Sunday, May 3, 2015

From the Start by Melissa Tagg

From the publisher:
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 book in the Walker series, and I'm excited to read the rest of them.  This is the first time I've read one of Melisssa Tagg's books and I'm glad I've started with this series.  

However, there were a lot of characters in this book and it seemed a bit overwhelming at times.  Soon you get used to them, but I think this was to set up things for the coming books and make the other books link together.  It did make me eager for the next book in the series so I can know more about the other characters. Especially Logan.  

Kate and Colton both have history and Melissa Tagg does a good job and telling their back stories while progressing in the current story.  The back flashes are quick and yet essential to the story so they only add, and don't distract from it.  

I loved the "eleven more inches" idea, that God's plans are wider, bigger than it may first seem.  It made me want to know what more God has in store for me and other around me.  

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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