Review: Begin Again by Christy Newton

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Begin Again by Christy Newton



What if one night changed your life forever?

Maisie Scott lost not only her husband and unborn child in a tornado two years ago, she lost her will to live. Keeping busy is the only way she can get by. This small town waitress won't let herself get attached to anyone … until Ryan, the new veterinarian for exotic animals, starts making regular trips to her diner. As hard as she tries not to feel anything, Ryan ignites a spark in her broken heart.

Ryan Tucker craves a happy family of his own more than his Momma’s apple pie. Getting over his fiancĂ©e leaving him six months ago, he moves to Pleasant Valley for a fresh start. When he meets Maisie and notices the sadness in her eyes, he is determined to put a smile on her pretty face.

When another dangerous storm hits, Ryan stays by Maisie's side. She fills the missing piece in his heart, but will Ryan share his secret? Can Maisie move on from the past and learn to begin again?



3 out of 5 stars

This was such a lovely, heartwarming story. Two broken people – one very broken – finding happiness together and getting a happy ending. It was a really good read and I enjoyed it.

In the beginning, Maisie is very withdrawn and Ryan wants to help draw her out of that shell. She is a very sweet young woman and he is a genuinely nice guy. It’s great when Maisie does finally start to relax around him. Watching their relationship grown and develop left me with a feel good feeling.

There was an interesting twist along the way with Ryan’s. It showed what a strong, caring man Ryan really was and I’m glad it wrapped up like it did. That same twist really helped Maisie open up and grow. It was nice to see her slowly but surely making progress in opening herself up to a future with Ryan. Later, there was a moment when Maisie tells Ryan fully about her past and herself, I really like how it all played out and how Ryan just loved her and accepted her.

I thought there was a nice pace in the beginning but then it slowed a bit in the middle for me. Certain spots towards the end felt rushed, like it jumped from one part to the next without a transition. 

This story is very much a contemporary romance and I enjoyed it. I felt invested and was thrilled that they got their happily ever after. Overall I felt this was a sweet and loving story. It’s nice to have happy feeling and a smile on your face when you finish a book!

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



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