Thursday, December 31, 2015

Review: From the Start by Melissa Tagg

About the book:

From the Start by Melissa Tagg
Walker Family: Book 1
Bethany House

 Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays...until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley.

Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend's hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he's lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he's never really done normal before.

While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it's like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn't part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that's ever happened to them?

My review:

Melissa Tagg is a new author to me and I was so delighted with what I found. From the Start is the beginning of a new series following the Walker Family. This first book follows Kate, a writer who has lost her flow. In an act of desperation, she returns home and agrees to be the writer for a sports book about Colton Greene, a former NFL player who is just as down and out as Kate. Tagg’s writing has depth and draw and I am looking forward to getting to know the rest of the Walker family.
Kate writes about love for a living but after an ill-fated relationship left her guarded and cynical her stories fall flat. It was beautiful watching her open up to Colton and find her inner romantic again. With a spark from the start, this relationship was beautifully slow blooming. Colton had a tragic story that broke my heart at times as he slowly came to terms with his sad childhood and a future that is drastically different than what he planned.
 I will definitely be picking up the rest of the Walker Family series as well as diving into Tagg’s two previously published novels. I’d recommend this author for fans of Becky Wade and Susan May Warren.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *

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