What an amazing piece of inspirational fiction nestled securely within a contemporary romance! It's an absolutely impossible book to put down!
Autumn Kingsley is determined to follow her dream; to travel the world, at least as far as Paris, France when a long-awaited job opportunity becomes available. But first things, first. She must "right a sinking ship"; her beautiful, vintage family inn needs increasingly serious repairs and a boatload of reservations in order to prevent it from dissolving into bankruptcy and disappearing from Whisper Shore's alluring landscape. Could the offer of assistance from a family nemesis possibly be the answer to her problems, or only the beginning of many, many more? Old wounds leave deep scars.
Blake "Blaze" Hunziker has decided to stop "globe-trotting" and come home to Whisper Shores where his family owns a beautiful posh hotel with five-star amenities in his small, nostalgic home town. But can he be taken seriously, especially after recently starring in a reality television show that featured him pretend-married to its host? And what about the memories of his brother's death; the memories that continue to pervade his thoughts and dreams without warning? Fortunately or unfortunately, when Blake is offered a temporary civic duty; to plan Whisper Shore's upcoming Christmas Festival, he literally runs into Autumn Kingsley and they form a partnership; his help at the inn in return for her help planning the festival. After seeming success on both fronts, there's no "replay button" to push once Autumn and Blake realize that their hearts have formed an alliance of their own.
Melissa Tagg is "here to stay" as well; she has demonstrated her literary skills after crafting a sincere, genuine, lovely romance between two souls who desperately needed each other.
A wonderful sequel to Made To Last! I loved getting to hear more about Blake, or maybe as he is better known, Blaze. I enjoyed the quirky romance of the first book and Melissa Tagg serves more of the same delicious writing in Here To Stay.
Humor is lovingly balanced with the harder issues in life. Both Autumn and Blake have things in their pasts, things they need to forgive others for, things they need to forgive each other for, and things they need to forgive themselves for.
An entertaining and thoughtful read, Here To Stay is another winner from Melissa Tagg. If you love contemporary romance with humor and some poignant moments definitely check out Melissa Tagg's Here To Stay!
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher through TBCN in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
In Melissa Tagg's latest book, Here to Stay, you will meet Autumn Kingsley and Blake Hunziker.
Autumn is ready to leave her hometown of Whisper Shore to live and work in Paris, France: a place where she has always dreamed of living. Blake is returning home to Whisper Shore, after four years of running, following his brother's tragic death.
Autumn and Blake team up to put on the town's annual Christmas festival. Blake has agreed to help Autumn repair her inn, in hopes she can sell it. Autumn will help Blake prepare for and put on Whisper Shore's festival, in hopes that people will gladly welcome him back to town after his past misdeeds!
God is at work in both of their lives both to heal past hurts and to grow new dreams!
This was an enjoyable read. I was touched by the storyline about how Blake deals with the circumstances surrounding his brother's death.
Here to Stay follows Made to Last by Melissa Tagg. But you do not need to read the first to enjoy the second book. Here to Stay is a contemporary romance with plenty of realistic everyday occurrences. The story follows Blake and Autumn and the decisions they need to make concerning their future, both individually and together. I hope Melissa has another one to follow in the works!
I received the book from the Book CLub Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
I became a fan of Melissa Tagg while reading her first book, Made to Last. Her writing style is fun and witty while also teaching lessons. This author has by far one of my favorites! Sometimes an author changes her style or something but this one is still great.
If you have read the first book you will recognize Blake Hunziker as the phony husband of Miranda Woodruff. Blake, also known as Blaze, has been traveling around for years trying to escape the guilt and reminders of home. So when he finally decides to return, he is surprised when his parents welcome him with love. The heroine is Autumn Kingsley. When her father died her mother gave her the Kingsley Inn. Only problem is, Autumn didn't want the shackles of staying in Whisper Shores. She wants to travel and see the world, instead of being chained to a dying hotel.
This novel is funny, entertaining and the author knows how to write her scenes. I felt pulled along with the story and didn't want to put it down. Blake has just the right amount of tenderness and vulnerability mixed in with that male cockiness. You gotta love a guy like that! His spirit with Lucy and Fletcher was just sweet!! And Autumn is so feisty and stubborn. I had to laugh over and over as I devoured this novel. I am soo waiting for the next one. Don't keep us in suspense too long Melissa!!!
I received a copy of this book for my review purposes. All thoughts are 100% mine