“Mornings on Main” was a rather interesting read. I found it rather sad in some ways. I felt rather sorry for the heroine Jillian James. She had lost faith in her family due to what had happened to her. I was so glad when she was able to finally meet someone that seemed to care for her.
Jillian slowly comes into the town of Laurel Springs, Texas. She’s looking for her father. She luckily ends up meeting Connor Larady, his daughter, grandmother and a few other interesting town people. She gets a job working at A Stitch in Time. Because she believes her stop in Laurel Springs is for a short time, Jillian gives off a 'no strings' attachment vibe. But that changes as she meets the locals and starts falling for Connor. Still she keeps in mind that her primary goal is to find her father. He dropped her off at college ten years ago and simply disappeared completely out of her life. :(
Readers will have so many questions. Will Jillian be able to find any of her family history here in sleepy Laurel Springs, Texas? Will Jillian and Connor become an item? With Connor’s grandmother, who is dealing with her failing memory loss (Alzheimer’s), divulge a clue about Jillian’s parents? Will Jillian's search for her past finally come to an end? Will she change her path and not follow in her father’s footsteps? Is it time for her to pub down some roots and find love with Connor? To get all of these questions answered you will just have to pick up "Mornings on Main". It’s a brilliant women’s fiction novel. Jodi Thomas has tried something new and she’s excelled.
Jillian James has never had a place she could call home. So when she lands in Laurel Springs, Texas—broke, friendless, alone—she’s definitely not expecting to stay. Desperate to make some quick cash before she moves on again, she agrees to help an elderly woman close her beloved quilt shop.
Connor Larady’s mother has owned the shop all her life, but lately she has struggled with Alzheimer’s. He faces the overwhelming task of closing her shop and cataloging her inventory—her life’s work. When he meets Jillian, he seizes the opportunity for some help. As Jillian learns the stories behind each quilt, she grows close to Connor’s mother, and a tender friendship between Jillian and Connor begins to blossom into something deeper.
Connor’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Sunnie, has spent her whole life in Laurel Springs, Texas, and she feels restless. To Sunnie, Jillian represents travel, adventure, excitement. Is it possible to build a meaningful life in your hometown, or do you need to leave to find yourself?
Weaving together the story of three generations of women looking for a place to belong, Mornings on Main asks us to consider how we make our memories—what we remember, what we forget, what becomes part of our story—and reminds us that it’s not where we live, but how we live that counts.