From the Start

From the Start

by Melissa Tagg


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ISBN-13: 9780764213076
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,304,709
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Stay, 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

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From the Start 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
Where to start? I read this book in two days. I couldn’t put it down. It’s more than just about two people. There’s a myriad of fascinating characters, so this means there are more books coming. Yay! Kate and Colton are a great pair. They’re team players. It was easy to watch from the sidelines as they played offense and defense in their verbal play. The chemistry between them is palpable From the Start. See how I got that in there? ;-) Seriously, there is usually some glaring flaw that a character has and can often make me not like them until I’m further into the story. Not so with this one. I found the problems they are dealing with to be down to earth and how they handle them seems pretty normal to me. Melissa’s writing style reminds me of Susan May Warren. The details are balanced. It’s not overly descriptive, making me sigh in disinterest. It’s written with sparkling dialogue and well-crafted prose. There are fascinating references to football, but then I am a huge professional football fan. Okay, maybe not huge like folks in MN, but I am a staunch Carolina Panther fan. So if you haven’t read Melissa’s books, but do like SMW, then I think you will be satisfied with From the Start and be a new MT fan. I was provided a copy of this book from the author and publisher for review purposes only. I was not required to write a positive review, just my opinion of the book. No compensation has been received.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Have you ever felt like all the windows and doors are shut in your life and you just don’t know where to go or what to do next? In From the Start that is what our two main characters are facing. Colton Greene is a former NFL player, retired much too early due to an injury and Kate Walker is romantic screenplay writer who doesn’t believe in romance anymore. Both have come to Kate’s hometown to help out her family after a tornado brings disaster. Now Kate had not met Colton before and the scene when they first meet had me laughing to the point of tears. This is a story of life’s ups and downs, disappointments, illness, and natural disasters. But ultimately hope and purpose. Can these two navigate all the craziness of life to a happily ever after? This was a wholesome romance that touched on some deeper issues like cancer and foster care. I received a copy for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
From the Start is the second book I've read from this author and it did not disappoint. In fact, it pretty much blew my expectations. I think I literally fell in love with the hero, Colton Green, and ex-star football quarterback. If the heroine, Kate Walker, and author and screen-play writer, didn't do the same over the course of this story, I would have been deeply disappointed. Thank goodness for happily-ever-afters, especially when getting there feels so gratifying after wading through heartbreak, self-discovery, tension, and difficulty.   One of my favorite things about this story, besides the romance and main characters (we'll talk about them soon...) was the Walker family. I felt completely at home with them, comfortable, and connected. I loved how loyal they were in so many ways to each other, but that even though they are one fabulous family that they also aren't perfect. They struggle sometimes and they all react and process things differently. Because of all those differences and imperfections they felt real, like it would be great to just go hang at their house and join in the ribbing and love. To say that I'm anticipating future stories revolving around the members of this family would be a huge understatement. I think I've made my point. Kate. Well, what can I say? She's so very talented and driven. She's also (or has very much been in the past) naive. She's still figuring things out and she has this dream that can finally, finally be realized. It's what she feels will give her life purpose and meaning and she pretty much is banking on it helping her know who she is. She's also laid-back, loyal, a lot bit of a worrier, and cares deeply for her family. She's also been deeply hurt romantically and that's a huge hurdle. Colton. *sigh* What gives that sigh meaning is that he might have started off pretty full of himself in many ways, but just like Kate he misunderstands himself and has been hiding behind hurt for a long time. He changes over the time he's in the small town of Maple Valley living with the Walker clan. He really finds himself and what he'll do and what's important to him. That's what made me fall for him. Well, and maybe the way he teases, adores, and overall treats Kate and her family, as well as a certain high school boy. Then there were a few secondary stories... The beginning of the backstory to one of Kate's sisters (can't wait for book two, Like Never Before, coming in April 2016) and then the owner of the coffee shop. Gosh, I loved Megan! That tough shell and how Katie worms (maybe more like forces) her way in. There was also the story of