Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn’t kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays…until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley. Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend’s hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he’s lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he’s never really done normal before. While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it’s like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jump start their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn’t part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that’s ever happened to them? (From Amazon.com)
Bubby: If I were back in my college English classes, I’d feel the need to pontificate on stereotypical tropes in the field of contemporary romance and their role in both comforting and engaging the reader. But I’m not. So I’ll say that again in mom-speak (purely for Sissy’s benefit) there’s something that just draws you in with this book and I believe that it’s that age-old pairing of heartbroken woman and the man she thinks is entirely unsuitable for her.
Sissy: Wow. So glad you simplified that there wordage for empty-headed little ole me. Shall we remind our readers which one of us actually HAS a college degree and which one is still, shall we say, in progress?
Bubby: Hey, there are two adults and three college diplomas at my house. That means, on average, at least one of them SHOULD belong to me, right?
Sissy: It’s just a good thing that your husband’s a go-getter. That’s all I have to say! To your earlier point, though, sometimes I am beleaguered by the constant barrage of troubles and negativity in the media and all around me. I long for the halcyon days when I was too young to know that anything was wrong anywhere. In those times I don’t want to read anything dark or dramatic or listen to any news. I just want to read a lovely satisfying romance with great characters and a blissful conclusion. Preferably while sitting on a beach!
Bubby: Amen to that! Let’s hit the beach, Sissy! In From The Start, both Kate and Colton are damaged – Kate from a stupid man who ripped her heart out and jumped on it with both feet and Colton from a NFL career-ending injury. Both have some family issues and doubts about where the future will lead. They are a perfect match right from the beginning. The fun part is watching them figure it all out as they inadvertently fall head over heels for each other.
Sissy: Actually, Colton is a hot mess, literally and figuratively. He really has to traverse the depths to reconfigure his life and go in the right direction. As a mom, I was thinking that I wouldn’t want my daughter to be involved with a guy like that. But I couldn’t help but pull for him and he emerges from his struggles stronger than ever. Call me shallow, if you will, but my imagination tells me that his irresistible good looks would have been hard to ignore!
Bubby: You’re shallow! Sorry, had to do it. Hey, if you’re going to end up with a sweet, caring, responsible man anyway, there’s nothing wrong with him being devilishly handsome too. Like (somebody’s) Mama always said, “It’s as easy to fall in love with handsome as it is to fall in love with ugly.” Or was that rich and not poor? I can’t remember. At any rate, From The Start by Melissa Tagg is like a thick chocolate milkshake with a side of cheesy fries – so yummy and such a wonderful splurge!
Sissy: Colton is both hot AND rich, so either saying applies. Whatever. That’s not the important part. The important part is that From The Start should be on your vacay read list (unless you prefer to be all erudite in your reading, in which case I recommend Anna Karenina or something by Pliny). If you’re cool, you’ll read From The Start!
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