Tuesday, April 7, 2015

From the Start by Melissa Tagg

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Is anyone tired of my book reviews yet?  Well, I guess following my blog is not a command, so you will have to deal with it, but I only have one more book in hand that I need to review, so there might be a little break and maybe I will post some pics of the newest member of our family again.  Because of her, I have been able to get caught up on my reading and maybe even branch out to reading my own books instead of just barely hanging on to keeping up with the books I'm reviewing.

That's not a very encouraging paragraph to start a book review off with is it?  That being said, I have never read a book by Melissa Tagg before-- truth be I hadn't even heard of her before, but the description looked interesting and I like trying out new authors, so I picked her.  And it was a good decision.

This is the story of an NFL starting quarterback whose career was destroyed in a moment when he decided to chase the interceptor down the field and collided with two other opponents.  The story starts out with him bereft of his football future and unable to imagine any other kind of life for himself.

The other main character is Katie, a girl who has been writing romantic movie scripts for the last few years, but finds her writing style drying up and the rejection letters coming in in abundance.

Of course, the two meet and fall into like with each other.  The problem? Colton can't open up his heart to anyone.  He is mired in memories he can't remember and other memories he doesn't want to talk about it and Kate is stilted from a relationship gone bad and doesn't want to risk anything again.  Through a series of events, they eventually get back together and being a future together.  It's a well-written love story with lot of family, friends and community working together.  I saw that it is the first of the Walker family series and I for one like the sound of that.  There is a novella out before this book as well.

What stuck out to me in this book?  There was a story told in there about a football field being eleven inches too narrow. It was discovered by someone who knew his play perfectly and when he executed it, he was out of bounds; when they measured the field they discovered the error.  The point of the story is God has eleven more inches for you.  When you're feeling like you've reached the end of your rope, your dreams, your career or whatever, if you look to God, He will have a plan for you that will supercede any dreams you may currently carry.  I'm not repeating it verbatim, but that is the theme I took away from the story.

I enjoyed the book and will definitely be on the look out for her next book to hit the review list.

This book was given me by Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of reading and writing a review on it. All opinions expressed are my own.

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