Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Autumn by the Sea by Melissa Tagg November 2, 2021

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A captivating new seaside romance brimming with mystery from USA Today bestselling, Christy Award-winning author Melissa Tagg

Abandoned as a toddler, Sydney Rose has spent years wondering who she really is, homesick for a life she’s never lived. When a private investigator crashes into her world, she finds herself heading to a tiny seaside town in Maine to meet a woman named Maggie, who’s searching for the granddaughter she lost decades ago.

If not for Maggie, Neil MacKean might still be back in Scotland, bereft and alone. Instead, he has a full life in Muir Harbor with an adopted family he loves and a blueberry farm to run. But the farm is struggling and strange occurrences have him concerned. Worse, Maggie’s once again caught up in the past, convinced she’s finally found her long-lost granddaughter.

Worried for Maggie, Neil is suspicious of the city girl who shows up at the farm. But there’s something about Sydney that tugs on him, drawing out secrets he never meant to share. While Neil grapples with the future of the farm, Sydney wrestles with a past that’s messier than ever. Together, they’re pulled into a mystery complete with a centuries-old legend, unexpected danger . . . and a love as deep and wild as the sea.

My thoughts:

I have read a couple of Melissa Tagg’s books and have enjoyed them but I think this is by far my favorite. I loved the mystery and the romance in this one and the setting. And there were actually a couple of mysteries to unravel.

Sydney is a very strong and interesting character and who wouldn’t love Neil with his Scottish accent that peeked through every once in a while.

If you enjoy contemporary romance with some mystery thrown in I am sure you will enjoy this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.


Royally Yours November 21, 2019

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Tinsel, Vermont is known for its no-paparazzi policy and Christmas decorations that are fit for a queen. This holiday season, join four royals on a stroll through town square as they each find their Christmas wishes for a happily-ever-after…tiaras optional.               One Royal Christmas by Melissa Tagg
In the wake of the worst year of his life, His Majesty JonahHarrison Archer Davies makes the drastic decision to temporarily abdicate thethrone and travel to Tinsel, Vermont, in hopes of finding the peace and privacyhe needs to heal, discover his vision for his country . . . and somehow believehimself worthy of the crown. But when he meets charming librarian Rowan Bell,on a quest of her own to save Tinsel’s quaint cottage library, he’s more tornthan ever before as duty to the crown collides with an enchanting Christmastimeromance he didn’t see coming.

The Reluctant Princess by Betsy St. Amant
Princess Eleanor is weary of the protocol that comes withthe crown, along with her lack of voice on causes she holds dear. She takes aholiday in the safety of Tinsel, Vermont, to determine her next steps–andcertainly didn’t mean to fall for the average Joe assigned as her chauffeur.But Miles Channing isn’t so average, after all. He’s Liam Neal, part of thenotoriously famous American Neal Family, and is hiding with secrets of his own.When Christmas comes and the truth shakes her life like a snow globe, Eleanormust decide once and for all where she’ll be standing when the snowflakessettle.

A Royal Wonderland by Liz Johnson
With his public break up still making tabloid headlines,Prince Andrew Tennesley hopes a few weeks in Tinsel will help the gossips moveon and give him a chance to propose a program the people of his country need. WhenAndrew is left to decorate a home for Tinsel’s Christmas lights contest, he hasto rely on pretty hardware store owner Charlotte Hudson for help. Charlie doesn’tmind hanging twinkle lights with him. She just isn’t interested in thespotlight. But as they set out to create a winter wonderland, Andrew has herwondering if she’s been hiding out in Tinsel too and missing out on the bestgift of the season–love.

A Tinsel Holiday by Ashley Clark
Princess Beatrix has already met the love of her life. Twoyears ago, an American journalist named Tyler was assigned to write afeature story about her. But the twenty-four hours that followed changed thetwo of them forever. Now, Tyler has returned home to Tinsel and traded hiscareer in journalism to run The Melody Inn. Though the quirky mayor andeccentric town traditions are a far cry from the world travels he once enjoyed,Tyler has settled into small-town life and made peace with the knowledge hewill never see Beatrix again. But when an American tour brings Princess Beatrixto Tinsel, she and Tyler will have another twenty-four hours together and onemore chance at love. Only this time, with gingerbread and mistletoe.

