How do I explain how much I looooooooooooooved this book!? Are there words? It made me all sorts of swoony and a melted puddle of gooey goodness. From the cover design to the story itself to the author’s note and acknowledgements at the end, this book is a gem that I’ll definitely read multiple times. I recommend it to everyone who reads inspirational contemporary romance.
So, it’s no surprise that I’m giving this book…
5 out of 5 helmets
A dying newspaper. An intriguing mystery. And a love they didn’t see coming.
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.
What I Loved
Um . . . everything?
Seriously, though, I wanted this book to last forever. It’s easy to see how much Melissa fell for her characters. That kind of enthusiasm bleeds into the writing, and it makes a reader like me love the characters, too. Logan is one of the best heroes I’ve read in a while, and definitely is the best contemporary hero. Wounded and three-dimensional, he is also incredibly kind and noble–even when it hurts. Amelia is cute and multi-layered. She’ll probably remind a lot of readers of themselves, whether it’s through her personal interests or through her ponderings about God and where she fits in.
If you like small-town romance, a hint of mystery, and a strong thread of family and faith, you should check out this book and her others about the Walker family. I want to be friends with the Walkers, and you will, too!
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