Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg Review
Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg
Published by Bethany House on April 5th 2016
Pages: 352
Also by this author: From the Start, All This Time, One Enchanted Noël, Now and Then and Always: A Maple Valley Romance
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My Rating: four-half-stars
About this Book

Maple Valley became Amelia Bentley's haven after her heart and her dreams of a family were shattered. But her new life as a newspaper editor is shaken when the small-town paper is in danger of closing. Her one hope: A lead on an intriguing story that just might impress the new publisher...if only she knew who he was.

After his biggest campaign success yet, widowed speechwriter Logan Walker now has the chance of a lifetime--a spot on a presidential campaign. But his plans are interrupted when he finds out he's inherited his hometown newspaper. He travels home intent on selling the paper and spending some much-needed time with his young daughter before making the leap into national politics.

But instead of a quick sale and peaceful break from his hectic career, Logan finds himself helping Amelia chase her story. She's scrappy, but wounded. He's dependable, but lost. They may butt heads more than expected, but a series of leads on Maple Valley's quirky unsolved mystery is just the start of the sparks that fly in the office and in their hearts.

I was so excited to start reading Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg. This is the second book in the Walker Family series. In it, we are taken back to Maple Valley through an engaging story of love, hurt, and faith.

Amelia Bentley is a newspaper editor in Maple Valley. A chain plans to buy the paper and incorporate it into a regional paper to expand their reach.

Logan Walker lives in LA and is a political speechwriter. Three years ago, he lost his wife, leaving him a single father to their young daughter, Charlie. He is approached to work on a presidential campaign, which would be a great step up for Logan, but would mean a crazy schedule and less time with Charlie. While trying to decide what to do, he travels back to his hometown of Maple Valley.

Logan used to work at the local newspaper and when he arrives back in town, Amelia approaches him to help turn the paper around. There is an interesting situation around this that further complicates the matter.

Amelia comes up with a plan to save the paper. This plan involves a mystery from someone who was a big influence in Maple Valley and what many in the town call a prank. Amelia sets out to set the record straight.

There is tension between Logan and his in-laws over Charlie. Charlie doesn’t talk much and the in-laws don’t think Logan is doing a good job with her.

I really enjoyed this story (I think I enjoyed the first one a little more, although this was a great installment in this series!). I’ve enjoyed the characters Melissa Tagg has created and Like Never Before is no different.

I found Logan’s role of a speechwriter interesting and felt for him trying to balance his career and daughter. Amelia wants to save the paper and has a past of hurt. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series and travel back to Maple Valley!

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