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Bear McKinley’s past refuses to let go. Ten years ago, Bear gave up everything—his freedom and his reputation—for his mess of a family. But after years of distance and too many attempts at starting over, he finally has a new life doing noble work in Brazil . . . until his past catches up to him once again. Suddenly he finds himself back in Maple Valley, charged with the ca Bear McKinley’s past refuses to let go. Ten years ago, Bear gave up everything—his freedom and his reputation—for his mess of a family. But after years of distance and too many attempts at starting over, he finally has a new life doing noble work in Brazil . . . until his past catches up to him once again. Suddenly he finds himself back in Maple Valley, charged with the care of his missing brother’s children, convinced he’s out of second chances to make his life count. And yet, with every day that passes, these kids, this quirky town and the woman he never stopped missing help patch the holes in his heart. Maybe this is the fresh start he’s been longing for all along. But as his newfound hope grows, so does the mystery surrounding his brother’s activities—and when the threat reaches into the lives of those he loves, it’s clear he can’t run away this time. Fear holds Raegan’s future captive. Raegan Walker is fine. She’s happy working a slew of part-time jobs, still living in her childhood bedroom and rarely venturing from her hometown. At least, that’s what she tells everyone . . . and herself. But she can’t help wondering what might’ve happened if she hadn’t abandoned her art so many years ago—and if Bear McKinley had never left. When Bear returns and she’s commissioned for a painting that just might revive her artistic ambition all in one week, it’s time to finally reach for more than fine. But doing so means facing the fears that have held her back all this time, including admitting the secret she’s kept from Bear and her family. With her dream and her heart on the line, how much will Raegan have to risk to finally chase her happy ending?


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Bear McKinley’s past refuses to let go. Ten years ago, Bear gave up everything—his freedom and his reputation—for his mess of a family. But after years of distance and too many attempts at starting over, he finally has a new life doing noble work in Brazil . . . until his past catches up to him once again. Suddenly he finds himself back in Maple Valley, charged with the ca Bear McKinley’s past refuses to let go. Ten years ago, Bear gave up everything—his freedom and his reputation—for his mess of a family. But after years of distance and too many attempts at starting over, he finally has a new life doing noble work in Brazil . . . until his past catches up to him once again. Suddenly he finds himself back in Maple Valley, charged with the care of his missing brother’s children, convinced he’s out of second chances to make his life count. And yet, with every day that passes, these kids, this quirky town and the woman he never stopped missing help patch the holes in his heart. Maybe this is the fresh start he’s been longing for all along. But as his newfound hope grows, so does the mystery surrounding his brother’s activities—and when the threat reaches into the lives of those he loves, it’s clear he can’t run away this time. Fear holds Raegan’s future captive. Raegan Walker is fine. She’s happy working a slew of part-time jobs, still living in her childhood bedroom and rarely venturing from her hometown. At least, that’s what she tells everyone . . . and herself. But she can’t help wondering what might’ve happened if she hadn’t abandoned her art so many years ago—and if Bear McKinley had never left. When Bear returns and she’s commissioned for a painting that just might revive her artistic ambition all in one week, it’s time to finally reach for more than fine. But doing so means facing the fears that have held her back all this time, including admitting the secret she’s kept from Bear and her family. With her dream and her heart on the line, how much will Raegan have to risk to finally chase her happy ending?

