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From the Start (#01 in Walker Family Series)

From the Start (#01 in Walker Family Series)

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:"Simply adorable . . you might just fall in love with Here to Stay."--USAToday.com's Happy Ever After blog

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?

"From the Start embodies Tagg's best! Delightful. Endearing. And full of engaging characters and tingling moments reminiscent of our favorite films and stories. I'm thrilled this is the beginning of our journey with the Walkers and eagerly anticipate this wonderful family's next chapter."--Katherine Reay, author of Lizzy & Jane

"With her usual dose of girl-next-door charm, Melissa Tagg invites the reader into yet another witty and faith-filled story in From the Start. Though written with punchy dialogue and a colorful cast of supporting characters, Tagg isn't afraid to expand the lighthearted parts of the story to delve into some of life's tougher challenges--which she does in an authentic way. The first in a new series, I'm eagerly awaiting the next chapter from the Walker clan!"--Kristy Cambron, author of The Butterfly and the Violin and A Sparrow in Terezin

"Melissa Tagg's newest book, From the Start, is guaranteed to win the heart of readers with this delightful story of a retired football player looking for his future, and a writer trying to figure out how to pen his story--while rewriting her own. Colton is downright swoon-worthy, and this first book in this hometown series about the charming town of Maple Valley, Iowa, scores a resounding touchdown! Tagg just gets better and better."--Susan May Warren, bestselling, RITA award-winning author of The Wonder of You

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:"Simply adorable . . you might just fall in love with Here to Stay."--USAToday.com's Happy Ever After blog

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?

"From the Start embodies Tagg's best! Delightful. Endearing. And full of engaging characters and tingling moments reminiscent of our favorite films and stories. I'm thrilled this is the beginning of our journey with the Walkers and eagerly anticipate this wonderful family's next chapter."--Katherine Reay, author of Lizzy & Jane

"With her usual dose of girl-next-door charm, Melissa Tagg invites the reader into yet another witty and faith-filled story in From the Start. Though written with punchy dialogue and a colorful cast of supporting characters, Tagg isn't afraid to expand the lighthearted parts of the story to delve into some of life's tougher challenges--which she does in an authentic way. The first in a new series, I'm eagerly awaiting the next chapter from the Walker clan!"--Kristy Cambron, author of The Butterfly and the Violin and A Sparrow in Terezin

"Melissa Tagg's newest book, From the Start, is guaranteed to win the heart of readers with this delightful story of a retired football player looking for his future, and a writer trying to figure out how to pen his story--while rewriting her own. Colton is downright swoon-worthy, and this first book in this hometown series about the charming town of Maple Valley, Iowa, scores a resounding touchdown! Tagg just gets better and better."--Susan May Warren, bestselling, RITA award-winning author of The Wonder of You

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Meet the Author

Melissa Tagg

Melissa Tagg is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she is also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft-and-coaching community for writers. When she's not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. She's passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at www.melissatagg.com. A

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Tranquility
5 stars By Johanna, Nov 21 2016
Should I or shouldn't I? This was the battle raging on inside me every time I passed this book at the store. Thing is, Melissa is a new author for me. Is the risk worth it? Well, you'll never know if you don't try, I told myself. I have just had the best 3 days of my life with the greatest distraction in hand. Be prepared for a journey with the Walker family. 
Love the Susan May Warren's Christiansen Family? Then it's guaranteed you'll love this book. Melissa introduces us to the Walker family - a family who, although having experienced loss and heart-break, stick together and support each other despite their differences. Tranquillity. Home. Safety. Belonging. Maple Valley gives hope to everyone.
Down to earth, realistic, and relatable characters. Sincerity is difficult to capture on paper, yet Tagg  does just that without being swept up in the too-good-to-be-true loop. 
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The Walker Family!
4 stars By Rochelle, NSW, Apr 14 2016
I'm really enjoying the easy read of Melissa Tagg's writing. Not to say that the story isn't without it's tension and heart tug.
Was great to meet Kate Walker and Colton Greene and a great cast of support characters.
To read the goings on of Maple Valley (think of pancakes every time!!) and experience the great sense of community in this little town.
Their story is one of trauma and hurt that has derailed them for a time. It's great to see the love and wisdom of those around them start to bring about courage and direction and purpose.
You'll enjoy their story I think.
Looking forward to reading #2 Like never Before
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Absorbing and Wonderful
5 stars By Jacqui, Oct 01 2015
I fell in love with this small town and its characters. I wanted to move there too and be enfolded into the community and grow in faith with them. I loved the families and how real they were. I loved the obvious love among them and how they walked through the hard bits together. The relationship between Kate and Colton is a beautiful blend of romance and tension. I learnt so much as I journeyed with them about faith and God's will.  The great thing is that this is book one. I can't wait to journey further with this family.
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Hilarious and Heartwarming
5 stars By Hannah, Sep 15 2015
Absolutely loved it!! Love the mix of totally laugh out loud scenes and characters who are so real I want to reach in to the book and hug them until all their pain goes away.  Loved the characters, loved the close family relationships they had, loved the small town with its quirks and beautiful people, loved the reminder over and over (without ever preaching) that God's plan is so much better than ours and the gentle reminder to let him be in control. I laughed, I cried, and might have let out just a few happy sighs along the way! An absolutely beautiful story :)
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  • Catalogue Code 490566
  • Product Code 9780764230905
  • ISBN 0764230905
  • EAN 9780764230905
  • Pages 400
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Romance
  • Publisher Bethany House Publishers
  • Publication Date Oct 2017
  • Sales Rank #2367
  • Dimensions 190 x 107 mm
  • Weight 0.247kg

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