Monday, July 18, 2016

5-Star Review of "Like Never Before"

Review of Like Never Before 

(Walker Family #2)

by Melissa Tagg


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 REVIEW:   The close-knit and loving Walker family is back and this time, Logan is the target of Cupid's arrow.   He returns to Maple Valley to sell the small-town paper he surprisingly inherited from his friend and former employer, but he didn't know he would have to contend with the beautiful, sassy young editor who wanted to save the paper and keep the jobs of all the current employees.  What is a man to do?  A man who already has a job he loves clear across the country in California and an adopted daughter he is singlehandedly parenting and the opportunity to work for the next Presidential Nominee.   Yes, that is the question....what is a man to do?  A man who is quickly falling under the spell of Amelia and her charm.   Will he keep the paper or sell it?  Will he keep the girl or leave her to take on new adventures?   How will all of this affect his young daughter, Charlie?
       I fell in love with the Walker family in book one, and the affection for these characters continued to grow as I delved into book two.   Amelia, Logan, and Charlie are hard to resist and they would be the perfect family in my opinion.   So what is holding the two back from taking the next big step in their relationship?  They do have a great deal to overcome, but it feels like they can handle it.   I love the way Melissa Tagg brings the rich array of characters to life and made me feel as if I were walking the streets of Maple Valley with them.  Maple Valley, though a fictional town, seems like such a quiet, peaceful place to live.   I don't blame Amelia for wanting to stay FOREVER.  I typically prefer romance novels that include some mystery or suspense or historical features, but Melissa Tagg's books are a delightful exception to the rule.
      I rated this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to lovers of clean, romance novels.  
      I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:

Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant writer and total Iowa girl. She writes romantic comedies in the banter-filled style of her favorite 1930s and 40s classic films. Her latest book, Like Never Before, was named by Publishers Weekly to their spring 2016 "Religion and Spirituality" Top 10 list. When she's not writing she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. Melissa loves connecting with readers at and on Facebook and Instagram.

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