30 review for All this Time

  1. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    All This Time is the last book in the Walker family series, and while I’m a bit sad that it’s over, Raegan’s (and Bear’s!) story wrapped things up beautifully. I usually say that Melissa Tagg is one of my favorite contemporary fiction authors, which is still true, but after reading this series and loving this family, I can honestly say she is one of my favorite authors, period. Her characters are so memorable; I love their interactions and have especially enjoyed the different ways each sibling All This Time is the last book in the Walker family series, and while I’m a bit sad that it’s over, Raegan’s (and Bear’s!) story wrapped things up beautifully. I usually say that Melissa Tagg is one of my favorite contemporary fiction authors, which is still true, but after reading this series and loving this family, I can honestly say she is one of my favorite authors, period. Her characters are so memorable; I love their interactions and have especially enjoyed the different ways each sibling interacts with the other. When Logan and Raegan had a heart to heart, oh my, it was just so sweet but also realistic. Throughout the course of this series, Maple Valley became a real place to me and the Walker family real people. Their interconnected stories have been both humorous and poignant, and each bring up a unique issue or conflict within the story. Raeghan’s story is no different. Though Raeghan loves Maple Valley, she has been hiding a secret her family that has kept her tied down and afraid to leave. Bear’s past has kept him tied down emotionally, and despite traveling all the way to Brazil, he can’t outrun his past. Something that really drew me into the story was the predicament of Bear’s family. His nephew and niece tugged at my heart strings. I’ve also always found Raeghan to be the more mysterious of the Walker siblings, so I loved getting her perspective on things. The two of them separately are intriguing, layered characters. Together, they are just utterly adorable. Their bond feels realistic because they were friends for so long, and Tagg definitely captures the tender shift from friendship to something deeper. There is just something cozy and lovable yet realistic about these stories. Tagg excels at creating characters evoke empathy, situations that feel unique but universal to the human experience, and romances that simmer with both tension and sweetness. Though sadness is realistically portrayed, hope is always present. I recommend the entire Walker family series to readers of contemporary, inspirational fiction. And do start from the beginning. While I suppose this could be read as a standalone, I think that there is something special to building up to the last book after being with the Walkers for so long.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    I'm crying because I didn't want this book to end. I didn't want this series to end. Excuse me while I try to get my emotions together enough to write a semidecent review. I'm crying because I didn't want this book to end. I didn't want this series to end. Excuse me while I try to get my emotions together enough to write a semidecent review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    My thoughts are swirling around inside my head as I just finished this book, and had to say goodbye to the Walker Family. This, Raegan and Bear's story, is the last. I've grown to love Maple Valley and the Walkers and all the quirkiness of the town. So, it is with sadness, that I read the last word and begin this review. Raegan Walker and Bear McKinley have been here a long time in our hearts even before Tagg told their story. I've cared for them from afar until this book, and now I love them. Tw My thoughts are swirling around inside my head as I just finished this book, and had to say goodbye to the Walker Family. This, Raegan and Bear's story, is the last. I've grown to love Maple Valley and the Walkers and all the quirkiness of the town. So, it is with sadness, that I read the last word and begin this review. Raegan Walker and Bear McKinley have been here a long time in our hearts even before Tagg told their story. I've cared for them from afar until this book, and now I love them. Two flawed individuals who learn to accept the grace and mercies of God. Raegan Walker is nearly paralyzed with fear and has been for years. She has been keeping secrets from her family, a family that would love nothing more than to help her if they had only known she needed help. Then Bear McKinley shows back up in Maple Valley, along with his 11 year old nephew and 5 year old niece. The last time she said goodbye to him, she thought it was a final goodbye. Bear had always made her feel they were just friends. Only Raegan knew, for her part, she felt more for Bear McKinley than just friendship. Can she even begin to be around him again, knowing how he feels and she feels? Bear McKinley has always tried to carry the weight of everyone's problems on his shoulders, never thinking of himself at all. He is still doing that. But God's grace is not about carrying problems. It's about letting go and letting that grace surround you. Why is it so hard for Bear to accept this? Then danger comes into Maple Valley and Raegan and Bear are caught in the middle of it. Will they both accept the grace and redemption God offers them? Can they trust that life can be so much better than it is now? Melissa Tagg has been a favorite of mine since her very first book. I eagerly anticipate anything she writes. She has an uncanny ability to create characters that feel like they have just leapt off the page and straight into the reader's heart. She plumbs the emotional depths of these characters. Every single one. I love the quirkiness she adds to each member of the Walker family, too. Seriously, she has created a town I want to visit. No, a town in which I'd love to live. There are few fictional towns that hold that appeal for me and Maple Valley is one. I so very much hate to see this series end, but I do look forward to what Tagg has in store for us next. *I was given a preview copy of this book. My review is my own honest opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Micaiah

