All This Time

All This Time

by Melissa Tagg

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ISBN-13: 9780997964219
Publisher: Larkspur Press
Publication date: 09/14/2017
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Award-winning 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. The second book in her popular Walker Family series, Like Never Before, was named to one of Publisher's Weekly's Spring 2016 Top 10 lists. 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 www.melissatagg.com and on Facebook and Instagram.

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All This Time 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
mackenzie_carol 11 months ago
All This Time is the fourth book in Melissa Tagg’s Walker Family series, coming after From the Start, Like Never Before, and Keep Holding On. Ever since I first read Three Little Words—the prequel novel to this series—back in 2015, I have been a really big fan of Melissa’s, and I have been dying to finally read Raegan and Bear’s story. There have been little hints of them in every novel since From the Start, and I have been longing to finally read about them and what made them who they are, and if they would ever finally get together. Needless to say, when this book finally came out, I couldn’t imagine not buying it, and I’m so glad I was finally able to get around to actually reading it. Never in a million years would I have imagined Raegan and Bear’s stories would play out quite like they did in the course of this novel. I truly had no idea what they were each wrestling with, and the element of surprise, of the unknown, really gave this story an extra aspect of lovability. Although I obviously had my ideas about how things would eventually turn out alright in the end (because when do they not?), I really couldn’t have predicted a single part of the plotline of this novel, and I really loved the unexpectedness of it all. I also really loved the chance to finally truly get to know Raegan and Bear. As I said before, I had been catching small glimpses of them throughout the entire series, so I really enjoyed the chance to actually get to know them, and not just the pieces of them I saw through other characters’ perspectives. Raegan was just as sweet, loving, and innocent as I expected, though Bear had a past unlike anything I ever could have imagined. I could easily see how that made him who he was, however, and I really enjoyed getting to learn that about him and how he had worked past it to become the man Raegan saw him as. However, I think the part that really stood out to me the most was almost a climax moment near the end of the story. Although I would never even begin to compare my story with Raegan’s—because it is so totally different—I have learned that I typically find little pieces of myself in all of the wonderful novels that I read, and this one is no different. There were just so many parts of Raegan’s struggle with fear that I personally have experienced over the course of my 21 years. Fear is a terrible thing, it is a lie straight from the devil himself, but it is something we as humans so easily fall prey to, myself included. And I hate that, because there is nothing about me or my life that makes me want to waste my time living in fear. So—to a degree—I really understood what Raegan was struggling with, and I definitely learned a lot as I watched her strive to overcome it. All in all, I really loved this novel (as if you couldn’t already tell). Melissa is just such a talented writer, and she weaves together stories that are basically impossible to put down, for me anyway. I cannot imagine giving this story anything less than five bookshelves, though I know I say that far too often to count. I just can’t though, it easily made it onto my all-time favorites list and is a book that I am very pleased with myself for purchasing. What about that doesn’t say five-out-of-five bookshelves? Anyway, I highly recommend this novel, though I definitely would advise reading the rest of the books in the series first, because they make the most sense that way, and because they are all equal levels of amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was SO bittersweet to read. I’ve been dying for Bear & Reagan’s story for so long, but to see the Walker Family series end, pulls at my heart strings. Melissa Tagg brilliantly transported me again to the charming & quirky town of Maple Valley. Romance, faith, laughter, tears, and some suspense, this book had it all. Can’t wait to see what else Melissa Tagg writes and where she’ll take her readers next.
DM_Lunsford More than 1 year ago
I'm glad that Tagg saved Bear and Rae's story for last. It was so very worth the wait. If you've read any of Melissa Tagg's Walker Family series, then in "All This Time" you'll find much of what you expect: an enjoyable writing style that keeps the pace moving, keeps you turning pages and looking forward to that next scene. Beyond that, I loved getting to know more about Raegan Walker in this story; about her struggles and fears and how she manages to move beyond that to healing. Of course, faith is an important element in these stories, but for Rae the key is her learning to open up to God and all he wants to do in her life. It was equally fun getting to read more of Bear's backstory - including how he got that name - and watch him grow as a character. For him the faith challenge is learning to move beyond accepting God's forgiveness and truly accept God's grace, love, and goodness in his life. Delightful to see the rest of the Walker clan. I confess, I have fallen deeply for these characters. They and the setting of Maple Valley may be fictional, but going on the journey of their narratives, sharing in their highs and lows, and participating in all the wonderful quirkiness that is their town has been nothing less than a sheer delight. I am going to miss them. But then again, they'll always be part of me now - not only in the memory of their stories, but there on my shelf for a visit when I feel like reading their journey again. Thanks, Melissa Tagg, for weaving such great tales of family, love, faith, and community!
