Review of Like Never Before





From the back cover:

A dying newspaper. An intriguing mystery. And a love they didn't see coming.

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.

My thoughts:

I really liked this adorable, sweet story! So, so, so many sweet moments and swoony feels. There are tons of references to classic movies, and what I'm going to take as a veiled Gilmore Girls reference. (By the way, Gilmore Girls forever!) Amelia and Logan have instant chemistry. Melissa Tagg has not been exaggerating Logan's mega charm! Who doesn't love a book savvy, writer man?

Amelia and Logan have both been through heartbreak, and honestly, they've lost hope. But then God shows up, hope is found, and sparks fly! God works a new thing out of their broken ashes and shattered dreams.

My only critique would be that there were parts I felt could have been trimmed down, and other scenes (like at the end) that could have been expanded. I would have liked to see more of a Godly, "Ah!" moment for the characters. However, I don't think this detracts from the story, or it's important message. Also, the widower and divorce angles were not so extreme that the entire story felt depressing. This was a big plus for me.

This is the second book in Walker Family Series, but you can read it as a stand alone novel as well. However, you will be certain to have the feels if you read the first book in the series. I'm looking forward to reading Beckett's and Reagan's stories!

So this is the bottom line book friends: I liked this story, and I think you will, too!

I received a copy of Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

God bless you guys! See you next time! (May 1st... or 2nd! Can you say baby on board? Lol.) :) :) :)

V. Joy Palmer