Title: From the Start
Author: Melissa Tagg
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Kate Walker’s character reveals the loneliness that comes when, after being hurt by someone, we build walls around our heart to keep others from getting close. I enjoyed following the character’s journey into discovering what is contained deep within the heart when she agrees to write the memoir of a former NFL player. Colton is the player who suffers a career-ending injury, but also discovers he doesn’t know what life is for him beyond the grid.
The themes that are conveyed repeatedly in many ways are where we should ultimately find our truest source of love, meaning and what we work we are to do. Both of the main characters, Kate and Colton, are reflections of real people who work hard to be the best each day while carrying some baggage from their past. We can learn from these two that letting the past go into the hands of God isn’t easy. It takes time, but ultimately leads to freedom for the heart and soul.
I was touched when a little boy battling cancer was introduced as part of the story and that sure is a heart-wrenching truth. Faith is taking life one day at a time and looking to God, especially when sitting beside the bed of a very sick child, and the truth shared in those scenes of just how hard it is to keep hoping when all hope looks lost. Yet, it reminds others to appreciate their lives even with all their trials, struggles and daily challenges.
I loved the climactic ending the author snuck in that really surprised me! I thought the reality portrayed in this work of fiction made it much more endearing to the heart of this reader. I cannot wait to see what flows next from Melissa Tagg! Until then, I hope others will enjoy this story.
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