Here to Stay (Where Love Begins Book #2) [NOOK Book]

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"Melissa Tagg follows up her debut novel with a stellar sophomore read. With her charming wit and engaging prose, Tagg pens a story of hope in God's dreams for us and ties it all together with sigh-worthy romance. Truly a book and author not to be missed."
~Rachel Hauck, award-winning, bestselling author of The Wedding Dress and Princess Ever After


After playing nomad for five years, Blake Hunziker has ...
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Overview

"Melissa Tagg follows up her debut novel with a stellar sophomore read. With her charming wit and engaging prose, Tagg pens a story of hope in God's dreams for us and ties it all together with sigh-worthy romance. Truly a book and author not to be missed."
~Rachel Hauck, award-winning, bestselling author of The Wedding Dress and Princess Ever After


After playing nomad for five years, Blake Hunziker has finally had enough of adventure. Not sure what reception he'll get from everyone back in Whisper Shore, he's stunned at not only a warm welcome from his hometown but also a job offer. The job is his if he can successfully pull off the annual Christmas Festival. If only he knew the first thing about coordinating events...

If there's one thing Autumn Kingsley knows, it's Whisper Shore. For years, she's been stuck running her family's inn when all she wants is to see the world. Now she has a visit scheduled from a potential investor who could take over the inn, as well as a dream job offer in Paris. But with just two weeks to whip the inn into shape, her chance at escape is a long shot.

The Hunzikers and the Kingsleys may not get along, but Blake knows Autumn's the only one who can help him. She agrees to a trade--she'll help with the Festival and he'll help with inn repairs. But what was meant to be a simple deal quickly becomes much more than that when the guy who's done running away joins forces with the girl who can't wait to leave.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
04/15/2014
Autumn Kingsley runs her family's inn and the annual Christmas pageant in the tourist town of Whisper Shore. An investor is interested in buying the inn and a Paris job opportunity presents itself, but Autumn can only jump on these offers if she is able to bring the inn up to snuff in the next two weeks. Blake Hunziker, trying to leave his past behind, returns to his hometown where he agrees to take on the planning of the Christmas pageant. Blake also strikes a deal with Autumn: he will help her fix the inn if she helps him organize the event. Although reciprocal feelings develop, the accidental death of Blake's brother, Ryan, is still a barrier between them. VERDICT Tagg's sophomore effort (after Made To Last) is a homespun tale of faith, hope, and redemption. The well-drawn characters and unhurried pace set the cozy tone that will appeal to fans of gentle romances with a faint thread of Christianity woven throughout.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441264183
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Series: Where Love Begins , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 84,182
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last, is a former newspaper reporter, current nonprofit grant writer, and total Iowa girl. When she's not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever. She's passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings.
Melissa blogs regularly at
www.melissatagg.com.
Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last, is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she is also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft-and-coaching community for writers.  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. She's passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at www.melissatagg.com.
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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    Outstanding new book from Melissa Tagg! Here to Stay is Melissa

