A heartwarming and perfect beach read... Is It Any Wonder by Courtney Walsh (Review) #christfic #christianromance #romancebooks #timeslip @tyndalehouse @crazy4fiction

Is It Any Wonder
(Nantucket Love Story #2)
By Courtney Walsh
Christian Contemporary Romance, Time-Slip
Paperback & ebook, 416 Pages
April 6, 2021 by Tyndale House Publishers


Can a promise made as kids bring them back together as adults? In this Nantucket-set beach read, “master of the genre” (Midwest Book Review) Courtney Walsh delivers a sparkling inspirational romance about first love and second chances.

Twelve years ago, Cody Boggs and Louisa Chambers made a pact that no matter where their lives took them, they’d return to Nantucket Island’s Brant Point Lighthouse on July 30, their shared golden birthday, and continue their tradition of exchanging birthday wishes. But that was before a tragic accident upended both of their lives, irrevocably pulling them apart.

Their worlds collide just months before that particular day when Louisa’s fledgling event planning company is hired by the local Coast Guard station, where she discovers Cody has recently returned to the island as the second in command. As they plan a regatta fundraiser, hoping to promote positive PR in the community, neither can deny the fireworks each encounter ignites. But working together also brings up memories of the day Cody’s father died, revealing secrets that have Cody and Louisa questioning everything they thought they knew and felt about their families and each other.

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My Review

IS IT ANY WONDER is about misperceptions, forgiveness, family, faith, and second-chance love. The characters are delightful, with palatable chemistry between the two love interests, and the setting is full of small-town charm. Highly recommended to fans of the author and genre!

I loved these characters so much! There was immediate chemistry between Cody and Louisa and even though their initial interactions were a bit icy, their prior friendship was so solid that the love they had before just couldn't be kept buried. There was a bit of baggage for them to get through and some really heartbreaking moments that made me tear up at points, but that made the happy parts that much better. The romance was just delightful. Every single second. I loved seeing how these two worked through their issues and begin to open back up to each other. They both had to extend forgiveness and rely on their faith. I also loved the theme of found family and the impact that had in this story. The author did a great job with the slips back in time that explained so much and also added another layer to this story that I loved.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was such a heartwarming, delightful read. I loved every minute and am ready to re-read. Perfect for beach and summer reading or really anytime you need a story that will tug on all your emotions but leave you happily content in the end.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Other Books in the Series

If for Any Reason
(Nantucket Love Story, #1)
By Courtney Walsh
Christian Contemporary Romance, Time-slip
Paperback & ebook, 416 Pages
February 3rd 2020 by Tyndale House Publishers


Emily Ackerman has traveled the world, her constant compass and companion a book of letters her mother left for her when she died. With no father in the picture, her mom's advice has been her only true north. But when professional failure leads Emily back to Nantucket to renovate and sell the family cottage she inherited, she wonders if her mom left advice to cover this . . . especially when her grandmother arrives to "supervise." And especially when her heart becomes entangled with Hollis McGuire, the boy next door-turned-baseball star who's back on the island after a career-ending injury.

As sparks fly between her and Hollis, Emily is drawn to island life, even as she uncovers shocking secrets about the tragic accident that led to her mother's death. With her world turned upside down, Emily must choose between allowing the voices from her past to guide her future or forging her own path forward.

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About the Author

Courtney Walsh is the author of more than ten contemporary romance books. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was a New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller and a Carol Award finalist in the debut category. In addition, she has written two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives with her husband and three children in Illinois, where she is also an artist, theatre director, and playwright.


Do you enjoy time-slip novels? How about books set in beach towns? Have you already read this one?

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