Tuesday, June 13, 2017

{Book Review} "Just Look Up" by Courtney Walsh

Rating: 4/5

Just Look Up is the latest romantic fiction release from Tyndale House Publishers. I didn't expect much except a few hours of entertainment from a lighthearted read, but the story actually delivered much more.

Lane Kelley left Harbor Pointe behind by leaving for college and then starting her career in Chicago. With her departure, she ran from a childhood of bullying and a town that held many painful memories. For many years, her family has been split by a serious rift, and Lane just hasn't bothered to return to the town or family that hurt her so deeply. That is, until Lane's younger brother, Nate, is in a serious motorcycle accident. Nate, and his friend, Ryan, are fun off the road by a truck. The accident leaves Nate hospitalized and Ryan beat up. Can Lane face her family? Is she brave enough to return to Harbor Pointe to be there for her favorite brother? Pressures at work create tension. Pain within her family creates tension. Lane's cell phone creates tension. Basically, Lane's life is a serious of tense moments.

Ryan Brooks is lucky to be alive. He walked away from the motorcycle accident with minor scrapes and a headache. His best friend was laying in a coma. Ryan needed to find out who recklessly ran them off the road and left them for dead. He's also in the middle of a giant reconstruction on Cedar Grove, a collection of cottages that Ryan recently bought with the intent of updating them and hopefully using them to revitalize Harbor Pointe's tourism industry. However, running into Lane Kelley has changed his life. Who knew his childhood friend would have such a memorizing hold on him ten years after they'd last seen each other?

Lane and Ryan's lives intersect and it leaves them both unsure how to proceed. Can Ryan influence Lane's life for the better? Will Lane ever trust another guy again after how she was treated by the last one?

Just Look Up is a captivating love story. The theme of forgiveness is thread throughout the plot, and it's done in such a way that readers feel emotionally invested in whether or not the characters choose forgiveness. Additionally, the theme of simply looking up resonates so easily with readers. How much do we miss because we constantly forget to look around? Just Look Up is a sweet love story that also offers readers important lessons to be gleaned from the main characters' lives. The characters are easy to relate to, and the plot moves at just the right place. Overall, Just Look Up is worth reading simply because the characters are so easy to connect to.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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