After playing nomad for five years, Blake Hunziker has finally had enough of adventure. Not sure what reception he’ll get from everyone back in Whisper Shore, he’s stunned at not only a warm welcome from his hometown but also a job offer. The job is his if he can successfully pull off the annual Christmas Festival. If only he knew the first thing about coordinating events…
If there’s one thing Autumn Kingsley knows, it’s Whisper Shore. For years, she’s been stuck running her family’s inn when all she wants is to see the world. Now she has a visit scheduled from a potential investor who could take over the inn, as well as a dream job offer in Paris. But with just two weeks to whip the inn into shape, her chance at escape is a long shot.
The Hunzikers and the Kingsleys may not get along, but Blake knows Autumn’s the only one who can help him. She agrees to a trade–she’ll help with the Festival and he’ll help with inn repairs. But what was meant to be a simple deal quickly becomes much more than that when the guy who’s done running away joins forces with the girl who can’t wait to leave.
When we first met Blake “Blaze” Hunziker, he came across as somewhat goofy. He was the laid back light relief, even though we had an idea that there was a serious side to him and that he was running from a mysterious past. At the end of Made to Last, he decided to head home and face whatever had troubled him. Now, in the second book in Tagg’s Where Love Begins series, we get to discover the real Blake. This B. Hunziker might be more serious, but his goofiness still shines through on occasion thank goodness. In many ways, he’s the prodigal son returned and his parents are thrilled to see him. His father, Whisper Shore’s mayor, gives him a project with big responsibilities, and Blake is determined to not let him down. But, if like me you’ve read Made to Last, you know how Blake got his nickname. Which means you’re just waiting for something to happen…
This is Melissa Tagg’s second novel and it’s a superb follow up to her debut. Whisper Shore is a tourist town dying before its time. Those who love it will do anything to return it to its former glory, and having a local celebrity might be their answer. Not everyone supports Blake, however, which adds a healthy dose of reality to the narrative. Supporting characters such as Lucy and Harrison shine. Blake and Autumn don’t fall into the cliché of Romeo and Juliet, which is definitely a good thing. By the time I reached the final chapters, I found I was unable to put this book down. I had to know how it would end.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary electronic copy of Here to Stay, which I downloaded from NetGalley. No review was required.
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Publisher: Bethany House (A division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 06 May 2014
Page Count: 368