    Outstanding new book from Melissa Tagg!
    Here to Stay is Melissa Tagg’s sophomore novel, after Made to Last. It follows Blake “Blaze” Hunziker, who we met in the previous book. I was very interested in reading this book when I first heard about it, even though I still hadn’t read Made to Last - after finally reading it, I was so excited! I loved Blake in the first book and couldn’t wait for him to get his “Happily-Ever After.”
    Melissa instantly drew me into the story and brought the town of Whisper Shore to life! I loved the old-time feel to it, kind of like it belonged to another era, and all the quirky characters she created breathed life into a town I can only see in my imagination. The descriptions were wonderful and she has almost poetic and definitely quote-worthy dialogue, which was undoubtedly my favorite part. She had me laughing out loud and on the edge of tears in turn. The characters are amazing, too! They leapt off the page and right into my heart. They are wonderfully down-to-Earth and when the book ended it felt as though I was saying “goodbye” to new friends. I will definitely be “visiting” them again!
    Autumn Kingsley is the heroine in Here to Stay and Blake’s leading lady. I thought she was perfect for him, family rivalry aside. She brought out the best in him, as any good relationship should. I connected with her at once and fell more in love with her with every page I read. She’s the kind of lady you’d love to have for a best-friend. Autumn longs for a life of adventure, the kind her father always told her stories about, and a chance to experience life outside the small town she’s always lived in. But first she feels compelled to take care of her family’s legacy and her employees/friends. In her desire for freedom she faces many “what-ifs,” and questions about what the right move is. I love this quote from her sister, Ava: “Maybe the real freedom in in letting go of the “what-ifs.” Choosing hopeful expectation over worry that life is going to shortchange you.” - Ava Kingsley, page 374
    Blake Hunziker is the hero and I must confess that I’ve loved him since Made to Last - I might even like him just a teensy-tiny bit more than Matthew Know, who was the hero in that book (sorry Melissa, I know he’s your favorite). He is funny, sweet, strong, and crazy. He is the kind of fictional character that makes you wish he was real, but if he was, he’d be taken anyway. We knew from meeting him in Made to Last that he is haunted by something in his past and is still hurting from it. He goes back home to Whisper Shore, searching for forgiveness and a place to belong. While he is still the funny, joke cracking guy, there is a new depth to him. We see a new side of him, a deeper insight and understanding of who he is, and why. I loved getting to know this new Blake, who’s a little more serious, but still takes life as it comes, grinning most of the way.
    I really enjoyed Blake and Autumn’s relationship. It was very sweet and easy. It started out as a friendship and slowly changed to something more. Nothing felt stilted or forced and I loved their banter as they joked and just enjoyed the moments.
    The spiritual side of the book was as well done as everything else. Melissa doesn’t overwhelm the story, or take away from anything, but rather carefully weaves it in. It flows smoothly throughout the novel, sometimes in the background, sometimes the forefront, but always there. The story wouldn’t have been the same without it.Autumn feels forgotten by God and wonders if He still notices her. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t felt that way at some point. I loved the moment when she finally realizes that He’d be there for her all along. Blake, on the other hand, carries an enormous burden of guilt and feels unworthy, like he has disappointed everyone, including God. He is also struggling with a grief that he hasn’t faced, hasn’t allow to heal. I really appreciated how she handles his grief, shining a light on his battle with it, but not in any way glorifying it. Instead when he ultimately has it out with God, we are left with a wonderful conversation with his dad and a reminder that God will heal any wounds, if we only ask. One of my favorite quotes from this interaction is, “In my most broken state, God saw me. I believe He even grieved with me. And then He started putting me back together, slowly, piece by piece. His heartbeat pulsing inside me when my own was broken.” - Linus Hunziker, page 325
    This is where I typically have my complaints about a book, but I honestly don’t have any. I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about it, which is a bit of a rarity for me. I actually loved everything about this book, from the characters, to the dialogue, to the descriptions that brought everything to life. From the sweet romance, to the even sweeter sigh-worthy ending, it is a wonderful book.
    I highly recommend Here to Stay if you enjoy fun books with quirky characters, sweet romance, and happy endings.
    I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network for my honest opinion, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
    *All quotes were used with permission from the author and publisher.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2014

    What happens when the prodigal, who comes home and is ready to s

    What happens when the prodigal, who comes home and is ready to settle down, and the girl, who has followed the rules and is ready to get out of town, fall in love? Autumn Kingsley has been trying to keep her family’s inn afloat since her mother had gifted it to her on her birthday years ago. Blake Hunziker has arrived back in town after being gone for years and is ready to be part of the community he ran away from. His parents welcome him home and would like him to help his father with their hotel. With past circumstances and hurts crushing them both, Autumn and Blake strike up a partnership where he will help her fix up her inn for a very important investor and she will help him organize the Christmas festival for their dying little tourist town. As they begin to work together and ultimately rely upon each other, a “forbidden” romance develops between them. Their families have been feuding for years with their competing businesses and with other history between them, neither think they have a chance with each other. Not only that, but Autumn has a chance of a lifetime- to move to Paris and finally get to pursue her dreams. Are Autumn and Blake’s dreams what they really want, or is there something bigger and better for them both? I really enjoyed this first read of mine by Melissa Tagg. I received this book from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.

