Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Keep Holding On

GIVEAWAY

TAGG, MELISSA
KEEP HOLDING ON

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.

Horticulturalist Kit Danby has spent too much 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.

My Review:

Five tissue box alert. I bawled my eyes out towards the end of this novel. In fact my poor book is quite water logged -- there are pages that look like I left it out in the rain. :-(  So, if you have any kind of heart at all, be prepared to sob your way to the end. And that's because Melissa Tagg makes you feel so much a part of the story that you can't help becoming emotionally invested.

After reading three of the Walker Family novels I feel like an extended member of the clan and I can't understand why they won't listen to my counsel when they get themselves into complicated situations. :-)

Take Beckett for example. He is one stubborn man. Complicated as all get out. Passionate and spontaneous -- some might even call him reckless. The exact opposite to Kit's more cautious nature. They made a great team growing up and the potential to restore that friendship...and more...is what drove me into a reading frenzy.  And talk about toe-curling! Oh my! There are some deliciously swoonworthy scenes to offset the stomach churning ones.

Heart-wrenching angst laced with unwavering hope fueled by an inspiring faith thread make this a truly memorable read.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Keep Holding On please leave a comment or send me an email at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line to make it easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 16 2017. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

54 comments:

  1. You have my attention at five Kleenex box read! Duly noted ;-)

    Hey, that should be your new book rating! The more boxes you need, the higher the rating....a scale from, 1 to 5!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Bwahahaha! Yes -- little tissue box graphics and everything. Good luck, Trixi.

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  2. Oh my......I haven't shed a tear reading a book in a long time. I think I am way past due and this one sounds like it is the one I should read. Thank you for a great review, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. There was this one scene in this one and I just lost it! Sniffle. That's all I'm saying. Good luck, Melanie.

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  3. I love books that pull me in and make me 'fee' along with the characters or for the chaaracters. I could use a five tissue box read right now. Thank you for the great review and a chance to win a copy.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. I meant to say "make me 'feel' along with the characters..."

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    2. There's something so therapeutic about a good biblio-cry. Good luck, Cindy.

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  4. I recently finished a book by D. Hunter with a hero named Beckett and I find this so unusual as it's not a common name at all...at least not for a first name. And if this Beckett is anything like THAT Beckett -- wowzah! And I cried reading that one, too, so I definitely need to invest in more tissues. Lovely review, my friend. :)

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Yes -- I've read a couple of Beckett's recently. Strange, eh? This Beckett is definitely wowzah too. :-) Good luck, Diana.

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    2. Diana, I read Denise Hunter's Barefoot Summer with BECKETT recently, as well. And you're right, he was wowzah! haha

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    3. Must be something about that name (she says fanning herself.) I hope you read the one after that about Jade, Terrill! Ohhh, the aching romance in Dancing with Fireflies. Oops, sorry, Kav. Got carried away talking book talk. This is Melissa's spotlight and her books are the bomb. Oh, wait. What WAS I thinking? This is Kav's blog. We're allowed to get carried away here! hehe

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    4. Bwahahaha!!!! Yes feel free to get carried away here...as long as it's about books!

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    5. Is there anything else to get carried away about? Well...chocolate. ;)

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  5. Kleenex needed? Oooh, sign me up! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. LOL I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes to have a good cry with my read. Good luck, Susan.

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  6. Love when you have to grab a tissue when reading a book. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Or two or three...or the whole box! Good luck, Kim.

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  7. I so want to win this! Melissa is an excellent author!
    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Aren't her stories awesome???? Good luck, Kate.

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  8. I've heard a lot of good things about Melissa Tagg's books but I have yet to read one--just haven't gotten to it. I'd love to read Keep Holding On.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Oh...and they are alllllll true!!!!! You must try one soon. Good luck, Pam.

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  9. You've sold me on this one, Kav. Faith, angst, and a toe-curler always make for a winning book. Awesome review as always. I just need to purchase 3 more tissue boxes and I'll be set. :)

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    1. Oops sorry, forgot my email again.
      noela_63 at live dot com dot au

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    2. So important to be prepared before commencing to read. :-) Good luck, Noela.

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  10. Though it sounds strange I really love books written by wonderful authors who engage my emotions to such an extent that I am moved to tears. I'm definitely putting this book on my TBR list. Thank you, Kav.

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. There's nothing quite so satisfying as weeping your way through a novel, is there? Good luck, Diane.

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  11. Oh my, I've been crying over everything. Maybe I'll need ten boxes of tissues. TY
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Well, best be prepared! :-) Good luck, Lucy.

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  12. Love her writing!

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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  13. I love how Melissa combines such great humor with such moving stories!

    rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Yes -- a lethal combination. Good luck, Rachael.

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  14. I just love her books! I haven't read a book that's made me cry in a while so I think I'm due. Thanks for the great review.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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  15. I've only read one book by Melissa Tagg, but really enjoyed it and knew I would eventually read more. I've seen how popular she's become since her first series and this one looks even better.
    tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. She's an awesome contemporary romance author. I put her up there with Denise Hunter and Susan May Warren. Good luck, Terrill.

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    2. I hesitate to say that Warren is my favorite, because it's hard to commit when there are so many great ones. I've only begun reading Denise Hunter's books, but fell in love with the first book I read of hers. Since I've only read one of Tagg's books and it was one of her first, I definitely need to start reading this newer series and experience what everyone is talking about. :)

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  16. I LOVE What I call Ugly Cry Books. I haven't read one that really made me cry in a LONG Time. Thanks for sharing this with us. I'm definitely going to put this on my TBR.😍 iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. LOL -- looks like we are all due for an ugly cry book. Love that phrase. I wonder if we can make that a new genre? Good luck, Linda.

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    2. Haha That's what it should be called, because then you know exactly what you are getting and what's gonna happen. :)

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  17. Eek! I love love love Melissa Tagg! Would love to be entered :D
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Eeek! Me too!!!! Good luck, Nicole.

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  18. I always figure if a book can truly make me laugh or cry it pretty good!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yes -- I love to experience all the emotions the characters do. Good luck, Patty.

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  19. I love Melissa's work! I'd love to get my hands on this one :) Thank you, Kav!
    betherin02 at gmail dot com

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  20. This one is at the top of my wishlist! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it, I'm really looking forward to reading it!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. I think it belongs on everybody's wish list! Good luck, Heidi.

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  21. Yay, a Melissa Tagg´s giveaway! Can´t miss this :)

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Definitely don't want to miss a Melissa Tagg book, that's for sure. Good luck, Janka.

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  22. I adore Melissa's books! Been waiting on Beckett to come home. :)

    duhpaynes(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Me too!!! And goodness, but Beckett creates quite stir when he comes home. :-) Very Beckettish. Good luck, Anne.

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  23. I always enjoy Melissa's books. I'm looking forward to this one!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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