Marcus and his family, particularly his son who struggled with a life-long illness. That really teared me up. These other characters just made me love this story even more! Plus the town and how people came together during two different catastrophes just yanked on my heart. The story held my attention the whole way through. There were slower, more contemplative and inspiring parts mixed with more tension-filled desperate parts. The end... It was so tough to read what Kate and Colton had to go through. Seriously heartrending, but it was also one of the reasons why the ending was so joyous and sweet. There are lots of parts I liked. Here are a few:      "You know, Marcus, I think . . . I think it's not wrong to ache or feel hopeless. Your beautiful, amazing son is in a hospital room fighting for his life. What parent wouldn't feel emptied of hope at a time like this?" She tasted the salt of her own tears. "But there are people who are hoping for you, holding you and Hailey up. Let us do that. Let us hope for Breydan's tomorrow and next week and next year. You just focus on him right now. On being his dad who loves him right here in this moment." (p. 211)      "It's okay to admist what you want. When you do, you might finally get brave enough to go after it." (p. 224)       "Don't assume saying yes to one dream automatically means saying not to another." (p. 259) If you love romance, women's fiction, inspirational fiction, and a story that pulls at your heart and makes you fall in love with its characters, then I'd highly recommend From the Start. It's definitely a story I plan on reading again. Content: Clean Source: I would like to express my gratitude to Bethany House for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.
Andrea_Renee_Cox More than 1 year ago
by Andrea Renee Cox “What was a girl supposed to do after her heart dried up and took her creative spark with it?” Kate Walker wonders if she’ll ever write something meaningful or even find another dose of passion for her career. Colton Greene’s NFL career ended abruptly due to an on-the-field injury. Now his agent is pushing him to rejuvenate his career by looking at new options. When Colton and Kate both head to Maple Valley, Iowa to help clean up in the aftermath of a natural disaster, they decide to help each other with their individual problems. But they sure didn’t bargain on a whole new set of issues cropping up! What will they do when they don’t see eye to eye? From the Start is a delightful romantic comedy with that small-town charm I love reading about. The characters that call Maple Valley HOME are quirky and fun and make me want to spend a lot more time in the fictional town. The depths Melissa Tagg must have gone to in order to create such a rich, multifaceted story truly blows me away. Such courage it must have taken to dig so deep and deliver the sweet tale of two characters who have both lost their way and don’t have a clue how to sort out their dreams from tangled realities. How long must I wait for Melissa’s next novel? Way too long! I don’t know the exact date of her next release, but I know it will seem like forever. If you haven’t yet discovered her enjoyable rom-coms, I hope you’ll give her a try sometime soon. If you’re anything like me, you’ll swiftly add her to your must-read list. I’m so grateful to Melissa Tagg for including me in her street team and giving me a complimentary copy of From the Start in exchange for my honest review. Thanks, Melissa!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters but the ending was a disappointment. A little slow in places but a good story. First book I've read by this author. I'll try another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very predictable & too far-fetched, couldn't finsh!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read and easy to get involved in the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"From the Start" by author Melissa Tagg is Book One in her new series entitled the Walker Family. The 350ish page paperback has a playful, fun cover with a happy, smiling couple on it. This delightful tale is set in Maple Valley, a small town in Iowa. It is the story of Colton Greene, former NFL quarterback and Kate Walker, screenplay writer. After a devastating tornado both Colton and Kate end up in Maple Valley to help. Maple Valley is her hometown and his college friend's family lives there, and so the two of them are in the right place at the right time. As the story develops they are thrown together even more. It gives them an opportunity to dig deeper and really know each other. The author has a nice way of telling a story. Her descriptions are not overly long and boring but enough to take readers to a pleasant little town. Her characters are well developed and realistic with their own problems. It was easy to feel like I made some new friends. The plot flows well as does the dialogue. She deals with real life issues and conflicts making this more than a light read. It has an inspirational message to it. Actually more than just one. This was a good book that I would recommend to anyone. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by The Book Club Network for my honest review.