Just Look Up - eBook
Just Look Up - eBook  -     By: Courtney Walsh
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 9781496421517
ISBN-13: 9781496421517

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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.

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  1. 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
    This review was written for Just Look Up.
    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.
  2. 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
    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.
  3. 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
    This review was written for Just Look Up.
    " . . . 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,
  4. Katrina
    Western Ky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Just Look Up
    August 16, 2017
    Katrina
    Western Ky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Just Look Up.
    What 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.
  5. BookLover
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Definitely one for the keeper shelf!
    August 10, 2017
    BookLover
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Just Look Up.
    As this is my first book by Courtney Walsh, I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew it was contemporary romance, but would I like her style? Would it be a new take, or "the same old thing"? I'd heard so many excellent things and one of my friends very highly recommended it, so I decided to give it a go. And I'm so glad that I did! I immediately found myself drawn into this story, pulled into these characters' lives and wishing I could take a trip to Harbor Pointe, MI. I have definitely found another favorite author, whose books will be finding a home on my keeper shelves.

    The story line itself, intrigued me. A character that hides behind her phone, keeping it as a shield between herself and the world. It is so fitting for the time, where electronic devices are everywhere and so many seem so attached to them. I was curious to see how Ms. Walsh would tackle this subject and I have to say that I think she did an excellent job! I felt as though every time someone admonished Lane Kelley to "look up," they were also speaking to me, challenging me to pay attention to the world around me. I loved that! I found this story to be a journey, both for the characters and myself. The further I read, the more I found myself pausing to really see the people around me, wondering what I'd been missing. I also loved how Ms. Walsh took care to describe the world around Lane, placing emphasis on the things she was missing by always running, going full speed ahead.

    I have to confess, when I first met Lane Kelley, she didn't impress me. She seemed selfish and stubborn, unwilling to bend. But, as I got to know her and saw beyond the cool facade she showed everyone, I found someone I would love to have as a friend. She's spent most of her life feeling as though she doesn't belong, doesn't measure up. My heart broke for her, for the lies she's believed, for how hard she's worked to attain something that was always right in front of her. I loved watching the transformation her character goes through, learning to love and allow herself to be loved in return.

    What do I say about Ryan Brooks? So many things . . . . first, he is SO swoony! Not only is he nice to look at, but he's got a great sense of humor, doesn't always take life too seriously, knows how to have fun, focuses on the important things in life, and is willing to drop everything for a friend in need. Oh, and he has a chivalrous streak a mile wide, which just adds to the swoony-ness. I loved getting to know him and seeing his heart for Lane, despite her standoffish behavior and sometimes cranky attitude. And their romance was so sweet! There were definitely several *sigh* worthy moments, a couple where I just wanted to "Gibbs slap" them, and the great "just have to smile" ending.

    Overall, I would highly recommend reading this book, whether romance is your genre of choice, or not. I loved being challenged by the message with this story and would happily give it more than 5 stars, were that an option.

    *My thanks to the publisher for my advanced copy of this book! I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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