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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.
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Tyndale House
|Publication Date: 2017|
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 arent ideal.
Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan cant 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 hes found in the Kelleys, Ryan hopes Lane can see that maybe what really matters has been right in front of her all alongif only shed just look up.
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 wasnt. Instead, he found help, self-worth and direction among some of the very people who contributed to Lanes 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 Chicagoand on the brink of an important promotionshe 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 cant 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 Lanes 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.
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.
ciciAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5LoveOctober 16, 2017ciciAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Swoon, 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.
BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Entertaining and encouraging story!September 19, 2017BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5While 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.
RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Just Look UpAugust 24, 2017RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Lane 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.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Lovely Page Turner!August 23, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets 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,
KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Just Look UpAugust 16, 2017KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a wonderful story about a family crisis, forgiveness, second chances and love. This story introduces us to Lane Kelley. She moved to Chicago shortly after suffering a heartbreak. She has not forgiven nor forgot the hurt, instead she has focused on her career. At present she is working for a prestigious designing firm, JB Sweet & Associates, in Chicago and in the middle of a presentation that could secure her a promotion to the new creative director position which she had worked so hard to achieve. The phone call from her mother had the potential to change her entire world with the news that her brother had been in a motorcycle accident and she needed to come home. Harbor Pointe was the last place she wanted to go because that meant facing the past and the very people who had hurt her so deeply.
Ryan Brooks came to Harbor Pointe after his last tour of duty. I have to tell you that I fell for him immediately. This character grabbed my heart immediately. He had a rough life growing up, but always tried to be the best person he could. His best friend Nate and his family had been his saving grace. "Brooks" along with investors bought Cedar Groves, which are run down vacation cottages. He plans to renovate them and and has been trying to get them ready for his deadline which is the tourist season. Brooks' injuries have the potential to put him behind schedule, but he's determined not to let it.
This is a sweet story that weaved it's way into my heart and soul. There were moments it brought a smile to my face, but it also tugged on my heart strings. I loved the characters. Lane showed her strength of character in so many ways. This story has elements of a family crisis, second chances, forgiveness, inspiration, and love. This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone.
I received this book from the publisher via the author. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.