Keep Holding On

Keep Holding On

by Melissa Tagg

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Overview

Swoon-worthy Romance. Small-town Charm.
Best friends reunite in Tagg's latest novel of second chances and enduring love.



Beckett Walker hasn't stepped foot in Maple Valley in years. There's no getting past the painful memories, and there's every chance he'll be arrested as soon as he shows his face. Which is exactly what happens when he finally returns. Suddenly his dream of adventure as a military lawyer comes skidding to a halt.



Horticulturist Kit Danby has spent too much time missing home and her childhood best friend--Beckett Walker. Now she might have a shot at reclaiming both. After years of living abroad, she returns to run her family's apple orchard. She has one season to turn a profit and impress the father she barely knows. But she can't do it alone.



It should be simple: Beckett needs community service hours. Kit needs a helping hand. But there's more at stake than either of them planned. With a tangled past and futures that look nothing alike, they'll have to find a way to weather the storms of the present . . . or risk losing everything.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997964202
Publisher: Larkspur Press
Publication date: 09/02/2016
Pages: 346
Sales rank: 544,109
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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

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Keep Holding On 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Utemom5 More than 1 year ago
If I could, I would give this book 10 out of 5 stars. It might just be my new favourite. It's been 3 years since I created a new favourite. It just doesn't happen with every book I read! Awarding 5 stars also doesn't do it the credit that is due to Melissa Tagg on writing this exceptional book. Keep Holding On, is book 3 in her Walker Family Series. We have gotten to know Seth (in the prequel novella), Kate, Logan & now younger brother, Beckett. Sometimes as you work through a series, you may feel like there is nothing new to learn, or like you're going through the 'same old same old'. Let me tell you. Melissa has mastered the art of writing 'personality'. It oozes through the pages, so that not only do you have a really easy time of picturing the characters but you really come to know them. Feel with them. Agonize with them. Feel their joy. Love them. She even was able to develop those we have already met in prior books and in doing so, add a depth to the entire world of the Walker Family, whom we have grown to know & love so much. This is far from a one dimensional story. We are taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotion with Case Walker - the patriarch of the family, as his health comes into question. I absolutely loved that Beckett & Kit have been best friends from childhood. This is a new element to the series, having our heroes already be friends and know everything there is know about each other. For Beck & Kit they are learning to reconnect after six years apart, & discover the depth of the love they have always felt for each other. As friends, yes, but finally come to honestly examine what happened six years prior on Kits wedding day, and what it means to them both. I loved the direction they both took, Kit in following the prompting to restore the Orchard to its full glory, it being in the family for several generations. To come home to Maple Valley, Iowa, to her roots and establish a life for herself there. For Beckett, who has successfully made a career for himself in law, now pursuing a path into the US Army JAG Corps - something he felt his Mom would have wanted for him too. Beckett however has something he must clear up first, and it sends him home to Maple Valley. He thinks its just a matter of tidying up some loose ends, simple misunderstanding, facing up to a past mistake. In & out again on a weekend. Little does he know, he is about to come face to face with Kit, who he thinks is still in London. Their two worlds collide, and everything is about to change. Writing a review about a book you love so much, is the hardest thing in the world. You never feel like you can truly do it justice. This book truly made me laugh, giggle, sigh - and yes, cry. Tears poured down my face towards the end, when Beckett finally is able to have the moment he needs (and without spoiling anything) to really find that closure he has been aching for all those years since he lost his mom. He wasn't able to be there when she passed away, and that, is so incredibly heartbreaking. The way in which this moment was so beautifully written, and as a mother of boys, in especially one, who has the passion and wild streak that Beckett does, was like a lightbulb clicking on. So thank you Melissa, for the inspiration you probably didn't realize you were going to give mothers of fun loving energetic passionate boys! I also realized towards the end of this book, the reason why I love to read Christian fiction. Yes, you can feel assured its going to have a
NatalieRae More than 1 year ago
Another fabulous Walker Family novel. This time we are invited into Beckett Walker's life-the lone brother who took off to Boston to pursue law seven years ago and never look back ... until that one day when the law he broke might prevent him from pursuing his life-long dream. Right away this story intrigued me because Melissa Tagg has done a phenomenal job drawing us into each member of the Walker family. So when Beck is arrested the day he steps back into Maple Valley in front of his family, the town, and the one woman who broke his heart-we feel for the man. Kit Danby can't believe the man who rescued her from her wedding ceremony is back in town and under arrest for a crime she's partly to blame for. But Beck won't talk to her and her brother is missing and the apple orchard that's been in her family for generations is falling apart. In her signature style, Melissa Tagg weaves a story of purpose, perseverance, and faith to just keep holding on-even when the plans, goals, and desires of the heart are broken, destroyed, or dying. As the third full length novel in the series (there's also a Christmas novella) I was all in emotionally and found myself reacting to the story as I would with my own family. In fact, Melissa Tagg has such a way developing her characters that I couldn't help but begin to wonder about secondary characters throughout the story. I want to get to know them more and I hope she'll give me a peek into their lives one day SOON! For now I have to be satisfied that the youngest Walker, Raegan, has been given a gift (in the final pages) she'll need to find the courage to pursue herself ...
