Book: If For Any Reason by Courtney Walsh.
Release date: February 3rd, 2020.
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.
This book was wow!!!
That’s one of the beautiful things about Courtney’s books. She has the uncanny ability to capture the human emotion perfectly. It feels like she knows you and is describing exactly how you feel!
If For Any Reason did not disappoint me!!!
I love letters and the book has a lot and that drew me in more. It was more heart touching that they were from a mother to her daughter. And I told myself I was going to do something similar to that when I start having kids.
This books touches spots that everyone have had to deal with at one time; who we are, family issues and a sense of belonging.
I kinda pitied and was angry with Emily at one point but I could so relate with her. My heart went out for her when she thought no one wanted her in their lives which induced her wanderlust spirit and the fact that she wanted to fulfill her mum’s dreams. This book winds around her coming into grasps with a Love that is more than anything and anyone’s and a Love that would never abandon her.
Hollis!!! The awesome baseball player was trying to pick up the shards of his life and figure out a relationship with his daughter. I admired his patience with Emily. I loved that he always told her the truth no mater how she felt. He was a true friend to Em.
I love the chemistry between them! It was electrifying.
I particularly enjoyed reading about the McGuires. They are a delightful family.
Jack! Jack!! Jack!!! I can’t even begin to imagine how he must have felt meeting Em. But I liked that he made an effort. Yeah! I admired the fact that he came back for a second and third chances.
This book will tug at your hearts strings with God’s unconditional love and what happens when we forgive and let go, and live God’s plans for our lives.
I received a copy of the book from publisher through Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.
Courtney Walsh is an author, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Just Let Go will be her eighth inspirational romance novel. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. A creative at heart, Courtney has also written two craft books and several full-length musicals. She lives in Illinois where she and her husband own a performing arts studio and youth theatre. They have three children.
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