Review: Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh

About this 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.

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My Review

This was a pleasant surprise. When I read the description I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it. I ended up really liking it, A LOT! I think part of it is I related a great deal to Lane. Maybe not in as driven as she was in her career, but in her feelings about “going home.”

Lane was a complicated character who carried a lot of baggage, in her anger and hurt. I’m not going to say she didn’t have reason, but her story is a great reminder of the dangers of unforgiveness in one’s life.

The story was very good. It moved at a good pace. The author did a great job of giving you just enough of the backstory to keep you wondering and reading to find out the whole story.

Ryan was a great leading man. He had his own baggage to deal with, but he kept his focus on what mattered post, his friends. Some of the plot points with his situation were predictable but the author did a great job telling the story.

I hope to read more from this author.

Disclaimer:  I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, I was not required to give a review and the opinions here are my own.

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