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed getting to know the family we were introduced to in the free prequel novella to start off the Walker Family series, Three Little Words. The strong family theme in a contemporary setting is one of my favorite trends in a series. The small town community is easy to envision and provides a great secondary cast of characters. Each member of the family plays a role in subtly influencing Colton and Kate while they are temporarily staying in Maple Valley to help in the wake of a natural disaster. The circumstances that they find themselves in and their opportunity to re-imagine their futures are the focus of the novel, and I was disappointed to find that while reading I always felt aloof from the romantic emotions of the characters- it was more observing rather than feeling along with them. The light-hearted nature of the writing might have played a part in that, it made the story fun but didn't deepen with the tension or chemistry. Kate and Colton did friendship so well and I loved their banter, but missed the romantic tension and chemistry. Overall this was a pleasant reading experience and I look forward to reading more of the series. (Thank you to Bethany House Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
MI_Reader More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Melissa Tagg's writing and this first book in the Walker family series is no exception. I applaud her, too, for writing about an NFL quarterback and having no real knowledge of football before writing. I would never had guessed! The story of Kate and Colton (love their names) is a wonderful read. They are both broken and at a crossroads in their lives when they meet. Their journey to each other is filled with ups and downs, but seeing how they turn to God and look for their extra eleven inches is inspiring. I can't wait to read the next Walker family book.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
From the Start is a fun and easy read. The story line is not hard to follow and the setting is well described. It is easy to relate to the characters.Once started, it is hard to put the book down. I look forward to reading more of Melissa Tagg's works. I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
LizR1990 More than 1 year ago
Melissa Tagg is a new author to me and I was so delighted with what I found. From the Start is the beginning of a new series following the Walker Family. This first book follows Kate, a writer who has lost her flow. In an act of desperation, she returns home and agrees to be the writer for a sports book about Colton Greene, a former NFL player who is just as down and out as Kate. Tagg’s writing has depth and draw and I am looking forward to getting to know the rest of the Walker family. Kate writes about love for a living but after an ill-fated relationship left her guarded and cynical her stories fall flat. It was beautiful watching her open up to Colton and find her inner romantic again. With a spark from the start, this relationship was beautifully slow blooming. Colton had a tragic story that broke my heart at times as he slowly came to terms with his sad childhood and a future that is drastically different than what he planned. I will definitely be picking up the rest of the Walker Family series as well as diving into Tagg’s two previously published novels. I’d recommend this author for fans of Becky Wade and Susan May Warren. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *
rkokes More than 1 year ago
From The Start by Melissa Tagg follows the story of Kate Walker. Nothing seems to be going Kate’s way in life-not in her career, and definitely not in her love life-nothing like the romantic TV movies she writes for a living. Determined to make a fresh start, Kate heads back to her small Iowa hometown of Maple Valley. Colton Greene also needs a new start. His life as an NFL quarterback is over due to injury, and he just wants to hide away from the new life that has been thrust upon him unwillingly. Can Kate and Colton learn to start over in sleepy little Maple Valley, or will their pasts get in the way? I really liked this book because I enjoyed the comforting feel of small-town midwest life (something I am very familiar with) as well as a lot of football talk, which I LOVE. This book has a laid-back easy feel to it-a cozy read, with a cute romance. I have to admit, I thought the ending climax to be quite cheesy, but I would still recommend this book-especially if you like small towns and football. As always, I thank Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book for my unbiased review-thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had just finished readung Three Little Words by this author. Decided to try From The flow.....seemed choppy. Watching a screenplay then all of a sudden football become the topic. Not a smoothe read imo.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about Melissa Tagg releasing a book about a former NFL quarterback, I automatically jumped on it! The past few years I have come to love football and having a main hero that is a past quarterback sounded too intriguing to past up. I was not disappointed! I loved Colton! I thoroughly enjoyed his conversations when they involved football talk, even if I didn’t get all of it since I don’t actually play the sport. He was a great character to say the least and I loved watching him grow and change, especially when it came to Kate Walker. Speaking of Kate…she was a fun character and I loved her quirkiness as well as her willingness to help others. It was interesting to read about a writer (another first for me). I related to her in wanting to do something important, and even learned a fun cooking tip when it came to French toast (not going to say what it is, but I seriously want to try what she made!). Overall, this was a great story! I felt it was a little long and didn’t quite meet my expectations of a fast-paced ending, but it is one that has beautiful truth and fun characters all around. More than once did I have a good laugh due to Colton and Kate doing or talking about something! I recommend FROM THE START to romance readers who are looking for a fun read about the importance of home, family, and pursuing the “eleven inches” (dreams) God has for us. *(I received this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.)*