    GUYS. IT'S OVER. AND SO IS THE WALKER FAMILY SERIES. *sniffles and moans* IT'S BEEN SO LOVELY. And, gosh, the last two books especially... They got me all tied in and sometimes made me cry. Absolutely fantastic. These characters, the writing, the stories, the romance, the faith, the quirky town of Maple Valley - I'm gonna miss it all. (So maybe I'll have to reread.) BUT THE WAY THIS ENDED. So perfectly! Big round of applause for Miss Tagg, who created this wonderful world, with these wonderful f GUYS. IT'S OVER. AND SO IS THE WALKER FAMILY SERIES. *sniffles and moans* IT'S BEEN SO LOVELY. And, gosh, the last two books especially... They got me all tied in and sometimes made me cry. Absolutely fantastic. These characters, the writing, the stories, the romance, the faith, the quirky town of Maple Valley - I'm gonna miss it all. (So maybe I'll have to reread.) BUT THE WAY THIS ENDED. So perfectly! Big round of applause for Miss Tagg, who created this wonderful world, with these wonderful fictional people who I've come to like A LOT. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. And funny and charming and basically Tagg is one of my go-to romance authors CUZ SHE JUST DOES IT SO GOOD. <3333 I really liked the way Tagg wove in action and tension but still made this novel happy and emotional and humorous. AND CASE. Oh. my. word. That guy...and what happened with Sara? GREATNESS. Because of course I was expecting (to use Raegan's words) a "huge scandal" but what I got was...delightfully unexpected? And basically this book = ❤ I ENJOYED THIS A LOT. Recommended (of course) for fellow contemporary, Christian, rom-com readers (because, yes, that is a thing). #MelissaTaggfan PREVIOUS WORDS: *gets my paperback copy in the mail* IT'S SO PRETTY. *runs around and shows it to my fam* (THIS IS GONNA BE GOOD.) <<< it was good *nods*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emilee

    I enjoyed the visit back to Maple Valley! Bear and Raegan have great chemistry. I felt there were a few places the story dragged a bit but I still loved the cast of characters and the closure the book brought to this series. 3 1/2 stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    *sigh* I'm sad the Walker family series is over, but All This Time was a satisfactory ending and probably my favourite book of the series! *sigh* I'm sad the Walker family series is over, but All This Time was a satisfactory ending and probably my favourite book of the series!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angie H

    Another win for Melissa Tagg! Hate to say goodbye to the Walker family, but looking forward to see what else she has in store!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    Definitely my favorite book of the whole series and finally got the story of Reagan and Bear. So good.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    As I finished this amazing book I was torn in equal parts. Half of me was shouting yes, yes, YES! Because it really was that good. I knew it would be good. I have read and loved every single book and novella in this gorgeous Walker Family series, I have longed for Raegan and Bear's story, and yet I was still surprised by just how much I loved this sorry. But while I was internally celebrating (because who wouldn't love that ending) I was also mourning. Because this is the last book. Have I menti As I finished this amazing book I was torn in equal parts. Half of me was shouting yes, yes, YES! Because it really was that good. I knew it would be good. I have read and loved every single book and novella in this gorgeous Walker Family series, I have longed for Raegan and Bear's story, and yet I was still surprised by just how much I loved this sorry. But while I was internally celebrating (because who wouldn't love that ending) I was also mourning. Because this is the last book. Have I mentioned how much I love this family? Perhaps Melissa Tagg could be persuaded to extend the series. I would be totally up for a novella about Chase Walker. Or what about a book set in the future a little, I'm sure Jamie or even Erin have a story to tell... Raegan gave her heart to Bear McKinley years ago, but she knew they were never going to have a future, especially when he left for Brazil. But now he is back in Maple Valley, bringing with him his young niece and nephew. While Bear wrestles with his past and the memories he can't seem to outrun, Raegan is unsure of her future and if she can risk her heart again. This fourth book in the Walker Family series is everything that I have loved about the whole series all wrapped up in one book. A family so strong and connected, even if they might sometimes annoy each other with their meddling, a small town that loves celebrations and events, soul searching, faith affirmation, and, of course, sweet romance. I have long been awaiting Bear and Raegan's story, and it didn't disappoint. Bear is carrying a whole load of baggage. It's lucky he has such wide shoulders, but his past is finally catching up with him. It was awesome to finally gain more pieces of his story, but equally heartbreaking. It's easy to see why Raegan loves him so very much. We also learn a lot more about Raegan. She is an easy character to relate to, someone who has let fear impede on her dreams. But helping Bear with his niece and nephew, slowing prying his secrets from him and facing his past head-on together, give Bear and Raegan their chance for a future. I loved the end of this book, loved the suspense and surprise of it all. And yes, while it is really sad to have reached the end of this series, I can delight in a really well-written story and a beautiful romance. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    The Walker Family and Maple Valley are both so lovable. We finally get Bear and Raegan's story in this final book of the series. I especially loved how Bear cared so completely for his niece and nephew. The Walker Family and Maple Valley are both so lovable. We finally get Bear and Raegan's story in this final book of the series. I especially loved how Bear cared so completely for his niece and nephew.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Savanna Kaiser

