Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily-ever-after before a short-lived engagement left her brokenhearted. At least her disillusionment with romance hasn’t kept her from churning out made-for-TV screenplays and fluffy novels. That is, until a major career slump sends her running home to her father and the town of Maple Valley. Her plan to help her dad write his memoir while she figures out where to go next takes a surprising turn when she finds new inspiration in the most unexpected person.
After an injury permanently sidelines NFL player Colton Greene, he is temporarily hiding out in a friend’s small town to avoid the media and reminders of the betrayal that led to his career’s end. Maple Valley is conveniently also the perfect place to prove to his former girlfriend that he’s ready to settle down and lead a normal life. The only trouble is that he’s never really done normal before and has no idea where to start.
Let’s talk comfort zones. Contemporary fiction takes me out of mine. Sometimes I just don’t get it. That is why I was so relieved when I read Melissa Tagg‘s new book From the Start. To me it didn’t feel forced or fake. I really did like this book.
Kate and Colton both get drawn into small town Iowa for the same reason. To help family and friends. But what they received in return was unexpected. I really did like Kate and Colton’s chemistry. This was definitely a clean romance which I found refreshing. I loved the growth of both characters in this book. Kate and Colton had to let go of some pretty big hurts in this book, and each came in unexpected ways.
I loved the supporting characters. Seth, Logan, Mr. Walker, Raegan and more. It was a perfect example of a family that has very different personalities but embracing God’s uniqueness in everyone.
There was only one quirk about the book that I had trouble with and it had nothing to do with content. It was the cover. Yikes, if the guy on the cover didn’t resemble Tom Brady well ummm yeah. Solid football fan here and not of the Patriots!! Ok fine it wasn’t the book just me.
Overall though this book was cute and fun. It might even be a book that I would let my daughter read if she wanted to. Oh and to discover that this is the first book of a series!! I think I will be reading the next one.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.