keep-holding-on-259x400Could this story BE any cuter? I don’t think so! πŸ˜‰ I honestly think this is Melissa Tagg’s best book yet. Everything about it was so endearing and full of heart. I’ve really enjoyed this series and getting to know this precious family. I didn’t want to close the book and say goodbye to them. They feel like real people to me.

I found myself fighting back tears more than once in this story. A few moments broke my heart. Other moments healed it. The lessons in faith that Beckett and Kit have to go through are so relatable to us all and I felt like I grew along with them. Their relationship is so adorable throughout. Their friendship is true and special and their love for each other even more so.

Real life with its joys and obstacles fills this story with characters you love instantly. I enjoyed seeing some familiar faces from the previous books and seeing where their stories continued on. This is one close-knit family I wish wasn’t fictional! In fact, I’d love to join them around their breakfast table. πŸ˜‰

The setting with the orchard was perfect for a fall read. It made me want to visit one like my own grandparents used to run. There was humor and there were twists that kept me guessing. And I loved the meaning behind the title and how it was incorporated into the story. This is one book and one author I highly recommend.

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



Beckett Walker hasn’t stepped foot in Maple Valley in years. There’s no getting past the painful memories, and there’s every chance he’ll beΒ arrested as soon as he shows his face. Which is exactly what happens when he finally returns. Suddenly his dream of adventure as a military lawyer comes skidding to a halt.

Horticulturist Kit Danby has spent too much time missing home and her childhood best friendβ€”Beckett Walker. Now she might have a shot at reclaiming both. After years of living abroad, she returns to run her family’s apple orchard. She has one season to turn a profit and impress the father she barely knows. But she can’t do it alone.

It should be simple: Beckett needs community service hours. Kit needs a helping hand. But there’s more at stake than either of them planned. With a tangled past and futures that look nothing alike, they’ll have to find a way to weather the storms of the present . . . or risk losing everything.

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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 .