EA_Hendryx More than 1 year ago
Like a hot cup of coffee and a walk down a familiar, tree-lined lane, the Walker family holds a warm place in my heart, as does Melissa Tagg's vibrant storytelling and evocative writing in Keep Holding On. It is with a deep, satisfied sigh that I write my review of Keep Holding On. Not only has the Walker family burrowed deep into my heart, but Kit and Beck's story leaves me truly content, happy, and with "all the feels". This book starts off with one of my favorite first (few) lines. "He'd tell his family tonight. After the wedding. Before he turned himself in to the police." I mean...how fantastic is that? I was not only drawn in immediately, but the pull to find out why this was the case was overwhelming in the best way. And the rest of the book only got better in my opinion. Beck...oh Beck...I love his character! Melissa created such a fantastic combination of swirling emotions and complexities surrounding him and his story. From the fact that he hasn't been back to Maple Valley for years to his long-time friendship with Kit. Which leads me to the lady herself. As I've found in many of Melissa's characters, I identify with this woman. Oh man...so many times her thoughts were my thoughts, and I found myself thinking, "I would be friends with her...if she wasn't fictional." I won't say much more because you must experience this book for yourself. Within the pages of Keep Holding On is a journey that will delight, thrill, and entertain. But it will do more than that. It will give you hope for the simpler things in life. It will remind you that trusting God, and all that is involved in that, is a real thing not for the faint of heart, but not without its own rewards. It will bring you joy. It will make you laugh. It might even make you cry. But above all, it will encourage and challenge you in the best way. I highly recommend this to any reader, especially those who love sweet romance, enjoy small towns (or think they might), and who want to be deeply touched and entertained by fantastic writing from a novelist who brings her characters to life off of the page. You too, can be apart of the Walker family. My rating: 5* Originally posted on my blog: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2016/11/keep-holding-on-by-melissa-tagg-review.html _______________ I received this book for free but was under no obligation to 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.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
The Walker family is one of my very favorite fictional families, and I love spending time with them in Maple Valley! Full of charm, Keep Holding On delighted me from the first word until the last. I adored the wit and humor of Kit and Beckett’s story, as well as the wonderful wisdom that is woven through its pages. The orchard, Willa, and a baby goat were also among my favorites, but you’ll have to read the book to find out more. Dramatic and romantic, Keep Holding On is a must-read romance! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Keep Holding On is the third full-length novel in Melissa Tagg’s Walker Family series and I was so excited to be returning to the town of Maple Valley and getting to visit with some characters that have become dear friends. I’ve adored the previous books in the series, so of course, I lunged at the chance to read this book and I can very happily say that I was not disappointed! I’ve been anticipating Beckett’s book since first learning of the prodigal and I quickly fell in love with his passionate, impulsive, all-in character. Returning to Maple Valley is definitely always worth the trip. As always, Ms. Tagg does an excellent job with the details and descriptions of this book. I could almost smell the apples, feel the leaves crunching under my feet, hear the wind whistling through the trees. The images her words create come to vivid life on the pages and I loved it! My one and only negative comment is that I became a little frustrated with how much time would elapse between some of the chapters. An important event would happen, then it would suddenly be a week later. Ms. Tagg did fill in the gaps and I do understand that she needed the spacing to allow for certain parts of the story. It just bugged me a time or two. But, it did play out well for Beckett and Kit’s relationship, which I have to tell you is so sweet! Seriously! I caught myself sighing a time or two at the crazy, silly, or romantic moments between them. Characters are always my favorite part of any story and this one is no exception! I adored Kit and Beckett and their story encouraged me so much! Kit is thoughtful. She’s the “look before you leap” type and not one to take on things or make decisions lightly. But when it comes to her family’s orchard, she can’t let it go. She is kind, caring, also strong, determined, and searching. I loved getting to know her and the way her character resonated with me. She is so realistic and easily relatable that I loved her from