Dawn-Read_Love More than 1 year ago
I spent four days in April reading From The Start, and, of course, planned to review it before the end of that month. As it turned out, life had plans that were different from mine. Still, despite the detour and delay, the timing now feels right. As I'm sitting here at home on a chilly autumn day, a scented candle is burning, football season is in full swing (all of my favorite teams won this weekend!), and I'm visited by memories of the people and happenings in Maple Valley, Melissa Tagg's delightful little fictional Iowa town. The Walker family is first introduced in the free novella Three Little Words. If you're like me and insist on reading a series in order, don't worry. The novella is a prequel that focuses on two completely different characters so you won't be missing any key knowledge if you begin with From The Start. Here you'll meet Kate Walker and Colton Greene. Kate's a screenwriter for TV romance films and Colton's an ex-professional football player. Each is at a crossroads in his/her life and career, and en route to figuring things out they both end up in Kate's hometown of Maple Valley. Melissa Tagg loves classic romantic comedy films, and it's not a stretch to imagine this novel being brought to the small screen as, say, a Hallmark Channel movie. In fact, it has all the elements of a good film story: a charming small town, likable main characters who are flawed enough to feel real, humor, romance, and a plot that, should you remove the romantic thread, would still have meaning. There are moments in the book that are laugh-out-loud funny, and the scene where Colton and Kate meet is definitely one of them. The humorous, easy tone of the prose is one of the novel's biggest strengths. Another thing I enjoyed is that although both Kate and Colton come to Maple Valley carrying emotional baggage from their respective pasts, as their relationship develops, each takes the time to work through things independently rather than finding instant healing through his/her romantic counterpart. That's important, because a thematic focus of the novel is trusting that, in the midst of your fear, struggles, and pain, God is working on His own designs for you. Even when your plans seems to be going up in flames, He is right there in the ashes bringing healing and renewal. Now, I'm not going to dwell on the faith aspect here, lest you get the idea that this is an intrusive, heavy-handed, didactic tale. That it is definitely not. But, should you read with an open mind and heart, I promise you'll ask yourself a question or two that may bring clarity about your own path. The only downside I found is that From The Start relies on the occurrence of two natural disasters within the same community for dramatic tension. (I've noticed weather events popping up with regularity in Christian fiction.) Still, this quibble aside, Tagg has created an engaging cast of characters, a close-knit family you'll enjoy getting to know, and a lovable small-town setting you'll want to revisit. Luckily, this is the first in a series focusing on the Walker family, so you'll have that opportunity! Verdict: 4 of 5 Stars. A Charming Romantic Comedy. From the Start is pleasant, funny, and inspirational. Even if you're sports-challenged and know little to nothing about football, you'll enjoy your visit to Maple Valley, and, you might just learn a thing or two -- about football and yourself! *Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank Bethany House Publis
kp68 More than 1 year ago
On the opening pages of From the Start, the latest from Melissa Tagg, you find Kate Walker trying to make sense of her life. She has been a somewhat successful scriptwriter for several years; however, deep down she wants to write something with real meaning. When Kate learns that both her father and sister were involved in a destructive tornado, you find her heading from her current home in Chicago to her hometown of Maple Valley, Iowa. Kate has no idea what she will find! When Kate arrives at home, she is shocked to find her father's arm in a sling; however, the first shock she encounters is to find the best friend of her older brother, Logan, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene, sleeping in her bed! That is more than she can take! Before you know it, Kate has agreed to write a book about Colton Greene's life experiences. The next surprise will be watching Kate and Colton slowly begin to fall in love with each other! Watch closely, as both Kate and Colton begin to deal with deep hurts from their past. It is awesome to see the kind of transformation that only God can bring to lives!
