This entire series was a delight to read and the final story of the Walker family was no exception. I was so happy to see that Raegan and Bear were finally getting their chance at a happily-ever-after. These two haven’t had an easy life, but they’re stronger because of it. And the lessons they learn about themselves, and ultimately God, is the best part of all.

Everything I’ve come to expect from one of Melissa Tagg’s books was included in this novel. A charming setting, an adorable, quirky family, and a sweet love story make the perfect combination. The spiritual growth of the characters deepens the lesson for them and the readers.

I love seeing friendships grow into something much more. It’s just so romantic. πŸ™‚ These two have a history, a bond formed over many years, and they can only deny their feelings for so long. Their relationship grew so naturally, so perfectly. I loved how they were there for each other through some difficult things and showed their love through their support.

There was a hint of mystery and some surprising twists that rounded out the ending really well. I couldn’t quite guess how it would end and I was sad to say goodbye.

The story could stand alone, but you’ll enjoy it so much more if you are familiar with the rest of the family and their stories. I’d recommend starting from the beginning and enjoy meeting the whole crew. They’ll become like family, I promise! πŸ™‚

I received a free copy from the author. No review, positive or otherwise, was requiredβ€”all opinions are my own.



Bear McKinley’s past refuses to let go.

Ten years ago, Bear gave up everythingβ€”his freedom and his reputationβ€”for his mess of a family. But after years of distance and too many attempts at starting over, he finally has a new life doing noble work in Brazil . . . until his past catches up to him once again. Suddenly he finds himself back in Maple Valley, charged with the care of his missing brother’s children, convinced he’s out of second chances to make his life count. And yet, with every day that passes, these kids, this quirky town and the woman he never stopped missing help patch the holes in his heart. Maybe this is the fresh start he’s been longing for all along. But as his newfound hope grows, so does the mystery surrounding his brother’s activitiesβ€”and when the threat reaches into the lives of those he loves, it’s clear he can’t run away this time.

Fear holds Raegan’s future captive.

Raegan Walker is fine. She’s happy working a slew of part-time jobs, still living in her childhood bedroom and rarely venturing from her hometown. At least, that’s what she tells everyone . . . and herself. But she can’t help wondering what might’ve happened if she hadn’t abandoned her art so many years agoβ€”and if Bear McKinley had never left. When Bear returns and she’s commissioned for a painting that just might revive her artistic ambition all in one week, it’s time to finally reach for more than fine. But doing so means facing the fears that have held her back all this time, including admitting the secret she’s kept from Bear and her family. With her dream and her heart on the line, how much will Raegan have to risk to finally chase her happy ending?

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Like Never Before - My Review | The Engrafted WordMelissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Stay, 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 .