Friday, April 22, 2016

Melissa Tagg's "Like Never Before" - funny, heart-wrenching, and romantic

Like Never Before (Walker Family, #2)In the second novel following the Walker family, Logan Walker, a single father on track to become the speechwriter for a potential presidential candidate, inherits a failing newspaper back home in Iowa. With every intention of selling it, he returns home, but the editor--funny, scrappy Amelia Bentley--is determined to revive it. Will she convince him to keep it open? And in the process, will they learn to open their hearts once again?

Witty, romantic, sweet, heart-wrenching - there's lots to love about this novel. I especially love all the humor and references to classic films worked into the story. Oh, and it has a minor history mystery!

I thought both Abigail and Logan were really well-developed characters, with layers upon layers - what the public sees, what family and closest friends see, and what only themselves and God see - the things they hide from the world. They're very real, with both attributes and flaws, struggles and triumphs. One thing came as a surprise - how often in Christian fiction do you read about divorcees finding love again? But it adds a lot of depth to the story, touching on one of the realities of our time: even christian couples get divorced. This story speaks hope into the hopeless, painful aftermath.

Having attended high school in the city where Charles Lindbergh was born, this was a fun book for me to read. Not that I'm an expert on the man, but when it's your town's only claim to fame . . . it's fun to see the details show up in a book!

Thank you Bethany House and NetGalley for providing an e-copy to review; I was not required to make the review positive, and all opinions are my own.

Walker Family
0.5: "Three Little Words" (novella prequel)
1. From the Start
2. Like Never Before
3. Keep Holding On
3.5: "A Maple Valley Romance" (published in Right Where We Belong collection of small-town novellas)
4. All This Time

Related series:
Enchanted Christmas Collection (now available in print as Enchanted: A Christmas Collection)
1. One Enchanted Christmas
2. One Enchanted Eve
3. One Enchanted Noel

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