EA_Hendryx More than 1 year ago
I love picking up a book that takes me along for the ride. One that's comfortable, meaningful, exciting, and sweet. From The Start is that type of book. I found I could really relate to Kate Walker and her desire to have her writing be filled with substance. Her quirks, and the quirks of her family, were endearing and she was easy to emotionally connect with. Colton Greene is everything I like in a hero. Handsome, caring, talented, and a hard worker. The fact that he's got things to work through (and how he works through them) make him that much more intriguing. Melissa weaves a beautiful story that highlights each characters growth in a natural and organic way. The romantic tension is fantastic and the setting, vibrant. I highly recommend this to anyone who's a fan of Christian romance. Melissa has some awesome twists and turns in here that keep the story from being predictable. I also found myself tearing up a few times with the beautiful truths she incorporated. Get this book - you won't be disappointed! Originally posted on my blog: _______________ I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
From the Start by Melissa Tagg is a wonderful, entertaining romantic novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and want to read other titles by Melissa. The setting in Maple Valley is a warm, ideal place to live. It is a place to where the reader would want to travel and stay. The main character, Kate Walker, is a romance writer whose made-for-TV romantic movie screenplays are leaving her unsettled and disappointed. Her career seems to be in a slump, and she desires to do something more worthwhile. Personally disappointed in love and the happily-ever-after, she decides to return to her hometown to regroup and find a more meaningful purpose to her existence. Former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is facing his own battles. Permanently sidelined by an injury, he is avoiding the limelight and media. He decides to hide out at a friend’s place in a warm, seemingly ideal town where he can review his options and make some different life choices. One option is to write a book and then make the circuits, promoting it. Another option is to seek a sports’ anchor position for a well-known station. He has options, but is that what he wants for his life? A failed relationship also plagues him. Maple Valley draws both people there for similar, yet different reasons. Kate is an accomplished writer, searching for a more meaningful project, and Colton is a football star, needing to hire a writer to capture his life and project him into the headlines again. It seems a perfect match to jumpstart both of their careers and lives. Yet, their past relationships, failures, and misgivings tend to derail their new directions and make them doubt happiness and love. I highly recommend this novel. The reader will become immersed in the warm setting of Maple Valley and the dreams of Kate and Colton. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
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HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
If I had to describe this book In one sentence I would have to say—this book was delightful. It was just a nice, quick read. For me personally, it started off a bit slow, however as I kept reading I became more engrossed in the story. This book gives us the stories of two characters—Kate Walker and Colton Greene. We also learn about Kate’s family and how they impact Colton. The biggest thing I got from this story is that we do not have to have our name in headlines to be important to God. We do not have to have a gold star in Hollywood to be important to God. God has a plan for each of our lives and we were able to see that as Kate and Colton’s stories played out in this book. If you are looking for a light, fun read, I would recommend this book to you. I received this book for free for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book.