our very first meeting. And Beckett. I couldn’t possibly forget him! He’s the charming one, the sweet talker. The one who seems like he has his life all together, but then finds it crashing around him. He’s the one who takes that first step and worries about the rest later. I loved his zest for life, his determination to make his mom proud and do something worthwhile. And I loved how his character changed throughout the story, as he learned to embrace who he was instead of fighting to become someone different. His family played a huge role in the story and I love how they all challenge, razz, encourage, and hold each other up. I also adored how Ms. Tagg wove the theme of the title throughout the story. It became the foundation for so many things and the basis of the spiritual side of the story. Much of the focus is about continuing to hold on to God during the rough times, but it also plays out in so many ways: Beckett holding on to his dreams, Kit holding on to the orchard, and both of them finally learning how to hold on to one another. I just loved that! And there are so many great quotes throughout the book that I’d love to share, but I don’t want to take away the fun of finding them yourself! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance! My thanks to the author for my copy of this book! I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way.
Ronya More than 1 year ago
Keep Holding On is the third full-length novel in the Walker Family Series. I have adored every book in this series and this one is no exception. I love the Walkers…all of them. They are a family that you just want to belong to, to hang out with, to have the privilege of knowing. I know the characters in these books are fictional, honest, but they've become my friends nonetheless. I care about what happens to them and I learn Godly lessons right along with them. Therefore, it’s always a joy to join Melissa Tagg in Maple Valley to check in with our friends there. As this story begins, both Beckett and Kit are returning to Maple Valley after years of absence. The hurt that each of them carries and has to face is great. Melissa's characters do not shy away from hard things, so they have to learn throughout the story how to trust God in their own lives and in the lives of their loved ones. Keep Holding On is full of emotion, from the highs of homecomings and weddings to the lows of disasters and heartbreak. This book is full of the complexity of relationships…the kind that build you up and the kind that tear you down. This book is full of healing and learning to trust God in all things. This book is full of love. I love that Melissa is obedient to write the stories God gives her. They are beautiful and touching. I believe God uses them to them to touch the lives of those who read them. I know that mine was touched…by the pain and the beauty of life in a fallen world, being loved by a gracious and loving God. If you haven’t read any of the Walker Series yet, you’re truly missing out. Since I always suggest starting from the beginning, download Three Little Words from Amazon.com. It is the FREE prequel novella. It will give you a great taste of the Walkers in Maple Valley and their town and friends. If you have stopped by Maple Valley before, then let this be your announcement that Beckett and Kit’s book is now available.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
Melissa Tagg’s books are always amazing, but this is her best yet! First off, this cover is super cute and one of my favorite covers I have ever seen. Two, I think I have a crush on Beckett Walker. Last but not least, this is the cutest story I have ever read. Revisiting Maple Valley and the Walker family is special. We discover some of the family dynamics and learn about Beckett in previous books. This time we get to truly discover who Beckett is. After all these years, Beckett has finally returned home to attend his cousin’s wedding. His entrance is quite dramatic. However, it wasn’t his choice. He has avoided his arrest warrant for six years. Unexpectedly, Beckett finds himself working off his community service hours at Kit Danby’s apple orchard. He is quickly trying to plan his future. He has hopes of becoming an Army JAG Corp Officer but that means leaving all of Maple Valley behind, including Kit. Beckett’s childhood best friend, Kit Danby, has also returned home from London. She is determined to stay local and reviving her grandparents’ apple orchard into an iconic Maple Valley tourist attraction. While she enjoys having Beckett back in her life and working with her to bring the orchard back to life, there are unspoken and unresolved issues between the two. This reunion is both a blessing and heartache because everyone in Kit’s life abandons her. Melissa Tagg has crafted a beautiful story filled with family dynamics and romance. This is a work that has all of the feels. You’ll laugh for there are tons of adorable scenes! You’ll cry, you’ll cheer. It has a cute romance