“It might be worth asking yourself why you’d rather fight for paper and ink and other people’s futures than your own,” Amelia is told in Melissa Tagg’s novel, Like Never Before.
~ What ~
Second in the Walker Family series, this three-hundred-fifty-two-page paperback targets those who like Christian contemporary romances with happy endings. Using one slang word a couple times, no overtly sexual scenes or extreme violence are included. Topics of divorce and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. Notes, acknowledgments, the author’s biography, and advertisements for similar books are at the ending.
In this tale set in Maple Valley, Iowa, thirty-year-old Amelia Bentley has been contented living in the small town the last three years, working as an editor at its newspaper and trying to forget the past while researching a local mystery. Addicted to anything about Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh, she approaches her job always trying to find the answers.
When speechwriter Logan Walker flies in from California to his hometown because he has inherited the newspaper, the widower is torn between the opportunity to get involved in a presidential campaign or watch his four-year-old daughter blossom among family roots back home. When he meets the newspaper’s editor, it further complicates any decisions he needs to make.
As Logan ponders selling the paper, Amelia strives to keep it going. Although they both feel God has let them down in the past, they wonder if their relationship is as changing as headline news.
~ Why ~
Having read the prior book in the series, I found this one more engaging and realistic. I like how the author handled the aspect of God always being there, but His timing and outcome may be different than what we want or expect.
~ Why Not ~
Since the story involves a large family and their romantic relationships, the many characters can get confused at times.
~ Who ~
Former newspaper reporter, author Tagg is 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.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of Deity were capitalized for reverence. Having a list of characters would be helpful since there are so many of them.
~ Want ~
Although it is a predictable romance with a splash of historical fiction, the tale shows how God works through our lives, even when our plans are derailed or we feel we cannot go on that there is hope and sometimes a chance for love and restoration.
Thanks to Bethany House for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinion.
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