Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg

I received this book in exchange for my honest review as being part of Melissa Tagg's influencer team.

From the back of the book:

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 be 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 friend—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.

My thoughts on Melissa Tagg:

Melissa Tagg is an amazing writer who is able to pull at your heartstrings. She builds the story line with many colorful, believable characters. She goes back and forth between Logan and Beckett Walker. I personally like Logan the best out of the guys. I can't wait to read Reagan's story. I feel like I can somewhat relate to Reagan. I think Melissa Tagg needs to get married. I have a perfect guy for her. I would have to say Chris Soules, the bachelor who is in the Iowa. 

My thoughts on the book:

When I started reading this book, I knew exactly who I could see as Kit Danby. Ashley Benson is the one who popped up in my head, some of you may know her as Hanna Marin from Pretty Little Liars. Kit Danby has been one who has captured my attention because of all that she has been through. Will she fall in love with Beckett? The guy who rescued her from marrying the wrong guy 10 years ago? I love that Kit Danby fights tooth and nail to save the Orchards. 

Beckett Walker took a little bit of getting into his story. I felt that the story was a bit disjointed at first until I got further along in the story because to me the connections were feeling a bit forced. He got home after being away so long and the relationships were so strained. It took time to understand what was going on. 

The story itself is pretty good. Melissa tugs at the heart strings half way through the book. The plot thickens and you are on your seat wondering what is going to happen. The Walker family continues to grow and to teach us all lessons as time goes on. The family makes you want to meet them and see what life in a small town is like but BEWARE of the drama that comes with small towns. I would rate this book a four out of five stars. 

Until next time, 

The Traveling Gypsy 

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears

I received this book from Bethany House for free in exchange for my honest review.

From the back of the book:

Lydia King knows what it's like to be in need, so when she joins the Teaville Moral Society, she genuinely hopes to help the town's poor. But with her father's debts increasing by the day and her mother growing sicker by the week, she wonders how long it will be until she ends up in the poor house herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn't hurt that the moral society's president is her suitor's mother. Her first task as a moral society member--to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town--should be easy . . . except he flat-out refuses.

Despite appearances, Nicholas wants to help others but prefers to do it his own way, keeping his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, though Nicholas has a few surprises up his sleeve. Neither foresee the harrowing complications that will arise from working together. When town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs--and hearts--truly align.

My thoughts on the book:

This book is amazing! It deals with historical fiction, prostitutes, poor people and learning how to love people the way that God loves us. How we need to be the light in the culture and to teach people about God's mercy, grace and love without bashing them over the head but not accepting their culture. I love the character of Nicholas Lowe. He seems rough around the edges but once you learn why he is the way that he is, it makes sense. He is a real gentleman. 

Nicholas Lowe-He caught my attention from the first time that Lydia goes to visit him. He seems like your average joe who doesn't want to help or partake in charity but once you get to know his heart. You noticed he is nothing but charity and helping to see life through the other people's shoes.

Lydia King-I first met Lydia in Engaging the Competition in With This Ring? She was such a spunky fast learner who really had her own personality so therefore it did not surprise me that Melissa Jagears decided to write her store. At first in the book, I had a hard time realizing that Lydia went to school. There was a major disconnect in my brain at first until I realized it was the same Lydia. (Currently in the middle of moving, so please forgive me.) 

Queenie-She reminds me of a friend we had in Maryland named Mary. A woman who learned from her mistakes and who works her heart and soul trying to get ahead. She doesn't just take out handouts but really tries to show her worth. 

Pepper: She is the oldest of the three kids abandoned by her mother and growing up in the Red-district part of town which mean that she didn't know nothing different than prostitution from her mother. She is just doing what a girl's got to do to get through and to provide a life. She is even willing to prosititue her sister out. Their brother would have to stay in the kitchen while they work. 

My thoughts on Melissa Jagears:

Such a sweet sweet humble author! She has so much knowledge and she also tells such amazing stories with such colorful characters who have life stories to share with all of us. Melissa Jagears is down to earth and keeps busy and she always encourages others. She shares wisdom and amazing insights to bible verses by tying in a great story. I happily give this book a 5-star rating. 

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Here's who I picture as I was reading as the characters!