor’s romantic history mean that getting close to others isn’t easy for them. But what the heart wants can be hard to resist. As much as I loved seeing Jillian and Connor slowly fall in love, I think the women in his life are just as awesome. The friendship between Connor’s grandmother, Eugenia, and her lifelong friend, Joe, is oh-so-touching. And her battle with her wandering memories is enough to bring you to tears. But it’s Connor’s daughter, Sunnie, and her romantic woes that grabbed hold of my heart. She’s at a difficult age but she’s got a good amount of spunk to help see her thru it :) Yes, there is a beautiful love story here with two people finding something they didn’t know they were missing, but there is so much more. The search for home and family. The need for a connection to the past and future, as well as to someone else. There are bonds that tie us together, some we are born with and some we make, but they are all important in making us who we are. *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jodi Thomas comes through with another great story! I can always count on her books to touch my heart & lift my spirits!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A moving story that touched me deeply since I have dealt with dear ones in my life whose memories have gone through dementia and altziemers. A beautiful love story.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"mornings on Main" was a heartwarming story about finding a place to call home. Jillian has floated from town to town ever since she can remember with her father, Jefferson James. However, once she got to college, her father disappeared, but she carried on living by his nomadic rules. Jillian is now retracing her steps to find out where she belongs and who her father was. Following the old zipcodes in the books he had once kept and later thrown away, she has found herself in a small Texas town. When she arrives, she winds up finding more than she bargained for. Jillian takes a job from the local property owner/newspaper writer/town mayor, Connor, who has been looking for someone to catalogue the quilts in his grandmother's shop and send them to the museum. Jillian is looking for work to provide a paycheck while she stays in town at a B&B which is complete with a friendly ghost. Getting to know Connor and his family has a profound effect on Jillian, and this town may be the hardest one yet to leave. The story alternates (all in third person) between Jillian, Connor, and Connor's daughter Sunnie. Sunnie is going through a hard time since her mother died in a plane crash- she has been acting out. However, romance is also on her horizon in a cute, teenager/first love sort of way. Her great-grandmother, although suffering from Alzheimer's, also has history with the old man who seems to keep popping up, Joe, who is also an inventor in his old age- and his latest invention, toe tents, which will keep your covers from pressing down on your toes, he is sure will be a major hit! With oodles of idyllic small town charm, this book will pull at your heartstrings and make you fall in love with all the amazing characters within it. Between the 3 generational romances and the small mystery of Jillian's father, the book is a heavy page-turner. I absolutely enjoyed every delightful minute of this charming story. I highly recommend for anyone looking for an engaging read that will also warm your heart! Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Terri_C More than 1 year ago
This book had all the good points that you usually find in a Jodi Thomas book (likable characters, small towns, family, romance) plus a little more depth than usual. Pasts are dealt with, responsibility is felt, there's a pinch of regret thrown in, and the whole thing is tossed with a sweet humor. This was just a lovely book that could put you on edge, but then have you sitting back in your seat in relief or sighing in contentment. There are so many important characters in this story. Jillian is a loner who arrives in a small, dying town on a secret hunt for parents who had abandoned her. It's a complex story and one she doesn't share. Nor does she share herself. That may just begin to change after she is enveloped in the life of Laurel Springs. Connor, her romantic interest is basically the big man on campus in the small town and is tethered to his responsibilities. The two are connected by their care of his grandmother and by the teenage antics of his daughter. The characters don't end there. They are all memorable and play an integral part in this wonderful story. One of my favorite quotes was Gram talking to Sunnie, her great-granddaughter. "Life is a hand-sewn quilt, Sunnie. Sometimes you got to think about whether you want someone to be apiece of fabric that fits into your life or not. As you sew the strips in, they become a part of what you do, how you think, how you end up. Good or bad, that's something you can never rip out and remake." If Mornings on Main is Ms. Thomas' first dipping of her toes into Women's Literature, I'd be happy to take the plunge with her any day!