    This entire series was a delight to read and the final story of the Walker family was no exception. I was so happy to see that Raegan and Bear were finally getting their chance at a happily-ever-after. These two haven't had an easy life, but they're stronger because of it. And the lessons they learn about themselves, and ultimately God, is the best part of all. Everything I've come to expect from one of Melissa Tagg's books was included in this novel. A charming setting, an adorable, quirky famil This entire series was a delight to read and the final story of the Walker family was no exception. I was so happy to see that Raegan and Bear were finally getting their chance at a happily-ever-after. These two haven't had an easy life, but they're stronger because of it. And the lessons they learn about themselves, and ultimately God, is the best part of all. Everything I've come to expect from one of Melissa Tagg's books was included in this novel. A charming setting, an adorable, quirky family, and a sweet love story make the perfect combination. The spiritual growth of the characters deepens the lesson for them and the readers. I love seeing friendships grow into something much more. It's just so romantic. :) These two have a history, a bond formed over many years, and they can only deny their feelings for so long. Their relationship grew so naturally, so perfectly. I loved how they were there for each other through some difficult things and showed their love through their support. There was a hint of mystery and some surprising twists that rounded out the ending really well. I couldn't quite guess how it would end and I was sad to say goodbye. The story could stand alone, but you'll enjoy it so much more if you are familiar with the rest of the family and their stories. I'd recommend starting from the beginning and enjoy meeting the whole crew. They'll become like family, I promise! :) I received a free copy from the author. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hayleigh S.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So excited to finally be writing a legitimate review or this book! I'll have my favorite quotes unprivated so y'all can see them. After a second reading is still so good. Still 5 stars. This book is beautiful and translucent and both times I’ve read it it’s hit me different. The first time I was hit with the beauty of the romance and the suspense and how great and captivating it was. The second time I was just hit with the love Bear had for the kids and the bond and how absolutely heart warming So excited to finally be writing a legitimate review or this book! I'll have my favorite quotes unprivated so y'all can see them. After a second reading is still so good. Still 5 stars. This book is beautiful and translucent and both times I’ve read it it’s hit me different. The first time I was hit with the beauty of the romance and the suspense and how great and captivating it was. The second time I was just hit with the love Bear had for the kids and the bond and how absolutely heart warming and heart breaking it was. I was also deeply hit by Reagan’s struggle with panic disorder. I have had anxiety / panic disorder since I was about 10. Reading her story hits me. Reading about Bear’s love and acceptance and how he never disregarded her anxiety but loved her through it. Reading about a functional counseling relationship. This book depicted how frightening panic disorder is, but also displayed such a bright light of hope. It showed there are people who love and accept you and want to help. It didn't show Bear as being the fix for her anxiety, but showed Reagan finding ways to cope and having God be with her and then she became strong enough to find him. They were each others best friends through the worst times in their lives. This book is beautiful and perfect and I recommend it to EVERYONE. Fangirly review over.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nicki Olsen

