All this Time (Walker Family, #4)
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?

All this Time (Walker Family, #4) Details

TitleAll this Time (Walker Family, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 28th, 2017
Rating
GenreContemporary, Christian Fiction, Romance, Christian, Christian Romance, Fiction

All this Time (Walker Family, #4) Review

  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Micaiah
    January 1, 1970
    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*
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    *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!
  • Angie H
    January 1, 1970
    Another win for Melissa Tagg! Hate to say goodbye to the Walker family, but looking forward to see what else she has in store!
  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Hayleigh S.
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Savanna Kaiser
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Nicki Olsen
    January 1, 1970
    ____________________________________ *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!
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  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Meghan Gorecki
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sarah Monzon
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars TOP PICK
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Shona
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Kara Peck
    January 1, 1970
    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!!
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    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!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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  • Terri Simmons
    January 1, 1970
    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!!
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  • Rissi
    January 1, 1970
    All This Time by Melissa Tagg – The Walker Saga Concludes with Most Anticipated StoryTime 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 StoryTime 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 wasthe 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 TaggThough 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.
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  • Alexis
    January 1, 1970
    This story was as unique as its male hero's name (Bear). Lol. It humored me that a character had the same name as an animal, like the actual name of an animal. BUT Bear is worth his weight in gold. He is an amazing hero with a complicated backstory and a beautiful future. I adored the way that he loved and protected the heroine.Raegan is the heroine of this story. She's an artist who suffers from a debilitating secret that she keeps to herself out of fear. I loved how Bear was instrumental in he This story was as unique as its male hero's name (Bear). Lol. It humored me that a character had the same name as an animal, like the actual name of an animal. BUT Bear is worth his weight in gold. He is an amazing hero with a complicated backstory and a beautiful future. I adored the way that he loved and protected the heroine.Raegan is the heroine of this story. She's an artist who suffers from a debilitating secret that she keeps to herself out of fear. I loved how Bear was instrumental in helping her conquer fears and opening her sheltered heart to true love. I like how the author painted a complex picture of Reagen from the start and as the story progressed, the author peeled back the thick layers of Raegan's protective guard and as the reader (me) discovered her beautiful heart, it made me root for her journey to a better future.Melissa Tagg has really outdone herself with this one! "All This Time" is a read worth your time. It will enthrall you with captivating characters, witty banter, sweet layers of story and plot twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat.Bravo, Melissa, for writing a story that I'm going to recommend to everyone I know, especially those dealing with hurt who need hope and humor!*I (Alexis A. Goring) voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from the author. My opinions are my own.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    All This Time ( Walker Family #4 ) By: Melissa TaggAll This Time is book four and the final installment to The Walker Family Series. I have really loved this series and I hate for it end. Melissa Tagg has done an excellent job of penning this series . She draws you in right at the start and you are hooked. Tagg did not disappoint. This is Reagan and Bear’s story. Both of them have their issues they are carrying around. There is action, suspense, and romance all rolled together to make All This T All This Time ( Walker Family #4 ) By: Melissa TaggAll This Time is book four and the final installment to The Walker Family Series. I have really loved this series and I hate for it end. Melissa Tagg has done an excellent job of penning this series . She draws you in right at the start and you are hooked. Tagg did not disappoint. This is Reagan and Bear’s story. Both of them have their issues they are carrying around. There is action, suspense, and romance all rolled together to make All This Time a wonderful story. Reagan has loved Bear for a long time. He left Maple Valley the last time and it broke her heart. Well he is back in maple Valley again . He is caught in the middle of his brother and his wife’s problems. Bear’s life has not been an easy one ,it seems problems follow him. Is there a chance for Reagan and the Bear? This is an amazing story about these two and some thing they go through. You will meet back up with the Walker family again. I was given a complimentary copy of this book , but was not told that I had too give a positive review.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Bear McKinley. Bear. McKinley. BEAR MCKINLEY.I have been waiting for Bear and Raegan's story since I first read about them in "From the Start". Specifically Bear. I absolutely loved this book. The setting, the characters, and each individual story within the story.I really enjoyed and loved how I connected with both Bear and Raegan on some level, it just made them that more real. Melissa did a wonderful job with their personalities and their growth throughout the novel. And not only them, but ev Bear McKinley. Bear. McKinley. BEAR MCKINLEY.I have been waiting for Bear and Raegan's story since I first read about them in "From the Start". Specifically Bear. I absolutely loved this book. The setting, the characters, and each individual story within the story.I really enjoyed and loved how I connected with both Bear and Raegan on some level, it just made them that more real. Melissa did a wonderful job with their personalities and their growth throughout the novel. And not only them, but every character in this series. I've grown to love and cherish this family and fictional town. I'm really sad that this is the end.Can we also just take a moment to talk about Bear's niece and nephew? Adorable and completely lovable. And Maple Valley? I really wish it was a real place. I'd move there in a heartbeat. I'd say more, but honestly, I don't think I can adequately put into words what I feel for this book, let alone this whole series. Melissa you did a fantastic job and I can't wait to see what you write next!
