Another heartfelt story from this Nantucket series... What Matters Most by Courtney Walsh (Review) #christianromance #romancenovels #newbooks #bookstoread @crazy4fiction @tyndalehouse

What Matters Most
(Nantucket Love Story #3)
By Courtney Walsh
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 368 Pages
April 5, 2022 by Tyndale House Publishers


“Courtney Walsh’s books always capture my heart!” —Becky Wade, author of Let It Be Me

Emma Woodson is hoping the cobblestone streets of Nantucket and the charm of her late husband’s family cottage will be the fresh start she and her young son, CJ, need. Securing a dream job at an art gallery is one more step along the path to a new life . . . and away from a piece of her history she hopes will never be revealed. Falling in love with the kind and handsome guy she hires to clean out the rental apartment above the garage wasn’t part of the plan.

Jameson Shaw came to Nantucket for one reason: deliver his letter to Emma and never return. But when he sees an opportunity to help her, he takes a chance, desperate to atone for his past. He never planned to keep his connection to her husband a secret or to fall in love with her. After all, he knows that their new relationship might not survive the discovery of who he really is.

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My Review

WHAT MATTERS MOST is another heartfelt story from this author and series set on Nantucket. Fans of Christian romance will fall in love with these well-drawn characters and a story of redemption, forgiveness and letting go. Full of art, island scenes, a bit of faith, family, friends and romance.

I have come to adore this author and her books. This series has been especially endearing. The couple that is the focus of this story have some pretty big hurdles to get over to find peace within themselves but also to take a chance on love. Jamie is such a good guy. I love how he is already on his own path to redemption when he takes a pit stop on Nantucket with Emma and her son. I felt like their relationship started at a natural point, aided by Jamie's willingness to help and his innate goodness. He's just a genuine guy. I loved him! Of course, Emma makes is pretty easy for him to want to help her as he tries to come to terms with his role in her husband's death. Emma's son is an absolute joy in this story as well. I loved the way art is weaved throughout. It was probably one of my favorite parts. I also loved the photo story that Jamie tells and the whole situation surrounding that. The faith element in this story is handled well too.

I had just a few issues with the story. I honestly struggled with Emma. She just rubbed me wrong in places and I felt like she was so controlled by her fears even when they should have been minor or could have been alleviated so easily. She also isn't very kind in a few places even though others bend over backward to help or be there for her. There is also one aspect that felt a bit ominous or suspenseful and then kind of just died so I think it could have happened differently or be taken out of the story completely.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This is another enjoyable addition from this author and series. I enjoyed the characters and the messages of forgiveness and redemption. A sweet little boy, an island escape, and sweet romance make for a heartfelt story.

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

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