Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Book Review: From the Start by Melissa Tagg

From the Start (Walker Family, #1)
Book Description:

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?

Book Review:

How have I never read this author before? Immediately after finishing this book I got on Amazon to see what else she has written, and was super happy to find a cute little novella (that's free!!!) that goes before this book.
I was skeptical when I started the book. I'll admit I don't love the cover and right at first Colton is not my favorite person ever. However, I quickly got caught up in the cute town and I love the family that this book centers on. I'm a sucker for books that follow families, so this was right up my alley, and I can't wait to read the next one.
Without giving away anything I will say that I enjoyed the resolution. It all comes together like it is supposed to, but the getting there surprised me and I loved the way each character figured things out for themselves and didn't rely on the love of the other person. That probably sounds a bit weird, but if you read it you will understand :)
Content wise this was a totally clean contemporary christian novel. The christian element isn't preachy, and there is no sex, language or violence.

From the Start (Walker Family, #1) 
Title:  From The Start
Author: Melissa Tagg
Published: April 2015
Publisher:  Bethany House
ISBN:   0764213075
Source: I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for a review