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  • Posted July 30, 2014

    Melissa's book, Here to Stay, is her second novel and it tells t

    Melissa's book, Here to Stay, is her second novel and it tells the story of Blake Hunziker, who we first met in Made to Last. I was really looking forward to reading Blake's story, because I fell in love with his character in Made to Last--and this story did not disappoint!

    If you haven't picked up one of Melissa's books, I urge you to get one soon. Melissa has such a fun, spunky voice and her characters are so realistic and charming. The heroine in Here to Stay runs a historic inn, but her dream is to see the world. The hero has just come home from globe-trotting, and he wants to finally settle down and stay in one place. As their lives are brought together by a community event, we watch this unlikely pair fall in love. But how can either one give up their dream?

    I especially loved the setting for Here to Stay. It's a small, lakeside town called Whisper Shores. Melissa did a wonderful job bringing the community, and it's citizens, to life. By the end of the book, I felt like I was a member of the Whisper Shores community. Melissa's story is funny, yet poignant, and you will experience all the joys and sorrows along the way. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy a romantic comedy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Loved Loved Loved this book!  I loved it as much if not more tha

    Loved Loved Loved this book!  I loved it as much if not more than the first one “Made to Last.”  I was immediately drawn into the story.  Laughed with the characters, cried with them.  Read the entire book in just one day!

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

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    Here to Stay By Melissa Tagg Autumn Kingsley has a dream and ha

    Here to Stay
    By Melissa Tagg

    Autumn Kingsley has a dream and has had it for years, but life keeps getting in her way.  She should have gone
    to see the world years ago. Instead she's stuck in Whisper Shore, Michigan, running a family owned inn that is
    falling down around her in a dying town.

    Blake Hunziker has spent the last few years of his life running.  Running from the guilt.  Running from the pain.  
    But now he's decided to return home and his parents wrath.  But his parents don't respond the way Blake expected
     - in fact he feels almost like the prodigal son.  He's sure to mess something up again - after all that's what he does
    and someone usually gets hurt in the process.

    With less than a month until the traditional Christmas Festival is suppose to start (giving Whisper Shore a much needed
    tourist boost) the long-time events coordinator quits.  Soon Blake and Autumn find themselves planning a Christmas
    Festival that will be unlike any that Whisper Shore has ever seen.  But there are a few bumps along the way - such as the
    feud between the Kingsley and Hunziker families.

    Here to Stay is a delightful book that I'm glad I was convinced to read.  I was convinced during the monthly online chat between
    readers and authors that TBCN organizes one Monday evening a month.  And I'm not sorry that I agreed to read and review this
    book.  There are several stories threading throughout the book. The tragic loss of a loved one.  The pressure of family expectation.  
    The desire to achieve one's dream.  And the bonds of family and friends.  These are seamlessly woven together in a story you
    won't soon forget. My only regret is I picked it up at 1 am to glance at it and instead spent the night reading instead of sleeping,
    but it was that good and I really wanted to know what happened.  (Now I have to get a copy of Melissa's previous book Made to Last
    so I can read more about Blake!)

    I received a copy of this book from Bethany House/Melissa Tagg through TBCN in exchange for my honest review.  

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  • Posted June 30, 2014

    This is book two in a series and coincidentally is also the auth

    This is book two in a series and coincidentally is also the author's second book. 
    Her style is gentle and clean, which was very refreshing and perfect for a simple summer read! 
    The predominant theme is the parable of the prodigal son and tells the story from both perspectives. The one who 
    stayed behind and the one who left but returns.
    You won't regret time spent in Whisper Shore and I'm looking forward to returning...
    I  received a copy for review from NetGalley, but my thoughts are mine alone. 

