The two main characters, Kate Walker and Colton Greene, were individuals that I liked immediately and ones that I could cheer for throughout the entire book. Does that mean that I liked every decision they made? No! I found myself frustrated with Colton for a portion of the book and wanted to shake some sense into the man! But, the flaws that characters possess in books are one of the things that make them seem like real people, and the hang ups that Kate and Colton dealt with endeared them to me.
Colton endured unspeakable tragedy in his life before his success with the NFL brought fame and fortune. Yet, he carried the scars from his former life and allowed them to weigh him down. I really appreciated what a complex character Colton was. And not to be outdone, Kate had her own set of insecurities and hurts that impacted the way she viewed success and relationships. I enjoyed the breakthroughs that she made in her personal and professional life in the story.
From the Start is the first full-length novel in the Walker Family series, however there is a free enovella titled Three Little Words that introduces the town to readers. It is Ava and Seth’s story, characters who also appear in From the Start. You can read my review of Three Little Words here, and visit Melissa Tagg’s website for links to the places you can download it for free.
From the Start is a fun story that has a charming “feel-good” quality while also delving into some deep issues and the impact that the past can have on our present and future. A very enjoyable story and I look forward to returning to Maple Valley in the future! (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of From the Start from the author in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn’t kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays…until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley.
Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend’s hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he’s lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he’s never really done normal before.
While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it’s like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn’t part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that’s ever happened to them?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 http://www.melissatagg.com.