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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,356 ratings  ·  225 reviews
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 destro
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Hqn
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4 Sweet Small Town Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

There something about a small town romance that draws me in every. single. time.... throw in a bunch of fabulously develop characters and I am hooked.... major props to Jodi Thomas not only were the main characters Connor and Jillian well developed and likable..... so were all the many secondary characters.... I felt as though I spent the hours I did reading this book immersed in this lovely small town in Texas.....

Neither Connor or Jillian are looking for love, neit
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 beautif
Sawyer  ❤
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm sure it will not come as a surprise to anyone when I say this isn't the sort of cover I'm usually drawn to. It's beautiful if that were an actual storefront I'd go in but I like to see a bit of skin on my book covers. With that said, this was a lose-lose situation. The book wasn't sexy, so a sexy cover would have just annoyed me. The cover's nice enough, and it fits with the story.

I adore well-written stories about small towns. One hallmark of a well-written small town story is when you get
In Mornings on Main there is another delightful story by Jodi Thomas, set in a small town in Texas that has perhaps seen better days. But what counts are the warm hearted characters that populate the town and with the touches of humor that Jodi Thomas does so well, this book was all I had hoped for.

But wait... there's more! I hadn't realised that one of the shops on Main is a quilting shop and that Gram, the darling old lady is a wealth of knowledge and has such a love for the many quilts that h
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jillian is a traveler, never spending more than a few months in one place. She arrives in Laurel Springs, Texas looking for a job. She is hired to help Connor's grandmother, Eugene who is declining into Alzheimer. Eugene has stitched the towns history into beautiful quilts that are to be donated to the local museum and Jillian is to write the story of each and help Eugene keep remembering. This is small town romance at it's best. The story is touching and sensitive on a very depressing subject. ...more
Arlena Dean
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Title: Mornings on Main
Author: Jodi Thomas
Publisher: J. T.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"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 luck
Glenda Kinard
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jodi Thomas is sharp as a quilters needle in this new book Mornings on Main. A delightful fun read that took me back in time When my own Granny would sit around a quilters frame with ladies that traveled near and far to stitch their own personal touches to the canvas of a quilt.
What can Jillian a nomad all her life learn from a bunch of little old ladies that love to gather at a small town quilt shop? A lot she can and does learn a lot especially about true friendships and maybe putting some ro
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
MORNINGS ON MAIN by Jodi Thomas is a lovely read. It’s the perfect way to spend a cold spring day: curled up on your favorite reading nook with a cup of tea in one hand and a delightful book in another. Incredibly well-written, this book took me to a small town, introduced me to the people living there, and made me like them and care about them. There are plenty of characters, but the book always centered on Jillian, Connor, and Sunnie -- the three whose points-of-view we rely on to tell the sto ...more
Bex |
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, small-town
There’s just something about small-town romances I can’t resist. Having grown up in a tiny town with dreams of someday living in a big city, I think I have finally realized that my dream isn’t as appealing to me as I once thought. Maybe that’s the appeal of these kinds of stories?

Mornings on Main is more than just a small-town romance, though. There are so many elements packed into this book, like exploring familial bonds and obligations, a lifelong mystery being investigated, and other funny ha
Cathy Geha
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 mo
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Living in Texas, I always enjoy books set in the Lone Star State and sometimes the locations are close to somewhere I have lived and I can imagine the town and the people.  Laurel Springs felt like many small towns across the country where everyone knows each other and stick their noses in your business, but under the guise of being concerned.  But that sort of community is a blessing to those that embrace it because they know that there are people that care about them and their well being.

Isabelle MBTL
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book for free from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Contemporary Romance; small town romance.


For those that follow my reviews I know this is not my usual type of romance. I still don't remember what made me choose this story, but I'm glad I did. Even being different from my usual cup of tea, I have enjoyed!

Addictiveness: Addictive enough. Ye
Jackie Lane
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book hit close to home for me.

The characters were like people you would want to be friends with and the story draws you in so quickly.

As sweet and romantic as this book could be at times, it was also heartbreaking.

Connor is taking care of his grandmother, Eugenia's quilt shop, but being the only person around to help take care of Eugenia. He is also a single dad on top of all of his other responsibilities.

Jillian James is a newcomer to town and she accepts Connor's work proposal and as she
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jillian and Connor. Their Quilt has an amazing story!