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  • Posted June 28, 2014

    Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg Here to Stay is a great contempo

    Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg
    Here to Stay is a great contemporary Christion fiction. Autumn Kingsley sets aside her dreams to run the family inn when all she has ever wanted was to see the world. The prodigal son, Blake Hunziker returns home after traveling the world over. Tired of running he comes home to put down roots. Autumn and Blake’s families remind me of the Hatfields and McCoys but they put aside their families differences and team up to save the town by co coordinating the Christmas festival. You are sure to fall in love with the homey town of Whisper Shore and the characters too. This novel is well thought out, the characters are well developed, full of wit and heartwarming romance that will keep you turning the pages. Here to Stay is the second book by Melissa Tagg, but her first, Made to Last will find it’s way into my to be read pile. I give Here to Stay five stars.
    I want to thank the author Melissa Tagg and publisher Bethany House for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted June 17, 2014

    Tall, dark and handsome Blake Hunziker has finally found his way

    Tall, dark and handsome Blake Hunziker has finally found his way home. He's tired of aimlessly wandering and is looking to settle down and make amends for his abrupt departure. But the level of anger that the town of Whisper Shore surprises even him. To begin the healing process he agrees to head up the annual Christmas festival but soon realizes he's bit off a bit more than he can handle.




    Autumn Kingsley is stuck. Stuck taking care of the inn that her parents have handed over to her. She feels obligated to make a go of it, but she has hopes and dreams of her own that don't include staying in Whisper Shore. When her ticket out arrives she is thrilled but feels torn about abandoning the family business.




    Even though the Kingsley's and Hunziker's don't mix at all, Autumn and Blake join forces to conquer their respective obligations. Blake agrees to help Autumn spruce up the inn so the investment company that is interested in it will find it more appealing. In return Autumn agrees to help Blake pull off the annual Christmas festival. Knowing the volatility of their two families, it really is a disaster waiting to happen. 




    The plans the two of them have for their lives seem to be set, but then God intervenes and shows them a completely different plan. Watching it all unfold was a delightful journey. It reminded me of the verse that says, "Man makes his plans, but God guides his steps." 




    This was a great follow up story to Made to Last. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series as it comes along. Melissa Tagg is an author that I would recommend that you take note of. Her writing style is witty while retaining a depth to her message that our hopes and dreams always pale in comparison to that of God.




    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

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  • Posted June 9, 2014

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    I quickly connected to the protagonist, Autumn Kingsley. She's a

    I quickly connected to the protagonist, Autumn Kingsley. She's a woman of today--strong, opinionated, and quite capable. In fact, she entirely runs her family's inn. However, she's always dreamed of traveling, especially to Paris. Enter Blake Hunziker, who I "met" in the first of this series, Made to Last. I was happy to get to know him even better! (The author has the technique of writing characters so real that I feel as if I actually know them!)

    Like Romeo and Juliet, the romance tugs back and forth. It is well balanced. This is an enjoyable read with a happy ending. Although this is the second in the series, it easily reads as a stand alone novel. Try it; you'll like it!

    Thank you to Amy Green at Bethany House Publishers for my copy.

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  • Posted May 28, 2014

    Here to Stay is a heart-warming romantic comedy about hopes and

    Here to Stay is a heart-warming romantic comedy about hopes and dreams and discovering God’s best is often right in front of us. 




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  • Posted May 28, 2014

    I love this story. This is Melissa¿s second book and I have to

    I love this story.

    This is Melissa’s second book and I have to say I think I liked this one even better than the first, and the first was very good. Melissa’s snappy dialogue and clever writing is all over this book.

    Something about these two characters, Autumn and Blake, were so endearing to me. I guess because they were both flawed but so likeable.