    ____________________________________ *My Thoughts* If any writer, any book, could carry me out of my days as a stressed out, tired college student into a place so different and yet so very similar to my own life, I have no doubt that they would join Melissa at the top of my favorites list. Reagan and I have nothing and everything in common all at once. Colored hair? Not so much. Self-doubt? Love of family? Feeling like the odd one out? I think everyone loves a hero or heroine they can relate with. ____________________________________ *My Thoughts* If any writer, any book, could carry me out of my days as a stressed out, tired college student into a place so different and yet so very similar to my own life, I have no doubt that they would join Melissa at the top of my favorites list. Reagan and I have nothing and everything in common all at once. Colored hair? Not so much. Self-doubt? Love of family? Feeling like the odd one out? I think everyone loves a hero or heroine they can relate with. Someone they can cry with when it hurts, and rejoice with when life goes right. Melissa's characters do that for me. Bear? He is flat out adorable. Big and gruff and sarcastic and...oh I just love him! But underneath all of that is a secret even I couldn't guess at. His past, his hurt, just made me want to wrap him up in a hug. Also, I know Maple Valley is a made up place, but that actually makes me sad, because I want to live there. So reminding me of my own small town, it's charm, friendliness, and smalltown quirkiness never fails to make me smile. It feels like home, and I'm so glad there is still more to come for Maple Valley! (Christmas novella, anyone?!) My favorite thing? The reality. The hurt, the confusion, sure. But more than that, the healing. The love and redemption found in Melissa's stories are as heartfelt and real as you and me. If you're wanting to skip the fluff and move right on to heartfealt, romantic, comedic, beautiful stories, look Melissa up. You won't be disappointed. _______________________________________________________ *My Rating* I give All This Time by Melissa Tagg... 5 stars!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    Finally! Bear's Story! I love this Walker Family series. Every single one. The characters are real with strengths and weaknesses that make them easy to relate to. I love the fantastic family bond that crosses through each book. The Walkers feel like friends to me. I've been anxiously awaiting Bear's story and it did not disappoint. So good! Melissa Tagg is one of my favorite authors- an auto buy for sure. Finally! Bear's Story! I love this Walker Family series. Every single one. The characters are real with strengths and weaknesses that make them easy to relate to. I love the fantastic family bond that crosses through each book. The Walkers feel like friends to me. I've been anxiously awaiting Bear's story and it did not disappoint. So good! Melissa Tagg is one of my favorite authors- an auto buy for sure.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Meghan DeWalt

    Best Walker book yet/my personal favorite. The sensitivity and boldness Tagg weaves through out the heavier subject matter while keeping the beloved family important--and the romance alive and beautifully well done as always--is nothing short of superb. She's done it again. Absolutely stunning finale to this series that had me laughing, taking notes, crying, and reading super slow at the end because I didn't want to say goodbye. Best Walker book yet/my personal favorite. The sensitivity and boldness Tagg weaves through out the heavier subject matter while keeping the beloved family important--and the romance alive and beautifully well done as always--is nothing short of superb. She's done it again. Absolutely stunning finale to this series that had me laughing, taking notes, crying, and reading super slow at the end because I didn't want to say goodbye.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    4.5 stars TOP PICK

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    What a great ending to a fantastic series. Bear McKinnley, be still my heart. I’m sad to see this saga end but excited to see what else Melissa Tagg has in store for us readers!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I like this book better than the two middle books. Rea is a broken yet lovable character. Bear is sweet and I loved getting his backstory. The romance was okay, but really, the best part about this book was the journey of the two characters.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rissi

