Saturday, May 16, 2015

Review: From the Start by Melissa Tagg

From the Start
(Walker Family, #1)
by Melissa Tagg
Adult Inspirational Romance
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.14
Published by: Bethany House Publishers
Published on: April 2, 2015
Pages: 352

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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?


My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I hadn't read anything by this author before reading this one. Meaning, I didn't really have any expectations. It just looked cute and I liked the synopsis, so I decided to give it a try.

While this was not my favorite book in this genre, I did really enjoy it. I thought Tagg did a great job of covering interesting themes. This family seems like one that I'm going to enjoy reading about. 

The book was a fast-paced and entertaining. 

The Characters: Kate was an interesting character. She'd had her heartbroken once before and had consequently shut herself off from the world. I loved watching her slowly open back up and her interactions with the town. I would have liked to have more insight into her character; however, I thought she was a strong character.

Cole was another great character. Like Kate, I wished I could have gotten into his head more. I felt like the author could have delved more into his character. 

However, having said that, I did enjoy reading about these characters and the secondary ones as well. 

Major Strengths: Entertaining and well written. 

Major Weaknesses: She could have delved more into the characters' minds. 

So why 3.5 stars? It stood out from the pack; however, it didn't quite reach a 4 star status. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Minor references to drinking. 

The Wrap-up: I think fans of inspirational contemporary fiction will enjoy this one, especially readers who enjoy following a series about a family. It's an enjoyable quick read. 

Love,

Danica Page

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