Begin Again by Crystal Walton – Healing, Forgiveness and Danger Paint this Contemporary Romance

Monday, February 20, 2017

Publisher: Impact Editions (Indie)
Source: Author Provided
Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Series: Home in You, 2
Rating: ★★★ 1/2

The past doesn't frame a pretty picture for Trina Russo. It’s this that puts New York in the rear-view and sends her to the shores of Carolina. By doing this, she leaves behind a successful art studio business, and worries her friends, but she finds something precious. 

In the small coastal town, she meets Drew Anderson. A single father struggling to keep on top of overwhelming medical bills, and the family business he fears having to give up, Ti’s arrival seems almost too good to be true. Looking for distractions and a place to hide, she puts every effort into helping Drew revamp his business, but when things between them become more personal than professional, at what cost will Ti’s participation in Drew’s life come?

When first we met Ti in Crystal’s novel from last year (originally a standalone, Write Me Home), she was a fun character who made us laugh. Or so first impressions suggest. Little do we realize the extent and depth the scars of her past extend.

Ti’s story is one of pain, heartbreak, and disbelief. All emotions that have to be turned upside down so we, along with this character, can discover the joy to be found in the small things. To remember what hope looks like, to remember what it feels like to truly feel free, happy and whole. This is where Drew's unexpected role in her life makes the different. Drew’s pursuit of her is one of attraction, but also a deeper connection. He pursues her to tell her she’s worth more than her vision of herself. He pursues her to give her a place to call home. He pursues her to show her the depth love and family can mean.

Those who like Nicholas Sparks novels will appreciate this romance. It hides deeper secrets than first glance suggests and blooms into a novel of hope, and forgiveness. The author carries through on the same theme as Write Me Home in its promise of discovering home as the light at the end of the tunnel. 

Flawed in shattered ways, these characters are sure to pique romance readers interest. What they’ve gone through is heartbreak and bittersweet, sorrow and joy, and all of it comes to a head in the final chapters of Begin Again. But as any good author is able to do, Walton brings these “hard” issues full circle, and gifts us - and these characters, an ending sure to draw a smile.

Content: though nothing “explicit,” some readers may not like the emphasis on the “physical” relationship between Trina and Drew. There is a lot of importance placed on the attraction, and a good deal of kissing.

Synopsis: What happens when a free-spirited artist from big-city New York collides with an uptight business owner from small-town Ocracoke? Fireworks. The kind neither saw coming.

A single call is all it takes to drive artist Ti Russo into what she does best. Run. But hey, lying low in a beach town for a while isn’t so bad. Thanks to the distraction of playing consultant to a guy she’s determined to crack, she can almost forget about the past stalking her back home. But she never counted on the real danger being a picket-fenced life she has no business falling for.

Focus and self-preservation have gotten single dad Drew Anderson through the last nine years. With the threat of his shop’s foreclosure jeopardizing his daughter’s health care, the last thing he needs is a distracting hippie chick swooping in to shake up what he’s fought to protect. Including himself. The bank’s deadline adds enough pressure without re-risking feelings better left buried. 

But as sparks flare and secrets escalate, the race against time propels Ti and Drew into a choice neither’s ready to make: Find the faith to surrender their past or forfeit their only chance to begin again. – Goodreads

Review text is © Rissi JC and first appeared on Finding Wonderland (Dreaming Under the Same Moon), 


  1. Thank you for giving the book a try, Rissi. I appreciate it so much. :)

    1. My pleasure, Crystal. Thank you SO much for reaching out. Trina and Drew's story is full of so many emotions - and I love the theme of finding "home" in your novels. Write Me Home has a strong sense of this as well, and you write that emotion so well in these. :)

      (Apologies for the reply delay.)


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