that will have you swooning over Beckett. Oh and you can’t forget about the adorable goat, Flynnie. The characters of Maple Valley become like your own friends and family. They stick with you long after the story is over. The town of Maple Valley is unique. They have such odd yet fun events that I wish my own town held. I mean, have you ever attended an event that took place in a drained pool? I really wish I could visit this town! Or maybe even LIVE there! The spiritual element is impactful and applicable. Even when we let go and want to give up, God is still holding onto us the whole time. The message was encouraging without being preachy and in your face. It flowed perfectly throughout the story that cause a goofy grin to appear on my face. Overall, I highly recommend Keep Holding On. In fact, I recommend the entire series of The Walker Family. You have to go check this series out if you love contemporary romance novels. This is one of the best there is! 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.
Chaplain-Debbie_777 More than 1 year ago
A Great Series I truly love Melissa Tagg's Walker Family series. She does a great job describing not only the characters, but she brings to life the town of Maple Valley. In Keep Holding On, I enjoyed revisiting this town and its citizens. Just like the other books before it, I loved the interaction between the main characters.....witty and exciting. If you love small town stories with heart, you will truly enjoy the Walker Family series. I'm looking forward to more wonderful books written by Melissa. I was given a copy of this book by the author. I was under no obligation to give a positive review.
kp68 More than 1 year ago
Keep Holding On is the latest entry to Melissa Tagg's Walker Family series. While this book was not easy to read as the earlier tales were, it is definitely worth the time to learn where Kit Danby and Beckett Walker end up at the end of this tale! After several years away in the high paced world of London, England, Kit Danby has recently returned to her hometown of Maple Valley, Iowa to check in with her family. When she sees the state of her family's apple orchard, she knows she needs to roll up her sleeves and get to work. Kit's father agrees to let her take charge of the orchard, if she is able to turn it around. Life gets complicated for Kit when her childhood friend, Beckett Walker, suddenly shows up in town as well. Beckett has taken a break from his work, as an attorney in Boston, to clear up a misunderstanding from his past in Maple Valley; unfortunately. this indiscretion turns into hours of community service for Beckett to fulfill! About 100 pages from the end of this book, I experienced a "Karen Kingsbury" moment, when Melissa Tagg's words actually brought tears to my eyes. After God finally gets a hold of their hearts, it is interesting to see where Kit and Beckett finally land! http://penlessreview.blogspot.com/
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
Keep Holding On is the third book in Melissa Tagg’s Walker Family series, coming after From the Start and Like Never Before. I really, really loved the first two novels of this series, so I was SUPER excited for Beckett’s novel, and I am glad to say I most definitely wasn’t disappointed! The storyline ebbed and flowed perfectly, and I was completely captivated from beginning to end. I fell in love with the characters, and Beckett and Kit’s story, and I had already loved the Walker family to begin with, so this was just the perfect novel for me. it also made me so, so completely and utterly excited for the last sibling, Raegan, to have her story told, but I haven’t heard anything about her book yet! It’s absolutely killing me because I can’t wait to see what happens to her! Beckett Walker is a wonderful character whom I absolutely love! I hadn’t gotten to know him as well as the other siblings throughout the first two books, since he was mostly absent for the majority of them, but I did get a really good taste of his character near the very end of Logan’s book, and I knew I would love him from that moment forward. He is super sweet and caring, passionate and reckless, and broken and hurting all at the same time, and I couldn’t help wanting to know him better and better. He tugged at my heartstrings, and I wanted him to figure out the answers to all of the questions that were eating him alive. And I also wanted him to finally have his day with Kit. Kit Danby is just as equally a wonderful character, although the two really couldn’t be more different! However, I loved her from the beginning as well, only it was for her thoughtfulness and quiet strength and determination to do the right thing. I also just loved the friendship she and Beckett shared, and how close they were from the very beginning, so that helped me to love the both of them even more. Plus, Kit’s story just broke my heart, so I felt the most intense amount of compassion for her. I can’t imagine ever having a father