NatalieRae More than 1 year ago
Ohhhh!! All the feels in this final installment of the Walker Series. I've been waiting for Raegan and Bear's story and yet, I knew when I started this story it would eventually lead me to the last days I'd be spending in Maple Valley. And I didn't want it to end (still don't) but even the best stories have to wrap up and Melissa Tagg ties this one up with a big, beautiful bow. The tone of this story sets it apart from the rest starting on the very first page. Thrust into Bear's haunting past and Raegan's threatening secret, I was enveloped in the emotional twists and turns of a story where fear has no place when love and grace are offered and accepted. I love how Ms. Tagg weaves a moral element seamlessly into the authenticity of characters rich in personality. Once again, the Walker siblings drive the familial dynamic in such a way you'll want to be invited to a family reunion-real or not! And the quaint homeyness of Maple Valley will have you searching a map for your next road trip. Spending time with the Walkers and the citizens of Maple Valley has been one of purest enjoyment. All This Time brings the series to a satisfying end and will remain a treasure in my heart and on my shelf-where I can visit anytime.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Goodness! There are so many things I want to say about this book and I’m just not sure where to start! First off, this review will undoubtedly be incredibly biased, since Melissa Tagg is one of my very favorite authors and I just adore her books. Since that’s out of the way, I definitely loved this book! I’ve been eagerly awaiting Bear and Raegan’s book since my first glimpse of this couple and it’s finally here! And with such a lovely cover that I can’t help staring at! That old adage to not judge a book by it’s cover? I give you permission - this book is as wonderful as the cover implies! This story is just so stinkin’ sweet, and sigh-worthy, and laugh-out-loud funny, filled with small town charm, with just a bit of tear-jerker thrown in. And I loved every single page of it! As always, Ms. Tagg completely out did herself! Her books draw me in from page one and grab on to my heart, refusing to let go until long after the final page has been sighed over. I stayed up late finishing it, and then wanted to pick it up the very next day and start all over again. She has such a beautiful way of describing things that just brings Maple Valley and the Walker family to vivid color. I so enjoy the creative things she comes up with for this quirky little town that make me so wish it was a real place and the characters real people! Why, yes, I’d love an extended stay in Maple Valley at Mr. Case Walker’s house. Fortunately, there’s no rule that says I can’t binge read her books over and over again until I can quote entire pages from memory. I’ve been impatiently waiting to get to know the youngest Walker better and my goodness, does Raegan have a story to tell! I just fell in love with her, with her quirky artist ways and determination. I love her stubborn streak and tendency to simply tell Bear what to do. Being the youngest, she feels she has something to prove and a high standard to live up to - I so enjoyed getting to see behind her “I’m fine” facade and watch her slowly step out in faith, rather than fear. And Bear McKinley. *sigh* I can easily see why Raegan loves him! He’s just so good! And equally determined to take care of everyone. My heart just melted, watching him with Erin and Jamie. He is a protector through and through, though he doesn’t see it in himself. He’s spent half of his life running from his past, and the other half trying to make up for it. I was incredibly curious to find out his story and it definitely falls into the “tear jerker” category. And their relationship! It had me smiling, while also wanting to Gibbs’ slap them a time or two as they slowly figured out what I could see so obviously. I loved the cringe-worthy awkward moments, the laugh-out-loud-can’t-believe-she-thought-of-that scenes, and the can’t-help-sighing- so-incredibly-sweet pages. This is definitely a book I’m going to be reading and rereading many times over! *My thanks to the author for my complimentary copy of this book! 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.
