Here to StayMelissa Tagg
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 successfull... Read More
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.
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Apr 1, 2014
- UPC: 9780764211331
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 364
- Publish Date: May 6, 2014
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 0764211331
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- Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg by Tina on 6/11/2015
Here to Stay, book 2 Where Love Begins series***** by Melissa Tagg
Autumn Kingsley is owner and manager of her family's inn, Kingsley Inn. However, Autumn has dreamed for years of moving to Paris. She finally lands her dream job in Paris but wants to fix up the Inn, hire a manager and make sure her employees continue working at the Inn before she moves. The Inn needs lots of repairs and the mortgage is way behind, how will she be able to do the needed repairs in the short time she has before moving? And what about the overdue mortgage? Then the bank sends her a notice regarding the overdue mortgage, now what will she do?
Blake Hunziker has been away from home for 5 years, traveling around the country trying to find peace. He finally returns home to Whisper Shore, but is unsure of the reception he will receive by his parents and those in town. He is surprised by the unexpected reception he received when he arrives at this parents home. Even more surprised when he is offered a job, that is if he can pull off the upcoming annual Christmas festival. What does he know about putting on a festival? It was suggested he ask Autumn to help him as she has been helping with the festival for years. Ask Autumn to help him? Not a good idea since the Kingsley and Hunziker families have had a “feud” going for years.
This story is filled with humor—like when Autumn was stuck on the roof from a prank—making me chuckle. I was glad to see healing and forgiveness from the choices of the past and subsequent consequences, regrets, grief and hurts that followed in the characters lives—not just the main characters but secondary characters as well. Of course there is a sweet romance, a romance that builds slowly as Autumn and Blake work around their past, not knowing if a future is even possible. It was great to see “love in action” portrayed clearly as the story developed. I also liked that Blake and Autumn learn to allow God to direct their paths in life and in all areas—to trust God and not seek others approval. I have not read the first book, (Made to Last) in this series but plan to after reading Here to Stay. Great book!
~~I won a copy of this book from the author for my honest review~~
- Melissa Tagg does it again! by J. Augustine on 1/19/2015
A wonderful sequel to Made To Last! I loved getting to hear more about Blake, or maybe as he is better known, Blaze. I enjoyed the quirky romance of the first book and Melissa Tagg serves more of the same delicious writing in Here To Stay.
Humor is lovingly balanced with the harder issues in life. Both Autumn and Blake have things in their pasts, things they need to forgive others for, things they need to forgive each other for, and things they need to forgive themselves for.
An entertaining and thoughtful read, Here To Stay is another winner from Melissa Tagg. If you love contemporary romance with humor and some poignant moments definitely check out Melissa Tagg's Here To Stay!
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher through TBCN in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
- Morden day Hatfield and McCoy by Michelle on 6/28/2014
Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg
Here to Stay is a great contemporary Christion fiction. Autumn Kingsley sets aside her dreams to run the family inn when all she has ever wanted was to see the world. The prodigal son, Blake Hunziker returns home after traveling the world over. Tired of running he comes home to put down roots. Autumn and Blake’s families remind me of the Hatfields and McCoys but they put aside their families differences and team up to save the town by co coordinating the Christmas festival. You are sure to fall in love with the homey town of Whisper Shore and the characters too. This novel is well thought out, the characters are well developed, full of wit and heartwarming romance that will keep you turning the pages. Here to Stay is the second book by Melissa Tagg, but her first, Made to Last will find it’s way into my to be read pile. I give Here to Stay five stars.
I want to thank the author Melissa Tagg and publisher Bethany House for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.
- Great Characters by Sally on 6/8/2014
I quickly connected to the protagonist, Autumn Kingsley. She's a woman of today--strong, opinionated, and quite capable. In fact, she entirely runs her family's inn. However, she's always dreamed of traveling, especially to Paris. Enter Blake Hunziker, who I "met" in the first of this series, Made to Last. I was happy to get to know him even better! (The author has the technique of writing characters so real that I feel as if I actually know them!)
Like Romeo and Juliet, the romance tugs back and forth. It is well balanced. This is an enjoyable read with a happy ending. Although this is the second in the series, it easily reads as a stand alone novel. Try it; you'll like it!
Thank you to Amy Green at Bethany House Publishers for my copy.
- It’s impossible to NOT fall in love with Whisper Shore! by BTSCelebs on 6/5/2014
Melissa Tagg‘s second novel “Here To Stay“ picks up right where “Made To Last” ended. The wild child Blaze (aka Miranda Woodruff’s fake hubby) has decided to return home, and settle down for good. His years of running away from the pain of his brother’s tragic death are behind him. Local inn owner Autumn is the one person that helps him discover true love and complete healing.
After reading the book, I only have one question…. When will Melissa sign a deal to make this into a series?
- A Wonderful Romantic Comedy! by Roxanne on 5/28/2014
In Here to Stay, a nomad who’s done roaming meets his match in the girl who can’t wait to kick their hometown’s dust from her boots.
Here to Stay is Melissa Tagg’s humorous, stand alone sequel to Made to Last. Handsome Blake Hunziker returns, only this time as the lead, along with Autumn Kingsley, the obedient daughter, who’s been stuck in town running her family’s dilapidated inn.
