Author: Melissa Tagg
Publisher: Larkspur Press (Indie Published)
Publication Date: 2017
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Source: Author Provided e-copy; thanks, Melissa!
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REVIEW | Time stands still for Bear McKinley. His dream of missionary work in Africa has just vanished from his future thanks to a checkered past. This leads him to wonder about the future. His immediate future leads him to Georgia and the door of his sister-in-law. Instead of a welcome, she refuses to tell Bear what’s going on with his brother (who’s life is riddled with mistakes), but she does rush him out the door, and sends her two kids with him. All he knows is she begs Bear to keep her children safe… and the best way he knows how to do this is by returning to Maple Valley.
Maple Valley is safety to Raegan Walker. It’s the only place she’s known and it’s the only place she wants to be. Unlike her siblings, she isn’t about to leave it or her close-knit family behind. The one person who could have shaken her safety net is Bear McKinley. Until he left her behind. Now Raegan protects a broken heart. When he returns with two small children in tow, Raegan will have to check her emotions lest she again fall in love with this enigma of a man…
As each of Melissa’s Walker family series (three full length books, plus a novella) released, this was the story avid fans most anticipated. The story of Raegan Walker and Bear McKinley is the romance they invested in as it quietly set up its backstory in the proceeding titles. Readers fell (easily) under the sway of Bear’s gentle character (though we knew there was something to his past) and of course, we love Raegan’s likeable (aka #relate) girl-next-door character. (Girl is something of a coffee fiend, too.)
“All she knew was that this right here was everything she hadn’t known she was waiting for.” – Melissa Tagg
Though Melissa saved this story for the fourth and final book, she makes it one of the best. A conclusion none of us will find surprising since Team Tagg fans had faith in every aspect of this story. The storytelling continues to grow and push beyond the surface of the narrative. Inside these pages lies a story that begs forgiveness (of one’s self), letting go of a tortured past and one’s own limitations and of course, plenty of sweet romance. All This Time is all about letting go, emotional failing, rediscovering strength (from Him, and those around us who matter) and learning.
With its signature “cozy” vibe and feels, the breath-catching moments are amped up in All This Time. Whether it’s because of the underlying sense of “mystery” that surrounds Bear’s family or the achingly tender moments between Bear and Raegan, there is plenty to swoon and sigh over. Our final visit to Maple Valley will please ardent and new fans alike. The series can be read as standalone’s, but all are so good, one may as well take the plunge and read them all. In fact, if I may be so bold, I’ll say this; pick up these lovely works of fiction. They’re perfect weekend binge reads.
All This Time is a journey. It’s effectively simple in its appeal, swoony with its romance and completes the circle with joyful messages. Wrapped inside this tome is a story no reader who loves the contemporary genre. Like the cozy atmospheric sights, sounds and scents of autumn, this story is sure to give you all the feels by its dreamy conclusion. ♥
Synopsis: Bear McKinley’s past refuses to let go.
Ten years ago, Bear gave up everything—his freedom and his reputation—for his mess of a family. But after years of distance and too many attempts at starting over, he finally has a new life doing noble work in Brazil . . . until his past catches up to him once again. Suddenly he finds himself back in Maple Valley, charged with the care of his missing brother’s children, convinced he’s out of second chances to make his life count. And yet, with every day that passes, these kids, this quirky town and the woman he never stopped missing help patch the holes in his heart. Maybe this is the fresh start he’s been longing for all along. But as his newfound hope grows, so does the mystery surrounding his brother’s activities—and when the threat reaches into the lives of those he loves, it’s clear he can’t run away this time.
Fear holds Raegan’s future captive.
Raegan Walker is fine. She’s happy working a slew of part-time jobs, still living in her childhood bedroom and rarely venturing from her hometown. At least, that’s what she tells everyone . . . and herself. But she can’t help wondering what might’ve happened if she hadn’t abandoned her art so many years ago—and if Bear McKinley had never left. When Bear returns and she’s commissioned for a painting that just might revive her artistic ambition all in one week, it’s time to finally reach for more than fine. But doing so means facing the fears that have held her back all this time, including admitting the secret she’s kept from Bear and her family. With her dream and her heart on the line, how much will Raegan have to risk to finally chase her happy ending? – Goodreads
Sincere thanks to the author for sending a e-copy of this book; all opinions are my own.