Tuesday, February 18, 2020

If For Any Reason by Courtney Walsh

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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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I think that this book is a wonderful read. This is also my first Walsh read. I wasn't disappointed at all!
This is a beautiful story of past mistakes, hurt, second chances and forgiveness and you can also throw a little truth in there as well. All of it very nicely written. Just a perfect blend for everything included.
Sometimes it takes going back to your hometown to "find" yourself again that and other circumstances that brings Emily Ackerman home again. I really found myself loving Emily the moment she stepped off the ferry boat.
I think that the one thing I can relate to Emily is theater. I've played at an Opera House and been down in the orchestra pit so to speak. The theater has an awesome presence that you'll not want to leave even if you don't want to. Which I certainly didn't but I didn't have any choice in that matter. It broke my heart. There's just something about working with the actors,actresses and especially the music. I'm thankful that God blessed me with that. I wished the orchestra director hadn't gotten too big for his pants if you know what I mean.
Reading this sweet book took me back to that place and time. Thank you Courtney.
I am also thankful to get to go back to Nantucket again. Through my reading of course.
It's a wonderful place to visit. I didn't want to leave after I finished this book. Makes me actually want to go there!
I loved imaging myself with Emily and Hollis. Jolie of course is just so adorable!
I think what I really liked was that Walsh didn't write her characters like they were perfect in every way. I loved that they were flawed and I enjoyed "watching" them learning to heal through hope and love.
I just wanted to remind everyone that secrets doesn't keep forever. At least most times they don't. They do have a way of coming out and sometimes ruining everything for us. But, only if we let it. I believe that is where forgiveness comes in.
I wanted to give Emily a hug more times than one let me tell you. I even found myself praying that she'll overcome the things that life has thrown at her. I was rooting for her all the way!!
I highly recommend this book. Walsh tends to throw some super surprises in as well! Especially when you aren't expecting them!
I'm a forever fan of Courtney Walsh and I look forward to reading more from her.
My thanks to Netgalley for a complimentary copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

                                           ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Courtney WalshCourtney Walsh is a novelist, 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 with her husband and three children. Visit her online at www.courtneywalshwrites.com.

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