Like Never Before

25170227A dying newspaper. An intriguing mystery. And a love they didn’t see coming.

Maple Valley became Amelia Bentley’s haven after her heart and her dreams of a family were shattered. But her new life as a newspaper editor is shaken when the small-town paper is in danger of closing. Her one hope: A lead on an intriguing story that just might impress the new publisher…if only she knew who he was.

After his biggest campaign success yet, widowed speechwriter Logan Walker now has the chance of a lifetime–a spot on a presidential campaign. But his plans are interrupted when he finds out he’s inherited his hometown newspaper. He travels home intent on selling the paper and spending some much-needed time with his young daughter before making the leap into national politics.

But instead of a quick sale and peaceful break from his hectic career, Logan finds himself helping Amelia chase her story. She’s scrappy, but wounded. He’s dependable, but lost. They may butt heads more than expected, but a series of leads on Maple Valley’s quirky unsolved mystery is just the start of the sparks that fly in the office and in their hearts.

**I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

5 Star


I’ve long been enjoying Melissa Tagg’s novels, primarily for their characters. Getting to know the people that fill the pages of the books is wonderful, and this book has met all of my expectations.

Like Never Before continues on the series of the Walker family (and don’t worry, if you haven’t read the previous novel and novella, you won’t be missing out on too much–you can read the books out of order, but you will have more fun if you go in order). This one on Logan Walker and Ameila, who has immersed herself in the Maple Valley community and calls it home.

The novel is sweet and charming. There’s definitely some humorous moments sprinkled throughout, but also some threads with some depper meaning woven into the story. It’s beautifully written and one of those novels that just feels like it is welcoming you home.

“Real life isn’t just your career or your everyday stuff. It’s the surprises and opportunities and open doors you didn’t see coming.”

-Kate Walker, Like Never Before

About the Author:

Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Stay, is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she is also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for writers. 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. She’s passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at


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