“From the Start” Book Review

May 11, 2015 by

Welcome back to Rachel’s Back Talk! I’m so glad you could join me again. Today I am reviewing Melissa Tagg’s newest novel From the Start which is the first book in her new series, the Walker family!


As is my custom, if I could ask Melissa one question about From the Start it would be — “Why football??” And if you want to know why I asked that question, I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out!


And without further ado, on to Rachel’s Back Talk!

From the Back Cover:

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?


Rachel’s Back Talk:

5 – award winning covers


I loved this book from Melissa!! When I first began reading, I knew right away that this wasn’t going to be a book that I’d be able to put down very easily, and I was right. Kate, Colton, and the entire Maple Valley grabbed me and refused to let me leave. I loved how tight-knit and lovable the town was. I can’t wait to go back and visit in future books.

Kate was a remarkable character. I loved the way that I as the reader could see her develop throughout the book. She grew from someone afraid of love and being hurt to someone ready to take risks. She bonded with Colton in such a way that was just beautiful and I loved their interactions with one another. Kate and Colton were always ready to listen to what the other was saying.

Colton experienced a lot of growth in the book too and it wasn’t until the end when he finally realized that what he had, he might have lost. He takes a lot of blame for what happens, but deep down, he is such a caring, gentleman that can see what people are thinking and feeling.

Overall, I truly loved the book and I can’t wait more about the Walker family!


Other books by Melissa I will read next:

Made to Last

Here to Stay


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