Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Here to Stay

By: Melissa Tagg

Blake Hunziker is the world traveler in his family.  After years of running from tragic events in his past, he decides to return home to Whisper Shore, Michigan.  Whisper Shore is a quaint lakeside town filled with small town charm and news that spreads long before it is printed in a newspaper.  Blake (a.k.a. Blaze) is not sure what type of welcome he will receive as his latest adventure landed him in the spotlight where he achieved “celebrity” status that did not make his family proud. 

Autumn Kinsley wants to follow her dream of living in Paris.  However, her current circumstances are blocking her dreams from coming true.  In the midst of dealing with her reality, Blake Hunziker comes back to town after years of being gone.  The Hunzikers and Kingsleys have been feuding for years due to past events.  Blake’s arrival is the last thing that Autumn wants to deal with but she soon realizes that they need each other.  He needs her to help him gain the respect of the town while she needs him to help her fix up her failing Inn.  

As Blake and Autumn spend more time together they begin to let their guards down.  Autumn is finally able to understand Blake and realize that she was wrong about him.  Blake learns that sometimes loving someone means letting them go.

This is the second book in the Where Love Begins series.  I read the first book Made to Last but enjoyed this one even more.  I found the characters to be well developed.  The books main focus is on Blake who appeared in the first book.  I thought the author did an excellent job of developing his character.  He was real.  He had many great qualities but his struggles were equally as great.  I also like Autumn.  I found her to be relatable as many people have dreams but so often let life get in the way of following them.  One of my favorite lines in the book is “Because I couldn’t make myself go up to the third landing of the Eiffel Tower.”  Once you read the book this may become one of your favorites as well.  I know the author will be releasing more books this year and I hope these two characters make an appearance. 

*Thank you to Bethany House for providing me this book in exchange for my honest review.

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