Title: From the Start
Author: Melissa Tagg
Publisher: Bethany House
“Nearly all of it spent in Colton’s company. When she wasn’t with him, she was writing about him. Or trying to. Hard to write a book, though, when you were falling for its main character,” Kate realizes in Melissa Tagg’s novel, From the Start.
Book one of the Walker Family series, this three hundred and fifty-three page paperback targets those who like Christian contemporary romances with happy endings. With no profanity, sexual scenes, or extreme violence, topics of foster care and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. Acknowledgments, the author’s biography, and advertisements for similar books are at the ending.
Former newspaper reporter, author Tagg is currently a nonprofit grant writer involved with a homeless ministry as well as a marketing/events coordinator for a craft and coaching writing community. She has written five books to date.
In this tale set in the small town of Maple Valley, Iowa, thirty-year-old Kate Walker is at a standstill in her career as a romance screenplay writer in Chicago. Trying to get over a relationship that ended six years ago, she seeks to find her purpose in life. When a tornado hits her hometown, she returns to help her father and the community.
Kate’s brother and his friend, Colton Greene, also return to the battered area. A recently injured former NFL quarterback, Colton has emotional demons that haunt him, especially after his girlfriend who he wanted to marry becomes engaged.
Dealing with their pasts and wanting to reinvent themselves, Kate agrees to help Colton write a memoir that recalls his childhood of being in the foster care system. Insistent on keeping their relationship strictly professional, the two banter back and forth, tiptoeing around their obvious attraction to one another.
With a plethora of characters, a minutia of information, and flip-flopping feelings, Kate learns about the game of football while Colton understands the genre of old movies. Both have to let go of the past and trust God to venture into the future.
Although it is a predictable romance that includes mentoring and corncribs to paint colors and sometimes corny dialog, the story leaves many options for what happens next in the Walker family.
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