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
____________________________________ *My Thoughts* If any writer, any book, could carry me out of my days as a stressed out, tired college student into a place so different and yet so very similar to my own life, I have no doubt that they would join Melissa at the top of my favorites list. Reagan and I have nothing and everything in common all at once. Colored hair? Not so much. Self-doubt? Love of family? Feeling like the odd one out? I think everyone loves a hero or heroine they can relate with. Someone they can cry with when it hurts, and rejoice with when life goes right. Melissa's characters do that for me. Bear? He is flat out adorable. Big and gruff and sarcastic and...oh I just love him! But underneath all of that is a secret even I couldn't guess at. His past, his hurt, just made me want to wrap him up in a hug. Also, I know Maple Valley is a made up place, but that actually makes me sad, because I want to live there. So reminding me of my own small town, it's charm, friendliness, and smalltown quirkiness never fails to make me smile. It feels like home, and I'm so glad there is still more to come for Maple Valley! (Christmas novella, anyone?!) My favorite thing? The reality. The hurt, the confusion, sure. But more than that, the healing. The love and redemption found in Melissa's stories are as heartfelt and real as you and me. If you're wanting to skip the fluff and move right on to heartfelt, romantic, comedic, beautiful stories, look Melissa up. You won't be disappointed. _______________________________________________________ *My Rating* I give All This Time by Melissa Tagg... 5 stars!
gatorade635 More than 1 year ago
In the (paraphrased) words of Audrey Landry in the TV movie Wedding Daze, "As for Raegan and Bear, that's been coming for years!" Finally we get Raegan and Bear's story that has been teasing us since book one! Both of them have been amazing characters but you always knew there was so much more to their stories that we had yet to uncover. Bear was a complete mystery until this book and I loved getting to know him! Every new detail that emerged made me love him more. He was selfless, hardworking, and willing to do anything for those he cared about! Raegan has always been the fun little sister but there were hints along the way that everything was not as fine as she always claimed. As we found out what she had been dealing with and hiding for years my heart broke for her but I also admired her. The strength it took for her to face everything alone and the greater strength it took to eventually let others help her. I loved having all of the Walkers together again! They are all fabulous on their own but when you get them all in one place it’s the absolute best! Honestly the way Melissa writes characters is breathtakingly beautiful! They come alive off the pages and take up residence in your heart until you are feeling every emotion they feel! I just want to move to Maple Valley and become an honorary Walker! And every time I think I’ve read the best Melissa Tagg book the next one releases and I’m swept away again with a new favorite!! And once I dive in it’s almost impossible to get me out! I finished this book about 20 hours after I started (it would have been faster but exhaustion and work got in the way a little bit). I cannot rave about Melissa enough and if you have yet to experience her brilliance drop what you are doing and find one of her books now-you won’t be sorry! I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I am SO, SO, SO sad that the Walker series has ended…but BOY what a way to end it! I absolutely loved this story from start to finish! Melissa pulls you in from the very beginning with Bear’s emotional turmoil and doesn’t let you go until the very end. I enjoyed every single page! I definitely related to Reagan’s character throughout this story. Trying to find the words to describe what she’s dealing with, without giving the story away is tough. The secret she has kept from everyone is something many people deal with, including myself. Bear’s story is just heartbreaking! I can’t even imagine going through what he did. Their relationship had me happy, sad, frustrated, and FINALLY happy again right along with them. (By the way, I think it’s one of the things Melissa does best, makes a character’s emotions and feelings come alive inside the reader!) The messages portrayed throughout this book, especially to Reagan, hit me on such a personal level. Dealing with fear, anxiety, and feelings of not being enough are something that I have to overcome regularly. As John tells Bear, “You either believe God can redeem your pastyou’re your regrets and your pain…or you don’t.” Kinda sums up the lesson I learned nicely. Overall, this is definitely a book and series I will re-read forever and ever. I loved them all that much! Melissa Tagg is an excellent author and I look foreward to reading many more wonderful stories from her! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.*
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Wow! I have been looking forward to reading Raegan and Bear’s story for so long…ever since the first hint of romantic interest showed itself on Raegan’s side in an earlier story. But, my oh my, I had no idea the depth of troubles that both of these characters were holding deep inside. All This Time has zoomed to the top as my favorite of Melissa Tagg’s novels. And I have enjoyed all of them. This story deals with letting go of grief, forgiving, releasing guilt, and truly learning to lean on the Lord, all wrapped up in a stunningly sweet love story! I will be re-reading this book many times for sure. I loved returning to Maple Valley and catching up with the characters from the previous books. I do believe that All This Time could be read without having read the other stories and the reader could still enjoy Bear and Raegan’s journey. The other characters do make appearances in this book, but the author does a good job of filling in