My thoughts:

I want to go to Tinsel!

What a wonderful collection of Christmas stories set in a unique location. And what a round up of great authors.

I purchased this book for myself because it sounded so interesting and it was. If you enjoy good romance with Christmas thrown in you will want to pick up this collection for royal stories.

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From the Start by Melissa Tagg May 7, 2015

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Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn’t kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays…until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley.

Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend’s hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he’s lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he’s never really done normal before.

While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it’s like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn’t part of the plan, but it just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them.

My thoughts:

This book has Genesis 5020 all over it. What the enemy wanted to use to harm these two characters God will ultimately use for both of their good.

I have read all of Melissa’s books (this is her third). I’ve enjoy them all but I think with each one she gets better and better. This books just pulled me into the story world so fast. I loved both characters and the secondary characters as well.

Melissa even had me laughing out loud at points. Right in the beginning there is something that is totally unexpected and ends up being a pretty hilarious moment.

I loved that Kate is a writer, I could relate to her wanting to write something meaningful and making a difference with her words.

Colton is definitely lost after his career ends. He is searching for meaning as well. I loved the hope that together they would find meaning, of course the greatest source of meaning in our lives is found in Jesus Christ.

A wonderful contemporary romance that I highly recommend. I am sure will enjoy this newest book by Melissa Tagg.

Melissa wrote a novella as an introduction to the Walker family and it’s free!! You can download that here.

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An e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.


Review and Giveaway: Here to Stay May 27, 2014

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After playing nomad for five years, Blake Hunziker has finally had enough of adventure. Not sure what reception he’ll get from everyone back in Whisper Shore, he’s stunned at not only a warm welcome from his hometown but also a job offer. The job is his if he can successfully pull off the annual Christmas Festival. If only he knew the first thing about coordinating events…

If there’s one thing Autumn Kingsley knows, it’s Whisper Shore. For years, she’s been stuck running her family’s inn when all she wants is to see the world. Now she has a visit scheduled from a potential investor who could take over the inn, as well as a dream job offer in Paris. But with just two weeks to whip the inn into shape, her chance at escape is a long shot.

The Hunzikers and the Kingsleys may not get along, but Blake knows Autumn’s the only one who can help him. She agrees to a trade–she’ll help with the Festival and he’ll help with inn repairs. But what was meant to be a simple deal quickly becomes much more than that when the guy who’s done running away joins forces with the girl who can’t wait to leave.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I love this story.

This is Melissa’s second book and I have to say I think I liked this one even better than the first, and the first was very good. Melissa’s snappy dialogue and clever writing is all over this book.

Something about these two characters, Autumn and Blake, were so endearing to me. I guess because they were both flawed but so likeable.

Of course I love that this book was set on the shores of Lake Michigan since I am a Michigan girl myself:) I could just smell and picture the lake so clearly.

Blake is a return character from Melissa’s first book but you won’t feel the least bit lost if you didn’t read her first one and pick this one up. She does a great and natural job of getting the reader up to speed.

I just kept wondering how could these two ever make it work, since Blake returned to he could stay and Autumn is just waiting to leave. Who would stay or who would go?

Melissa also had some great story questions and things that happened in the past to these two characters that will keep you reading so you can see what took place in their lives. A lot of brokenness and hurt.

A great contemporary romance that is sure you make you want to visit the Lake Michigan shores.

