Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh (Review)

Just Look Up
(Harbor Pointe #1)
By Courtney Walsh
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 416 Pages
July 4th 2017 by Tyndale House Publishers


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.

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My Review

JUST LOOK UP is a heartwarming story about a family torn apart and brought together again and the healing power of unconditional love. For inspirational contemporary romance fans and fans of this author, this is another winning story. Highly recommended!

This might have been one of the fastest stories I've read. The story just pulled me right in and I kept going, needing to find out what would happen and if Lane could see what was right in front of her. I loved Lane. I appreciated that the author let her slowly unfurl. I loved how smart, talented, and kindhearted she is. I also loved Ryan. He was amazing and I loved how he could really see Lane. I appreciated how well the author portrayed these characters. They each have hidden layers and their own personal hurts and triumphs. I loved getting to know them. I loved their banter and how their relationship developed.

There was a lot more than just romance going on in this story. There's the family dynamic, the small-town dynamic, the inspirational element that was woven so well throughout, the whole accident, Lane's job, the town's hope in what Ryan's vacation cottages will bring... I liked all the different aspects and how they were woven together. I'm really looking forward to coming back to this small town. I actually would love a whole series on Lane's family, but I'll take what I can get. :)

I have a single complaint about the story. I felt like Lane's parents and family should have been more protective of her. She totally forgives them, but I really don't see them stand up to her or tell others who are being rude to stop and that really bothered me. Ryan seemed to really be the only one on her side.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I loved this story! I loved characters, the small town, the family dynamic, but most of all the tender romance between Lane and Ryan. Well worth the read!

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary ARC from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

I'm looking forward to sharing about the next book, Just Let Go, next week!

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