    Of course I love that this book was set on the shores of Lake Michigan since I am a Michigan girl myself:) I could just smell and picture the lake so clearly.

    Blake is a return character from Melissa’s first book but you won’t feel the least bit lost if you didn’t read her first one and pick this one up. She does a great and natural job of getting the reader up to speed.

    I just kept wondering how could these two ever make it work, since Blake returned to he could stay and Autumn is just waiting to leave. Who would stay or who would go?

    Melissa also had some great story questions and things that happened in the past to these two characters that will keep you reading so you can see what took place in their lives. A lot of brokenness and hurt.

    A great contemporary romance that is sure you make you want to visit the Lake Michigan shores.

    A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

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    A complimentary review copy was provided to me. I have been doin

    A complimentary review copy was provided to me.
    I have been doing a lot of reading lately. It has been simply glorious. Fortunately, I have had a steady stream of choices to get me geared up for summer reading.

    I recently finished reading Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg. This is her second novel and follows Blake "Blaze" Hunziker, who we met in Made to Last, back to his hometown.

    In Here to Stay, similar to her first book, Melissa Tagg tells the story from two vantage points. That of Blake Hunziker and Autumn Kingsley. Blake, who we met in the last book, has been traveling and working around the world for the past few years, trying to escape the shadow of his brother's death. He returns home hoping to finally settle down, but unsure how his family and the town will accept him. Autumn is trying desperately to keep her family's inn in good repair and wanting to take off on her own adventure.

    The two find themselves working together, each seeing the opportunity as a means to an end, but as you might expect, their feelings for each other begin to evolve. The story explores their evolving relationship and even includes visit from Miranda Woodruff from Made to Last.

    I really enjoyed getting to learn more about Blake's story and his 'mysterious' history that he had made references to in the earlier book. The characters in this book are nicely developed by Tagg and as such, are easy to relate to and I found myself cheering to help them along. The characters come to find strength in their faith and it helps shape their story.

    This was a nice, sweet romantic story that was a great way to kick off my summer reading experience this year. If you are looking for a fun, romantic story, this is a book that you will want to check out.

    Of course, I am ready for the sequel already, so I can find out what happens next.

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    What do you get when you cross a world traveler guy with a never

    What do you get when you cross a world traveler guy with a never-left-home gal? A story filled with laughter, poignancy and unexpected outcomes.
    Tagg has crafted a beautiful story of two people who discover what’s really important in life. With her unique voice, Melissa Tagg weaves in humor, heart and creativity. 

    Blake Hunziker has traveled the world trying to escape things in his past he believes he’s responsible for. When he comes home to Whisper Shore, he wants to become a more responsible man. 

    Autumn Kingsley’s dreamed of living abroad for years. When she’s on the cusp of being able to live out her dream, everything conspires to make her think she must stay.

    As Blake and Autumn team up to swap help on projects, each must learn to recognize what’s really important. Each must come to terms with their pasts to discover what their dreams really are. 

    Favorite aspects of the story: Blake’s character grew throughout the story. He added tastes of adventure to Autumn’s life. I loved that Autumn wanted to pursue her dream and make sure everyone who was important to her was cared for before she left. Tagg added great twists, and her trademark humor is woven throughout the story.

    I read Melissa Tagg’s first book, Made To Last, and I really enjoyed it. Here To Stay has risen to a new level of excellence. This is a beautifully written story that will have readers laughing and crying. It’s a story of hope that stays with a reader after the last word is read.

    **I received an advanced copy of this book with no obligation to leave a review. All opinions are my own.

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    Here to Stay was one of those books that I had trouble setting



    Here to Stay was one of those books that I had trouble setting down when I needed to accomplish other things! I truly enjoyed every bit of it and the characters found their way into my heart. Having read Made to Last, I was familiar with Blake’s (aka Blaze’s) character. He was a fun addition to Made to Last and toward the end of that book, we got a hint that there was much more to Blaze than meets the eye.

