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Chance of a Lifetime (Harmony #5)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  652 ratings  ·  102 reviews
The Harmony novels are "Jodi Thomas all the way--super characters [and] lots of riveting subplots."* Now the "New York Times" bestselling author takes us back to Harmony, Texas, where big dreams are brewing--and anything and everything is possible...
Emily, the local librarian, has started a writing group, but as the group stumbles through both the fiction and reality of t
ebook, 336 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Berkley Books
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Romancing the Book
Reviewed by:Jen
Book provided by: Publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Having read this whole series, I’ll admit that I was a little let down by this one. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book but that little spark was missing… and her name is Reagan. Reagan is a mainstay in this series and yet she’s just a passing name in this installment.

So this book actually has two love stories interwoven through it’s pages. The first is the story of Emily and Tannon. These two were
Anne OK
5 “Much-Needed-and-Grateful” Stars

Somewhere in the recesses of my mind, I must have known the time was coming when I would desperately need a trip to Harmony, Texas in a moment's notice to spend time with the friends I’ve come to know within the pages of each and every book in this series. I bought both books five and six in paperback but put them aside in favor of others atop my TBR list. Two weeks ago, the necessity presented itself and I quickly reached out and grabbed hold of these books. I
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3/5; 3 stars; B

This was a tenuous 3 star book for me. I would recommend it to people who like to read small town 'daily life' type of books. I do like those kinds of books but this one didn't engage me as much as others in the series because it didn't seem to have a compelling driver to the plot. Quite a few characters from other books made cameo appearances and it was pleasant to see them. I don't think 'pleasant' is an insult but its not really high praise either.

Unfortunately, I have the feel
SOS Aloha
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance - Lee Ann Womack

I could hear Lee Ann singing this song as I read Jodi Thomas' CHANCE OF A LIFETIME - Book 5 from her series set in Harmony, Texas. The song conveys great advice for the two couples spotlighted in the book, including high school friends Emily (the shy librarian) and Tannon (the workaholic businessman) who have grown apart. But fate gives them the opportunity to renew their childhood friendship, which leads to an
This story has the same warm coziness of the other Harmony novels, but I felt a bit disconcerted because several of my favorite characters, including Regan who I feel is a consistent thread through the novels, did not make an appearance. I recognized many of the peripheral characters, though. Something about the development of the new characters introduced, and especially about the relationships that developed between them, felt uneven. Somehow, both of the two relationships that were the focus ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This is my first contemporary read by Ms. Thomas, and I really enjoyed it. Feel good, small town contemporary romance populated with a host of interesting characters. Works for me!

Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur in the January Issue.
If there is to be a next book in this series bring Reagan back. Definitely did not appreciate this book as I did the others in this series.
04 September 2014

It's good to be back in Harmony. And this time I'm glad that Ms. Thomas reverted back to the original Harmony style which has multiple stories intertwined to make it as though we are also part of the residence.

I really, really loved the love between Emily and Tannon. The quiet librarian and a lonely businessman. Theirs is not a volatile or full of passionate declarations, but nonetheless sweet and at the same time very touching. I loved it when the insecure Emily found comforts
After getting used to the first four books in the series where the characters always continue through, especially Reagan and Noah, I didn't really like that a lot of the characters from previous books completely disappeared in this novel. Having said that, I did really like the characters and the storyline between Emily and Tannon. I did not, however, like the storylines involving Beau and his "mystery girl" nor did I enjoy the storylines involving Rick and Trace. I also didn't like that Big sim ...more
Linda Broday
I always enjoy each visit to Harmony, Texas but I think this book five of the series has something really special in it. In this one Ms Thomas introduces the librarian Emily Tomlinson and larger-than-life Tannon Parker. Though they were more than friends in high school, they drifted apart after Emily was brutally attacked. Now they come together again and their love story is the stuff of dreams and happy endings. Ms. Thomas also delves more deeply into country music singer Beau Yates' character. ...more
I think this is a 3.5 rating for me, but rounding it up to 4. I liked the characters, especially Rick Matheson and the way he grew in this story as one after another attempts were made on his life. I hope we get some more of his relationship in future books with Trace Adams.

Emily the librarians story was also one that touched my heart and it was good to see her grow in trust with Tannon Parker.

As always in these small town series, an update of other characters is always looked forward to. I like
Linda Carroll-Bradd
The characters in Jodi Thomas's books are so real I felt like I could drop into a local restaurant where I live and see them there. The characters are fully dimensional and each moves along a path to growth, even the secondary ones.
I love how she balances the events involving the main characters with sliding in the essential history from previous books about the town's inhabitants. The circumstances that pull Emily and Tannon apart makes the reader's heart ache for them. Poignant and sweet at th
The writing was okay...but it was probably too much to have 3 different storylines not much mention of the storylines in the last book of this series.

Having read this whole series, I’ll admit that I was a little let down by this one. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book but that little spark was missing… and her name is Reagan. Reagan is a mainstay in this series and yet she’s just a passing name in this installment.

So this book actually has two love st
As we re-visit Harmony, Texas in book five of this wonderful series, I am reminded in Chance of a Lifetime that each book doesn't tell just one story but interweaves multiple stories. Sometimes it finishes those stories off and sometimes it leaves them open to continue somewhere else along the way in the series. But no matter what the journey in the story will be enjoyable. And it continues here in Chance of a Lifetime.

