Thursday, April 7, 2016

Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg

From the publisher:
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 knew 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.
Melissa Tagg's Walker family will draw you in and you won't want to leave. This is the second series in the Walker family (plus a lovely novella about Seth Walker). Iowa will become a place you want to go visit, even if Maple Valley is fictional because it seems so wonderful and the people so real.  

Sometimes as a reader you end up really liking either the girl or guy but in this book both Amelia and Logan draw you in.  They are perfectly human and flawed.  Their confusing, wants, desires.  It all resonated with me as I read it.  You will not only find depth in this novel but humor and romance.  The main characters and supporting characters will all stay with you.  And you probably will end up with a hankering for some history after Amelia's love for history gets under your skin.

Spiritually I felt this book was on point.  There aren't always pretty answers that fix everything. Sometimes it is waiting and listening and having no plans.  I was touched by this story and I know others will be as well.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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