Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg | My Review

An apple orchard, a Midwestern autumn, homecomings, family strength in the midst of brokenness, and holding onto the source of hope.
All this and more has made Melissa Tagg's third Walker Family novel my favorite. And it moved me to tears. Twice.

Beckett Walker and Kit Danby grew up together in Maple Valley, Iowa. Two peas in a pod, they stuck together through thick and thin during high school. But years later into their late twenties find them out of contact entirely for six years after one fateful night. And until one wedding day where Beckett Walker finally returns home to Maple Valley for his cousin's wedding and to set things right with his past in his hometown that, if left ignored, could affect his future. Before he can see his cousin get married, he's arrested. By Kit Danby's ex.
And Kit sees all this. Bowled over by Beckett being home--and at the same time, no less--Kit is feeling the lull of the land where her grandparents' apple orchard farm sits in disrepair.
And neither she nor Beckett know quite how to resume a long ago best friendship that never should've ended, mutually missed the last six years of their lives. Only further complicating their hearts and futures that surely must be anywhere but in Maple Valley.
What follows is a breathtaking journey into the fact that God laughs when we try and tell Him our plans, a journey of restoration, healing and replanting.
Replanting two scarred hearts that once found refuge in each other, and want to again, but will too much time have passed to allow each other back in again for Beckett and Kit?
Will tragedy tear apart the tender shoots of an old love that feels new? And will they both have to hold close to the surest and strongest hope of the sovereign Lord that only requires their willing hearts?
Find out in this warm, touching story from Melissa Tagg.

Swoon-worthy Romance. Small-town Charm. Best friends reunite in Tagg's latest novel of second chances and enduring love. 

Beckett Walker hasn't stepped foot in Maple Valley in years. There's no getting past the painful memories, and there's every chance he'll be arrested as soon as he shows his face. Which is exactly what happens when he finally returns. Suddenly his dream of adventure as a military lawyer comes skidding to a halt. 

Horticulturist Kit Danby has spent too much time missing home and her childhood best friend--Beckett Walker. Now she might have a shot at reclaiming both. After years of living abroad, she returns to run her family's apple orchard. She has one season to turn a profit and impress the father she barely knows. But she can't do it alone. 

It should be simple: Beckett needs community service hours. Kit needs a helping hand. But there's more at stake than either of them planned. With a tangled past and futures that look nothing alike, they'll have to find a way to weather the storms of the present . . . or risk losing everything.
Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant writer and total Iowa girl. She writes romantic comedies in the banter-filled style of her favorite 1930s and 40s classic films. The second book in her popular Walker Family series, Like Never Before, was named by Publishers Weekly to their spring 2016 "Religion and Spirituality" Top 10 list. 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. Melissa loves connecting with readers at and on Facebook and Instagram.

Words, history, and grace color my days here in The Burgh where I seek out the perfect coffee and red lipstick.

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