    Well, in Here to Stay, you truly get to know the real Blaze, or Blake, as the case may be. He is REALLY trying to shake the nickname that has followed him around for years! There is so much to this guy. You get to see his true character shine in this story and can’t help but root for him to be able to let go of his guilt from the past and find his place in this world.

    Autumn was also a great character. She has felt overlooked and burdened for so many years and just yearns for freedom. When she had to give up on the chance to travel years earlier, she questioned how much God really cared for her and this caused her relationship with God to suffer. She definitely wants to shake the dust of her little town off her shoes and start living her dreams. But, when she begins working alongside Blake, she begins to question the feelings that she is having for him. Is she supposed to forfeit the dream she has been working toward for years? Is God asking her to sacrifice again?

    This book was so refreshing! It is a feel-good book with great depth. There are hard questions asked and sacrifices to be made. I loved it from start to finish! It is book two in the Where Love Begins series and you will appreciate knowing more about Blake if you read about him in Made to Last , but Here to Stay can definitely stand on its own.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    I¿ve been wanting to read this book for quite awhile now. I¿d he

    I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite awhile now. I’d heard a lot about this author, the cover just made me smile, and the storyline easily drew me in. The quaint town of Whisper Shore makes for such a charming setting, even with its scarred past, and I loved the warm, local folk upon introduction, even with their wounded hearts and painful prejudices.

    Surrounded by feuding families, past reputations, and conflicting dreams, Autumn and Blake charmed, entertained and surprised me from start to finish. I enjoyed every minute with them, but especially as the depth of the story increased with the page numbers.

    I loved the style and heartbeat of this book with its fun dialogue and creative descriptions. I found myself smiling and even laughing out loud at many parts. Honestly, I wanted to hug the characters – as well as the author herself – more than once through the story. I really can’t say there was anything I didn’t like.

    As difficult questions and decisions are placed before the characters, I believe readers will be challenged and encouraged as well. I imagine most will see themselves through one – if not many – of these characters. They’re that real. And what they discover about themselves and God within this story create a beautiful journey and lesson worth remembering.

    I’m doubtful anyone can come away NOT in love with this book.

    Lighthearted, romantic, and sentimental, yet also realistic and delightfully complicated, Here to Stay greatly increased my appreciation for contemporary romance and left me wanting to seek out a lot more in this genre.

    I can’t wait to read more from this delightful author.

    This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for my copy.

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  • Posted May 18, 2014

    Blake Hunziker returns to his hometown of Whisper Shores in Mich

    Blake Hunziker returns to his hometown of Whisper Shores in Michigan after being away for five years.  Blaming himself for his brother’s death, he is nervous and anxious about the type of reception he will receive from his family and friends.  However, he encounters many surprising things, especially in his relationship with Autumn Kingsley.  Their relationship is somewhat forbidden because of the ongoing animosity between their families based on competing businesses and a shared past incident.  And in this small town it seems everyone knows everyone else’s business, so it doesn’t take long for others to see the growing attraction between Blake and Autumn.   I thought the author was really good at describing the chemistry between Blake and Autumn along with what they were thinking as the relationship progressed and deepened.  I enjoyed the playfulness between them and yet I was also pleased that they connected on a deeper emotional level that gave the relationship complexity.  Blake was such a winsome character with is propensity for adventure; his humor and his genuine care for others.  Autumn was kind, generous, witty and goofy.  I really liked that she wasn’t prefect.  She was very charming and someone I would like to have as a friend. Both Blake and Autumn evolved in the story and learned more about themselves and reconciled with family members as the story unfolded.  There were some pretty funny parts and I found myself chuckling out loud as I read.  The entire story was adorable, as were the main characters.  I would definitely read another story by this author.

    Note: I discovered after I read this book that it is a sequel to Made To Last by Melissa Tagg but in my opinion it can be read, as it’s own story.