back story for new readers. I still recommend the entire series, because the whole series is just so good. And I have to add that I love epilogues and All This Time has such a great epilogue! It was the perfect way to end the series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book four in the Walker family series, however it is a stand a lone book. Yet the entire series is amazing and you will fall in love with the Walker family, so I recommend you read the series. Raegan Walker is a unique character. She is full of surprises and some hidden secrets. When Bear suddenly appears in her life again will it be a dream come true or another heart break? I fell in love with Bear McKinley in the first book I met him in and he is still a heart stopper. I love his personality and mannerisms. When his past and his future collide will he be able to overcome some of his fears and embrace them or is he destine to punish himself for life? This book is full of surprises, some mystery, the amazing love of the Walker family (even with their "real life" problems), Romance and so much more. I love the writing style of Melissa Tagg, she seams to have a heartache, compassion, humor and more throughout all her novels.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
Melissa Tagg just keeps getting better and better with each book she releases. “All This Time” is the fourth and final novel in the Walker Family Series. This book is incredibly relatable and speaks straight to the heart. Bear is an uncle who has had a rough go in life. Reagan is still dealing with the loss of her mother. Both come from completely different worlds and backgrounds, yet they complete each other because they have so much more in common than they realize. If you’re looking for a read where the author creates a story that is original, unique, and fun that is impossible to put down causing you to devour it in one sitting, then this is the book for you. These are characters that will stick with you long after the book/series is over. The small town of Maple Valley will always be a favorite to go back and visit. We get to witness more small-town quirky events that I wish were things I could experience in my town. This was such an emotional rollercoaster with all of the feels. There were moments where I laughed, cooed over the cuteness, cheered, and even cried. I’m sad that this is the last installment in the series because I’m so not ready to let these characters and Maple Valley go. The romance was so fun and cute with original and unique date ideas. Of course, you can’t forget about those small-town quirky events and festivals that I wish happened in real life! There were also quite a few themes that the author touched on. Fear, forgiveness, moving on and letting go, are just a few of those themes. Miss Tagg, you went out with a bang! If you’re reading this, thank you so much for writing a story that is real with real characters who have quirks and struggle with real things. Thank you for using your writing to draw others closer towards God. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, 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.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
All This Time is a story I've anticipated since the moment Raegan and Bear appeared on the page. Beautifully rendered, their emotional journey is tender and touching and not soon to be forgotten! Tagg's characterization is exceptional, as she has crafted a fictional family that very much comes to life in the mind of the reader. I love the charm of Maple Valley and revel in the Walker’s camaraderie! While I lament the end of this wonderful series, it is certain to remain one of my very favorites. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Susan21 More than 1 year ago
I loved the stories of both these characters. Them navigating all of their past junk that they've tried to ignore only makes the story richer. While Bear is seeking to outrun his past, Raegan is outrunning her fear, but what is so great is how they help one another face and overcome their struggles. It makes the reader root for them all the more. And for those readers who've read the entire series, the payoff of finally seeing Bear and Raegan come together is even greater:) And these two are meant to be a pair. They compliment each other so very well. Their story is fresh and the plot is perfectly paced without being forced. There's a depth to the characters Tagg pens that makes them feel like friends you could sit down with over coffee--and Bear likes his coffee:) The love story is sweet and lined with the slightest of mystery/suspense following Bear's storyline. All the layers create a read that you don't want to put down and bring not only a sweet ending to Bear and Raegan's story but also to the entire Walker Family series. I happily recommend All This Time and you can purchase it here. ***I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid or obligated to write a positive review.***
MarisaD More than 1 year ago
What a beautifully moving book. All This Time by Melissa Tagg exemplifies Christian contemporary romance at its finest. With themes of redemption, grace, love, and faithfulness, Tagg spins a story that is equally reminiscent of her trademark writing style of which so many of us discovered her novels and her newfound freedom in writing books for the independent market. Humor abounds in heroine Raegan Walker, whose love for the artistic is embedded in everything she does and is. Deep and wounded hero Bear McKinley is the hero all female readers love to love. Where Tagg stands out in All This Time is delving deep into the painful and heartwrenching stories these two characters have lived--and all too often, what readers experience in our day-to-day lives. With freedom to explore these deeper and heartwrenching subjects that CBA publishing houses typically restrict, Tagg is able to fully gift her readers with God's truth, grace, and love. This book will speak to readers long after they close its final page.
