Life takes us down many roads to find what will make you happy. Sometimes it is difficult to recognize who would complete you. Sometimes there are roadblocks. I often think that the concept of a person’s type is such a roadblock. In Just Down the Road several characters are going to have to learn the hard way that there is no such thing as a type – love doesn’t recognize those boundaries. Jodi Thomas certainly doesn’t. Thomas does her magic bringing a very diverse group of characters to life with stories that deftly intertwine practically seamlessly.
So the first thing Dr. Addison Spencer and Tinch Turner are going to have to do is figure out that they don’t really know what their type is. Their attraction is rather immediate and mutual even if they spend a great deal of time trying to talk themselves out of it. It’s kind of comical to see two adults working so diligently to avoid the obvious. But fate was going to lend a hand. Tinch found himself in need of some doctoring and was taken with the image before him of a pale vision – perhaps an angel whose touch definitely was made for healing. His heart was still broken over the loss of his young wife and he wasn’t really all that interesting in living without her. So he more or less sequestered himself at his little ranch spending time rescuing horses. He had a knack working with these damaged animals perhaps because he was also damaged. Addison was also kind of hiding out from her very controlling father who spent most of her life directing her in whatever direction suited him. And he absolutely did not approve of her decision to take a position in this little one horse town. But working in the E.R. in Harmony was proving to Addison that she was doing what she really loved – taking care of people. And the interesting thing was that a small town has the added advantage of a welcoming community of people who were to become extended family.
What neither Addison or Tinch could have imagined was their being thrust together working to protect Jamie, Tinch’s four year old nephew, whose mother’s death is considered suspicious and has the local authorizes worried about Jamie’s safety. Their attentiveness to Jamie’s wellbeing is chipping away at Addison’s reluctance to get close to Tinch and at the same time Tinch is also finding it more difficult to ignore his attraction to the doctor he had originally thought of as the ice princess. I found it funny how a little boy can demolish a well-constructed wall – brick by brick.
Harmony being a close knit community has definitely closed ranks around Jamie, Tinch and Addison. But this threesome isn’t the only story in town. There is definitely love in the air for more of Harmony’s odd couples. Seems like a few couples are going to have to take a chance and see what’s just down the road of life for their future.
Since Tinch Turner lost his wife, he's spent his nights brooding, boozing, and brawling. When one of his escapades lands him in the ER, he finds himself staring up at the beautiful new doctor in town, Addison Spencer-and for the first time in years, he feels a spark. Meanwhile, Reagan Truman finds comfort in the makeshift family she's made in Harmony-and in a new baby, the first born in the Wright Funeral Home in 45 years, proving to everyone that life does go on.