Sunday, April 24, 2016

"Witty Storytelling at its Best!"

      "Like Never Before"
         By Melissa Tagg

Synopsis: (from book cover) 
A dying newspaper. An intriguing mystery. And a love they didn't see coming.

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. 

My Thoughts:
This is the second book in the Walker Family Series. Although it can be read as a stand alone, I found that having read the other, it was just like revisiting old friends and family. 

 This author is one who excels in character development. After reading just a few pages, I found that I could easily relate to the main characters' emotions and thoughts. The characters were well described, so realistically that the reader becomes part of the story. Amelia's confusion, challenges, hurts and joys became mine , as did Logan's!!  Two very different individuals however both became dear to my heart. Amelia was somewhat quirky, yet kind and inquisitive. Logan also had his little quirks, making them an interesting couple, if they were able to overcome the obstacles in the way of a romantic connection. 

The setting was perfect for the story of a small town newspaper. Maple Valley, typically was a place where everyone knows everyone else and ....sometimes too much of their private business!   Festivals and town fairs are still alive in these places.

The plot moved at a steady pace with just enough twists and turns to keep the reader captivated. Just when you think you have the answers to the problems, something pops up in the way to block the way. 

I would highly recommend this book as a great read!! It takes you on life's journey back to faith and forgiveness. Isn't that what God wants of all of us?? Following His plans gives us peace , forgiveness and joy. Both Logan and Amelia are on a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs. Will they allow God to take control of their lives????

A five star book!!

This book was provided by Bethany House, and Graf-Martin Communications , in exchange for a fair and honest review. Available now at your local booksellers.

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