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: Mornings on Main Author: Jodi Thomas Publisher: J. T. Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review: "Mornings on Main" by Jodi Thomas My Thoughts.... This was a rather interesting read that I found rather sad in some ways. I felt rather sorry for the heroine Jillian James who had lost faith in family due to what had happened to her. I was so glad when she was able to finally meets someone that seemed to care for her. As Jillian slowly comes into this town where she was looking her father and lucked upon a meeting with Connor Larady, his daughter, grandmother, a few interesting town people and getting a job [working for A Stitch In Time] will give the read some attention. Even though Jillian gave out 'no strings' attachment because I will be leaving in a few months I did feel that she really did start to like these town people and seemed to be a interest in Connor. But it seemed she kept in her mine that her primary goal was to be looking for her father who had dropped her off at college ten years ago and simply had disappeared completely out of her life. So, will Jillian be able to find any of her family history here in [sleepy] Laurel Springs, Texas? Will Jillian and Connor become a item? With Connor grandmother who was dealing with her failing memory loss [Alzheimer] what will she say to Jillian during one of her episode that will give light to Jillian situation about her parents? Will Jillian's search for her pass finally come to a end and not keep following in her fathers footsteps but maybe putting down some roots and able all be willing to take a chance at love with Connor? To get all of these questions answered you will just have to pick up "Morning on Main" to see how this story will all come out.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Mornings On Main is a story of generations of loving, living, and surviving. It is filled with an intriguing history of the people in town, reflecting the times they have lived, and bringing a warm, comforting gust of past into the current, contemporary world. Jodi Thomas is a master of a storyteller. Her words are so well put together, the poetic-kind of strings of tales entwined between the covers of the book, binding the lives of generations together with a gentle yet in a real, and at times emotionally raw, strands. The vivid images pulled me into this small town Texas, where the people are kind, curious, and generous while trying to survive with the new challenges the times are throwing at them. It was so easy to relate to the people of the town, especially the newcomer, Jillian James. Her search for her father and for her roots, trying to find a place where she belongs to, her wondering ways to live and exist, her realistic way to see life, and the deep hidden need to belong and to be loved, made her a truly likable character. In her many layers, she has something each and everyone can relate to, pull from their own life and mirror it against her emotions, experiences, and characteristics. Jillian's sweetly romantic connection to the mayor Connor Larady was tangible. The chemistry was there and their minds seemed to come into the same wavelength from very different experiences in life. Connor has the patience of a saint, he is kind, he is a caretaker of everyone in town, he is smart, he is generous, and a bit of a visionary. The Connor's teenage daughter, Sunnie, and her adventures in the age-related drama, her friend Reese, and Gram and Joe with their 80 years of life and memories together brought new patches to the tale like the pieces of a quilt, altogether making a beautiful and unique piece of art. Personally, I found so many connections to the story with the quilting, loving a person with a memory illness, and living in several places and even in different continents. At times it was like reading my own story in some parallel universe with a bit different twists and turns in the plot, and I absolutely treasured every moment I got to spend in Laurel Springs, Texas. Mornings On Main is not one of those books you inhale on one sitting. Oh, don't get me wrong, it is doable and a temptation because of the well-written, alluring story. But to me, it was a book to be enjoyed slowly, taken on bites, relishing the moments and each relationship in the tale. Each twist and turn in the plot, the new emotions arising, revelations, tidbits of history and lives from the past was something I wanted to savor and ponder as I was reading. It is a story that you want to come back to, re-read, and visit the friends of Laurel Springs. It is a keepsake book that you want to escape into again and again, and get lost in the enticing lives of the people in Laurel Springs. They make you smile and sigh, even laugh. They pull you into their lives and make you feel like one them like you were right there in the middle of Main, living and observing your friends lives to happen to them. Absolutely a delight to read and experience! ~ Five Spoons
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas Jillian James is a drifter who wanders the world staying in places a short time without putting down roots or carrying more than she needs from one place to another. She is living the life shown to her by her father – a man who disappeared from her life a decade before the story begins. In some ways she is strong but the strength is also one that keeps her isolated rather than part of those around her. When Jillian arrives in Laurel, Texas she is hoping to learn more about her parents, spend some time working while adding to her nest egg and regroup before traveling on. She is a bit of a Chamaeleon able to do many different jobs so when she goes in to get a job and finds out it will be cataloguing quilts rather than working at the newspaper that is fine with her. Her new boss is the mayor of town but Connor Larady is much more than just the mayor. Connor is a single father of a teenager, widow, guardian of his grandmother, owner of much in and out of town, writer and a man with more depth than Jillian first expected. This is a story of generations in one town. It is the story of community and family and also a love story. I enjoyed the slow unfolding of the romance between Jillian and Connor and hoped that the two would find a way to be together. I found Sunnie, Connor’s daughter, to be intriguing and was happy to see her growth through the book. I loved Gram and the stories she was caretaker of in her person and through the quilts she saved and cared for. This was a wonderful read and one that made me want to hear more about Laurel Springs, I am hopeful that if this is a series there will be more about each of the characters mentioned and perhaps that Jillian will find out more about her ancestors, too. This was the first book I have read by this author but doubt it will be my last. Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
mrsdiddy More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! A truly lovely book about family, love and finding your place in the world! Mornings on Main is my first book by Jodi Thomas. I am generally not much for the Womens' Fiction genre, but I will occasionally give one a try. I am so glad I gave Mornings On Main a read. This is a lovely story of family. Interesting characters that feel like old friends. A great story set in a small town in Texas with quirky townsfolk, busybodies, deeply-rooted family ties and the outsider who longs to become an insider but doesn't quite know how. I think what I appreciated most about Mornings On Main was the fact that Jodi Thomas took care with the characters. She gave me just enough to get me invested in each of the main characters without giving too much. Then, she slowly developed each one with care and I found myself flipping the pages faster and faster. I wanted to see if things would work out for Jillian and Connor. I wanted Sunnie to find happiness. I was sad about Gram, but enjoyed her positive outlook. Then, Thomas added another layer in the form of a little mystery. In the end, it was a wonderful read and a nice escape into the world of Laurel Springs. A really great book that I highly recommend!