Now and Then and Always: A Book Review
Can restoring an old inn help two broken people find the healing and forgiveness needed to become whole again?
What you can expect:
“Last year, after traumatic circumstances forced her from her job as a nanny, Mara Bristol finally found a place to belong—the winsome Everwood Bed & Breakfast at the edge of Maple Valley, Iowa. For months, she’s helped its owner, Lenora, maintain the ramshackle property despite their shortage of guests. But when Lenora fails to return from a month-long trip and the bank threatens foreclosure, Mara worries she’s once again alone . . . abandoned . . . about to lose the only true home she’s ever known.
Detective Marshall Hawkins is no closer to whole today than he was two years ago . . . the day his daughter died. Between his divorce, debilitating migraines, and a dependence on medication, his life is falling apart. And when a reckless decision on the job propels him into administrative leave, he has no other plan but to get in his truck and drive. A one-night stay at the Everwood was supposed to be just that. But there’s something about the old house—or maybe its intriguing caretaker—that pulls him in.
Together, Mara and Marshall set out to save the Everwood. But its secrets run deeper than they could’ve imagined. As they renovate the house and search for its missing owner, they’ll each confront the pain that brought them to the Everwood in the first place . . . and just maybe discover a faith and love to help them carry on.”- from the back cover
Wow. Just, wow! I was pulled into this story from the very first page and didn’t want it to end! Readers of Melissa Tagg’s Walker Family series will love returning to Maple Valley in her newest novel, Now and Then and Always. While filled with the same small-town charm, quirky characters, and witty writing I’ve loved in her previous novels, there was a depth to this story that made it stand out among the rest. A beautiful blend of raw and gripping mixed with lighthearted grace. Now and Then and Always is a stunning story of grief, forgiveness, redemption, and what it means to truly belong. I found myself reaching for the book even after I’d finished reading, not quite wanting the story to be over. I can’t wait to see what else Tagg has in store for these Maple Valley friends in the rest of this new series.
In celebration of it’s release, Melissa is offering a fun giveaway on her website. You can find it here!