After playing nomad for five years, Blake Hunziker has finally had enough of adventure. Not sure what reception he’ll get from everyone back in Whisper Shore, he’s stunned at not only a warm welcome from his hometown but also a job offer. The job is his if he can successfully pull off the annual Christmas Festival. If only he knew the first thing about coordinating events…
If there’s one thing Autumn Kingsley knows, it’s Whisper Shore. For years, she’s been stuck running her family’s inn when all she wants is to see the world. Now she has a visit scheduled from a potential investor who could take over the inn, as well as a dream job offer in Paris. But with just two weeks to whip the inn into shape, her chance at escape is a long shot.
The Hunzikers and the Kingsleys may not get along, but Blake knows Autumn’s the only one who can help him. She agrees to a trade–she’ll help with the Festival and he’ll help with inn repairs. But what was meant to be a simple deal quickly becomes much more than that when the guy who’s done running away joins forces with the girl who can’t wait to leave.
**This is a book from my own collection. I am not being compensated for this review.**
First of all, I loved getting to once again step into a book with a Michigan setting… not to mention that there was a joke in reference to my hometown of Paris, Michigan (when a large number of people in the state haven’t heard of it, it’s pretty exciting to find that type of reference in a book!). But beyond the setting, this is a wonderful contemporary twist on a Romeo and Juliet-esque story, and I adored it.
This book follows the story of Blake Hunziker, a man we meet in the previous book (From the Start– and if you haven’t read it, that one is fantastic and is worth reading prior to this one). Blake has quite the story that we learn more details of in this story. He’s a man trying to outrun events from his past and reshape the way people view him.
Autumn Kingsely is an interesting contrast to Blake. She’s so afraid of letting people down that she puts her dreams on hold. But she is finally ready to start taking the steps to grasp them. But when she works with Blake on trying to put together a Christmas festival for their town, she starts to reconsider those dreams.
Overall, I thought this book was fantastic and I loved it. Autumn and Blake are both so well developed and witty characters. And their friendly banters are priceless! So many great lines in those conversations.
If you are looking for a story that will make you smile but also leaves some sort of message behind, this is one worth picking up!
“You put new meaning to the word bookworm. More like a book…boa constrictor.“
-Blake Hunziker, Here to Stay
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 http://www.melissatagg.com.
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