Amy Drown | Like Never Before
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Like Never Before

About This Book


A dying newspaper. An intriguing mystery. And a love they didn’t see coming.


Maple Valley became Amelia Bentley’s haven after her heart and her dreams of a family were shattered. But her new life as a newspaper editor is shaken when the small-town paper is in danger of closing. Her one hope: A lead on an intriguing story that just might impress the new publisher . . . if only she knew who he was.


After his biggest campaign success yet, widowed speechwriter Logan Walker now has the chance of a lifetime—a spot on a presidential campaign. But his plans are interrupted when he finds out he’s inherited his hometown newspaper. He travels home intent on selling the paper and spending some much-needed time with his young daughter before making the leap into national politics.


But instead of a quick sale and peaceful break from his hectic career, Logan finds himself helping Amelia chase her story. She’s scrappy, but wounded. He’s dependable, but lost. They may butt heads more than expected, but a series of leads on Maple Valley’s quirky unsolved mystery is just the start of the sparks that fly in the office and in their hearts.


My Thoughts


As a history nerd myself, I loved Amelia’s passion for exploring the past, and the history angle was definitely my favorite part of this story. But once again I felt the pace was choppy, with great chapter-ending cliffhangers followed by weak, let’s-skip-way-ahead-and-use-flashbacks-to-explain chapter openings. It was the literary equivalent of all the good stuff happening during the commercial breaks, an din the end I felt like I’d missed all the key scenes and gripping conversations I’d been hoping for when I started the book. The ending also was way too rushed for me. And there were a LOT of characters and subplots to wade through, so much so that I felt the central romance was diluted.


My Rating






Available April 5, 2016 from Bethany House Publishers


I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given, freely and without compensation.

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