so completely detached from his family, and I wish that wasn’t a part of her story, but on top of the fact that her mother died when she was very young, I just couldn’t stand it for her. However, she overcame it really well, and I have to say she blossomed in spite of it. All in all, I absolutely loved this story, and I can’t imagine not giving it all five bookshelves, since I’ve already added it to my all-time favorites list. Kit and Beckett’s developing love story is just the sweetest little thing, and I loved being able to catch up with the Walker family. I’m so glad I purchased this novel, especially since it’s the perfect excuse for me to buy all the rest in the series! Melissa is a fantastic author, and I can’t wait to read even more of her books, especially Raegan Walker’s story! (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
MI_Reader More than 1 year ago
I LOVE the Walker family and Maple Valley! And Beckett and Kit's story is the best yet, and that's saying a lot because I loved Kate and Logan's stories. Melissa has a way of pulling you in and grabbing ahold of your heart as you read. I loved catching up with all the Maple Valley residents and can't wait for what I hope will be Raegan's story next. One quote from the book has really stuck with me. Willa says this to Kit - "That's the beauty of God, my girl. Even when we're tempted to let go, he keeps holding on." So powerful! I received a preview copy from the author for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own.
BBulow More than 1 year ago
Melissa Tagg has done it again – Keep Holding On adds to the charm to the town of Maple Valley and poignancy to the dynamics of the Walker family. Beckett Walker has always been a very peripheral character in the previous Walker family books, so I was so eager to read his story. Beckett is finally returning to Maple Valley after several years of absence to attend his cousin’s wedding; true to form, he makes quite an entrance, though not by choice. From the moment of his arrival back home to the final pages, I easily drawn into this story. Melissa has such a way with family dynamics and dialogue, including both poignant and humorous moments in her narrative with a natural finesse. I mention the awesomeness that is Maple Valley in each of the Walker family books, but it absolutely cannot be overlooked. Melissa adds to the appeal of this fictional town with each new book. In this case, it’s a family apple orchard that belongs to Kit Danby, horticulturalist and Beckett’s childhood best friend. Eager to prove to her emotional distant father that she is capable of taking care of the orchard, Kit is determined to bring it back to her former glory. Kit needs all the help that she can get, and Beckett needs to perform community service – what starts out as a simple arrangement soon turns into a renewal of their friendship and more. With one person determined to put down real roots and another determined to chase after a dream, these best friends fall back into their old ways, while still unsure of the new territory that has formed between them. These characters, this town, have carved out a space in my heart – they are so honest and real and relatable. It’s always so fun to catch up with other characters, as well as learn more about the characters whose stories are to come. I’m not sure how she manages to do it, but the catch-up and “previews” always seem to flow organically in the narrative of the current story, enriching it rather than detracting from it. There is always such a history and background for these characters, as if they truly live beyond the pages of the book. And almost as important for any contemporary romance reader – this story certainly has its share of some beautiful, swoon-worthy moments that had my heart cheering for a happy ending. The spiritual aspect of Keep Holding On is such an applicable, uplifting one – that even when we let go, God has been holding onto us the whole time. I also found encouragement in the idea that God gives us the characteristics, passions and even flaws that prepare us for exactly what He has planned for us. What Beckett sees as a hindrance, God had in mind for something beyond what he ever dreamed. I applaud Melissa for keeping the spiritual thread light but authentic, ingrained into the story in a way that feels so totally natural, but never in the reader’s face. I was so encouraged while reading that I often stopped to find a goofy smile on my face. I highly recommend Keep Holding On, as well as the rest of the Walker family books, to readers of contemporary romance. Do yourself a favor and start at the beginning of the series, either with the prequel novella or book one – I think it really enriches the reading experience to have read Kate and Logan’s stories previously, although not necessary to enjoy Beckett’s story. Melissa’s engaging storylines, endearing characters and superb settings will keep me coming back to the Walker family and any stories to come.
