Like Never Before


I’m a sucker for a good love story.  And that’s exactly what this was.  Right from the beginning, I knew what was going to happen — I had a feeling that I knew who was going to finish the book in love with whom.  But the joy that came from reading through this book as characters fall in love with each other just never gets old.

I loved the way Melissa Tagg was able to weave in the need for the characters to go back to trusting in God and letting Him heal their hearts so that they could love again after they’d both suffered more heartache than any of us ever wants to in life.

I bonded so deeply with these characters — it was like I knew them personally by the end of the book!

Melissa Tagg’s writing style is light and airy, and this was a refreshingly, delightfully easy read.  Sometimes we see something referred to as an easy read, and we assume it’s simple or doesn’t pack a lot of literary punch, but as far as romance novels can go, this one did a very good job of holding my attention all the way through.  I had no trouble preferring to read over watching Netflix with this book!

I highly recommend you check this book out, but if my high praise of Tagg’s character development and beautiful love story with a thread of redemption and healing throughout don’t sell you, I’ll leave you with the description from the back of the book and a picture.

Maple Valley became Amelia Bentley’s haven after her heart and her dreams of a family were shattered. But her new life as a newspaper editor is shaken when the small-town paper is in danger of closing. Her one hope: A lead on an intriguing story that just might impress the new publisher…if only she new who he was.

After his biggest campaign success yet, widowed speechwriter Logan Walker now has the chance of a lifetime–a spot on a presidential campaign. But his plans are interrupted when he finds out he’s inherited his hometown newspaper. He travels home intent on selling the paper and spending some much-needed time with his young daughter before making the leap into national politics.

But instead of a quick sale and peaceful break from his hectic career, Logan finds himself helping Amelia chase her story. She’s scrappy, but wounded. He’s dependable, but lost. They may butt heads more than expected, but a series of leads on Maple Valley’s quirky unsolved mystery is just the start of the sparks that fly in the office and in their hearts.

I just can’t say enough.  Just…. be ready to get hit in the feels.  This book… let me tell you.  It’ll be well worth the hours it takes to get through it — because you won’t want to do anything else until it’s done.

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Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

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