    All This Time by Melissa Tagg – The Walker Saga Concludes with Most Anticipated Story Time stands still for Bear McKinley. His dream of missionary work in Africa has just vanished from his future thanks to a checkered past. This leads him to wonder about the future. His immediate future leads him to Georgia and the door of his sister-in-law. Instead of a welcome, she refuses to tell Bear what’s going on with his brother (who’s life is riddled with mistakes), but she does rush him out the door, an All This Time by Melissa Tagg – The Walker Saga Concludes with Most Anticipated Story Time stands still for Bear McKinley. His dream of missionary work in Africa has just vanished from his future thanks to a checkered past. This leads him to wonder about the future. His immediate future leads him to Georgia and the door of his sister-in-law. Instead of a welcome, she refuses to tell Bear what’s going on with his brother (who’s life is riddled with mistakes), but she does rush him out the door, and sends her two kids with him. All he knows is she begs Bear to keep her children safe… and the best way he knows how to do this is by returning to Maple Valley. Maple Valley is safety to Raegan Walker. It’s the only place she’s known and it’s the only place she wants to be. Unlike her siblings, she isn’t about to leave it or her close-knit family behind. The one person who could have shaken her safety net is Bear McKinley. Until he left her behind. Now Raegan protects a broken heart. When he returns with two small children in tow, Raegan will have to check her emotions lest she again fall in love with this enigma of a man… As each of Melissa’s Walker family series (three full length books, plus a novella) released, this was the story avid fans most anticipated. The story of Raegan Walker and Bear McKinley is the romance they invested in as it quietly set up its backstory in the proceeding titles. Readers fell (easily) under the sway of Bear’s gentle character (though we knew there was something to his past) and of course, we love Raegan’s likeable (aka #relate) girl-next-door character. (Girl is something of a coffee fiend, too.) “All she knew was that this right here was everything she hadn’t known she was waiting for.” - Melissa Tagg Though Melissa saved this story for the fourth and final book, she makes it one of the best. A conclusion none of us will find surprising since Team Tagg fans had faith in every aspect of this story. The storytelling continues to grow and push beyond the surface of the narrative. Inside these pages lies a story that begs forgiveness (of one’s self), letting go of a tortured past and one’s own limitations and of course, plenty of sweet romance. All This Time is all about letting go, emotional failing, rediscovering strength (from Him, and those around us who matter) and learning. With its signature “cozy” vibe and feels, the breath-catching moments are amped up in All This Time. Whether it’s because of the underlying sense of “mystery” that surrounds Bear’s family or the achingly tender moments between Bear and Raegan, there is plenty to swoon and sigh over. Our final visit to Maple Valley will please ardent and new fans alike. The series can be read as standalone's, but all are so good, one may as well take the plunge and read them all. In fact, if I may be so bold, I’ll say this; pick up these lovely works of fiction. They’re perfect weekend binge reads. All This Time is a journey. It’s effectively simple in its appeal, swoony with its romance and completes the circle with joyful messages. Wrapped inside this tome is a story no reader who loves the contemporary genre. Like the cozy atmospheric sights, sounds and scents of autumn, this story is sure to give you all the feels by its dreamy conclusion. ♥ Sincere thanks to the author for sending a e-copy of this book; all opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    Well, I'm all weepy now. Not only because this novel packs an emotional wallop, but because it is the last in the Walker Family series and I'm so not ready to say goodbye! Not to them or Maple Valley. Or Melissa Tagg's incredible gift of sharing hard hitting faith cushioned by love and grace. Though I expect we readers will see that aspect of her writing in future books with new characters and places. Still -- the Walkers are a pretty awesome family and I am going to miss them. Sniffle. And I hav Well, I'm all weepy now. Not only because this novel packs an emotional wallop, but because it is the last in the Walker Family series and I'm so not ready to say goodbye! Not to them or Maple Valley. Or Melissa Tagg's incredible gift of sharing hard hitting faith cushioned by love and grace. Though I expect we readers will see that aspect of her writing in future books with new characters and places. Still -- the