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.
I have seen Courtney Walsh books and have been intrigued by them but I have just not have the chance to read them, until now. Just Look Up is a well written story about forgiveness. Lane Kelley’s story was actually very sad. I got annoyed with her character a few times, then I kept reading and I understood why. Walsh did a excellent job with writing the emotions of the main characters and making them seem real. Ryan’s story, in my opinion, was lacking. I wish there was more about him and his life. It said he went into the Army but nothing about why he did. That is the only part in the story that I would say was lacking.
The whole setting of the story was fun. I have never been to Chicago but I do know about Michigan and small towns. So I liked that it was set in Michigan, even though it was a made up small tourist town that Walsh created.
The whole story plot is longer and took me a few days to read. So if you plan on reading this book, be prepared to take some time on this book.
I recommend this book as a good clean, contemporary story. I am hoping to see a book come out on Nate or Chloe, since I was intrigued with those two characters, but I guess we will have to wait and see what Courtney Walsh comes up with next!
Title: Just Look Up
Author: Courtney Walsh
I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers/Tyndale Blog Network for this review.
This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.
Also, I have on my “to read” list Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh.