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Month in Review | September 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016


As I began to prep for another Finding Wonderland Month in Review, the document I opened as a format was June’s. Sitting here typing this, I’m reminded again how amazed I am at the speed this year has traveled. I realize I sound like a broken record (and revisiting these month in reviews will lend weight to that statement), but it’s true. We’re three months away from closing out 2016 and with it, another new year full of new lessons, opportunities and nervous trepidation shall arrive. But enough reminiscing. 


Another month’s close means another “month in review” here on Finding Wonderland. Let’s take a look.

…..Favorites from September 2016…..


1. BookstagramChallenge | Since I have had fun recently with some IG book challenges, I figured it might be fun to put one together myself. This led to Tressa of Wishful Endings and I randomly deciding to co-host an October bookstagram challenge which begins tomorrow, October 1st. If you aren’t on Instagram, please feel free to join us on Twitter. All we ask is that you use the hashtag #WishfulWonder, because obviously we’d love to see your photos!

If you want to know more details or see the challenges, please visit our introduction post.

2. Booktube | So, yeah… this happened the past month. I finally started a #Booktube channel. I’m super nervous about it, but am also having some fun with it.

So far I've posted two Top Ten Tuesday videos, a "What Readers are Saying" video (if you'd be cool with me posting your reviews in a similar format - of course, I'd credit you - email me and let me know), and a video introducing our Bookstagram challenge. 

3. Dancing with the Stars | I'm a few weeks into my guilty pleasure (and only reality TV show), and of course, am loving it. I have my favorite dancers, but overall, I'm enjoying this season, especially since my favorite pro is MIA, so I can watch it without the "pressure" of voting like crazy to keep his partnership in the show. 

4. Fall TV | With September arrived new Fall TV shows. Naturally, I've tuned into a few and am already worried over new addictions. Which ones are you addicted to? 

I've reviewed This is Us and have more planned for next week, so please be sure to come by! I also wrote a reasonably complete list that previews the shows earlier this month. 

5. Giveaways | Currently there's a giveaway running for Melissa Tagg's novel, Keep Holding On. I just sent off the Just a Kiss novel to the winner (congrats, Loraine!) and will be running another giveaway here tomorrow as well as one on Youtube next week. 

…..Favorite Blog Posts…..
(Blog posts that, while not necessarily the most popular, were fun to write)

1. Cover Candy 2016 | Third Edition | I always love fangirling over new cover art, and there were some really good ones this week!

2. Fall 2016 TV Preview | Yes I know this one does make it into the popular posts, but I loved writing it, so... 

3. Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter | Another beautiful novel by a talented author. 

4. This Is Us, Pilot (2016) | I was surprised by how well I liked this pilot. 

5. Top Ten Tuesday | Fall TBR | Who doesn't love a fun Top Ten Tuesday post?

…..Monthly Popular Posts (September 2016)…..






…..Popular Posts the Week of September 23rd-30th …..






…..Books Read | September 2016…..

  
    
…..Around the Interwebs…..
 
Silver Petticoat |  I had a slower month with Silver Petticoat, but it was, as always, no less fun. Here’s what I contributed to the amazing webzine.


Articles and Lists | I previewed what's coming to the box office this fall (October - December) and let me tell you, there's a LOT of period drama bliss. I spotlighted the delightful romantic comedy, An Ideal Husband with a Classic Romantic Moment between Lord Goring and Miss Mabel. *swoon* I also talk about some Words of Wisdom we can learn from the women of literature and 14 Memorable and Swoon-Worthy Proposals in Period Drama

Film and TV Reviews | My reviews consisted of a period drama, one sci-fi adaptation, a TV romcom and a YA fantasy novel. Those are the underrated WWII drama, War Bride with Anna Friel (a few issues, but overall a really sweet story); Maximum Ride (based on the James Paterson novel); the PixL comedy, Late Bloomer (with Chasing Life's Italia Ricci); and Rosamund Hodge's Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

TV Recaps | None this month. 

As always, thanks to the editors of Silver Petticoat and my fellow contributors! Working with you all is always fun.
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That’s a wrap on the month here at #FindingWonderlandBlog. What was your bookish, blogging or life like this past month? Did you discover any new (and amazing) authors or reads? How about new bloggers? Or must-try new finds? Comment down below with your thoughts! As always, I’d love to chat with you.
Wishing you a splendid autumn season.

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland. 

Cover Candy 2016 | Third Edition

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hello happy readers! Today I'm back with an all-new edition of "cover candy" in which I spread cover love for some of the recently revealed cover art's from popular and debut YA authors (or generally that's the rule - there's no guarantee other genres won't pop up too). 

Below is quite the collection. I'm loving so many of these especially all of the gorgeous contemporaries on this list because I'm a contemporary reader so this makes me reader heart happy. In particular I'm over the moon for new novels from Kasie West, Emery Lord Jenny Han and Jennifer E. Smith because contemporary bliss. Naturally there are lots of others that strike my fancy on this list, but the point of this is to get your take. Friends, take a look and then leave all those fangirl comments below. Because we can never fangirl enough right?

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares 



Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they’ve shared almost everything—reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they’ve never met.

Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families—and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past.

The choices we make come back to haunt us; the effect on our destinies ripples out of our control…or does it? This summer, the lives of Sasha, Ray, and their siblings intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed, in a novel about family relationships, keeping secrets, and most of all, love. - Goodreads, April 2017


Amazon | Goodreads

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno 


It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along. 

But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing. 

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through. 

Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno’s Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness. - Goodreads, April 2017


Amazon | Goodreads

In a Perfect World by Trish Dollar 


Caroline Kelly is excited to be spending her summer vacation working at the local amusement park with her best friend, exploring weird Ohio with her boyfriend, and attending soccer camp with the hope she’ll be her team’s captain in the fall.

But when Caroline’s mother is hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo, Egypt, Caroline’s plans are upended. Caroline is now expected to spend her summer and her senior year in a foreign country, away from her friends, her home, and everything she’s ever known.

With this move, Caroline predicts she’ll spend her time navigating crowded streets, eating unfamiliar food, and having terrible bouts of homesickness. But what she finds instead is a culture that surprises her, a city that astounds her, and a charming, unpredictable boy who challenges everything she thought she knew about life, love, and privilege.

From critically acclaimed author Trish Doller comes an honest, hopeful, and romantic story about the barriers we tear down for the people and places we love most. - Goodreads, May 2017 


Amazon | Goodreads

Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg


Hope knows there's only one thing coming between her and her longtime crush: his girlfriend, Parker. She has to sit on the sidelines and watch as the perfect girl gets the perfect boy . . . because that's how the universe works, even though it's so completely wrong.

Parker doesn't feel perfect. She knows if everyone knew the truth about her, they'd never be able to get past it. So she keeps quiet. She focuses on making it through the day with her secret safe . . . even as this becomes harder and harder to do. And Hope isn't making it any easier. . . .

In Just Another Girl, Elizabeth Eulberg astutely and affectingly shows us how battle lines get drawn between girls -- and how difficult it then becomes to see or understand the girl standing on the other side of the divide. - Goodreads, March 2017


Amazon | Goodreads

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han


Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to? - Amazon, April 2017


Amazon | Goodreads 

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller


When the ruthless Pirate King learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows that there's only one pirate for the job―herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the enemy ship. After all, who's going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell?
Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it's down to a battle of wits and will... Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan? - Amazon, February 2017
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord 


Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?

Emotionally-charged and unforgettable, Emery Lord’s storytelling shines with the promise of new love and true friendship, even in the face of life’s biggest challenges. - Goodreads, May 2017


Amazon | Goodreads

Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead


In the second installment of the bestselling Glittering Court series, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour, delving into the dark, political underbelly of their world through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom.

A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.

For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. But for Mira, it means further persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well--men she would potentially be expected to give her life to. 

By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies' maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely--one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.

Midnight Jewel is the extraordinary story of a girl with few options who courageously forges a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and maybe even a way to freedom. - Amazon, April 2017


Amazon | Goodreads

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine


An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.
The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul. - Amazon, February 2017


Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith 


Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes. 

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall. 

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect. - Goodreads, May 2017 


Amazon | Goodreads 

By Your Side by Kasie West


When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.
Only he doesn’t come. No one does.
Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn at first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side? - Amazon, January 2017

Amazon | Goodreads 

Lucky in Love by Kasie West


Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment -- She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.
 - Goodreads, July 2016


Amazon | Goodreads
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It's your turn, friends. Tell me, which of these are you heart-eyed over? Or which ones sound the most promising? I'd love to read your thoughts, and chat all things book nerd-y with you all. The comment section is all yours. Sound off.

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This Is Us, Pilot (2016) – Emotional Drama Connecting Three Stories (Plus THAT Twist)


I’m not much for the “emotional” drama. But once in a while I sit down, hit play and walk in with an open mind. Such was the case with NBC’s latest show.

Life is bliss for Rebecca and Jack (Mandy Moore, Milo Vintimiglia). They’re a mere weeks away from welcoming their triplets, and are settling into a new house in anticipation of their arrival. But everything changes when Rebecca goes into labor early. 

Life is at a standstill, ending with a question mark for Randall (Sterling K. Brown). As a baby, he was left at a fire station. All he knows is his mother died and his father, who he has just found through a PI, abandoned him. Even with a successful career and now, his own family, something is missing.

Siblings Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Kevin (Justin Hartley) are far from living their perfect lives. Kate is an overweight single woman struggling with turning 36 and being so far from where she envisioned her life. Kevin is a B-actor no longer satisfied with being the “sexy” star of his B-show “The Manny.” As a result he has a meltdown on the set. 

One day connects these people, and one choice leads to a future none of them imagined.

As the trailers played for this show I was intrigued but not enough to rush into seeing it. The day after it aired, I downloaded the first episode and put some space between its airing and finally watching it. When I finally did, I came away surprised by how well composed the scripting and story was. Tightly compacted into its first hour is the setup of something I can see – surprisingly – working really well as a series. Though judging only by its pilot, I don’t see it being this good long term.

Touted as a kind of replacement for Parenthood (NBC), that was one show I never watched. Surmising from what I have gathered of the show and what I know of This Is Us, I can see that comparison being legit. The various threads that tie these characters together are interesting. Each one is compelling. What I liked so well about the pilot was its pursuit of genuine emotion over heedless, thoughtless and tiring drama. Sure, as the show furthers, there are bound to be some challenges or drama that doesn’t fit, but for the most part… everything comes across as emotionally fulfilling.


The performances in particular help sell this. I quickly became swept up in Rebecca and Jack’s love story (even though it’s established); unique markers configure the relationship between the siblings; and finally Randall’s story is wrought with heart wrenching revelations and promises to be thoroughly rewarding. Everyone had a story to tell, and somehow the pilot felt very complete. As the credits rolled, there was a sense of completeness to everything that I never expected.

If you’re looking for something outside of the over-the-top comedies or the frequent crime dramas, This is Us might be your cup of tea. If however, you want something more linear, then this drama is not your ideal. It will suit, as is true of everything, a specific audience. As nearly every show does, I’ve little doubt the pursuant episode will differ from the pilot, which means I’m leery about continuing on. Do I leave off where I feel happy with what I saw and imagine what I’d like of these characters futures? Or do I continue on and risk disenchantment? 

This is the question I am now left pondering.


(Content: There is a backside shot of female and male nudity. A married couple flirt (he’s naked) and there are various sexual innuendoes. The show is rated TV14.)

Photos: NBC

Author Spotlight | Melissa Tagg

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Author Spotlight is a bi-weekly series that introduces readers to an author, and focuses on an upcoming or just-released novel along with their prior works. If there’s an author you’d like to see in this feature, visit our landing page for more details and qualifications.
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Meet Melissa Tagg | Contemporary romance sparkling with wit is Melissa’s signature style. In fact, her name is synonymous with romcom bliss. Or I think it should be. A self-professed fan of classic cinema, Melissa’s novels are often influenced by this golden era of filmmaking despite their modern settings. Formerly, Melissa was a reporter who eventually transitioned her writing skills to romcom fiction and a day job as a grant writer. If you ever wonder why Melissa writes the romcom genre, it’s “because I love the idea of making people laugh, making them swoon…and maybe, hopefully, inspiring or encouraging or challenging them in the process.”