Soupersally More than 1 year ago
Keep Holding On is just SO good! I had such a hard time putting it down each night when I read but I had to make myself go to sleep. But I kept thinking about the book. The story absolutely held my interest all throughout the book. I related to Beckett and his being wild or reckless due to my life experiences and I found him to be adorable. Kit has many issues but her best friend being Beckett was a challenge for her among her many other obstacles she tried to overcome. I enjoyed this story perhaps the best in the Walker series, but then again, I seem to always feel this way since it is so fresh in my mind and heart. I'd recommend reading about the Walker family starting at the very beginning book and read them all in succession! It is SO worth it!
kpeck More than 1 year ago
I’m not always a huge fan of the romance genre. I tend to be pretty picky about it. I don’t know why, other than I tend to find myself wishing for more romance in my life and it just doesn’t always work out. Maybe because in most books it’s so far and above everyday possibilities. But oh my gosh! *swoon* Melissa Tagg knows just what I want and knows how to write it. I was recently given an opportunity to read Keep Holding On and I took it. I started The Walker Family Series back in April and have been a fan ever since. Tag's newest is another great addition to their stories. There’s humor, wit, challenges conquered, romance in just the right amount. The romance is achievable and real. It’s the steady kind that transforms. The kind I can reach for. The characters are relatable and true. They grow in the face of challenges. I have fallen for them all. I love their voices, the characters they are. I can’t wait to see more books from Tagg. I will be buying them without hesitation and recommending wherever I can! If you like a sweet romance, with real challenges and growth for the characters this is a book for you. If you tend to roll your eyes at the cheesy and predictability a romance you should give this book a shot. Because it’s not going to make you roll your eyes, even if you wanted too! You’ll find yourself smiling and laughing and cheering them on.  *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am under no obligation and my words are my own*
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
As always, Melissa Tagg crafts a story that will make you laugh and cry, from her signature 'meet-cute' to the heart-warming moments. While this was a little different from her usual, since the characters have known each other since they were kids, the author still managed to throw in that slightly awkward, yet amusing, reunion scene. I absolutely love their hometown of Maple Valley and enjoyed catching up with the rest of the Walker Family. This will probably always be the one series I most often recommend. Plot: Lawyer Beckett Walker returns to his hometown for his cousin's wedding, knowing he'll likely be arrested for a youthful mistake. His desire to become a JAG lawyer leads him to get things straightened out and Beckett's sure he can negotiate his way out of trouble. Meanwhile, his childhood friend, Kit Danby has returned to her hometown, trying to save her family's apple orchard. When Beckett is sentenced to community service, he's stuck in town for longer than planned, giving Kit and Beckett time to renew their friendship. Characters: I adored Beckett! We didn’t get to see as much of him in the previous stories, so I loved finally getting to know him better. His friendship with Kit was charming. Kit's relationship with her family is rather heart-breaking, but I admire her fighting spirit. I love seeing the Walker family return in each book. It's always fun to catch up with some old friends. Recommendation: I would strongly recommend reading this book, and the entire series. It's a great read for anyone who enjoys contemporary romance with an inspirational message. I can hardly wait to find out what happens with Raegan and Bear in the next book! Rating: 5/5 stars I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Keep Holding On was a book that I just didn’t want to set down! It was wonderful to return to Maple Valley, Iowa and all of the Walker family fun. I believe that if a reader has not read the other books in this series, they could follow along just fine. However, I highly recommend reading each story as the characters and relationships that are developed are revisited in subsequent novels as the family interacts and lives life. I loved this book! Kit and Beckett have such a deep history together as childhood friends who grew up together and relied on each other in so many ways. The events that tore their friendship apart made their mark on both of them and influenced some of the actions that they each took in the years preceding this story. Watching Beckett and Kit wrestle with who they are, who God is, what God desires for their lives, and if they are even supposed to be together was deeply moving. I loved the setting, the situations, the characters…and as I closed the book I found myself already wishing that the next story in the series was available right now to read! I highly recommend this entire series to fans of contemporary romance. Be prepared to fall in love with this dynamic family! