From the Start by Melissa Tagg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley (to review)
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Book Description: Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays...until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley.
Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend's hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he's lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he's never really done normal before.
While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it's like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn't part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that's ever happened to them?
My thoughts: From the Start was very hard for me to put down. I loved the characters and story!
Kate's career as a writer has stalled. She comes home to help out her father when a tornado rips through her small hometown. She is on the verge of changing her direction in life and needs the connection with her family.
Colton's career in the NFL is over. He is also seeking a new direction in his life and takes advantage of the opportunity to help out his friends family in Maple Valley after the tornado.
The two of them never imagined that a town tragedy could help them both find direction and heal from past events in their lives. Their connection happens quickly, but they don't fall instantly in love. Both of them have obstacles to overcome before they can fully let themselves care for another.
I loved the setting of this book. It is a small town where people pitch in and help after a disaster. The residents comes together and pulls everyone into the community and makes them feel at home.
Kate has a loving nature that is the perfect component for helping Colton overcome the tragedies of his childhood. She reaches him and helps him cope and remember events that were pivotal in his life, things he has buried.
There are a few Walker siblings that need a boost to their love lives, it looks like this is the first of a series. I am very excited to read the rest of the Walker family series as it comes available.
This is a clean Christian romance.