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Review: Just Look Up

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Review: Just Look Up

Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Publisher: Tyndale House
Publication Date: July 4, 2017

If I could have given this book seven or eight stars, I would have! It’s been a while since I read a story that tugged every heartstring – from awwww to outrage to wow! This is my first Courtney Walsh book but I will be actively searching out her others.

Lane Kelley is driven. There’s no other word for her. Her drive has her career at the top of her game, ready for the promotion she’s been almost guaranteed. News that her brother has been in an accident and lies comatose, could not come at a worse time. Pressure from her family to come home – something she hasn’t done in years – collides with the design presentation she’s set to give. Will her conscience send her on a guilt trip home and if she goes, how can she possibly keep from going under at work?

Ryan Brooks came home from the war and settled back into Harbor Pointe and into the heart of the Kelley family, the only place he ever felt at home. A contractor, he’s bought a community of summer cottages hoping to fix them up and draw tourists to Harbor Pointe. He knows how to open up the spaces in the cottages but decorate them? Not a chance. When the decorator he hires quits to move to California, he is frantic. Where can he find someone good at interior design who can get these done in a short amount of time?

Ryan was Lane ‘s best, and sometimes only, friend growing up. While nearly every kid in town, including most of her siblings, tormented her about her weight, Ryan remained her friend. Her nickname, Pudge, follows her around making her question at one point, “How much weight do I have to lose before everyone in this town stops calling me Pudge?” Memories of being bullied have crowded out any good memories she ever had of Harbor Pointe. Every person she meets, every place she goes has a memory attached and she has to dig deep to find any good ones. Since she’s reinvented herself in Chicago, why would she EVER consider staying, even for Brooks?

For every girl who has ever struggled with her weight, every child who’s ever been bullied, every person who’s ever felt tied to their electronic devices, every wallflower who ever wished to just once be the belle, Just Look Up could be your story. The hero is one of the best I’ve read recently. He’s steadfast, funny, tender, tough, sweet – in short, pretty much perfect for the heroine. He just needs her to look up from her phone long enough to see that she’s had his heart almost forever.

If you couldn’t tell yet from my review, I absolutely, 100%, without a doubt in my mind, loved this book. Romance readers will especially want to pick this one up. I kind of hope Ms. Walsh is working on a sequel! What a joy this was to read!

Rated G: I didn’t see any issues.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!

 

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