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.
Sigh. I love good books. I can't tell you how happy they make me. This is one of those books. Just a good, clean, sweet romance. And do you know what my favorite thing about is author is? She has the characters figure themselves out instead of having falling in love being enough. Because honestly, the falling in love part is fun, but what happens when the love gets hard? I love that Tagg doesn't just leave it there, but really gives the characters a firm foundation to build their relationship on. That makes me happy :)
You know what else I love? This family. Tagg writes in such a way that you really do just want to belong to this family and be apart of it. While Like Never Before can be read as a stand alone, why not fully immerse yourself in the family by reading the two other books (well, one novel, one novella) before this?
The characters are great. You have to love Logan for all his strengths, his love for his daughter, and his quirks (like the way he is always prepared and has a plan for everything). Amelia is great in her stubbornness and her take charge, "we are going to do this" attitude. Her humor is definitely fun too. But you know, the minor characters are fun to read about as well, and I can't wait for more books about them.
Sign me up for her next book, and make sure you give this one a read. It's one of those you are going to want on your own bookshelf.
Title: Like Never Before
Author: Melissa Tagg
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: April 2016
Source: I received an eCopy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review