Slowly, nomadic Jillian James is sewn into the lives of the townsfolk and the family of Connor Larady. Each character has a depth and story to tell. The town has its own story that leaves you with a sense of birth, life, lingering to death, to a rebirth. Get out the box of tissues. The emotional ride will have you breathless, laughing, thrilled and weeping. Jodi Thomas has put it all in here. A good straight through read. 5 Stars are not enoug
Richelle Robinson
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the first book that I’ve read by Jodi Thomas and it won’t be my last. I love the whole small town romance and how everyone knew everyone and you felt that family vibe. There was so much history between the characters. Plus I loved the fact that the characters were regular ordinary people. There were no abs, chiseled jaws and beauty queens. No millionaires or billionaires. Just regular people with everyday issues. This was a sweet book that held my interest and I’m hoping we get more boo ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a down home comfort tale with genuine characters showing
warmth, love, and concern for one another. Jillian comes to town and
finds a job in running a quilt shop for the mayors grandmother. Connor is
A single dad and town mayor who needs help. The book is beautifully written
With a lot of emotion and memories depicting life in a small town. Both
Main characters have something the other needs that brings out the best
In them. I recommend this book .
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heartwarming story that takes place in a small town in Texas. Jillian is always on the move looking for somewhere to fit in and be loved. Has she finally found it? Read the story to find out.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 star rounded up to 4! A huge comfort read, with lovable characters and a small town feel! This book had a steady storyline and is a great read if you’re looking for something less serious and comfy. This book has big heart and wonderful memories!
Books and Spoons
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
Caroline Clemmons
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jodi Thomas is one of my favorite western authors. In fact, some of her books are on my keeper shelf. For the last few years, her books have been set in West Texas, which is where she lives. MORNINGS ON MAIN is set in East Texas, in the small town of Laurel Springs.
Jillian James is a wanderer. Except for two years at university, she has never lived in one place long enough to belong. Her father, who disappeared when he left her at university, would never reveal anything about h
 Gigi Ann
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can be better on a wintry day than a cup of tea, cookies, and a good book to cozy up with? This week that is just what I did. This week I curled up on my Laz-Boy and enjoyed this fun and cozy book, MORNINGS ON MAIN, by one of my favorite authors, Jodi Thomas. She has a wonderful way of drawing you into the story almost from page one. Jodi Thomas is exceptionally good at character development, and readers quickly care about all these flawed folks with hearts of gold.

Tonya Lucas
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas is so eloquently written. A journey that transforms us back in time to a near forgotten ritual that tells so many stories.
A Stitch In Time not only embraces the quilting circle women have set around for decade’s enjoying, while solving all life’s dilemmas, but a place where bonds are created, one stitch at a time.
It’s often been said that you can read a person’s soul by the mark they leave behind. Some are created through adventure, some through their daily lives
Elizabeth Meadows
This turned out to be my favorite book that I read for the Summer Romance Book Bingo. I loved the three generations of characters. The story lines were all great. There were some mysterious aspects along with a some very slow burning romances. I liked the fact that there were no graphic scenes.
But the best part of the story was the quilt shop and the descriptions of the stories behind all of the quilts. This is a must read for people who love quilting and quilt-themed fiction.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jillian has lived all over the world, it seems. She traveled with her father, an oil worker who went from job to job. Growing up this way made her a wanderer of sorts. After college she’d work in a town and move on when she wanted to another. In her search for information about her father and mother Jillian arrives in Laurel Springs. She’s hoping to find a job and a place to live but isn’t looking for a relationship. Her new boss, Connor Larady, has deep roots in the town. He also can offer a j ...more
A wonderful book. I just love the way Jodi Thomas writes. This book is just as wonderful as all her others.

this one is not part of one of her established series. I do hope we visit Lauren Springs again soon.
A small town, interesting characters, hope and love.

Ms. Thomas writes from the heart and this one did not disappoint. The first few chapters were slow, but I knew it would be worth continuing and I was correct.

waiting for the next book!
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was okay. Not great, but neither did it completely suck. I do feel like this take on small town life is a little naive. I am from a small town, and they aren't this salt of the earth, and they are not like Mayberry either.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a sweet romance in a small town. Not much else to say, it was sweet and cute but that's it.
Romancing the Book
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by NetGalley
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

Jodi Thomas is one of my favorite authors and I enjoyed Mornings on Main, her latest book which is also a stand alone. I love how she weaves her stories with multiple generations and that they always care for each other and listen to the wisdom of their elders. They learn from each other but you can also feel how much they care. This is Connor and Jillian’s story but it is also the story of Eugenia, also known as
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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"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. ...more
Kate Vale
Jillian James is following clues she thinks will help her find her father, who left her years earlier. She stops in little Laurel Spring, TX, because it is one of the zip codes written in her father's diary. What she finds there is a delightful crew of quilters, including Eugenia, the owner of the shop where they gather to work. Also living there is Connor Larady, single father and mayor of the town. He owns almost all of it, a legacy of his ancestors, and he's hoping to bring the town back to v ...more
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