Books by Jodi Thomas

B+
Texas Blue

Finding a husband for a girl living on a remote ranch in the late 1800s was difficult when the only men she saw with any regularity were crusty ranch hands or those already married. For three sisters in their early 20s, there just weren’t enough possible beaus to go around. Thomas cleverly tackles ...

C
Somewhere Along the Way

This is the second in the author’s trilogy set in Harmony, Texas. I had trouble with the beginning and felt the ending wrapped up too quickly, but the middle captured me so much that I initially thought I might give the book a qualified recommendation. But I honestly never would have gotten past a ...

C+
The Lone Texan

The Lone Texan is the conclusion to Jodi Thomas’s Whispering Mountain series. It begins slowly, has an exciting middle, then limps to the end. While I enjoyed it in a mild sort of way, it never totally engaged me. Sage McMurray grew up on the Whispering Mountain ranch, raised b ...

B
Rewriting Monday

If you enjoy sweet romances set in small towns, Rewriting Monday may be just the book for you. While slow-paced, I found the book to be an enjoyable read, with a cast of interesting characters. Pepper Malone was a successful journalist in Chicago when she got too close to a source a ...

B
Tall, Dark, and Texan

Tall, Dark, and Texan is the latest installment in Jodi Thomas' Whispering Pines series. I haven't read the previous books, but this worked as a stand-alone. Set in 1850s Texas, I found it a gripping, emotional read, and was left wondering why I haven't read more historical romances set in the Amer ...

C-
Texas Princess

For the most part, Texas Princess is a very average story, with somewhat likable characters and a decent enough plot. The story wasn’t bad, but it didn't grab me, and I had enough negative feelings about the writing style that it pushed the book into the minus category. Tobin McMurra ...

B
Texas Rain

I’ve tried several previous Westerns by Jodi Thomas, but this was the first I truly enjoyed. While it isn’t perfect, it is a sweet and effective romance from start to finish. Travis McMurray is a half-Irish, half-Apache Texas Ranger. His father was killed when he was very young, and his mothe ...

B-
The Texan's Reward

The Texan’s Reward is Jodi Thomas’ fourth book in the Texans series. This book focuses on the Nell a free-spirited business woman, and Jacob, a Texas Ranger - both of whom we met earlier in this series. Those of us who have read the other books could not wait to read the romance between Two Bits ...

C+
A Texan's Luck

I looked at my database of reading for 2004, and realized that I've only read two Western romances this year. Fans of the Western romance subgenre know you can usually count on Jodi Thomas for an entertaining read. This book features nice leads, but is marred by sequelitis and a ridiculous action ...

B-
Finding Mary Blaine

I always thought of Jodi Thomas as a Western romance author or, perhaps, a Women's Fiction writer. However, in Finding Mary Blaine, Thomas shows that she can deliver the goods on romantic suspense as well. This tale features an interesting heroine and a well-developed suspense plot and, while it had ...