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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Andrea Thome  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: , in

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Illinois Connection

Thome currently lives in Chicago with her family. Her husband, Jim Thome, played for the Chicago White Sox from 2006-2009 and currently works in their offices. Andrea is a member of the Woman's Board for Children's Home and Aid in Chicago and is involved with several other organizations including Misericordia and West Suburban Community Pantry.

Biographical and Professional Information

Andrea Thome is a former broadcast journalist, having covered both sports and news during her career. In her novels, she explores some of her favorite travel destinations, from the foothills of the Smoky Mountains to the Colorado Rockies, painting rich backdrops that become characters themselves. Thome lives in Chicago with her husband (a retired Hall of Fame baseball player) and their two children. She spends her spare time traveling and pursuing her other passion - photography. See a sampling of her photography and learn more about her books at her website. "House of Belonging" follows "Seeds of Intention" and "Walland" in her award-winning Hesse Creek Series.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Walland (Hesse Creek Series) (Volume 1)
ISBN: 099785040X

Hesse Creek. 2016

Can broken hearts risk love again? India’s life has always gone according to plan. But when she decides to call off her high-profile wedding and take time off from her network television job, everything turns upside down. A tranquil resort in the moody Smoky Mountains of Tennessee was supposed to be a place she could hide out and lick her wounds. Instead she finds herself questioning everything she ever thought she wanted. Wyatt is a man with scars that run deep. He’s built a careful life for himself, and he has no intention of letting anyone get close to him . . . again. But what happens when two people who are running away from love run right into one another? Will the intense chemistry they feel be enough to overpower their fears? Or will their time together in the Smoky Mountains end with broken hearts?

Seeds of Intention (Hesse Creek Series) (Volume 2)
ISBN: 0997850426

Hesse Creek. 2017

Winner of a 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Is it more important to have roots, or wings? Garrett Oliver has just settled into his job as heir apparent to one of the most renowned master gardeners in the country. After a difficult few years, he’s found a home and a renewed purpose at a famed resort in the secluded Smoky Mountains. The stars seem to be aligning for Garrett as he plans a future with his college sweetheart and envisions a simple life with her in the mountains of East Tennessee. Willow Armstrong, fresh off a painful breakup, is coming home to Knoxville to care for her ailing father. She finds herself in the right place at the right time, landing a dream job alongside Garrett—as his boss. As they are thrown together by their work, an undeniable magnetism grows between them, despite the fact that Garrett is ready to start a future with someone else. Circumstances persist in drawing them closer, and an unexpected opportunity in Colorado prompts Willow and Garrett to wonder if a life together out west might be beyond anything either of them had dared to imagine.

House of Belonging (Hesse Creek Series) (Volume 3)
ISBN: 0997850442

Hesse Creek. 2018

"House of Belonging is more than just a romance. It is not only smart and engaging, but also has elements of mystery and intimacy, along with strong, dynamic, and positive characters"
-- Foreword Review

Who can we count on? The family we're born into, or the one we create for ourselves?

Renowned chef Laina Ming walked away from the culinary spotlight and an unhealthy relationship--one that still haunts her a year later. She's trying to start fresh in the Rocky Mountains, opening a concept restaurant on the banks of the Roaring Fork River, where she hopes she'll be able to express her passion for food and bury her heartache.
Horse rancher Logan Matthews moved to Aspen to be near his sister and her husband, grateful for his newfound family. Since a chance meeting with Laina the previous summer, Logan's been enchanted. But she doesn't want anything to do with him--which makes her all the more appealing.
Despite Laina's efforts to protect her heart, Logan has been on her mind, too--and he has a way of turning up in the most unexpected places. Can they learn to trust one another and finally find the sense of belonging they've both been searching for?


  • National Indie Excellence Award, "Walland"

  • 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, "Seeds of Intention"

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes. For media inquires, please contact Angelle Barbazon at JKS Communications: Literary Publicity Further information or contact can be found on Andrea's website under the "Contact" tab.