Like a hot cup of coffee and a walk down a familiar, tree-lined lane, the Walker family holds a warm place in my heart, as does Melissa Tagg's vibrant storytelling and evocative writing in Keep Holding On.
It is with a deep, satisfied sigh that I write my review of Keep Holding On. Not only has the Walker family burrowed deep into my heart, but Kit and Beck's story leaves me truly content, happy, and with "all the feels".
This book starts off with one of my favorite first (few) lines. "He'd tell his family tonight. After the wedding. Before he turned himself in to the police." I mean...how fantastic is that? I was not only drawn in immediately, but the pull to find out why this was the case was overwhelming in the best way. And the rest of the book only got better in my opinion.
Beck...oh Beck...I love his character! Melissa created such a fantastic combination of swirling emotions and complexities surrounding him and his story. From the fact that he hasn't been back to Maple Valley for years to his long-time friendship with Kit. Which leads me to the lady herself. As I've found in many of Melissa's characters, I identify with this woman. Oh man...so many times her thoughts were my thoughts, and I found myself thinking, "I would be friends with her...if she wasn't fictional."
I won't say much more because you must experience this book for yourself. Within the pages of Keep Holding On is a journey that will delight, thrill, and entertain. But it will do more than that. It will give you hope for the simpler things in life. It will remind you that trusting God, and all that is involved in that, is a real thing not for the faint of heart, but not without its own rewards. It will bring you joy. It will make you laugh. It might even make you cry. But above all, it will encourage and challenge you in the best way.
I highly recommend this to any reader, especially those who love sweet romance, enjoy small towns (or think they might), and who want to be deeply touched and entertained by fantastic writing from a novelist who brings her characters to life off of the page. You too, can be apart of the Walker family.
My Rating: 5*
Purchase: Keep Holding On (book 3)
Purchase: From the Start (book 1) & Like Never Before (book 2)
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.
_______________I received this book for free but was under no obligation to post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.