    I would recommend this book to anyone desiring an amusing contemporary fiction romance.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    Have you ever sat in a movie theater after watching a great love

    Have you ever sat in a movie theater after watching a great love story and stared at the credits as they scroll up the big screen, sighing, unable to move because even though the ending was satisfying, you didn't want the story to end--it was just that good? That's what this book was for me. 




    Here to Stay is Blake Hunziker's story, a hilarious character from Melissa's debut novel Made to Last. He returns home to Whisper Shore for a fresh start but can't shake the guilt of his brother's death five years earlier. The townsfolk can't forget his recent marriage ruse to a big-name celebrity. And Autumn Kingsley has never forgotten Blake. 




    Witty dialogue, haphazard events, and the charming setting on Michigan's shoreline propel the story. The romance has a pure, classic movie-feel that will have you smiling as you close the back cover. 




    I look forward to reading more from Melissa.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    Every once in a while you find a character you love reading abou

    Every once in a while you find a character you love reading about, well.. Blaze Hunziker was that character for me in Melissa Tagg's first book.  I loved Blaze and when I heard she was working on her second novel I couldn't wait to read Blaze's story.  He's an enduring guy, because he has a soft side, but it comes at a cost. He lost his older brother in a tragic accident when in college. This accident from the past continues to haunt him in a way that he can't seem to move past.  He is a wounded hero, aching for the right woman to come along and fix him up.




    Enter Autumn Kingsley, a woman who has dreams of her own. The last thing she is thinking about is a relationship. She's finally breaking free from her past and that includes this small town she grew up in. I loved a scene where her best friend just assumes Autumn has been praying about this big decision.  How often do we barrel through life knowing the right direction, without stopping to ask God if we are going the right way.  Autumn was afraid to ask God, because she feared His answer would be no.




    I loved the ending. Melissa Tagg kept me guessing, which can be hard to do, while writing a story that made me laugh. I found myself re-reading a few scenes just for the pure joy of it. I highly recommend this book!




    I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

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    Here To Stay By: Melissa Tagg I am so proud I picked up a copy o

    Here To Stay
    By: Melissa Tagg
    I am so proud I picked up a copy of " Here To Stay" and read it.  Boy am I glad I did. I loved the story and the characters. Melissa's book is filled with humor and you will find yourself laughing as you read it. Blake Hunziker has finally returned home to Whisper Shore after five years of adventure and running around. He is worried about how his family and the town will accept him , and he needs to find a job. Autumn Kingsley lives in Whisper Shore and runs her family Inn. Autumn has dreams of seeing the world, selling her Inn and moving to Paris. She has a potential buyer coming to town and she has two weeks to get things done around the Inn . Blake and Autumn's families do not get along with each. Blake has a job offer, but the deal is he has to put together the annual Christmas festival before he can get the job. What does Blake know about putting together a festival? The one person who can help him is Autumn . He makes her an offer to do repairs on her Inn if she will help him. The Inn is needing lots of repairs . Can the two of them work together because of their families ? They have to spend a lot of time together with planning the festival and the repairs on the Inn. This turns out more than either one expected. As I said before I really loved this story of Autumn and Blake. Melissa Tagg has herself a winner in "Here To Stay." Be sure and pick you up a copy to read this awesome story , you will not be disappointed

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

    Here to Stay is a beautiful story many of us can relate to. Eith

    Here to Stay is a beautiful story many of us can relate to. Either we're the heroine who feels trapped and just wants a chance to live her dreams, or we're the hero and our past has kept us running and now we just want to grow past it and put down roots. Add in some family rivalries, a past tragedy that overshadows the present, and delights of humor and romance, and this was a book I could barely put down! I so wanted Autumn and Blake to grow past their difference, family hang-ups and find a way to forge a future. Both have to sacrifice dreams that made me ache for them. Yet the small-town life, the fantastic cast of characters, and the sweet message of faith and hope kept me glued to the pages. And I loved the cameo by Miranda from the first book. This book is a keeper for all fans of contemporary romance laced with humor and lifted by a gentle message of faith.

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