Reagan Moore had never belonged anywhere, never had a home, and never had family. At the age of sixteen, Reagan is working at a nursing home where she spends much of her time listening to Miss Beverly Truman’s memories about her hometown in Harmony, Texas. Miss Beverly’s tales paint a picture of love, life, and family that Reagan so desperately wants for herself. When Miss Beverly dies, Reagan slips out of her group home unnoticed and runs away to Harmony, Texas.
When Reagan arrives in Harmony, she makes her first stop at the Blue Moon Diner, a place that Miss Beverly spoke fondly of. Reagan meets Edith, a long time waitress at Blue Moon Diner, and tells her that she is the granddaughter of Miss Beverly Truman. She quickly changes her name at that moment to Reagan Truman. And since Reagan sports red hair just as all the Trumans had in the past, her identity is believable to everyone in town who meets her. The truth, however, is Miss Beverly’s own children died many years ago and she never had a granddaughter. Unbeknownst to Reagan, Miss Beverly had one surviving relative, Jeremiah Truman.
Reagan is told how mean and terrible her “great uncle” is in the eyes of the townsfolk, but Reagan gathers courage and makes her way to Jeremiah’s home. In a short series of surprising events, Jeremiah takes Reagan in as his kin even though he knows he does not have any “great niece". No matter how mean Jeremiah may be his attitude towards Reagan is nothing but firm kindness. He feels that since he is the only surviving Truman left, he’d rather have at least one family member regardless if they share blood kinship or not.
Reagan is soon befriended by Noah McAllen, whose sister is the town sheriff Alex McAllen. Alex and volunteer fire chief Hank Matheson have a tumultuous relationship in which they cannot be away from each other but have nothing but friction between one another when they are together. Both are still mourning the loss of Alex’s brother, who was also Hank’s best friend.
Extreme danger is in Harmony as a serial arsonist is setting fires to eventually wipe out the entire town. Hank and Alex must work hard together and cooperate if they are going to save the town. Additionally, it takes the entire town to band together and stop the arsonist burning Harmony down.
In the end, Reagan finally has a home of her own where she is not only accepted, but wanted as well.
I absolutely loved this book! This book was a type of heart warming, down home bread cooking, family bonding kind of story that left you feeling warm and fuzzy all over. It reminded me a lot of the movie “Where the Heart Is” in the way it left me feeling.
It is not an essentially deep story, but rather its simplicity is what makes it a satisfying read. It is not complicated or confusing, the characters are easy to get into and understand, and it is a very easy and quick read. I would recommend this book to anyone who just wants to snuggle back on a rainy day for a feel good read.