Friday, March 20, 2015

Maple Valley

Three Little Words (Walker Family, #0.5)

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
5 Stars

Melissa Tagg has written a novella as a way to introduce the characters in her upcoming release, From The Start.  I absolutely love this concept.  Yet at the same time I feel that these characters had a story and they wanted it told.  This is a quick read, but by no means does this take away from the beautiful story of Ava and Seth.  Here's a little about this novella:

Ava Kingsley and Seth Walker might be the most unlikely friends ever. The only thing these two polar opposites have in common is a knack for wordsmithing. Back in college, they were known for their written sparring in the campus newspaper's popular "He Says/She Says" column.

At their ten-year college reunion, they pick up right where they left off. Except this time their squabbling leads to a surprising turn: friendship and a year-long exchange of emails. So when Ava approaches a crossroads in her athletics department career in Minnesota, Seth is quick to offer the open apartment above the restaurant he's been remodeling in Maple Valley, Iowa.

Ava doesn't know where her career will lead her next, but she's starting to suspect she might see Seth as more than a pen pal. Which would be exciting...except for the fact that he only sees her as a friend.

As Maple Valley grows on her, Ava wonders if there might be something here for her even though Seth is unavailable. And maybe, just maybe, after all the words the two of them have exchanged over the years, they'll finally be able to say the three that matter most.

Three Little Words is an e-only novella that gives an exciting introduction to Melissa Tagg's new series about the charismatic Walker family and the endearing town of Maple Valley!

Maple Valley, Iowa! What a wonderful small town.  Yes, I believe I would like living there.  This is a close knit community where everyone knows everyone else's business, but at the same time when there's a problems or crisis they all work together to solve whatever is going on.  Seth is a hometown boy that everyone loves. Unfortunately his love life is not going as he expected because it appears his friends are more supportive than his girlfriend.  And what's up with that? Ava has been a haunted soul since losing Ryan and when her life is at a crossroads she decides to take a break and go on vacation to visit her pen pal, Seth.  They were adversaries in college and reconnected at a class reunion and have kept in touch.  Seth has turned into more than a pen pal, he has become a valuable friend and confidant.  Maple Valley is more than she expected.  She knew it was a small town, but the community was more like a big family.  She loves it and Seth's extended family.  I loved Ava's character.  She reminded me of a timex, takes a licking and keeps on ticking.  I also found her endearing because she wants to help and support her friend, but never stops to ask herself why.  She knows God's in control, but is she ready to let him guide her in the direction she's meant to go?  Seth is an all around great guy, but once his eyes are open all his insecurities come rushing to the surface. 
I loved this novella and I would recommend it to anyone.  The author has a way with her words that bring both the community and characters to life.  I am looking forward to reading the author's next release From The Start which is set to be release March 31, 2015. 
I received this from the author for a honest and unbiased opinion which is stated above.

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Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Stay, is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she is also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for writers. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. She’s passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at

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