Review: Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg

Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg
Where Love Begins, Book 2
Bethany House, 2014

My Thoughts:
I was already a fan of Melissa Tagg after reading her debut, Made to Last. But after reading Here to Stay, I am completely sold on Melissa’s writing awesomeness! Here to Stay was even better than her first, and now I am excited to read her next novel!

Tired of running, Blake returns home to face his past and make a better life for himself around the people he loves. Meanwhile, Autumn is racing towards her dreams and trying to fix everything at home before she takes off. Blake and Autumn have different goals when they re-meet in Whisper Shores, but together they are an amazing duo.

Melissa Tagg’s writing voice is perfection. She blends humor with heart and it is both entertaining and easy to read. She has the corner on the market of cute and adorable crossed with emotional and heartfelt. That is her sweet spot in writing. How can you possibly resist?

Blake and Autumn are a sweet couple. I enjoyed the playfulness of their relationship and how they were able to have a fun time together. What I liked even more was when they shared the deeper parts of their hearts with one another. Both the pain of the past and hope for the future. Those deep, meaningful moments in their relationship are what truly made me a fan of this book.

This book explores things we all crave: finding a place to belong. Coming home to people we love. Finding our dreams and following them. Forgiveness.

So to sum up, this book has a lot of great things going for it. A great small town setting, layered characters, and a set of powerful themes. I’m so glad I read it. And guess what? It’s set during Christmas, and I had no idea! That was a fun surprise, seeing as Christmas is almost here. Merry Christmas!

Summary (from Goodreads):
Blake Hunziker has played nomad for five years and landed in his fair share of trouble too. But now he’s finally returning to his hometown–the Lake Michigan tourist town of Whisper Shore. Counting on a not-so-warm welcome, he’s surprised at not only a positive reception but also a job offer. Determined to settle down and prove himself responsible, he agrees to the catch that comes with the job offer–coordinating the annual Christmas festival–even though he has no idea how he’ll pull it off.

Autumn Kingsley, inn owner and experienced organizer of the Christmas festival, has always dreamed of traveling the world. Now she has a job opportunity in Paris and a surprise potential investor coming to town who just might take on her family’s inn and finally leave her free to go. The only problem is that she has just two weeks to whip the inn into shape.

Their families have a long history of not getting along, but when Blake comes to Autumn for help with the festival, she actually agrees…in exchange for his help with the repairs to her inn. They may have struck a simple deal, but complications are quick to pile on when the guy who’s had enough of running away and the woman who can’t wait to leave join forces.

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