Like Never Before

series: Walker Family

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Maple Valley became Amelia Bentley's haven after her heart and her dreams of a family were shattered. But when the newspaper she runs is in danger of closing, she pins all her hopes on a story that just might convince the new owner to keep the paper running.

After his biggest campaign success yet, widowed speechwriter Logan Walker has the chance of a lifetime: a spot on a presidential campaign. But first he has to return to his hometown to sell the newspaper he's suddenly inherited.

But instead of a quick sale, Logan finds himself helping Amelia chase her story. She's scrappy, but wounded. He's dependable, but lost. And working together to break the story on Maple Valley's unsolved mystery is just the start of the sparks that fly in the office and in their hearts.


"With profound truths on one page and laugh-out-loud hilarity on the next, Like Never Before quickly became one of those novels I didn't want to end. Melissa Tagg has penned a delightful story that took hold of my heart and didn't let go. Superbly well done!"

Katie Ganshert, bestselling, award-winning author

"Like Never Before is a gem of a story. I never knew Iowa could be so charming until I met the Walker family from Maple Valley. Logan and Amelia's story is pure delight--funny, sweet, romantic, poignant--and it even has a touch of historical mystery! The perfect weekend read--Melissa Tagg just keeps getting better and better!"

Susan May Warren, RITA® and Christy award-winning, bestselling author of the Christiansen Family series

"In Like Never Before, readers are invited to revisit the much-loved Walker clan in a story that delivers on the promise that even if lost once, love can be found again. In true Melissa Tagg style, the dialogue is smart and the romance is real and raw in all the right places. This series is witty storytelling at its best."  

Kristy Cambron, author of the Hidden Masterpiece series and The Ringmaster's Wife 

"In Like Never Before, Melissa Tagg once again delivers a wonderful romance--and a fun little mystery!--with her signature swoon-worthy characters and laugh out loud moments that will make every reader fall in love with both the story and the author. As always, a wonderful read by a very talented writer!"

Sarah Price

"Like Never Before is like a warm embrace from the Walkers with the added sweetness of a heroine who feels like your best friend. Amelia just wants a home. Logan just wants to keep moving. Both are burdened by deep pain from the past. In Like Never Before, you will be reminded that love is worth the risk no matter what has hurt you in the past. And by opening your heart, you may just find a home. This is another keeper from an author who somehow makes each novel better than the last."

Cara Putman, award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace and Where Treetops Glisten

"In Like Never Before, author Melissa Tagg once again welcomes readers to the fictitious town of Maple Valley, even as she crafts characters you come to care about like real-life friends. The story, woven through with Tagg's trademark humor, highlights an abiding love of family and the importance of anchoring yourself to God when life is hard. One of my favorite books by this author!"

Beth K. Vogt, 2015 RITA® Finalist, author of Crazy Little Thing Called Love

"Warm, witty, and insightful, no one crafts a romance like Melissa Tagg. After just a few pages, I found myself sighing with happiness--prepare to be charmed!"

Hillary Manton Lodge, author of Reservations for Two

"Like Never Before is a heartfelt story that is staying on my keeper shelf! As a woman who has gone through a divorce, I found the heroine's character relatable, realistic, and compelling. This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys romance, second chances, and is drawn to hope."

Betsy St. Amant, author of All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes and Love Arrives in Pieces

"Reading a Melissa Tagg novel is like sharing coffee with a close friend in cozy diner where the conversation and laughter flow freely. Like Never Before offers readers a charming setting with passionate characters, snappy dialogue, heartfelt moments, and threads of faith woven throughout the story to pull everything together. Another book on my keeper shelf."

Lisa Jordan, author of Lakeside Redemption

The Author

  1. Melissa Tagg
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    Melissa Tagg

    Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Stay, is a former newspaper reporter, current nonprofit grant writer, and total Iowa girl. When she's not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever. She's passionate about...

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"Tagg fashions another endearing, pithy story of finding love at the perfect time."

Publishers Weekly

"The instant chemistry between the main characters makes this a delightful favorite, and their easy banter shines with Tagg's smart, witty voice. While Amelia Bentley is indeed perfectly likeable, Logan Walker embodies everything that fans of contemporary romance find so attractive in a male lead...Written in Tagg's engaging style, this latest offering has plenty of dimension and heart."

RT Book Reviews

"Tagg captures the familiar cadence of life in a rural Midwest community while bringing gentle compassion to such sensitive topics as grief over the death of a spouse. A thread of historical drama adds an entertaining element of tension to the book's quintessentially American plot, and its inspirational themes are prominent yet seamlessly woven into the dialogue and relationships. An engaging sequel and satisfying read, especially for fans of small-town romances."


"Like Never Before, second in Tagg's Walker Family series, follows a close-knit, loving family as they struggle with life's uncertainties and losses. Endearing characters, deft writing, and an interesting historical mystery will intrigue readers, but the real gem is Tagg's well-handled theme of the need to trust in a loving, sovereign God."

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