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
gatorade635 More than 1 year ago
Anyone who's been following this blog the past few years should know by now that when you see the name Melissa Tagg here you should brace yourself for a long gushing review. So brace yourselves because that's exactly what you're going to get! I swear Melissa gets better with each book. Every time I finish a book of hers I'm convinced there's nothing that could be better and every time her next book proves me wrong! There are a million little things I loved about this book that all added up to three hundred and thirty some pages of pure awesome! I'll start with first things first, the cover! This just might be my favorite cover of all time! It has been the lock screen on my phone since it was revealed and I seriously want to get a poster sized print of it to hang on my wall! Then there's the character names. I've loved the name Beckett for awhile now and it totally is perfect for this character. Kit is an adorable name and it just gets cuter when you learn how she got the nickname. And the characters themselves! Melissa knows how to write characters that you can't help falling in love with! We've gotten to meet Beckett in little snippets of the first two books but it was awesome to get to really know him. Beckett is the reckless wild child of the family, he's always the one coming up with ideas and tends to charge into things without taking too much time to think it through. He's also the smooth talker, very good at talking his way out of and into things or convincing others to do things. Especially Kit, no matter the crazy idea she just can't seem to say no to him. Kit is Beckett's opposite in many ways, she likes to think things out and isn't one to just jump into things. But their differences are what made them so good for each other, he pushed her out of her comfort zone a bit and she kept him grounded. I loved how they started out as friends when they were kids and how even though it had been years since they'd talked, they still knew each other almost better than they knew themselves. Everything about their love story was adorably perfect and I loved every minute of it! The orchard aspect was really unique and fun and it totally put me in a fall mood. It also was absolutely perfect to add to the Maple Valley charm! I adored visiting this fictional town again, something about it tugs at my heart and I want it to be real so I can move there and never leave. It was also really great to see the characters from the previous books moving forward in their relationships. I should probably stop my rambling and gushing now so I will wrap this up though I could keep going for quite awhile! This book had me smiling, laughing out loud, even crying and I loved every second of it! Every little detail was brilliantly crafted and simply beautiful!!! And now I'm dying to read the next book because I need to know what's going to happen with Reagan and Bear! I received this book free from the author in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
DancingViolet More than 1 year ago
What another wonderful book by Melissa Tagg. I do not know how she does it, but the struggles that her characters go through always seem to speak directly into my life each time that I read one of her stories. Well actually, I do know. It is because God is awesome, and He has been using Melissa and her books to work in my heart. This book is an excellent addition to the Walker Family series of books. I enjoyed finally getting to spend some time with Beckett to learn his story and the reasons for his absence in Maple Valley. I also loved getting to know Kit, who processes things very much like me. She needs time to make decisions. The story is filled with many ups and downs, but I feel that Melissa writes some of the most realistic characters in Christian fiction. If you are looking for a great read with moments of fun and moments that speak to your soul, then look no further!
