Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Here to Stay

Here to Stay
Melissa Tagg
(Bethany House)
May 2013/

After playing nomad for five years, Blake Hunziker has finally had enough of adventure. Not sure what reception he'll get from everyone back in Whisper Shore, he's stunned at not only a warm welcome from his hometown but also a job offer. The job is his if he can successfully pull off the annual Christmas Festival. If only he knew the first thing about coordinating events...

If there's one thing Autumn Kingsley knows, it's Whisper Shore. For years, she's been stuck running her family's inn when all she wants is to see the world. Now she has a visit scheduled from a potential investor who could take over the inn, as well as a dream job offer in Paris. But with just two weeks to whip the inn into shape, her chance at escape is a long shot.

The Hunzikers and the Kingsleys may not get along, but Blake knows Autumn's the only one who can help him. She agrees to a trade--she'll help with the Festival and he'll help with inn repairs. But what was meant to be a simple deal quickly becomes much more than that when the guy who's done running away joins forces with the girl who can't wait to leave.

Get to know more about this book in a Q&A with Melissa Tagg.


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Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last, 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 www.melissatagg.com.


Some authors start strong with a great debut novel and then fizzle with their second book, but Melissa Tagg proves that she is Here to Stay with this charming story! I thoroughly enjoyed Made to Last (reviewed here) and was thrilled to discover that her sophomore release is a spin-off of that first novel. Her fresh, down-to-earth writing style and winsome characters once again immediately pulled me into this delightful book, making me long to visit Whisper Shore and spend a few days at the Kingsley Inn. Don't be fooled into thinking this is a lightweight tale of fluff, however, as Tagg leads Autumn and Blake, as well as their respective families, through some pretty painful and soul-searching moments. A perfect addition to your spring or summer reading list, Here to Stay has secured Melissa Tagg's spot on my list of favorite young authors!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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