It was so great to return to Maple Valley, Iowa, and the Walker family! Like Never Before can stand alone if you haven’t read the other books in the series. You will be introduced to some characters from previous books, but it will be easy to catch up fast. However, if you want the full Maple Valley experience, I recommend reading all of the books and novellas in this series. I will list the names and order at the end of the review.
Logan and Amelia were both extremely likable characters. They had each suffered in the past in different ways and were working hard to get on with their lives in the aftermath. I loved how much Logan adored his daughter, Charlie, and wanted the best for her, even though providing the best for her was hard with his high stress job. Amelia was a great character. I loved her passion for Maple Valley and really felt sorry for the pain that she carried around.
This book had many wonderful, lighthearted moments, yet it was packed with deep and meaningful situations that caused the characters to question their beliefs and reevaluate their views about God. Sad and touching memories mingled with the hope of something new and amazing, creating a story that pulled me in and didn’t let go!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Suggested order to read Melissa Tagg’s books that are set in Maple Valley, Iowa:
(You can click on the book covers to be taken to the Amazon link for each book.)
Three Little Words – #0.5 in the Walker Family series (Seth and Ava’s story) – an introductory novella that you don’t want to miss. This little book has a great story that has the feel of a full-length novel. (and it’s a free ebook)
From the Start – #1 in the Walker Family series – (Kate and Colton’s story). Oh, how I loved this book!
One Enchanted Christmas – (Maren and Drew’s story) not technically listed as part of the Walker Family series, yet it takes place in Maple Valley, Iowa and has a few characters out of From the Start. This is another novella I loved and that had the feeling of a full-length novel.
Like Never Before – #2 in Walker Family series (Logan and Amelia’s story) and just as wonderful as all the other books!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Maple Valley became Amelia Bentley’s haven after her heart and her dreams of a family were shattered. But her new life as a newspaper editor is shaken when the small-town paper is in danger of closing. Her one hope: A lead on an intriguing story that just might impress the new publisher…if only she new who he was.
After his biggest campaign success yet, widowed speechwriter Logan Walker now has the chance of a lifetime–a spot on a presidential campaign. But his plans are interrupted when he finds out he’s inherited his hometown newspaper. He travels home intent on selling the paper and spending some much-needed time with his young daughter before making the leap into national politics.
But instead of a quick sale and peaceful break from his hectic career, Logan finds himself helping Amelia chase her story. She’s scrappy, but wounded. He’s dependable, but lost. They may butt heads more than expected, but a series of leads on Maple Valley’s quirky unsolved mystery is just the start of the sparks that fly in the office and in their hearts.
ABOUT 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. 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. Melissa loves connecting with readers at http://www.melissatagg.com and on Facebook and Instagram.