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  • Tima
    January 1, 1970
    Bear is doing what he thinks is his calling, working where God wants him to work. But when his past comes into the present and begins creating problems on the mission field, he's sent home to deal with the problems that have haunted him for years. Now he's back in Maple Valley with two children in tow and plenty of friends who want to help. One of those friends, Raegan, has given up on being more than friends. She'll settle for helping Bear with his current troubles. But if there was a glimmer o Bear is doing what he thinks is his calling, working where God wants him to work. But when his past comes into the present and begins creating problems on the mission field, he's sent home to deal with the problems that have haunted him for years. Now he's back in Maple Valley with two children in tow and plenty of friends who want to help. One of those friends, Raegan, has given up on being more than friends. She'll settle for helping Bear with his current troubles. But if there was a glimmer of hope in the romance department, she isn't opposed to it.What can I say? Melissa Tagg knows how to write a good story. I've loved all of her books, but she just keeps getting better and better. Bear is such a broken, but lovable character. These characters played a part in the previous three books and it was wonderful for them to finally have their own story. While this is the fourth book and I highly recommend reading the first books, I think this book could stand on its own. It was sad to know that this was the ending of the series. The author really captured the essence of small town living and the meaning of family. The reader becomes a part of the story and family members become theirs. This is a Christian fiction with emphasis on faith and salvation. The romance is clean, the characters are authentic, and the plot is well written. I would highly recommend this book or any other book by this author.I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.
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  • Courtney Clark
    January 1, 1970
    If I had to choose one word to describe All This Time, it would be: Perfect. It's an absolutely perfect story of small town quirkiness, family dynamics, laugh out loud antics, a nail-biting tiny thread of suspense, and the sweetest friendship-turned-love relationship, with GRACE binding it all.Raegan and Bear's story has been a long time stewing... and delightfully so. With All This Time, we readers finally see the depths of their characters --- both their histories, struggles, and respective ad If I had to choose one word to describe All This Time, it would be: Perfect. It's an absolutely perfect story of small town quirkiness, family dynamics, laugh out loud antics, a nail-biting tiny thread of suspense, and the sweetest friendship-turned-love relationship, with GRACE binding it all.Raegan and Bear's story has been a long time stewing... and delightfully so. With All This Time, we readers finally see the depths of their characters --- both their histories, struggles, and respective adorable and swoony personalities. Their romance is framed with the quirkiness of a small town and Melissa's signature humor and general wit --- and even a bit of suspense that heightens the mysterious past of Bear. It's not all fireflys and sunflowers, though. The gravity of some of its subject matter --- anxiety, estranged relatives, forgiveness, and HOPE --- is wonderfully woven with a lightheartedness that makes the characters accessible and the message an arrow to the heart of the reader.More than a story of the relationship between Bear and Raegan, this story is a picture of FAMILY. Of the crazy dreams and distinct personalities, of the support system and encouragement, and, even of the dysfunction and pain caused by someone's decisions. It shows the contrasts and possibilities and how choices rooted in Love will endure.The Walker family is a favorite fictional family of mine....the type one can almost believe is real. Or wants and hopes is real, if only for a dynamic to exist in the world that mirrors the shared ups and downs of life with a group of people that LOVES and CARES and finds JOY amidst all the heartaches and challenges.Reader friends, you will not want to miss out on the perfection that is All This Time. From the caffeine obsessed characters to the endearing kids that show up on the page to the resonating message of hope and family, this story is one that works its way into your heart and memory like an honest friend.
