Right Where We Belong – Deborah Raney, Melissa Tagg, Courtney Walsh – Published 17 April 2017
Whether in a quaint home bakery in Langhorne, Missouri, a cozy boho coffee shop in Maple Valley, Iowa, or a charming lakeside cottage in Sweethaven, Michigan, love grows best in small towns just like this!
Deborah Raney – Love is found when a baker orders her regular supplies online but finds a new and attractive delivery man on her doorstep. Deciding to have a bit of fun, she increases her orders in the hope of sparking something.
Melissa Tagg – Megan is now considered a resident of Maple Valley, she’s a mother and owner of a thriving coffee shop, but sometimes she still fears her past – particularly her young daughter’s father. When she meets Eric, director of the home for men trying to rebuild their lives, she can’t help feeling drawn to him. But his work brings him close to Megan’s past and stirs her fears.
Courtney Walsh – Eleanor is the historic director for her small town of Sweethaven. But the unveiling of her ancestor’s time capsule – an event she has been planning for years – calls into doubt her own family history. As she works with Jason Holloway to untangle the mystery of their families’ history she risks falling in love with the town bad boy -who may be a far better man than she ever dreamed possible.
I purchased this collection of novellas solely to read Melissa Tagg’s inclusion, A Maple Valley Romance. Megan’s story. I absolutely adored this sweet story of finding love and the place that is truly a home. I’ve been eagerly anticipating Megan’s story. I have loved all the books in the Maple Valley series, loved all the Walker family, loved all the other characters, especially Megan. I loved how Melissa Tagg’s novel does justice to the time and consideration Megan’s story deserved. I love it when a novella feels as well-paced and detailed as a full-length book. Megan’s relationship with Eric is sweet, slightly tortured, and so delightful.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t finish the novella by Deborah Raney. The story seemed too contrived and ridiculous and I wasn’t in the right mood to give it any more time.
The story by Courtney Walsh is sweet. I haven’t read her other Sweethaven novels, but I had no trouble settling into this quaint, historic town. Eleanor and Jason’s relationship develops slowly as they start to work together to uncover the truth behind their family history, but their attraction spans back to high school. I do enjoy a good forbidden romance and Eleanor and Jason have been told to stay away from each other all their lives. With the addition of some historical mystery and family tension, this novella was very enjoyable. While the ending wrapped up very quickly, the rest of the novella was well-paced.
Genre: Christian contemporary.
Themes: Romance, small towns.
Published: 17 April 2017.
Format: Paperback, ebook. 434 pages.