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Keep Holding On (Walker Family) (Volume 3) Paperback – September 2, 2016
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Tagg gets better and better with each new book. Becket and Kit's story is more than just their story; it expands to the entire Walker and Danby families as well as the community of Maple Valley in a way that will cement Tagg as a go-to author in this genre. Told poignantly and with a good deal of toe-curling swoon-worthiness, the reunion of these childhood best friends is sweet and funny and sincere.
About the Author
Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant writer and total Iowa girl. She writes romantic comedies in the banter-filled style of her favorite 1930s and 40s classic films. Her second Walker Family book, Like Never Before, was named by Publishers Weekly to their spring 2016 "Religion and Spirituality" Top 10 list. 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. Melissa loves connecting with readers at www.melissatagg.com and on Facebook and Instagram.
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This is the 3rd book in Melissa's 'Walker Family' series. Boy, do I wish I could visit Maple Valley! She has made her characters so real and even the locale, the town, the residents, that I so seriously want to visit. Goodness, I want to LIVE there!
This is Beckett Walker's story. Beckett who hasn't been home in six years and has basically shut his family out of his life that long. Beckett has some things to deal with, past burdens and mistakes and he just stays away. Not to mention that he'll probably be arrested the moment he arrives.
Kit Danby, Beckett's childhood friend, now back in Maple Valley after years living abroad, needs help in resurrecting the apple orchard that's been in her family for years. Beckett needs to put in 200 hours of community service. Seems like the perfect solution for both, right?
Kit and Beckett were best friends since Beckett was 11 years old. Now they've both grown up and being best friends doesn't seem like it used to be. Both are feeling more than that, but each has their life plans already made and they don't exactly coincide.
Melissa Tagg has the knack of creating such awesome characters and goodness, whole towns! I've been waiting on Beckett's story for a while now and I was not one bit disappointed. Both Kit and Beckett come alive in these pages as the reader travels with them down the lanes their lives take and as they become aware that being friends is not really what they want. But there are problems: one's impulsive, the other plans everything to death.
It was so much fun to catch up on characters from the previous books. I love this family. I feel like they're real. Seriously. They are written that well.
The spiritual message here is profound as well. Do we go ahead and make our plans or do we allow God to direct us? Do we know He's directing us when we think He is? Are we too afraid to move in faith and trust God? God keeps holding on to us even when we're not sure what path to take.
This book ministered to me with just two simple sentences: "We're not going to panic about this. We're going to trust God." I've been going through a rough time and that was like God whispering into my heart the morning I read those two sentences. I have no doubt it was my message to encourage me. Loved every single minute of this one! I do believe it's my favorite of Melissa's to date!!
*I was given a preview copy of this book.
Beckett Walker has stayed away from home for six years, and his first trip back is unceremoniously interrupted when he is almost immediately arrested for a warrant issued long ago over a youthful indiscretion. That is hardly the way he wanted to face his family and friends after such a lengthy absence! He's returned home to try to clear up this mess and get things lined up for joining the JAG Corps, but now everything is more complicated than ever. Sentenced to a significant amount of community service, Beckett has no recourse but to make Maple Valley home for the next couple months.
Also on her first trip back home is horticulturalist Kit Danby, who made a life for herself in England after she left her Maple Valley groom at the altar six years ago. But there's a longing in Kit's heart that prompts her to make her flight to Iowa a one-way trip, and when she sees her grandparents' orchard, the place where she was raised, so abandoned and neglected, she wonders if this is where her heart is supposed to be. The orchard is still in her family, and her absentee and nearly estranged father agrees to let Kit try to revive it, on the condition that she turn a profit her very first season.
Once childhood best friends, Beckett and Kit get to know each other again when he is able to arrange to serve his community service at her orchard. The pull of her heart to make this orchard work is just as strong as the pull of Beckett's heart to find adventure and fulfillment in his new career with the military. Even as they feel the draw of attraction which they never explored as kids, they brace themselves for the parting they know is coming.
While Melissa has explored plenty of deep emotions in her previous books, this one felt a little different for me. There was a maturity in the writing which set this story apart. Beckett's pain of always feeling on the outskirts made him a truly compelling protagonist, his emotions written in such a way that you truly understood the choices he made. He seems to be cursed with constantly missing big moments, and not knowing how to handle that grief keeps driving him away from the people he loves. Watching the beginning of Beckett's healing left me full of wonder and hope. There were some ways that I really related to Kit as well, nearly choking up with the ways God spoke to her heart because they were so familiar to me, echoing ways that God has spoken to mine.
The orchard setting makes this perfect autumn reading. As Beckett and Kit fight for the orchard and fight for a home for each of their hearts, you'll be drawn in to the wonderful place that is Maple Valley and its colorful cast of characters - and also to the love of God that keeps Him always holding on to us.