Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg – RomCom Fiction with Snappy Dialogue

April 6, 2016 6 Comments

Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg – RomCom Fiction with Snappy Dialogue

April 6, 2016 6 Comments
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About the Book:
Author: Melissa Tagg
Publisher: Bethany
Source: Author
Launch Team (Publisher)
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Walker
Family, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Romance, Inspirational
Rating: 5 out of 5 

…LIKE NEVER BEFORE is another fresh and inspiring story; it’s traditional without conforming, full of fantastic and snappy dialogue, and genuine in its pursuit of heart-tugging and pure love. 

If you’re a fan of contemporary romantic-comedies, there is no story
better to become blissfully lost in than one with Melissa Tagg’s name proudly streaming across its cover (especially when its as darling as Like Never Before). If you’re a fan of inspirational
stories (with romance) then picking up this novel is a
must. If you’re a fan of small town charm then, yep, you guessed it, read a
Tagg novel. All of this and more holds up the specs that are unique to the “Tagg
brand” in Melissa’s latest novel, Like
Never Before

Sometimes believing is a matter of deciding. – Like Never Before

Returning home to Maple Valley is the last thing Logan Walker wants. He’s torn
up over a past that took his wife and the mother of his young daughter from
him. Charlotte isn’t without her scars either; though fine physically, the nearly
4-year-old hasn’t spoken a word. Despite local reporter Amelia Bentley trying
to lure Logan back home to help her save the small town paper she loves, Logan is
resolute in staying in LA where he’s a partner in a business that involves
speech writing for political campaigns and he’s only now on the verge of his
biggest career break yet. That is until he receives surprising news that sends
him back to Maple Valley… and the promise of a happy future. 

Each of Melissa’s
romcom stories is pure gold. Just as cover art would suggest (can we take a moment
to appreciate Amelia rocking the top knot!?), this is perhaps, Melissa’s best
effort yet. As this narrative opens, there is a playful exchange of emails (between Logan and
Amelia, who you might remember  we met briefly in From the Start) that sets the tone of the novel to perfection.
Logan is the one character whose awesomeness was famously self-proclaimed by
the author leading those of us who were fans to be all the more curious to meet
him in his own story. Naturally as a fan of this family on the whole, I can
heartily agree that Logan is worth the wait and then some. His character
(speaking of the way he comports himself) speaks to the kind of leading man he
is, which is nothing sort of heroic for the setting and time his story unfolds
in. Contrasting him is Amelia who’s a kind of tonic for Logan despite her own
scars she keeps so carefully hidden away. 

From their first
(re)meet cute to a janitor closet kiss (yes, this is a thing – and yes, it’s
magical) and nights spend together (in the cutest possible way) to the sparring
classic film trivia,
Like Never Before is
another fresh and inspiring story; 
it’s traditional without conforming, full of
fantastic and snappy dialogue, and genuine in its pursuit of heart-tugging and
pure love
. It’s the kind of read that feels
like “coming home” or finding that favorite comfy sweater you simply must slip on
when you experience the first crisp fall afternoon. This was a book its author
struggled in telling, but as each writer has seasons in their work, she pressed
on and with this result, she can be proud.

Never Before
is a sparkling masterpiece. As the cozy picture of a cover can
attest, this is contemporary romance at its best; read it, enjoy it, swoon over
it and discover why in closing the final page of this story, instead of asking myself what I did like, my reaction to this story is, what’s not to like?
Note: If you’d like to try a novel by Melissa or return to the beginning of the Walker family origins, snag the free e-novella, Three Little Words.

Synopsis: 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. – Goodreads

Sincere thanks to Melissa and the publisher for providing a
complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

Rissi JC

amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

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  • Meghan M. Gorecki April 7, 2016 at 2:39 am

    LOVE your review. Wasn't it great?! That first kiss. Ohh I just loved it. I was so happy but sad to see it end. Especially because I devoured this in 4 days.
    Did you read Melissa's most recent post on her blog about the one thing Logan says to Amelia about really seeing her?

    • Rissi April 8, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      It sure IS, Meghan! Melissa has such a natural ease and grace with each of her novels. SO glad you enjoyed this one too. I'm definitely anxious to read your review.

      Yes! I did see that post. Isn't it beautiful!? Such an elegant prose and swoon-y moment. Thanks for mentioning it! I had been behind on Melissa's blog. :)

  • Kristin April 7, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I'm really excited to read this one soon! I'm behind on new releases in Christian fiction but this one is at the top of my list to catch up on. :)

    • Rissi April 8, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      So good, Kristin! I cannot wait to read what you thought of it once you have a chance to read this one. :)

  • Anonymous April 13, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Not sure if this comment will go through (I have issues, girl!), but just wanted to say I loved your review and it's making me wish I had a copy of Melissa's book so I could read it sooner than later. Must pick up a copy!!!

    • Rissi April 13, 2016 at 2:55 am

      It's so very Uncool that blogger tosses your comments; I am SO sorry about this, Cassie. Just curious, have you ever tried commenting with different "names"? (I.E., Anon or name/url? Just wondered if that would yield different results.)

      Either way, I'm bummed about it. :/

      Melissa's novel is gorgeous, and I cannot wait to read what you thought of it should you chose to share! :)

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