Wow! I have been looking forward to reading Raegan and Bear’s story for so long…ever since the first hint of romantic interest showed itself on Raegan’s side in an earlier story. But, my oh my, I had no idea the depth of troubles that both of these characters were holding deep inside. All This Time has zoomed to the top as my favorite of Melissa Tagg’s novels. And I have enjoyed all of them. This story deals with letting go of grief, forgiving, releasing guilt, and truly learning to lean on the Lord, all wrapped up in a stunningly sweet love story! I will be re-reading this book many times for sure.
I loved returning to Maple Valley and catching up with the characters from the previous books. I do believe that All This Time could be read without having read the other stories and the reader could still enjoy Bear and Raegan’s journey. The other characters do make appearances in this book, but the author does a good job of filling in back story for new readers. I still recommend the entire series, because the whole series is just so good. And I have to add that I love epilogues and All This Time has such a great epilogue! It was the perfect way to end the series!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Bear McKinley’s past refuses to let go.
Ten years ago, Bear gave up everything—his freedom and his reputation—for his mess of a family. But after years of distance and too many attempts at starting over, he finally has a new life doing noble work in Brazil . . . until his past catches up to him once again. Suddenly he finds himself back in Maple Valley, charged with the care of his missing brother’s children, convinced he’s out of second chances to make his life count. And yet, with every day that passes, these kids, this quirky town and the woman he never stopped missing help patch the holes in his heart. Maybe this is the fresh start he’s been longing for all along. But as his newfound hope grows, so does the mystery surrounding his brother’s activities—and when the threat reaches into the lives of those he loves, it’s clear he can’t run away this time.
Fear holds Raegan’s future captive.
Raegan Walker is fine. She’s happy working a slew of part-time jobs, still living in her childhood bedroom and rarely venturing from her hometown. At least, that’s what she tells everyone . . . and herself. But she can’t help wondering what might’ve happened if she hadn’t abandoned her art so many years ago—and if Bear McKinley had never left. When Bear returns and she’s commissioned for a painting that just might revive her artistic ambition all in one week, it’s time to finally reach for more than fine. But doing so means facing the fears that have held her back all this time, including admitting the secret she’s kept from Bear and her family. With her dream and her heart on the line, how much will Raegan have to risk to finally chase her happy ending?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Award-winning author Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant-writer and total Iowa girl. The second book in her popular Walker Family series, Like Never Before, was named to one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Spring 2016 Top Ten lists. Her most recent releases include Keep Holding On (Sept 2016) and One Enchanted Eve (Nov 2016). Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as workshops and women’s retreats. 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 Facebookand Instagram.