Fun Facts about Melissa:

+ She lives in the Midwest
+ One of her favorite beverages is Diet Coke with Lime
+ Melissa is close to her family, including her adorable nephew and nieces.
+ Melissa is a serious fangirl of Gilmore Girls, and more specifically Team Jess.  
+ Keep Holding On is Melissa’s first self-published novel (her prior novels were published with Bethany House).
+ Needtobreathe is Melissa’s favorite band.
+ Melissa's newest novel, Keep Holding On officially released September 27th! Wish her congrats and send her a tweet, @Melissa_Tagg.

BOOK SPOTLIGHT, Keep Holding On 

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.
 - Goodreads

Step inside the world of Keep Holding On. Inside these pages lies, quite possibly, Melissa Tagg’s greatest novel yet. It’s smart and witty, yes, but also wrestles with challenges, important questions on what you want your life to say about you and who you want to be." CONTINUE READING

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@Melissa_Tagg releases Keep Holding On http://amzn.to/2dsyzLP Meet Beckett Walker and the woman who holds his heart, Kit. #Romance

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More Novels by Melissa
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Three Little Words, Walker Family Novella (Free on Kindle!)
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Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg - Wit, Wisdom and Winsome Charm

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


About the Book:
Author: Melissa Tagg
Publisher: Larkspur Press (Indie)
Source: Author Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Walker Family, Book 3
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

Beckett Walker has spent his life, in some form or another, running away. During his mother’s illness, he struggled to face facts and deal with the severity of his tilted world head on. He left his small town of Maple Valley in pursuit of corporate law, leaving under the most complicated of circumstances. One of those complications is Kit Danby, the best-friend-turned-love-of-his-life. When feelings changed, Beckett left Kit behind for Boston as she left to pursue a life in London. But know both are unexpectedly back in Maple Valley with a second chance in front of them. But what will they make of it?

For anyone who has been searching for the kind of romantic comedy novel that challenges and delights, look no further than Melissa Tagg’s brand of happy. Inside her novels lies a place that’s as cozy as your favorite oversized sweater. The characters will envelop you in the comfort of a warm hug as will the setting and emotions that stem from that center. The third in Tagg’s popular Walker family saga follows Beckett Walker, and it does not disappoint.


Beckett’s story is an enigma (of the pleasant variety) after another. From the opening sentence to the subtle hints that follow, it’s clear this story is holding more than one surprise. As the story evolves and slowly reveals them, the reader continues to find delights galore as we are welcomed into the lives of the boisterous and warm-hearted Walker family. Beckett’s story is, perhaps, the most compelling male characterization from Tagg to date. There are layers to his personality, and each one that is peeled back is like another glimpse into his mindset and heart. Then there’s Kit. Though she’s more “settled” than Beckett, she too struggles with honesty (with herself) and finding “home.”

I loved so many explainable and inexplicable (fangirl moment!) elements of this novel. I loved its adventurous soul (roundtrips – yay for some armchair travel!); the heart and soul of this story which emphasize family; and of course, last but NOT least, the dreamy-eyed, swoony romance (I mean look at that cover, people) between the leads. Readers will delight in catching up with characters from One Enchanted Christmas, and one of my favorite aspects was all of the secondary characters. Why? Because the curious reader nature in me wonders: will they someday see their own story?

Step inside the world of Keep Holding On. Inside these pages lies, quite possibly, Melissa Tagg’s greatest novel yet. It’s smart and witty, yes, but also wrestles with challenges, important questions on what you want your life to say about you and who you want to be. The messages we take away from this story as a result as beautiful. So settle into your favorite reading nook, fix a cup of mocha and grab a copy of Keep Holding On. It’s predisposed to sweep you into its swirl of autumn leaves and charismatic characters.


Synopsis: 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. - Goodreads


Coming Next from Melissa Tagg: Unknown, but at this point I'll read anything from this author.

Sincere thanks to the author for providing a complimentary e-copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

Review text is © Copyright 2011-2016 Rissi JC and first appeared on Finding Wonderland (Dreaming Under the Same Moon), RissiWrites.com 
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