MountainsJJ More than 1 year ago
Want a fantastic book by a fantastic author? This is it! From the Start is fun, powerful and extremely delightful.  The characters are deep and real, making the story easy to settle into. Both hero and heroine are stuck - their past and their future. They both had dreams that seemed to be falling apart around them. Then they are drawn to the heroine's hometown to help it recover from a tornado.  A perfect setting to match the turmoil they each feel inside.  They begin to work side by side to rejuvenate this little town and its citizens. Both characters are clinging to a thread of a new future plan, a sliver of hope. Then the town barely recovered from the tornado, faces a new threat of a flood. Sometimes, starting over means all that we have now needs to be washed away. And that includes all the future plans of our characters too. I loved this story. It is an "against-all-odds" kind of plot. It was so easy to cheer for the two main characters. They changed and they grew in their faith and in their trust. And then of course they grew in their feelings for each other. Amazing story! I have nothing negative to add to this review. The book as an outstanding 5 out of 5! And just because Melissa loves to offer fantastic stories, you can check out an e-novella available that extends the story line of two characters in From the Start. It’s titled Three Little Words. Sounds like this is only the beginning for Kate and Colton and the little hamlet of Maple Valley, Iowa. Stay tuned for more to come!  Thanks to Bethany House and the author for a chance to review this book. I was provided a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to review it positively.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
This was such an inspiring story. I absolutely loved it from start to finish. Being back in Maple Valley was refreshing. I loved catching up with Ava and Seth (if you haven't read Three Little Words, you need to. It's FREE!) and the rest of the Walker clan. The love and support of the community and their sense of togetherness reminded me a lot of my community. This story pulled me in "from the start" (pun intended) and didn't let me go until the end. I loved Kate. She reminds me of a sweet, All-American good girl who is humble with a heart of gold. It's easy to see why Colton falls head over heels for her. Colton is your all-American football guy. He's strong, courageous, and moody. He's got a brooding side, but he's a super good guy. Kate and Colton both have to get over hurts in their past. With the help of their family and friends, they overcome their obstacles and give us the happy ending we want. The message of the story is about learning to listen to what God wants for your life, learning when to walk through an open door, and when to pull one firmly shut, and trusting that the God who loves you will take care of you through it all. We don't have to have a big plan for our lives, we just need to listen to God and do the next "right thing." Overall, this was a sweet, inspiring story about a guy and girl learning to trust in themselves and the Lord for their futures. I highly recommend it. *Thank you, Melissa Tagg, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Score! Another captivating book By: Melissa Tagg From the Start (Walker Family Book #1) What a wonderfully refreshing book to read From the Start (Walker Family Book #1). Melissa Tagg knows how to capture my attention and my heart with her stories. Her characters are so real I feel as though I am part of the story. You will simply love this wonderful array of characters in this story especially Kate Walker and Colten Greene. You will laugh, cry when you read this story. The faith, love, devotion, pain, heartache, loss, not wanting to let go of the past. If you enjoy romance than this book is for you. Be sure to get your copy today. Remember that it also makes a great gift! 5 stars!
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
Another fun and heartfelt story by an author I always enjoy, From The Start was a pure delight to read. With creative phrasing and charming dialogue, the story did not take long to draw me in. This is fiction that’s realistic, sweet, and funny. It has a purpose and it has a place on my shelf, that’s for sure. As soon as I met these adorable characters I knew I was going to like them. Of course, it’s obvious they have some things to work out. They’re clearly walking around wounded at the start, but seeing how they learn to let go of the past and watching them change only made me like them that much more. It’s always nice to see faith grow stronger, friendships begin, and true love spark to life. From the Start includes all of this, plus an entire family of sweethearts in its supporting cast. What’s not to like, right? :) While I may have had a general idea/guess of where the story was going, there were some nice little surprises along the way. I’m not always a fan of contemporary romance, but I love it when those special ones come along and refresh your heart and mind.That’s why I continue to pick some up every now and then. It’s nice to read something a little different and mix it up. I love my historicals, but books like these are so fun to add in. They can be light, and yet still carry with them a very strong heartbeat. I confess I’m not the world’s biggest football fan – I guess I’m more like Kate in that way – but I enjoyed how it was incorporated into this story. I never felt lost or bored with the sports talk. I liked Colton way too much to be uninterested in his side of things. I tell you, he’s a real charmer. ;) And as a writer myself, I enjoyed those aspects to Kate’s pursuits as well. So many applicable truths in here for the discovery. I especially loved the small town of Maple Valley and how much it reminded me of another sweet and quirky hometown – “Gilmore Girls” style. ;) And I loved the witty ways in which the author drew the scenes for her readers. Her voice is unmistakeable. I just know readers will come away loving her as much as they do her books. Thank you to Bethany House and the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.