Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Book Review: Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg

Book Details:
Title: Like Never Before
Author: Melissa Tagg
2016 Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0764213083
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction

Book Summary:
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 Review:
This book is the second in the Walker Family Series. I have not read the first book in the series and was happy to find that although you could tell there was another couple whose story I didn't know the background about, it did not affect the reading of this installment at all. 

I'm a big fan of Melissa Tagg and this was another beautifully written book with interesting, likable characters. Told from the POV of the two main characters Amelia Bentley and Logan Walker and centered around a cute small town called Maple Valley.

The author did a good job keeping some mystery surrounding why Amelia had decided to come to and settle in Maple Valley in the first place. All we really knew was that something in her past had brought her here.... but we didn't really know what. Amelia is a sweet character. She is very invovled in the community both as a reporter and a citizen and everyone loves her. But she's always got that thing you know is lurking in her past.

Then there is Logan. I loved that he really isn't perfect, but he's a very polished, professional person. He's a single dad and his daughter is speech delayed. His wife died and he lives in LA. His in-laws resent that he lives so far away and his career is about to take off... I really liked his character. He's just a really down-to-earth person who is trying his best to be the best at everything.

It took me awhile to make in through this book because I had a baby right after I started it. Even though it literally took me almost my whole 3 month maternity leave to finish it, I was able to jump right back into the story at any point and get right back into it. Loved it and I think I'll be checking out the first book in the series!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own and I received no other compensation.

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