Finding the Ultimate Hope with Melissa Tagg

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“. . . hope is no wispy, flighty thing. It's rugged and weather-worn, strong and yet not unbreakable.” 
–  Melissa Tagg

"Lori Benton shot to the top of my "favorite authors forever and ever" list from the very first chapter of her very first book, Burning Sky. I have loved—adored, treasured, devoured, gushed endlessly about—every book she's written and Many Sparrows is no exception. And it was the first book to come to mind when I thought of the theme "hope." The thing about Many Sparrows is that in this story, hope is no wispy, flighty thing. It's rugged and weather-worn, strong and yet not unbreakable. The character of Clare faces not just one, but multiple traumatic experiences, the likes of which would usher in a stern hopelessness for most people. And yet, in this story, there's such a rich tapestry hope...of endurance. Clare's hope is broken at times...but to me, that's what makes this story so heart-grabbing. Often, it's only when our own hope proves breakable that we find ourselves desperately searching for a greater Hope. To be honest, I've found myself in that numb, hopeless place a couple times in recent years...and I've realized more and more that when I struggle to hope, to hold on, that's when God's love and faithfulness—the ultimate Hope—means the most. I'm so very thankful for the way Lori's story showed this to me all over again. "

Author Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant writer and total Iowa girl. She writes romantic comedies in the banter-filled style of her favorite 1930s and 40s classic films. Her latest release, All This Time, is the fourth and final book in her popular Walker Family series. When she's not writing Melissa can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. She loves connecting with readers at and on Facebook and Instagram.

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Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would. . . .

In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.

When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son . . . especially when her second child is moments away from being born.

Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?



Thank you, Melissa! A great interpretation of Lori's Many Sparrows. I also enjoyed it tremendously and see the hope factor. Thank you for stopping in @JustCommonly!


Title:  All This Time
Collection:  Walker Family, Book 4
Author: Melissa Tagg
Publisher:  Larkspur Press
Release Date:  September 28, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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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  1. LOVE this post! I am reminded of the scripture that hope deferred makes the heart sick.


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