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Lane Kelley is an interior designer working for J B Sweet & Associates in Chicago. Now in her seventh year, she highly focused on her goals and hopes to land a promotion as a Creative Design Director at her firm. Ryan Brooks grew up with an abusive alcoholic father and a mother who abandoned him. The Kelley family took him into their home when he was a teenager. He is now putting everything he has into developing twelve vacation cottages in hopes that it will encourage more tourists into the struggling town of Harbor Point, Michigan. Lane’s world turns upside down when her brother is in a motorcycle accident and ends up in a coma. Now she must decide what is important in her life. 

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 1496421485
ISBN-13: 9781496421487

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Walsh (Paper Hearts) competently addresses issues of self-worth, shame, and redemption in this sweet, well-paced story. She lapses into preachiness at times, particularly when lamenting the ubiquity of mobile electronics, but likable characters and the strong message of discovering what truly matters carry the story to a satisfying conclusion.
This novel features a deeply emotional journey, packaged in a sweet romance with a gentle faith thread that adds an organic richness to the story and its characters.

Lane is an easy character with whom to identify: a smart, “I-glued-my-brokenness-back-together-myself, thankyouverymuch” workaholic whose strength finds too much of its foothold in the rightly earned bitterness of having been bullied as an overweight child and teen. Ryan is the guy who could have been broken by his abusive childhood, but he wasn’t. Instead, he found help, self-worth and direction among some of the very people who contributed to Lane’s feelings of being on the outside of her family, looking in. Their romantic pairing is a perfect blend of patience, discovery and sweet acceptance that goes the extra mile.

Highly recommended for fans of clean contemporary romance, late coming-of-age stories, family drama and inspirational fiction, Just Look Up is definitely one for the keeper shelf!
Growing up with the nickname “Pudge,” Lane Kelley always felt out of place in the resort town of Harbor Pointe. Now a beautiful, slim, and brilliantly successful interior designer at a prestigious design firm in Chicago—and on the brink of an important promotion—she receives word that her brother, Nate, has been in a serious accident and is in a coma.

Returning to the family who betrayed her brings back old memories, and she can’t wait to return to the city. But when Ryan Brooks re-enters her life, she realizes that not all the memories were unpleasant.

Walsh captures the essence of Lane’s angst with the perfect blend of mystery, humor, and delightful word pictures. In this beautiful story of disillusionment turned to healing, Walsh brings about a true transformation of restored friendships and love. Highly recommended.

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  1. Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great title that worked on different levels
    October 21, 2017
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I requested a review copy of Just Look Up because Id heard so many good things about it. Surely it couldnt possibly measure up?

    It did.

    Lane is an interior designer up for a big promotion at work when her mother calls to say her brother is on life support following a motorcycle accident. She returns home, but is immediately thrown into conflict with everyone in her family (except perhaps her father, who only gets about two lines in the whole novel). The reasons behind this conflict are gradually revealed as the novel progresses

    Ryan was also in the motorcycle accident, but escaped with minor injuries. Hes from a bad background, but hes made something of himselfwith the help of the Kelley family, who were surrogate parents for him and his sister throughout his teenage years. Hes always had feelings for Lane, but never felt good enough for her. Now he meets the adult Lane, he realises she has issues, and he might be able to help.

    Just Look Up was a great title that worked on many levels.

    There was the obvious, that we have to look up to see the world around us, to live. Lane spent much of time looking down at her phone that she missed what was going on around her. And the more subtle, the way Lane consciously or subconsciously looked down on herself.

    It seemed to me that looking down was a habit formed early in her teenage years, where she looked down because of her low self-esteem. I could relate to thisand I suspect many grown women can, especially those of us who were bookish teenagers who were never part of the cool crowd.

    To me, Just Look Up showed the lie that many of us believe in our teenage years.

    The lie that we dont fit in because arent good enough. Lane was different to the others in her familylactose intolerant in a family that made and sold cheese for a living, unattractive and unpopular (or so she thought) in a family that were attractive and popular.

