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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.
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.
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 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!
Natalie Walters5 Stars Out Of 5It's time to look up and read this AMAZING novel!!November 9, 2017Natalie WaltersQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm so glad I looked up and found this amazing book! This is the first full-length novel I've read by Courtney Walsh (I read her novella A Sweethaven Romance in Right Where We Belong-check out my review on Goodreads) and I've been missing out.
Just Look Up is a highly relevant story and I loved author, Courtney Walsh's note at the end of the story explaining how the plot came to be.
Let's talk characters. Right away we're introduced to Lane Kelley, a woman who has strived to climb the corporate ladder of success. Chained to her cell phone it takes a life threatening accident to pull her eyes up long enough to face her painful past, which includes childhood friend, Ryan Brooks.
You guys, this story has all of the emotions and I believe it has everything to do with the masterful way Ms. Walsh crafts characters. Each character, even minor characters, are created with such depth it was impossible to not grow attached to the feelings of each as they played out. If that wasn't enough you have this story--this one that mirrors real life in its authenticity and develops this powerful theme that won't likely leave me anytime soon.
This story does not shy away from the devastating reality behind personal pain, regret, fears, and heartbreak but Ms. Walsh brings balance penning a sweet story where forgiveness, love, and beauty can be had if only we Just Look Up.
I highly recommend this book to readers who love a heartwarming romance that tackles tough issues but will leave you inspired, hopeful, and absolutely ready to book your next stay in Harbor Pointe.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great title that worked on different levelsOctober 21, 2017IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I requested a review copy of Just Look Up because Id heard so many good things about it. Surely it couldnt possibly measure up?
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.
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.