Release Date: July 4, 2017
Genre: Contemporary / Romance
About the Book:
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.
Can we please get this turned into a movie?! Please?! It’s that good!
Courtney Walsh just keeps getting better and better with every book she releases. Just Look Up is a beautifully mind-blowing experience that everyone needs to read. This is also one of my absolute favorites of this year so far.
Lane lives a busy life in Chicago and has no time to relax
or have fun. She is so focused on her phone that she struggles to communicate with those right in front of her. She’s a shy introvert who is broken, self-conscious, hurt, and struggles with trusting people so she’s built walls all around herself to shut people out. I found her relatable since I can be very shy with people, especially cute guys.
Brooks is dreamy and is one of my favorite swoon-worthy male leads. I found myself crushing on him big time. He is Lane’s opposite. He comes from a broken home but found refuge from her’s growing up. She also happens to be the girl he fell in love with when they were kids. He’s selfless, dependable and is trying to get a major construction project that is meant to be a big success to Harbor Pointe.
I loved every aspect of this novel. This is a fast-paced read filled with swoon-worthy romance but isn’t a light read. In fact, this was an emotional rollercoaster. I found myself swept off my feet due to the romance, laughing at their wit and sense of humor,
crying for many reasons, and cheering when something good came along. I’m the kind of person that will cry during those scenes during a movie or a book, but this had me full out bawling at times. This story is convicting and made me question my phone and social media habits. Sometimes it’s so easy to just get caught up in other things instead of the life that’s happening right in front of you. The author also points the readers and her characters back towards Jesus Christ which was beautifully done. We need more books like this.
And there’s Harbor Pointe. A quiet little lake town along Lake Michigan. It has it small town problems, but most of the people are so fun and caring. They’re like family and it’s home. I wish it were real because I’d totally visit. In fact, if I were to make a list of favorite fictional small towns, this would make it.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Courtney Walsh
Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theater director, and playwright. Change of Heart is her fifth novel and is set in the same town as Paper Hearts. Her debut novel, 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. She has written two additional books in the Sweethaven series, as well as two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives in Illinois where she and her husband own a performing and visual arts studio. They have three children.