Soupersally More than 1 year ago
What an amazing story to end the Walker Family Series! I hated to see the end of this last book. The story is written so well, full of compassion and understanding and heart-filled reality which makes it so amazing. The character "Bear" was mentioned in previous books but little was known about him until now. Raegan Walker has been in love with Bear for 5 years even though she hasn't seen him in most of that time. But he left such a strong impression on her she never got over him. He came back from being in South America and her feelings were still there even though she tried to smother them. Bear started realizing how much Raegan meant to him but life got in the way. Bear's out of state brother disappeared which rattled his wife, Rosa, and she insisted that Bear take her children to spare them from drug dealing bad guys. That was shocking to him but he did his best which was really interesting! Another part of the story involves Raegan's work as an artist which I connected with since I haven't painted with oils for many years myself and I want to get back into it but I always find excuses. The book is a must-read to enjoy all the twists and turns, romance between Raegan and Bear, the niece and nephew, and the Walker family antics! I was given a preview copy of this book. My review is my own honest opinion.
Christy41970 More than 1 year ago
The end of a series, books, television, movies, is always bittersweet. The characters you’ve known and loved take a bow. The lights dim and you cry tears of both joy and sadness. Joy, because you’ve been allowed to take this journey along with these characters. Sadness, because, though all good things must come to an end, you’ll miss them. They’ve become a part of your life. They might feel more real to you than your neighbors. The town that they’ve lived in all these years feels familiar. In Stars Hollow, you feel like you could walk into Doose’s and run into Babette buying cat food. In Maple Valley, you want make plans with your friends to go to the Red Door for dinner. On the page, this is the end for the Walker family. In our hearts, they’ll keep on living. We’ll wonder how many Walker grandkids gather around the tree at Christmas. We’ll reminisce about the beginnings, middles and endings (and new beginnings) of relationships. Raegan Walker’s relationship with Bear may be the final one written about in a book, but hers won’t be the last in Maple Valley. Time will march on in the Maple Valley in our hearts. All This Time was the perfect conclusion to this series. We learned so much about Raegan…how she hides her true self from her siblings, her dad, and herself. Bear finds that things aren’t always as they appear to be…that the anger he’s been holding onto isn’t justified. Forgiveness, love and taking a chance are all themes All This Time explores. You’ve got to start at the beginning with The Walker Family. I’d suggest starting with Three Little Words because it’s got a Walker Family cousin in it and is sort of the prequel to the series. Then take a leisurely journey through the books. Get to know the characters and fall in love. You’ll love Maple Valley and want to move right in. When you finish with All This Time, you’ll be so glad you took the journey. I highly recommend this series. You’re gonna love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so sad to finish this book knowing it was the last book in the Walker series. Melissa just has a way of writing that makes you feel as if you are in the book living right along side the characters. While I have loved all 4 books, I am pretty sure this one is my favorite out of the series. The different twist and turns of the story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Good luck putting the book down once you begin reading it! I would also like to add that this book in particular helps shine a light on the world behind anxiety and panic attacks. Melissa is able to use this story to show that it is okay to ask for help!
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Bear is doing what he thinks is his calling, working where God wants him to work. But when his past comes into the present and begins creating problems on the mission field, he's sent home to deal with the problems that have haunted him for years. Now he's back in Maple Valley with two children in tow and plenty of friends who want to help. One of those friends, Raegan, has given up on being more than friends. She'll settle for helping Bear with his current troubles. But if there was a glimmer of hope in the romance department, she isn't opposed to it. What can I say? Melissa Tagg knows how to write a good story. I've loved all of her books, but she just keeps getting better and better. Bear is such a broken, but lovable character. These characters played a part in the previous three books and it was wonderful for them to finally have their own story. While this is the fourth book and I highly recommend reading the first books, I think this book could stand on its own. It was sad to know that this was the ending of the series. The author really captured the essence of small town living and the meaning of family. The reader becomes a part of the story and family members become theirs. This is a Christian fiction with emphasis on faith and salvation. The romance is clean, the characters are authentic, and the plot is well written. I would highly recommend this book or any other book by this author. I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
