Like Never Before
Written by: Melissa Tagg
Publisher: Bethany House
Month, Year: April, 2016
A brief summary from Melissa Tagg:
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 knew 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.
At this point I’m wondering if Melissa Tagg can write anything not worth reading.
So far, the answer is a resounding NO!!. Every word she writes stamps its way on my heart with love. Permanently.
I can’t begin to describe how much I loved reading Like Never Before, the second novel in The Walker Family series. Absolutely charming and witty, with just enough conflict to put your heart in a vice, fretting over the characters as pages quickly flip by. And yes, you will fret, sigh, and cheer as Amelia, Logan, and a cast of amazing family and co-workers alike take the spotlight in this book.
Speaking of which – Amelia. Let’s talk about this slightly klutzy, loves to take charge, staunchly loyal to the local newspaper, Amelia. I LOVE HER!! If she can make appearances in all of The Walker Family series going forward, I will be such a happy reader! I love how this novel starts out with her emailing Logan, trying to convince him to come back to Maple Valley, Iowa and work at News, the local newspaper, after the former owner passes away. Amelia’s love for the small town of Maple Valley is heart-warming and I loved how involved she was with her community. Her not-so secret crush on Logan is adorable and it was delightful how easily she took to his daughter.
For the past few months, Melissa Tagg has gushed about her new male lead, Logan. I can safely say that I wish he were real as well and not fictional! His presence carries through the novel as a strong, almost silent type, but that caring heart of his shows forth time and time again. His love for his daughter, deceased wife, and family is so moving that I actually felt I knew him. Melissa, are you sure he’s not a real person? 😉
Like Never Before is totally and completely wonderful and I enjoyed every single page! I can’t wait for Melissa’s follow-up novel!!
This book is set to release on April 5, 2016! Pre-order your copy today!! OR, you can sign up below to my giveaway for a chance to win yourself a copy!!! 🙂 This giveaway will run April 3 – April 25 for residents in the U.S.A.! Good Luck!
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I was graciously provided a free hard-copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers and an e-book of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. This giveaway is in no way endorsed by Bethany House Publishers or NetGalley, and is solely held at the discretion of the blog, Baker Kella.