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  • Britney
    January 1, 1970
    All This Time is a story I've anticipated since the moment Raegan and Bear appeared on the page. Beautifully rendered, their emotional journey is tender and touching and not soon to be forgotten! Tagg's characterization is exceptional, as she has crafted a fictional family that very much comes to life in the mind of the reader. I love the charm of Maple Valley and revel in the Walker’s camaraderie! While I lament the end of this wonderful series, it is certain to remain one of my very favorites. All This Time is a story I've anticipated since the moment Raegan and Bear appeared on the page. Beautifully rendered, their emotional journey is tender and touching and not soon to be forgotten! Tagg's characterization is exceptional, as she has crafted a fictional family that very much comes to life in the mind of the reader. I love the charm of Maple Valley and revel in the Walker’s camaraderie! While I lament the end of this wonderful series, it is certain to remain one of my very favorites. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
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  • Toni Shiloh
    January 1, 1970
    A great end for the Walker family series.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Goodness! There are so many things I want to say about this book and I’m just not sure where to start! First off, this review will undoubtedly be incredibly biased, since Melissa Tagg is one of my very favorite authors and I just adore her books. Since that’s out of the way, I definitely loved this book! I’ve been eagerly awaiting Bear and Raegan’s book since my first glimpse of this couple and it’s finally here! And with such a lovely cover that I can’t help staring at! That old adage to not ju Goodness! There are so many things I want to say about this book and I’m just not sure where to start! First off, this review will undoubtedly be incredibly biased, since Melissa Tagg is one of my very favorite authors and I just adore her books. Since that’s out of the way, I definitely loved this book! I’ve been eagerly awaiting Bear and Raegan’s book since my first glimpse of this couple and it’s finally here! And with such a lovely cover that I can’t help staring at! That old adage to not judge a book by it’s cover? I give you permission - this book is as wonderful as the cover implies! This story is just so stinkin’ sweet, and sigh-worthy, and laugh-out-loud funny, filled with small town charm, with just a bit of tear-jerker thrown in. And I loved every single page of it! As always, Ms. Tagg completely out did herself! Her books draw me in from page one and grab on to my heart, refusing to let go until long after the final page has been sighed over. I stayed up late finishing it, and then wanted to pick it up the very next day and start all over again. She has such a beautiful way of describing things that just brings Maple Valley and the Walker family to vivid color. I so enjoy the creative things she comes up with for this quirky little town that make me so wish it was a real place and the characters real people! Why, yes, I’d love an extended stay in Maple Valley at Mr. Case Walker’s house. Fortunately, there’s no rule that says I can’t binge read her books over and over again until I can quote entire pages from memory. I’ve been impatiently waiting to get to know the youngest Walker better and my goodness, does Raegan have a story to tell! I just fell in love with her, with her quirky artist ways and determination. I love her stubborn streak and tendency to simply tell Bear what to do. Being the youngest, she feels she has something to prove and a high standard to live up to - I so enjoyed getting to see behind her “I’m fine” facade and watch her slowly step out in faith, rather than fear. And Bear McKinley. *sigh* I can easily see why Raegan loves him! He’s just so good! And equally determined to take care of everyone. My heart just melted, watching him with Erin and Jamie. He is a protector through and through, though he doesn’t see it in himself. He’s spent half of his life running from his past, and the other half trying to make up for it. I was incredibly curious to find out his story and it definitely falls into the “tear jerker” category. And their relationship! It had me smiling, while also wanting to Gibbs’ slap them a time or two as they slowly figured out what I could see so obviously. I loved the cringe-worthy awkward moments, the laugh-out-loud-can’t-believe-she-thought-of-that scenes, and the can’t-help-sighing- so-incredibly-sweet pages. This is definitely a book I’m going to be reading and rereading many times over!*My thanks to the author for my complimentary copy of this book! I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Abbi
    January 1, 1970
    In the (paraphrased) words of Audrey Landry in the TV movie Wedding Daze, "As for Raegan and Bear, that's been coming for years!" Finally we get Raegan and Bear's story that has been teasing us since book one! Both of them have been amazing characters but you always knew there was so much more to their stories that we had yet to uncover. Bear was a complete mystery until this book and I loved getting to know him! Every new detail that emerged made me love him more. He was selfless, hardworking, In the (paraphrased) words of Audrey Landry in the TV movie Wedding Daze, "As for Raegan and Bear, that's been coming for years!" Finally we get Raegan and Bear's story that has been teasing us since book one! Both of them have been amazing characters but you always knew there was so much more to their stories that we had yet to uncover. Bear was a complete mystery until this book and I loved getting to know him! Every new detail that emerged made me love him more. He was selfless, hardworking, and willing to do anything for those he cared about! Raegan has always been the fun little sister but there were hints along the way that everything was not as fine as she always claimed. As we found out what she had been dealing with and hiding for years my heart broke for her but I also admired her. The strength it took for her to face everything alone and the greater strength it took to eventually let others help her.I loved having all of the Walkers together again! They are all fabulous on their own but when you get them all in one place it’s the absolute best!Honestly the way Melissa writes characters is breathtakingly beautiful! They come alive off the pages and take up residence in your heart until you are feeling every emotion they feel! I just want to move to Maple Valley and become an honorary Walker! And every time I think I’ve read the best Melissa Tagg book the next one releases and I’m swept away again with a new favorite!! And once I dive in it’s almost impossible to get me out! I finished this book about 20 hours after I started (it would have been faster but exhaustion and work got in the way a little bit). I cannot rave about Melissa enough and if you have yet to experience her brilliance drop what you are doing and find one of her books now-you won’t be sorry!I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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