Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday Thoughts

Have you heard the old saying, "You had me from hello"?
Well Melissa Tagg had me from Here to Stay, which is the first book in the Walker Family series.  
I fell hopelessly in love with this family and could wait to find out how their stories would turn out.  
So, I was incredibly happy to hear Melissa is releasing the third book in the series, Keep Holding On, this month.  

Keep Holding On (Walker Family #3) 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.

Expected publication: September 27th 2016
 by Larkspur Press  

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Meet the Author:


Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant-writer and total Iowa girl. She’s also a multi-published novelist. Her latest book, Like Never Before, was named by Publisher’s Weekly to their spring 2016 “Religion and Spirituality” Top 10 list. Upcoming books include Keep Holding On (Sept 2016) and a sequel to last year’s One Enchanted Christmas, releasing in late 2016. Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as retreats and workshops. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever–not that she’s biased–watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. 

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My Thoughts:

I fell in love again, of course I loved Beckett before he ever got his own story.  
He brings an air of mystery to the Walker family.  
This is the third installment of the Walker Family series from Melissa Tagg, but don't let being in a series fool you.  The series centers around the Walker Family from Maple Valley, Iowa.  Honestly though, each story is a stand alone, including this one.  As with every series, reading the other stories will give you the full impact of the series.  

This is Beckett's story as I said.  He grew up in Maple Valley with his best friend, Kit Danby, living next door.  There was just one problem, his feelings for Kit were much deeper than friendship, but when he reveals his feelings at an inopportune moment she shot him down quickly. Beckett leaves town and hasn't returned for many years, instead making a home in Boston where he practices at a prestigious law firm. Beckett has a opportunity coming up with United States Army "JAG" Corps., but has returned home for his cousin's wedding and to lay some unresolved issues to rest.  
Kit Danby left for London after finishing college.  She has had what most would consider a great career, but in her heart she knows there's something missing.  My first thought is that she is looking for meaning to her life.  Her arrival is met with both disappointment and the past meeting the present.  Her family owns the local apple tree farm and it's more than obvious that her brother has dropped the ball as far as the overall condition of the farm and trees are in desperate need of care.  She is flooded with memories of yesterday and wants to connect with Beckett and apologize for their misunderstanding from years ago.  In other words, she wants her best friend back.  
This is a beautiful story about hopes,dreams, second chances, and faith.  
I felt the characters were both strong and easy to relate to.  Both are at a crossroads in their lives as a result of decisions each made.  Beckett is still haunted by the death of his mother and Kit is still seeking her father's approval.  The plot pulled me in quickly and wrapped itself around me and held on until the last page was turned.  
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a great romance with a few twists and turns.  
**I received this book from the author for a honest opinion without bias or outside influence.  

Goodreads is having a giveaway of 5 copies of Keep Holding On from Sept.5 thru Sept. 30, 2016. So hop on over and enter for a chance to win this wonderful book 

Book Giveaway For Keep Holding On (Walker Family #3)

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