Monday, May 11, 2015

Almost Makes Me Want to Like Football.

From the Start
Melissa Tagg
Walker Family Series 1

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?

To begin, if you are going to read From the Start you should start with the novella Three Little Words. Three Little Words is currently free as an e-book, and because it is a novella it is really short. It is kind of prequel-ish to From the Start. It clues you in on some events talked about in the book, but is in no way necessary to understand what is going on.

The setting was pretty cool. When we read small town books, especially recently, they are generally set in Texas. This is set in Iowa. It brought up more locations that I, a mid-west girl myself, could relate to and picture in my mind. It was a nice change from the usual southern drawl. As I have learned, small towns don't really change all that much.

Kate Walker grew up in a small town with no football tendencies, but when a NFL player shows up in her house, all of a sudden she is willing to learn. There were some really cute scenes surrounding her learning how to play football. I was one of those people who only went to one football game during high school, so I thought it was kind of cool to see her struggle with understanding it.

The book deals with some nasty diseases, including cancer and leukemia, and also with some traumatic childhood experiences. None of the situations were cliché or ill-done. They felt genuine and inspired huge levels of sympathy on my part.

I received a copy of this book from the author, Melissa Tagg, and I loved it! I can't wait for more in the Walker Family Series. Enjoy Reading! (And don't forget to click on the cover to read an excerpt). 

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