All This Time ( Walker Family #4 ) By: Melissa Tagg All This Time is book four and the final installment to The Walker Family Series. I have really loved this series and I hate for it end. Melissa Tagg has done an excellent job of penning this series . She draws you in right at the start and you are hooked. Tagg did not disappoint. This is Reagan and Bear’s story. Both of them have their issues they are carrying around. There is action, suspense, and romance all rolled together to make All This Time a wonderful story. Reagan has loved Bear for a long time. He left Maple Valley the last time and it broke her heart. Well he is back in maple Valley again . He is caught in the middle of his brother and his wife’s problems. Bear’s life has not been an easy one ,it seems problems follow him. Is there a chance for Reagan and the Bear? This is an amazing story about these two and some thing they go through. You will meet back up with the Walker family again. I was given a complimentary copy of this book , but was not told that I had too give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow…honestly, I’m not even sure where to start.  All This Time is the final book in Melissa Tagg’s Walker Series.  I both eagerly anticipated and horribly dreaded receiving this book.  It was eagerly anticipated because every one of Melissa Tagg’s previous books, set in the idyllic Maple Valley, have been incredible.  There was no doubt in my mind that this book would transport me back to one of my favorite places, it would welcome me back among this remarkable family and I would be told a story that would touch my heart, encourage me to walk closer with my Lord and teach me some amazing truths.  That was all a given.  Every one of Tagg’s Walker Series has been all that I’ve described above, beginning with the prequel, Three Little Words, which is still one of my favorites!  (Who am I kidding…they’re all my favorite!)  The arrival of All This Time was horribly dreaded for only one reason – it was the last one and once I finished reading it, there would be no more.  Of course, the eagerly anticipated won out over the horrible dreading and I devoured the book. If you’ve read any of Melissa Tagg’s Walker Series, you know of Bear McKinley and Reagan Walker.  They appear in all of the previous stories and have been waiting patiently (most of the time) for their story to be told.  If you have not read any of Melissa Tagg’s Walker Series, I promise not to give any spoilers…but I highly recommend that you begin as soon as possible.  All of her books can be read as stand-alone books, but, in my opinion, you receive a much richer experience by reading them in order. Both Bear and Reagan have some very difficult situations that they must come to terms with and figure out how to live with.  I’m thankful the author doesn’t sugar coat these issues.  Instead, her characters must learn to trust God, and each other as they walk through situations and make sometimes very difficult decisions.  I really enjoyed witnessing their long-time friendship blossomed into God’s perfect plan.  As much as I don’t want this series to end, Bear and Reagan’s story is the perfect conclusion. Melissa Tagg writes in a way that causes you to feel as if you are right there in the middle of the book with the characters.  Her characters come to life and take you along on the journey of their story.  I hope that your heart is touched and that you enjoy the journey of this story as much as I did.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
My thoughts are swirling around inside my head as I just finished this book, and had to say goodbye to the Walker Family. This, Raegan and Bear's story, is the last. I've grown to love Maple Valley and the Walkers and all the quirkiness of the town. So, it is with sadness, that I read the last word and begin this review. Raegan Walker and Bear McKinley have been here a long time in our hearts even before Tagg told their story. I've cared for them from afar until this book, and now I love them. Two flawed individuals who learn to accept the grace and mercies of God. Raegan Walker is nearly paralyzed with fear and has been for years. She has been keeping secrets from her family, a family that would love nothing more than to help her if they had only known she needed help. Then Bear McKinley shows back up in Maple Valley, along with his 11 year old nephew and 5 year old niece. The last time she said goodbye to him, she thought it was a final goodbye. Bear had always made her feel they were just friends. Only Raegan knew, for her part, she felt more for Bear McKinley than just friendship. Can she even begin to be around him again, knowing how he feels and she feels? Bear McKinley has always tried to carry the weight of everyone's problems on his shoulders, never thinking of himself at all. He is still doing that. But God's grace is not about carrying problems. It's about letting go and letting that grace surround you. Why is it so hard for Bear to accept this? Then danger comes into Maple Valley and Raegan and Bear are caught in the middle of it. Will they both accept the grace and redemption God offers them? Can they trust that life can be so much better than it is now? Melissa Tagg has been a favorite of mine since her very first book. I eagerly anticipate anything she writes. She has an uncanny ability to create characters that feel like they have just leapt off the page and straight into the reader's heart. She plumbs the emotional depths of these characters. Every single one. I love the quirkiness she adds to each member of the Walker family, too. Seriously, she has created a town I want to visit. No, a town in which I'd love to live. There are few fictional towns that hold that appeal for me and Maple Valley is one. I so very much hate to see this series end, but I do look forward to what Tagg has in store for us next. *I was given a preview copy of this book. My review is my own honest opinion.