Friday, April 24, 2015

Bookshelf Friday - From the Start by Melissa Tagg

I thoroughly love Melissa Tagg, which makes it no surprise that I also love her books:) So I'm so happy to be sharing with you her most recent release. Here's the blurb, and we'll chat on the other side.

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?

This is the first in Melissa's new series about the Walker family, and once you read it you'll be waiting for the rest. Like she is wonderful at, Melissa easily weaves in wit, romance, and laughter throughout her book. Set in a fictional town, Maple Valley, you'll get the flavor and feel of the t.v. show Gilmore Girls with a whole new cast of characters.

From the start (lol, see what I did there) I enjoyed Kate and Colton. Their first meeting is one of my favorite of all times. The two played well against one another for the remainder of the pages, making it easy for me to keep flipping them. I also loved meeting the Walker clan. I'm a huge fan of books where there are large families, knowing I'll get to see more and more of them as the series progresses. With Melissa's ability to craft well-rounded, flawed, and relatable characters, this series opener is no different.

The story from beginning to end pulled me in. Once again Melissa has produced a book that is more than entertainment. There's a heart-message involved, and we are lucky enough to get pure fun on the side. That, to me, is a winning combination.

I highly recommend From the Start and give it 5 out of 5 stars. You can purchase it here. Happy reading, friends!

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