Sparks fly between Blake and Autumn but that might be because the Hunzikers and Kingleys are Whisper Shores’ version of the Hatfields and McCoys. With Autumn’s help, Blake might successfully pull off the town’s annual Christmas festival and thereby restore his reputation. In return, he’ll try to repair her family’s inn, so Autumn can finally escape Whisper Shores for good. Only the best-laid plans aren’t so simple.
With well-developed characters, the cozy setting of Whisper Shore, and snappy, laugh-out-loud dialogue, Here to Stay is a heart-warming romantic comedy about hopes and dreams and discovering God’s best is often right in front of us.
- Loved it read it in 2 sittings! by Pamla on 5/16/2014
It has been a very long time since I have read fiction but this book intrigued me at first because it was about the business of hospitality. I have a rental cabin in the Ozarks, this is why I found the subject initially interesting. After the first couple of pages I was hooked and I read the whole book in 2 sittings :). I loved the message, I loved that it was clean and had a Godly message about romance and most of all about God's love for us. Quote from the book, "I think it's because Paul and I, we shared an awareness that life's greatest adventure is love. Loving each other loving others. And being loved --- first by God, then by each other. There's no better purpose." It reminded me that we should look at our marriages as an adventure instead of a trial. This book is a good example of how wounded so many of us are but that the Lord is always there, seeing us and knowing us and knowing the hurt that we've been running from. That if we will just give all that hurt over to Him, trust Him and choose to believe that, He will turn our pain to the good.
God is Good and He wants the best for us.
Well Done Melissa Tagg!
I look forward to more stories from Whisper Shores!
I received this book free of charge from Bethany House to review.
- Here To Stay by Elizabeth on 5/9/2014
Here To Stay
By: Melissa Tagg
I am so proud I picked up a copy of " Here To Stay" and read it. Boy am I glad I did. I loved the story and the characters. Melissa's book is filled with humor and you will find yourself laughing as you read it. Blake Hunziker has finally returned home to Whisper Shore after five years of adventure and running around. He is worried about how his family and the town will accept him , and he needs to find a job. Autumn Kingsley lives in Whisper Shore and runs her family Inn. Autumn has dreams of seeing the world, selling her Inn and moving to Paris. She has a potential buyer coming to town and she has two weeks to get things done around the Inn . Blake and Autumn's families do not get along with each. Blake has a job offer, but the deal is he has to put together the annual Christmas festival before he can get the job. What does Blake know about putting together a festival? The one person who can help him is Autumn . He makes her an offer to do repairs on her Inn if she will help him. The Inn is needing lots of repairs . Can the two of them work together because of their families ? They have to spend a lot of time together with planning the festival and the repairs on the Inn. This turns out more than either one expected. As I said before I really loved this story of Autumn and Blake. Melissa Tagg has herself a winner in "Here To Stay." Be sure and pick you up a copy to read this awesome story , you will not be disappointed
- AMAZING!!!!!!! by Abbi on 4/22/2014
Oh, where to start?! Saying I loved this book would be a gross understatement, adored is closer but still doesn't quite describe how amazing this book was! Made to Last was one of my favorite reads of 2013 and I loved Blake's character in that book. So needless to say I had some insanely high expectations for Here to Stay and I am quite happy to announce that Melissa surpassed them all, leaving me giddy happy and totally in love with this new book!
Blake was so completely awesome! I loved his character's sense of humor and fun-loving nature in the first book and while those things were still there we were given a much deeper look into who Blake Hunziker really is, and it just made him even more amazing! I especially loved the scenes where he allowed himself to be vulnerable, I honestly melted and just wanted to wrap him in a big hug. Then there was his caring side, some of the things he did for people were just so stinkin' sweet but I won't spoil them for you! And the last thing I'm going to mention is how much I admired how he was no longer running from his past but was finally ready to stand up and face it.
Autumn was fantastic too! I appreciated how hard she worked to keep her family's inn running even though she was planning to leave and how much she cared for everyone there. Her personality reminded me of myself a bit, funny, cautious but willing to take risks with the right people, wanting to do what was best for everyone, book loving, and remembering random facts. I also loved how perfectly she and Blake fit together, definitely a match made in heaven.
And then there were all the minor characters who were great as well, inn staff, Ellie and Jake, Mrs Satterly, Lucy, the Hunzikers, and the Kingsleys. I thought it was really cute how Melissa incorporated her nephew Ollie, who has Down Syndrome, by having a little boy named Oliver and another character who had DS. Knowing about Ollie made those parts of the book all the more sweet!
One random thing I want to mention that I absolutely loved was the fact that Blake gave Autumn the nickname of Red! If fit so well and I loved the connection to The Philadelphia story.
I could gone on gushing for quite a lot more but this review is already crazy long so I'll wrap up! I love Melissa's writing style, her humor, the way she throws in fun movie references, and it just seems like every word is perfectly placed to create this wonderful story. In short this book was absolutely superb and I think it was even better than Made to Last! Also it is one of those rare books that I wanted to reread as soon as I'd finished it!
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.