Walkers are a pretty awesome family and I am going to miss them. Sniffle. And I have to say that Tagg really preached to me when it came to the inspirational threads in this book. Not that it's preachy, mind, just that she said some things that I desperately needed to hear. Let's just say I'm a little bit Bear and a whole lot Raegan and leave it at that. But, seriously, this is why I read Christian Fiction -- to gain insight and perspective on my faith journey because stories reach me in a way that all the non-fiction 'how-to' books can't. So,on to Bear and Raegan. Make sure you have tissue and a fainting couch on hand...and possibly smelling salts for readers of a particularly sensitive nature. :-) Bear is everything his name conjures up. A bit rough around the edges, big and brawny but he isn't afraid to let his inner teddy bear shine through on appropriate occasions...which often involves Raegan. Melting puddle sigh. The scenes with these two -- the banter, the teasing, the aching tenderness. My heart hurt for them. Bear because he's so stubborn in his confusion. His faith is strong but has a hairline fracture running through it -- "Sure he believed in a God who forgave his sins; forgot them even. But the world didn't forget. Bear didn't." (p 105) And Raegan, trying so hard not to fall for the guy who has no intention of staying in town long term. Because she is frozen in place by a secret that has way too much power over her. So the stage is set for an angsty romance, but the author doesn't leave it there. There's some intrigue and mystery, the shadow of Bear's past that brings danger to this quiet rural town. And the Walker family is present in full force. Lots of delightful cameos with former heroes and heroines from previous novels as well as the clan's patriarch, Case Walker. If this Walker family saga has to come to a close, this is a pretty awesome way to do it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    I can’t believe this is the end of the Walker Family series! *sob, sob* But if all good series must come to an end, then this is the book to go out on. It showcases Melissa Tagg’s signature warmth, humour, and knack for creating thoroughly enjoyable dialogue, but it also tells a story that grips the heart, particularly as Bear struggles to care for his niece (Erin, 5) and nephew (Jamie, 11) and overcome a past that seems to follow him wherever he goes. Maybe it goes with the name, but Bear is ju I can’t believe this is the end of the Walker Family series! *sob, sob* But if all good series must come to an end, then this is the book to go out on. It showcases Melissa Tagg’s signature warmth, humour, and knack for creating thoroughly enjoyable dialogue, but it also tells a story that grips the heart, particularly as Bear struggles to care for his niece (Erin, 5) and nephew (Jamie, 11) and overcome a past that seems to follow him wherever he goes. Maybe it goes with the name, but Bear is just so huggable, and this story only made him more so—but I should probably leave the hugging to Raegan... ;-) Bear and Raegan’s relationship has played out in the background of each of the novels in this series so far, so if you’ve read those, you know that Bear hasn’t pursued anything more than friendship with Raegan because he felt called to the mission field in Brazil and she’s firmly rooted in Maple Valley. But there’s so much that lies beneath those reasons. For Bear, it goes all the way back to his childhood—growing up in a family embroiled in the world of drugs, and the price that has been paid as a result. For Raegan, it’s crippling panic attacks and the triggers and fears that lie behind them. Bear and Raegan may tell themselves there is no possibility of a future together, but the heart doesn’t always listen to the head, and there is a beautiful inevitability to the way their friendship deepens into something more through this novel. But those real-life issues don’t go away, either, and they even add a thread of suspense as Bear tries to work out what has happened to his brother and sister-in-law, and why trouble seems to be following him, too. But when all is said and done, it's their inner demons that must be overcome if Bear and Raegan are to move forward together, and it was here this novel was at its most touching. For Bear, in particular, who has been holding on to guilt and shame, it means letting go of burdens he was never meant to carry and accepting grace—both from God and others—even when he feels unworthy. This story is everything you could want in a contemporary romance. Authentic characters, beautifully deepening friendship, gentle humour and wit, heartfelt soul-searching, and a family that makes you wish you never had to say goodbye. I received a copy of this novel from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shona