MrsTurpin2015 More than 1 year ago
Wow! The Walker Family just continues to warm it's way into my heart. Reading "Keep Holding On" had me grinning one minute and reaching for my kleenex the next. There is so much emotion in this story and I LOVED all of the "sub-stories" woven into it. Each installment of Melissa Tagg's Walker Family series gets better and better. The way she writes makes you feel like you are a part of the story. If I could give this more than 5 stars I would! I am a Forever Fan of Melissa's. (I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)
JeanneTakenaka More than 1 year ago
What results when two former best friends have to work together to help each other achieve their dreams? A lot of fun, a ton of smiles, and a taste for homemade apple cider. This third book in the Walker family series is Tagg’s best book yet. From the first line to the last, I could hardly put this book down. Beckett Walker—stayed out of his family’s lives for six years b/c of a mistake he made. He’s made a life for himself as a lawyer, but something feels a bit off. Now, that he is close to being able to become a lawyer with the US Army JAG Corps, Beckett must resolve a bad choice from his past before he can move into his future. Kit Danby, just home from years of working in England, loves the orchard her grandparents ran. The memories run deep and rich for her. When she sees the effects of neglect on this beloved orchard, she vows to save the orchard and make it profitable . . . even though her father doesn’t believe she can do it. The budget is tight and the needs are great. When Beckett receives a sentence of hundreds of community service hours for a crime he committed six years ago, he turns to Kit for help in meeting the obligation. A “best friends” relationship is reborn, but there’s more, much more, in their hearts. Tagg does a wonderful job making these characters flawed and real. I loved how they sparred with each other, challenged each other and stood by each other as each came to a better understanding of who they were designed to be. The secondary characters were also realistic and simply fun. Themes of identity and knowing God’s plans are perfectly woven through this story. And the setting? I felt the autumn chill in the air and pictured the orchard, and the town, with its quirky characters. This story made me giggle,and brought tears to my eyes in a couple places. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves clean romances that leave them smiling and satisfied, beautiful settings and engaging characters. If you read one novel this fall, make it this one. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Years ago Beckett was lost his footing and his best friend. Now he is returning for a wedding after six years of being absent from Maple Valley. He plans to turn himself into the police right after the wedding. And he hopes to get his best friend Kit back again too, since she's also in town for the wedding. But things don't always work out as planned. Kit might lose the place most important to her, and Beckett might lose his dream of being a military lawyer. Often the darkest days hide the very best plans that God has for us. I'm in love with this book. The two main characters fit so perfectly together. The author does an excellent job of portraying the Walker family as flawed, but so loving and forgiving. They are the family everyone wants. The story came alive from the very beginning and I rushed through the book, but then was sorry when I finished. The author pulls you in and makes you feel like a part of the town. The characters are so rich and diverse. The book is part of a series and all of the town's quirky characters are present as well as all the members of the Walker family, but the book could also be read as a stand alone. Although I'd highly recommend reading the previous books first. You won't be sorry. This author became a favorite with her first book, but each book is better than the last. If you enjoy great visuals, faith-based plots, strong families, sweet, clean romance, humor, and a captivating story you'll fall in love with this book like I did. I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
When I read Melissa Tagg's first book, I knew without a doubt that this was an author I wanted to follow. I've written every word she's written and love it!!! This is the 3rd book in Melissa's 'Walker Family' series. Boy, do I wish I could visit Maple Valley! She has made her characters so real and even the locale, the town, the residents, that I so seriously want to visit. Goodness, I want to LIVE there! This is Beckett Walker's story. Beckett who hasn't been home in six years and has basically shut his family out of his life that long. Beckett has some things to deal with, past burdens and mistakes and he just stays away. Not to mention that he'll probably be arrested the moment he arrives. Kit Danby, Beckett's childhood friend, now back in Maple Valley after years living abroad, needs help in resurrecting the apple orchard that's been in her family for years. Beckett needs to put in 200 hours of community service. Seems like the perfect solution for both, right? Kit and Beckett were best friends since Beckett was 11 years old. Now they've both grown up and being best friends doesn't seem like it used to be. Both are feeling more than that, but each has their life plans already made and they don't exactly coincide. Melissa Tagg has the knack of creating such awesome characters and goodness, whole towns! I've been waiting on Beckett's story for a while now and I was not one bit disappointed. Both Kit and Beckett come alive in these pages as the reader travels with them down the lanes their lives take and as they become aware that being friends is not really what they want. But there are problems: one's impulsive, the other plans everything to death. It was so much fun to catch up on characters from the previous books. I love this family. I feel like they're real. Seriously. They are written that well. The spiritual message here is profound as well. Do we go ahead and make our plans or do we allow God to direct us? Do we know He's directing us when we think He is? Are we too afraid to move in faith and trust God? God keeps holding on to us even when we're not sure what path to take. This book ministered to me with just two simple sentences: "We're not going to panic about this. We're going to trust God." I've been going through a rough time and that was like God whispering into my heart the morning I read those two sentences. I have no doubt it was my message to encourage me. Loved every single minute of this one! I do believe it's my favorite of Melissa's to date!! *I was given a preview copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.