Publisher's Note:  

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?

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bethany House Publishers

From the Start

by Melissa Tagg

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Overall Review:  

Romance readers will enjoy From the Start by Melissa Tagg.  It was especially nice to read a book focusing on a real relationship and not on a lustful or whirlwind romance.  The read was pleasant and left the reader with positive thoughts. 


Although the story was not especially suspenseful or full of unexpected plot twists, the novel was a pleasure to read.  The author developed the main characters in a realistic and plausible fashion.  The pacing felt very even and not rushed.


According to the author's website, this is the first book in the Walker Family series.  What a relief, because the author rather obviously did not wrap-up the stories of the secondary characters.  Overall the experience of reading this book was enjoyable and although the reader could delve into more depth concerning the issues presented, the reader could also just enjoy a modern romance based on "real" feelings and not just physical attraction.  Can't wait to see what else Melissa Tagg writes!


Review of a Digital Advance Reader Copy

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None


Violence/Gore:  Report of a person punching another; a bone is sticking out at an odd angle as a result of an accident.


Sex/Nudity:  Non-married characters kiss and embrace; female character unknowingly climbs into bed with a male character; male characters are depicted as shirtless - one is in bed and the other removes shirt as it is dirty.

Mature Subject Matter:  

Death of a parent, terminal illness, marital infidelity, unwed pregnancy.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Report of an adult drinking in a bar and being hung over; report of an adult shooting up.

Reviewed By Susan
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