    Life isn’t perfect. It’s messy, complicated and hard. However, it can also be full of joy and love. This final Walker novel is full of all these emotions and more. The wait for Reagan and Bears story was totally worth it. Their emotional connection moved the story along at a cracking pace. The conflict they both had about decisions they’d made came across so well. And the romance? Wow! The Walker family is one of my favourite ever. Each time the siblings or their dad enter the scene it’s so enter Life isn’t perfect. It’s messy, complicated and hard. However, it can also be full of joy and love. This final Walker novel is full of all these emotions and more. The wait for Reagan and Bears story was totally worth it. Their emotional connection moved the story along at a cracking pace. The conflict they both had about decisions they’d made came across so well. And the romance? Wow! The Walker family is one of my favourite ever. Each time the siblings or their dad enter the scene it’s so entertaining to listen to them talk and challenge each other. Melissa Tagg writes relatable characters whom you connect with instantly. And enjoy visiting again and again.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kara Peck

    The bittersweet love of a concluded story. I have enjoyed each book in the Walker series and was very excited to read this! While I am sad to see them go I am glad to have known them and watched their stories grow. Tagg doesn't leave anything lacking. All the quaintness and sweet romance was just as prevalent in this forth and final installment as previous. I was rooting for Bear and Reagan awhile back so it was nice to have that fulfilled. Always and forever a fan. Can't wait to share this book The bittersweet love of a concluded story. I have enjoyed each book in the Walker series and was very excited to read this! While I am sad to see them go I am glad to have known them and watched their stories grow. Tagg doesn't leave anything lacking. All the quaintness and sweet romance was just as prevalent in this forth and final installment as previous. I was rooting for Bear and Reagan awhile back so it was nice to have that fulfilled. Always and forever a fan. Can't wait to share this book with all my friends and read whatever comes next. SO CUTE!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This was my favorite of the Walker books. I loved the characters, the story, returning to the setting and getting to be a part of Maple Valley once more... I liked the element of intrigue in this one, and finally getting to watch this couple fall in love.♡ I also enjoyed the relatable struggles that had to be worked (and prayed) through, and how the author encourages the reader along with the characters to seek the Lord. Great read!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Wow. This is one of the most amazing books I've read, plain and simple. I have adored reading and getting to know the Walker family and I am so sorry to say goodbye to them. Trust me when I say I will revisit this series time and time again. Melissa has created a wonderful setting of Maple Valley, a town, I truly wish existed because I would move there in a heartbeat! The Walker Family has become like an extended family to me and their stories have touched my heart. Bear and Regan's story is han Wow. This is one of the most amazing books I've read, plain and simple. I have adored reading and getting to know the Walker family and I am so sorry to say goodbye to them. Trust me when I say I will revisit this series time and time again. Melissa has created a wonderful setting of Maple Valley, a town, I truly wish existed because I would move there in a heartbeat! The Walker Family has become like an extended family to me and their stories have touched my heart. Bear and Regan's story is hands down my favorite of all of them. I read this on my kindle and I lost count of how many parts of the story I highlighted. Funny parts, wise parts, sweet parts, this story has them all in spades. Bear and Regan's story was definitely worth the wait!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lilian

    stayed up way too late into the wee hours of the morning finishing this. oops. Even though I didn't love the earlier books that much, this one definitely exceeded my expectations and wrapped up the series really well. stayed up way too late into the wee hours of the morning finishing this. oops. Even though I didn't love the earlier books that much, this one definitely exceeded my expectations and wrapped up the series really well.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    Watch for my series feature of the Walker Family on Faithfully Bookish! I'll be re-binge reading these in 2020! Watch for my series feature of the Walker Family on Faithfully Bookish! I'll be re-binge reading these in 2020!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Terri Simmons

    With this finale to the Walker Family series, Melissa has saved the best for last! If you have read the other Walker books, you HAVE to read this book. If you have not read the other Walker books, you MUST read this book and it will make you want to read the others. I have been waiting for this book for a year, and Tagg did NOT disappoint!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karis

    The perfect ending to the Walker Family series--with such real characters stumbling, searching, and striving to grow in their faith. I 100% recommend this series!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    The morals were all over the place in this one. • Raegan commandeered a man’s apartment for selfish reasons. • Instead of giving back his apartment when he clearly needed it, she asked him to move into the same house she lived in (though they were unmarried). • Raegan didn’t see anything wrong with illegally trespassing in said apartment, but later she made a big deal about breaking into an abandoned building. • Bear had no qualms about ogling a gal in a wet T-shirt. • Raegan thought using the man’s The morals were all over the place in this one. • Raegan commandeered a man’s apartment for selfish reasons. • Instead of giving back his apartment when he clearly needed it, she asked him to move into the same house she lived in (though they were unmarried). • Raegan didn’t see anything wrong with illegally trespassing in said apartment, but later she made a big deal about breaking into an abandoned building. • Bear had no qualms about ogling a gal in a wet T-shirt. • Raegan thought using the man’s bed was “too intimate,” but had no problem using his shower or wearing his shirt several times, for various reasons. • Raegan didn’t see anything wrong with sneaking out a window as a kid (even looking back on it as an adult), though her parents clearly were unaware and had no clue where she ran off to or if she were all right during those times. • Bear caved to carnal desires and made a lewd inference. This was out of character and came too late in the story to be a viable plot point. The tattoo Bear had was mentioned several times but not where I understood what it was of. It felt like a pointless addition. The mural was a lovely idea in theory. I held out hope until the very end. Yet when it came time for the reveal… the reader got nothing. A vague hint or two a chapter or so later didn’t help much. I never got a grasp of what it looked like at all. So this whole entire major plot point fell super flat and pictureless for me in the end. I liked that Raegan finally found her courage to be brutally honest with herself and her family. She also found bravery to try new things, both at home and away, and this felt like an incredibly important theme. I liked that Bear reconnected with his brother and his family. This was so beautifully written that it made me want to weep. The kids were so adorable and dealt with their mixed emotions in realistic ways. The cover is gorgeous! I love the color palette. Soft purples are so tough to find on covers these days. So beautiful! Content: replacement expletives, tattoo, drugs

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