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ABOUT the BOOK
All This Time by Melissa Tagg | Book Review
Maple Valley is safety to Raegan Walker. It’s the only place she’s known and it’s the only place she wants to be. Unlike her siblings, she isn’t about to leave it or her close-knit family behind. The one person who could have shaken her safety net is Bear McKinley. Until he left her behind. Now Raegan protects a broken heart. When he returns with two small children in tow, Raegan will have to check her emotions lest she again fall in love with this enigma of a man…
REVIEW | As each of Melissa’s Walker family series (three full length books, plus a novella) released, this is the story avid fans most anticipated. The story of Raegan Walker and Bear McKinley is the romance they invested in as it quietly set up its backstory in the proceeding titles. Readers fell (easily) under the sway of Bear’s gentle character (though we knew there was something to his past) and of course, we love Raegan’s likeable (aka #relate) girl-next-door character. (Girl is something of a coffee fiend, too.)
“All she knew was that this right here was everything she hadn’t known she was waiting for.” – Melissa Tagg
Though Melissa saved this story for the fourth and final book, she makes it one of the best. A conclusion none of us will find surprising since Team Tagg fans had faith in every aspect of this story. The storytelling continues to grow and push beyond the surface of the narrative. Inside these pages lies a story that begs forgiveness (of one’s self), letting go of a tortured past and one’s own limitations and of course, plenty of sweet romance. All This Time is all about letting go, emotional failing, rediscovering strength (from Him, and those around us who matter) and learning.
With its signature “cozy” vibe and feels, the breath-catching moments are amped up in All This Time. Whether it’s because of the underlying sense of “mystery” that surrounds Bear’s family or the achingly tender moments between Bear and Raegan, there is plenty to swoon and sigh over. Our final visit to Maple Valley will please ardent and new fans alike. The series can be read as standalone’s, but all are so good, one may as well take the plunge and read them all. In fact, if I may be so bold, I’ll say this; pick up these lovely works of fiction. They’re perfect weekend binge reads.
All This Time is a journey. It’s effectively simple in its appeal, swoony with its romance and completes the circle with joyful messages. Wrapped inside this tome is a story no reader who loves the contemporary genre. Like the cozy atmospheric sights, sounds and scents of autumn, this story is sure to give you all the feels by its dreamy conclusion. ♥
Sincere thanks to the author for sending a e-copy of this book; all opinions are my own.