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BLOGWORDS – Friday 13 September 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-FRIDAY – BOOK REVIEW – NOW AND THEN AND ALWAYS by MELISSA TAGG

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-FRIDAY – BOOK REVIEW – NOW AND THEN AND ALWAYS by MELISSA TAGG

                                                                             

THE BLURB

“It was just a house. Just a weathered old house in a hidden grove, shuttered and still . . . ”

Last year, after traumatic circumstances forced her from her job as a nanny, Mara Bristol finally found a place to belong—the winsome Everwood Bed & Breakfast at the edge of Maple Valley, Iowa. For months, she’s helped its owner, Lenora, maintain the ramshackle property despite their shortage of guests. But when Lenora fails to return from a month-long trip and the bank threatens foreclosure, Mara worries she’s once again alone . . . abandoned . . . about to lose the only true home she’s ever known.
Detective Marshall Hawkins is no closer to whole today than he was two years ago . . . the day his daughter died. Between his divorce, debilitating migraines, and a dependence on medication, his life is falling apart. And when a reckless decision on the job propels him into administrative leave, he has no other plan but to get in his truck and drive. A one-night stay at the Everwood was supposed to be just that. But there’s something about the old house—or maybe its intriguing caretaker—that pulls him in.
Together, Mara and Marshall set out to save the Everwood. But its secrets run deeper than they could’ve imagined. As they renovate the house and search for its missing owner, they’ll each confront the pain that brought them to the Everwood in the first place . . . and just maybe discover a faith and love to help them carry on.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Melissa Tagg is the award-winning author of the popular Walker Family series, the Where Love Begins series and the Enchanted Christmas Collection. Her latest release, Now and Then and Always, kicks off a new series set in her beloved-by-readers fictional town of Maple Valley. Melissa is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant writer and total Iowa girl.
Melissa’s books include a 2018 ACFW Carol Award Winner (One Enchanted Noel), an RT Book Reviews TOP PICK (All This Time) and a Publishers Weekly Spring Top Ten Pick (Like Never Before).
Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as workshops and women’s retreats. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever (not that she’s biased), bookworming, watching old movies, and spoiling her nieces and nephews. Melissa loves connecting with readers at http://www.melissatagg.com and on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

I do love a good book with twists and layers and mystery. And Ms. Tagg surely delivers with this story.

There’s just something romantic about a B&B. Something magical, something healing. And sometimes, something mysterious—and dangerous.

Gotta give Mara points for being tenacious. Holding out, hoping every day for Lenora to return. Clinging to a thin and fraying thread that she’s not been abandoned again.

Abandonment happens in different ways. Marshall was abandoned by way of death, and then divorce. And by his own hand to allay the guilt and despair he fought.

Everwood was more than a B&B to both Mara and Marshall. Like a friend, Everwood embraced them both, offering a balm to their wounded souls.

I admired the way Mara stood firm, knowing she was right about Lenora. I applauded her as she stepped way outside her comfort zone—and found love and support and friendship.

Marshall pours himself into helping with much needed repairs to the B&B, thinking only to numb his pain. But as he works, Everwood—and Mara—touch his shattered heart, crumbling the wall he has hidden behind. The pain ebbs, and peace seeps in.

As they work, the mystery of Lenora’s disappearance becomes more sinister. Desperate for clues, desperate to save Everwood, Mara and Marshall doggedly follow the trail even when it seems to have grown cold. Each clue, each new discovery—one surprising discovery especially—kept me turning pages to the end.

 

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

FOUR FEATHERS!

 

 

 

I purchased this book, and offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Now and Then and Always, Melissa Tagg

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NEW WEEK NEW FACE – MELISSA TAGG

 

 

 

Every writer needs another writer in her life. Or a bunch of other writers.

 

We need those amaaazing fellow writer friends who so totally get us. You know, the ones who know exactly what we mean when we say things like, “I’m trying to figure out my MC’s black moment and my GMC feels all muddled and I’m scared my own personal HEA is out of reach!”

 

We’ve got our own code, yeah?

 

But alas, writers must live in the real world—which means we’re going to have to interact with the others. The non-writers. The people who may sometimes look at us like we’ve got silly putty for brains.

 

I think it’s only the kind thing to do to help ‘em out. So below I offer…

 

Tips for Being Friends with a Writer

 

  • Try to avoid using scary words around us. Words like synopsisblank page and sales. They make us twitchy. And by all means, avoid the doozy: deadline.

 

  • If you see us staring at a wall or out the window, don’t ask when we’re going to get to work. We are

 

  • When you’re tempted to say, “But your character isn’t a real person. Stop worrying about him and/or swooning over him.”…resist! Or else be prepared for the stink eye. (LOGAN WALKER IS SO REAL IN MY HEAD, PEOPLE!!)

 

  • Don’t ask us when we’re going to be rich and famous. We’re wondering that ourselves, and we’re pretty sure it’s not going to happen because of writing. That’s why we come up with crazy plans to marry into wealth or go on Wheel of Fortune.

 

  • Bring us chocolate. Or coffee. Or both! (And actually if you could throw in a Diet Coke with Lime for yours truly, that’d be much appreciated.)

 

  • Don’t worry about us if it seems like we’re always babbling out loud when no one’s around. Truth is, we’re not just talking to ourselves. We’re talking to our fictional peeps. See, we’re so not crazy.

 

  • If you find us tied up with rope, stuck in a tiny space or, really, any matter of “Why in the world did you attempt that?” positions, don’t ask questions. Just know we were probably testing out something from a story…and help!

 

  • Unless you’re our parents, spouses or we owe you big-time, don’t ask for free copies of our books. Shell out the mullah, buy the book (or ask your library to) and we’ll love you forever and probably even forgive you if you’ve disregarded all the above tips!

 

I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface here.

 

So if you’re a writer, what other tips would you offer for braving friendship with our kind? And if you’re not a writer, is the list do-able or are you now fearful of us crazy writers?

 

 

 

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Bio: Author Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant-writer and total Iowa girl. Her latest novel, Like Never Before, was named by Publisher’s Weekly to their spring 2016 “Religion and Spirituality” Top 10 list. Upcoming books include Keep Holding On (Sept 2016) and One Enchanted Eve (Nov 2016). Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as retreats and workshops. 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.

 

 

 

 

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Melissa loves connecting with readers at

 

http://www.melissatagg.com

Facebook

Instagram.

 

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