Two couples are the star of this book, Emily and Tannon, who were best friend
Book Binge
Emily is just your average Harmony citizen. She is the local librarian and just goes about her business without too much excitement in her life. She used to be best friends with Tannon Parker but after she was attacked in the school parking lot years ago they drifted apart as Tannon thought the attack his fault. Now Tannon is taking the steps to making Emily not only his best friend but trying to get the woman he's loved for years to see him once again.

We also have Rick Matheson who is family t
Amy Jacobs
Chance of a Lifetime is the fifth book in the Harmony series by author Jodi Thomas.

I have never read any books by this author before this one, so I had no idea what the writing style would be like. I love to find new-to-me authors to add to my ever growing list. I honestly can say that author Jodi Thomas is now on that list. Her writing was sweet and flowed at a perfect pace. The characters were believable and were enjoyable to read about. I loved the author's voice. The writing felt natural wit
MMMM, a chance to return to Harmony and visit with the good people of this small town. I love this series! Jodi Thomas has a way of writing multiple storylines within one book and not making it complicated at all. she makes them each so rich with their individual nuances I have become so familiar with and enjoy. Emily and Tanner's story of second chance was beautiful. I love the fact that her storyline was sort of like the one she followed in the cryptic messages found in the old romance series. ...more
Chance of a Lifetime is the 5th Harmony novel by Jodi Thomas. It has more than one story lines going. One is with the band boys that are Reagan's friend, Big's brother and friend. The friend, Beau, the talented studdering singer/songwriter is approached by a beautiful, blonde ponytailed girl driving an old Mustang. She is very mysterious and very good for Beau's ego, and best of all, not at all bothered by the stutter. Another story is Emily, the quiet librarian that was attacked in high school ...more
Virginia Campbell
Take the "Chance of a Lifetime" and return to the fictional small-town world of Harmony, Texas. Author Jodi Thomas once again captivates with in-depth characterizations and a compelling story line filled with romance, humor, and mystery. One thing that you are guaranteed with a Jodi Thomas read is "more"--more detail, more surprises, and more addictive storytelling which makes you long for the next book. In "Chance of a Lifetime", long-ago dreams and new hopes must overcome unknown threats befor ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
CHANCE OF A LIFETIME by Jodi Thomas is an interesting women's fiction/contemporary romance set in Harmony, Texas. It is book #5 in the "Harmony" series, but can be read as a stand alone,although, it has re-appearing characters. See," Welcome to Harmony","Somewhere Along The Way", "The Comforts of Home", and "Just Down The Road". Another hit by this author. Follow, Emily,the local librarian,Rick Matheson,a lawyer,and Trace Adams, a U.S. Marshal on a journey in Harmony, Texas. Filled with drama,em ...more
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 b
Harmony has become one of my favorite fictional places, and I look forward to each new book in the series. Thomas deftly weaves together the stories of new characters and characters readers have met in earlier books. She also includes enough bits about lead characters from earlier books to assure readers that their favorites are flourishing but not enough to distract from the new focal characters. If parts of the plot in this one seem to defy the logic of small-town life, the characters are such ...more
I received a free copy of Chance of a Lifetime by Jodi Thomas as a giveaway. I don't live in a small town nor am I anything near a country and western kind of gal - but I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will be purchasing more from this crafty author. She has mad skills! This book had many layers and involved a bit of everything - mystery, law enforcement, music, contemporary romance, family drama, and eccentric small community characters. I appreciated her style of writing from each character ...more
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Favorite Quote: “The prize wasn’t to live a perfect life but only to survive the times between the perfect moments that come along…“

In Chance of a Lifetime, we are once again submerged into the captivating and extraordinary lives of the residents who call the fictional town of Harmony, TX. home. Dreams, hope, and second chances are all given voice in this installment as we encounter love from the past, the present, and the future.

Emily Tomlinson, the town librarian
Angie Ferguson
This was the first book I read in this series and I have to say that 2 of the 3 story lines in this book were a pleasant listen but 1 of the 3 felt like a total waste of time.

For me, I don't like books that are "hot and steamy" or overly graphic, so if you appreciate romance books that are more innocent and sweet, you'll enjoy this book series.

The very last chapter in this book was an absolute dud but this is due to the 1 storyline I didn't care about. If I could have a do-over, I'd have skipp
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Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book
3.5 stars

This story was for me very sweet. The primary story that I took from it...Emily and Tannon's was of past tragedy and perhaps a brighter future. I am a big fan of a damaged character getting a happy ending.

The mystery of the lawyer that someone wants dead was a bit off for me. But visiting Harmony is never dull. And there are so many characters. I will say I missed hearing about Noah and Rea. Looking forward to visiting again.
I love Jodi Thomas and I love Harmony... I thought at one point in the series it would be a lovely town to live in, but after this last book it is definitely not even a town you might want to visit.
Some more crazy nuts are dug up for this book and only a few of the older characters make appearances.
I was MOST intrigued by the character of shy Ronny who has an overbearing mother, Dallas. I was hoping very very much that Ms. Thomas would expand on her relationship with the mysterious cripple, bu
The books by Jodi Thomas about the small town of Harmony, Texas and its inhabitants are always heartwarming. The characters are down-to-earth and we can relate to them.

This book's main characters were Emily Tomlinson, the town librarian, and Tannon Parker, owner of a trucking company. Emily and Tannon had grown up together but something that happened during their high school years caused a fracture in their friendship. Now they are wondering if it is too late for them. The other main characters
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Other Books in the Series

Harmony (9 books)
  • Welcome to Harmony (Harmony #1)
  • Somewhere Along The Way (Harmony #2)
  • The Comforts of Home (Harmony, #3)
  • Just Down the Road (Harmony, #4)
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