Review: Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg

HTS_melissataggHERE TO STAY (WHERE LOVE BEGINS #2)
Melissa Tagg
Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: May 6, 2014

From the back cover:

Blake Hunziker has played nomad for five years and landed in his fair share of trouble too. But now he’s finally returning to his hometown–the Lake Michigan tourist town of Whisper Shore. Counting on a not-so-warm welcome, he’s surprised at not only a positive reception but also a job offer. Determined to settle down and prove himself responsible, he agrees to the catch that comes with the job offer–coordinating the annual Christmas festival–even though he has no idea how he’ll pull it off.

Autumn Kingsley, inn owner and experienced organizer of the Christmas festival, has always dreamed of traveling the world. Now she has a job opportunity in Paris and a surprise potential investor coming to town who just might take on her family’s inn and finally leave her free to go. The only problem is that she has just two weeks to whip the inn into shape.

Their families have a long history of not getting along, but when Blake comes to Autumn for help with the festival, she actually agrees…in exchange for his help with the repairs to her inn. They may have struck a simple deal, but complications are quick to pile on when the guy who’s had enough of running away and the woman who can’t wait to leave join forces.

MADE TO LAST was one of my favorite inspirational fiction reads from last year, so I was very excited to get the chance to review Melissa Tagg’s sophomore novel, HERE TO STAY.

HERE TO STAY picks up Blake’s story where MADE TO LAST ended–with Blake deciding it was time to stop running. He returns home to Whisper Shore, hoping to find a purpose for his restless heart. Instead, he finds forgiveness and a second chance. Autumn Kinglsey has been trying to get out of Whisper Shore for years, and now, with a job offer in Paris, she finally has the chance to fulfill her dreams. But sometimes, dreams have a way of changing, and you find that what you once wanted is no longer appealing.

Melissa Tagg writes a warm, heartfelt, funny story reminiscent of classic romantic comedies. Not only is her style super engaging and easy to read, but her characters ooze charm and her inspiring words of hope tug at the heartstrings. I loved the entire sentiment of this book–that sometimes, God opens doors you weren’t expecting or sends you in a different direction altogether. Sometimes you’re so focused on the end goal, you miss all the little opportunities in between and fail to appreciate all you have right in front of you.

I adored every page of this book from the small town charm that’s brought to life with Ms. Tagg’s words, to the witty banter, the humorous mishaps, and the poignant moments, this entire book is a delight to read. I did not want it to end! In fact, I loved HERE TO STAY even more than I loved MADE TO LAST.

Melissa Tagg is now one of my must-read authors. I can’t wait to see what she writes next! Highly recommended!

 

 

 

 

 

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