About the book:
Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays...until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley.
Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend's hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he's lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he's never really done normal before.
While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it's like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn't part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that's ever happened to them?
This was another winner for Melissa Tagg! I loved the characters; it was so fun having Kate be a writer of romance movies. I also loved the references to classic movies, such as Bringing Up Baby, which is one of my favorites. Kate and Colton both felt very real, in personality and struggles to know what's next. They both struggled with finding purpose, which I think we all struggle with at one time or another. I loved the whole Walker family, along with the townspeople and Kate's friends. I'm so glad we're going to be seeing more of them in books to come. There were some cute romantic moments, though I did wish for a bit more. They both were believers, though questioning what they should do in the future and not really praying about it. I liked some of the good advice they received and how that turned around. There's also a bit of a mystery about what Colton went through as a child where he can't remember and sometimes experiences flashbacks. I found that pretty interesting. There was quite a lot about football, so I think this story could also be appreciated by guys who enjoy that. I liked the amusing moments and witty banter. I highly recommend this well-written story!
I received a kindle copy of this book free from Bethany House Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.