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Write to the Point with Melissa Tagg September 18, 2013

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Tagg6Readers, I am so excited to introduce to you Melissa Tagg. I have been following her blog for a long time, before she even had an agent. I will never forget the day I read on her blog that she signed with an agent. I was so happy for her. But I was even more excited when she shared she signed a contract for Made to Last. And then came the day I actually held her book in my hand. Even though I have never meet Melissa I felt such joy for her and hope to know that dreams do come true. At the end of the interview I will share my review of Made to Last and we have a giveaway 🙂
Melissa Tagg is a former newspaper reporter and total Iowa girl. Her first novel, Made to Last, releases from Bethany House in September 2013. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, Melissa is also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for writers. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies and daydreaming about her next book. She’s passionate about humor, grace and happy endings. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

I’m a former reporter turned nonprofit communications girl by day, author by night. I’m the oldest of four siblings, and have the best parents in the world. I’m from Iowa (the place with more cornstalks than people), and have been writing, uh well, pretty much forever. But I got serious about actually pursuing a writing career in late 2009.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

You know those best parents in the world I mentioned above? They modeled Christ to me all growing up. I “prayed the prayer” as a very young kid, yes, but I would say getting to know Christ has been an ongoing journey ever since.

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

My debut novel, Made to Last, is a story of figuring out who we are underneath the trappings of success…or lack thereof. 🙂 It’s about a homebuilding TV show host out to saveNew_Made to Last2 her show while juggling a fake spouse and former fiancé…and the cute reporter who is chronicling her story and digging into her secrets.

I definitely hope readers laugh at the humor and swoon at the romance. But even more than that, I hope it leaves them thinking about their own identity—and realizing that underneath all the labels we give ourselves, we’re loved and cherished by an amazing God.

A great message and one that seems to take us awhile to truly grasp.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

Currently, I blog three times a week. I consider my blog a place to connect with readers and have fun. So topics vary from writing to everyday life to silliness in general. Once a week, I also try to post an encouraging or devotional blog as well.

I thoroughly enjoy your blog, it makes me smile and think all at the same time 🙂

What are you reading right now?

Ooh, ooh, I recently finished Carla Laureano’s Five Days in Skye. LOVED it. I’m also going to be reading Joanne Bischof’s third book in her Cadence of Grace series. Cannot wait. Same with Anne Mateer’s new book!

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

Right after college, I had a hard year. I’m not going to go into the specifics, but basically it boils down to the plans I had for myself completely falling through. It was an emotional roller coaster of a year—the kind of ride I really never want to take again. J BUT…I recently came across a prayer journal that I’d kept during that year. I started reading some of my entries…and it hit me, I think I grew closer to God during that sooo-not-fun season than I’d ever been before. And I realized for about the thousandth time since that year that what felt like such a miserable thing was actually a divine bend in the road meant for my good. I love how God does that!

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

I’ve always heard people talk about life verses, and have often felt I have “seasonal” verses rather than one life verse. Haha! But then last summer I came across this verse in The Message paraphrase and thought, hmm, if ever there was a verse I wanted to sum up the way I want to live life, it’s this:

Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time—pray that our God will make you fit for what he’s called you to be, pray that he’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something. If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you. ~2 Thess. 1:11

Where can we find you on the web?

Here are all my online hangouts:



Twitter: @Melissa_Tagg



Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

I think the one thing I’d add is simply to say how much I appreciate readers. During this whole process of getting ready for Made to Last to release, it’s struck me over and over how much fun it is to get to share this story and these characters with other people. It means a ton to me that people take the time to hang out in this storyworld and connect with these characters. So…thank you, readers!

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers. I pray God will continue to bless your writing.

My review and giveaway:

Melissa has written the kind of book I like to read. Contemporary romance is my favorite (maybe because I write that myself). She has created flawed characters we care about and want the best for.

Each chapter revs up the tension for a fast read. This is a book that I found myself reading into the night. I would look at the clock and say, “I have to go to sleep”. But I didn’t want to leave the storyworld Melissa had created.

Miranda Woodruff is a mess due to not letting go of things from her past and her life just keeps getting messier. Isn’t that so true? Until we allow God to come in and heal those broken places we just keep trying to hold it together on our own and it never works.

Matthew is a hero you will adore. He, too, has hurts from his past that continue to an impact on his present. As soon as he meets Miranda he’s saving her. I just kept thinking how can they ever fall in love if he thinks she’s married? What will happen to her show when the world finds out she lied? So many good questions that will keep  you flipping pages.

This has a great plot with plenty of funny moments and romantic encounters. I highly recommend Made to Last. If you read it I think you will be adding Melissa Tagg to your list of favorite authors.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.