Book Review: ‘Just Look Up’, by Courtney Walsh

About Just Look Up

Just Look Up book cover‘Just Look Up’ description via Amazon.com

After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home—a quaint tourist town full of memories she’d just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work—something her eclectic family doesn’t understand.

Ryan Brooks never expected to settle down in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, but after his final tour of duty, it was the only place that felt like home. Now knee-deep in a renovation project that could boost tourism for the struggling town, he is thrilled to see Lane, the girl he secretly once loved, even if the circumstances of her homecoming aren’t ideal.

Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan can’t find a trace of the girl he once knew in the woman she is today. As he slowly chips away at the walls Lane has built, secrets from his past collide with a terrible truth even he is reluctant to believe. Facing a crossroads that could define his future with Lane and jeopardize his relationship with the surrogate family he’s found in the Kelleys, Ryan hopes Lane can see that maybe what really matters has been right in front of her all along—if only she’d just look up.

My Review

Just Look Up is a fantastic read! Perfect summertime, beachside enjoyment (though don’t limit yourself, truly; you could read it any time of year) that packs a punch with its spiritual one-liners that hit you right between the eyes.

I work in the city, and constantly see myself and others glued to our phones. (I may have tripped a few times; like I always say, I don’t need help falling, but can do just fine on my own.) I catch myself doing the same en route to the gym – and my jaw drops every time I see the mountains tinged pink by the sun. So the exhortation to just look up hit home in more ways than one!

Ryan and Lane are both endearing characters, and I enjoyed reading their journey. Walsh does a wonderful job at both character building and creating a sense of place; I truly felt present in Harbor Pointe every time I picked up the book. Definitely a winner, and recommended.

I received a free copy of the book from the author. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Via Amazon.com

Courtney Walsh, author of 'Just Look Up'New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Hometown Girl is her seventh novel. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category.

She has written two additional books in the Sweethaven series, as well as three small-town romance novels: Paper Hearts, Change of Heart, and Just Look Up. She lives in Illinois, where she and her husband own a performing arts studio and youth theatre. They have three children. Visit her online at www.courtneywalshwrites.com.

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