When I first named my blog, I thought it was catchy that the nickname I chose `Candle started with C like Christian...thus `Candle Reviews Christian Romance which has been the subject of my blog. Then, I had never blogged before because I couldn't come up with a subject or subjects until I had an incentive. A favorite author asked for influencers and promised a copy of her book to read if you were among the first to contact her and could promote it on a blog and other places. Thus my blog was born.
Today, I've decided I want to attract a wider general audience because there are so many great books out there. Books with integrity. So I've modified the name of this blog to reflect that.
Chivalrous means gallant and courteous, knightly, noble, attentive to women like an ideal knight, fearless, dauntless, valiant, courtly, faithful, true, loyal, devoted--and I could go on and on. All are character traits of integrity that we desire in our heroes or heroines. And, if we are honest with ourselves, what we desire in the real life man or woman we want to meet or already have in our lives.
So I hope you keep on reading and that you will visit often for recommendations and reviews from `Candle for what are great clean romantic reads from various genres i.e. historical, contemporary, mystery and suspense, and inspirational.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
From the Start, grabs your attention from the start, beginning with the hero Colton Greene. Colton finds himself hitting rock bottom as his NFL career is over and along with it he loses the girl too. It isn't the first time Colt has found himself knocked down by life. Having lost both parents at the age of nine, he entered foster care until he succeeded at football in college.
Now, Colt finds his new fledging faith tested to the limits. He doesn't know what to do with himself and his agent is hounding him to pursue other career avenues to keep himself in the public eye. But, a friend, pulls him to Maple Valley where Colt becomes immersed in Community and family and meets Kate Walker. Kate agrees to write his autobiography and during the course of getting to know each other for that purpose they find that each has many layers.
They struggle to remain unattached from each other because neither plans to stay in Maple Valley; but along the way, they each find themselves more involved in the community and the lives of family and friends and perhaps falling in love. Complicating things are the flashbacks Colt has to things he can't remember about his parents accident and the people from each other's past relationships.
Melissa Tagg has a well written story here and introduces characters we know will appear in later books. One can't help but fall in love with Maple Valley and it's citizens. I found I couldn't put the book down for wanting to read the next chapter to see what happened next to Colt and "Rosie" his nickname for Kate.
You definitely will want to read this one. I received this one from Netgalley for my honest review.