    What especially hurt for Lane was that her family perpetuated the lie through their harmless name calling (Pudge is not term of endearment. Ever). The result, I think, was a teenager and adult who never understood how precious she was to God, because she never felt she was precious to her family.

    Overall, Just Look Up is a story about how achieving our dreams might not be everything we thought it might be, but the answer might have been in front of us all along. Recommended.

    Thanks to Tyndale Books and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
  2. cici
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love
    October 16, 2017
    cici
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Swoon, my heart just about melted with the dreamy love tale of the latest romance novel to hit my grubby hands. Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh is pure genius, pure love, and pure contentment. I was greedy to devour this story in one sitting and did nothing else, I wanted that as a gift to myself and it did not disappoint. Happily satisfied! How could I not be with a heroine bent on pouring all of her energy into something that was not what she truly needed. So good!!! I received a copy for this review from Tyndale House Publishers and all opinions are my own.
  3. BethErin
    IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Entertaining and encouraging story!
    September 19, 2017
    BethErin
    IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    While it's not all that unusual for a story to touch my heart (even burrow down deep and make a home there), it is a rare blessing to be challenged to the point of positive change by fiction. This book has that power. Inside this entertaining, relatable, encouraging story is a simple truth we all know yet often fail to apply...

    Lane Kelley is a focused, driven, corporateladder climbing powerhouse... she's also lonely, ridiculously overworked and underfed. Her hometown memories are overshadowed by years of teasing and heartbreak.

    Ryan Brooks is an unassuming, small-town trailblazer. With a little encouragement from the Kelleys, he has pulled himself up by the bootstraps and built a life to be proud of. Ryan is loyal, patient, and hardworking but he also makes time for family and fun.

    Just Look Up's subtle messages about family, relationships, and priorities have also inspired me to take a fresh look at how I spend my own time and energy.

    I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
  4. RobbyeFaye
    Anniston, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Just Look Up
    August 24, 2017
    RobbyeFaye
    Anniston, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for Just Look Up - eBook.
    Lane Kelly is a driven, ambitious and determined woman. She's also bitter, angry and angst filled. She can't seem to let go of the past, and it clouds every aspect of her adult life.

    The message of Just Look Up is a great one and has a triple meaning. First, the need to take our eyes off our problems and look up to see our blessings. Lane needs to take her eyes off her phone and look up at all that is her life. Finally, we need to look up to God to find our way.

    Just Look Up is a good story and has a good message, but I could never really get into it. The idea of the novel is inspirational, and there are times in the story when its meaning comes to life. However, the largest part of the book conveys the relentless anger and angst of Lane, which gets old fast. I quickly began to skip over the parts of the book where she kept replaying her childhood in her mind.

    Although I didn't enjoy Lane's storyline and couldn't really connect with her, I did like the other characters and the story itself. Someone else reading the story may very well connect with her and her feelings.

    I received this book from NetGalley. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
  5. Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Lovely Page Turner!
    August 23, 2017
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    " . . . a place to belong . . . . it had been there all along . . . But she had never looked up . . . . "

    For all intents and purposes, Lane Kelly is super-glued to her high profile interior design career in Chicago; answering every text, posting on every blog, keeping up with the competition and its incessant chatter on social media, all in hopes of "making it", proving to herself and others that she is somehow worthy of their admiration. When a desperate phone call interrupts one of the most important presentations of her career, Lane forces herself to take a trip down memory lane and returns home to the family that she left behind in the quaint, quiet, little town of Harbor Point, Michigan.

    Ryan Brooks has not laid eyes on Lane Kelly in years, but the memory of her rushes back, filling his senses with unexpected fascination. She's gorgeous, and poised, and stoic; sitting in an ICU unit beside her brother who has just barely survived the same motorcycle accident that Ryan was in, only Nate lies in a coma. Of course she came. It's only as Ryan tries to slip back into the easy camaraderie they once shared as teens, that he begins to realize how deeply Lane was wounded by the people that should have loved her the most.

    There are so many reasons to celebrate this story, but rising above them all is the reminder to view ourselves as our Creator sees us; loved far beyond our misconceptions and mistakes, for the Son of the carpenter is, and always will be,
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