Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Book review: From the Start by Melissa Tagg

Small town Iowa in the fall, complete with football games, hot chocolate, and bonfires.  What a perfect setting for romance!  Add to that tornadoes, fires, and floods, and you have From the Start.

A hurtful past relationship has choked the hope out Kate Walker, a romance screenplay writer.  She is discontent in her work, and wants to do something important and meaningful.  Colton Greene has lost his position as a professional quarterback to an injury, as well as losing the girl he thought he would marry.  The two are brought together when a tornado sweeps through Kate’s hometown of Maple Valley, Iowa.  Kate hurries to help her family, and Colton accompanies Kate’s brother Logan to the small farming community.  As the two work to help rebuild after the storm, the time they spend together helps each to clarify what is most important to them.  Kate and Colton inspire each other to pursue their dreams.  Their talents channeled in the ways God desired produced amazing results!

What I loved about Kate and Colton was their desire to help others.  Colton’s football injuries were painful, but he pressed through in whatever task was before him.  Kate offered help and friendship to a young businesswoman that felt alone in the world.  I also loved the connection between Kate and her siblings.  They were a group of people with a lot of love for each other, although they were geographically distant.

This is a great book for those who like contemporary romance, with a lot of banter between the characters.  After reading this book, you may even want to visit Maple Valley, grab a cup of coffee, and stay for a football game.

I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

About the author:

Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Stay, is a former reporter and total Iowa girl.  In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she is also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for writers.  When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book.  She’s passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings.  Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at