From the Start by Melissa Tagg


What it’s about:
(From the publisher)
“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 thoughts:

Every once in a while, you find a really great author that blends wonderful character traits and flaws so perfectly that you are not sure if you just finished a book or went on a trip and actually experienced it all. I live in a small town, much smaller than Maple Valley, but Ms. Tagg captured small town living, especially through natural disasters. I have never experienced the first, but I went through 3 major ones within a year of the second natural disaster experienced in From the Start, so I knew what they were going through.

I absolutely loved the comedy in From the Start! I laughed and laughed at few situations that actually still make me smile and giggle! I don’t want to give the scenes away, so I won’t say anymore other than this is such a fun book! It has some very serious themes and messages though too. Ms. Tagg did a superb job of balancing the funny and serious to make this a book I won’t soon forget and highly recommend!

I also loved seeing a few characters from her other books and the free novella Three Little Words! If you haven’t downloaded that, do it right now! All of the characters were memorable and now seem like old friends to me. I am secretly (okay, not so secret anymore!) hoping to see Megan’s story in the future!

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the author: You can find out more about Melissa Tagg at


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