{book review} Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg

Y’all, I’m enchanted.


I finally read Like Never Before, the second book in the Walker Family series by Melissa Tagg, and am now a good way into the first book in the series on my Kindle because 1) I’m invested in this fictional family and 2) reading out of order is how I roll sometimes. {I accidentally read the Ashley Stockingdale series by Kristin Billerbeck — one of my all-time favorites — out of order on my honeymoon.}

After seeing the author post about this book on her social media, my curiosity marched my booty all the way to Barnes & Noble, where I proceeded to impulse-buy it. Friends, it did not disappoint.

What you need to know:

  • The story features a political speechwriter/widower dad hero + a quirky, charming reporter heroine. Excellent chemistry there.
  • A small-town newspaper that’s “hemorrhaging money” is what brings them together: He’s the new owner who inherited the dying paper (and the seemingly obvious interested buyer) and she’s the editor who is desperate to save it for the small town that’s welcomed her into their arms.
  • You know I’m a sucker for this, but the hero and heroine both have a lot of baggage in their past to work through to get to each other. The spiritual arc is very strong and important!
  • It’s an inspirational contemporary romance, but there’s an angle for history buffs, too!
  • The fictional town – Maple Valley, Iowa – is super charming in a Stars Hollow kind of way.
  • You will want to become an honorary member of the Walker Family.
  • Melissa Tagg not only has a gift for writing descriptions, but her prose sparkles with clever turns of phrase.

I can’t wait to see what else happens with the rest of the Walker clan and am eagerly awaiting the next in this series, starring a couple I’ve taken the liberty of amalgamating BecKit!

If your interest in Like Never Before is piqued, I’m giving away a copy here.

Have you read anything good lately?

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  • SO stoked you finally read this!!! Wasn’t it amazing? I am SO excited for Keep Holding On coming out in late September–not much longer of a wait!

  • I’m in the middle of this book and can’t wait to finish! I was drawn in instantly and might just have a crush on Logan. (Shhh….) LOL