Book Review (+ Giveaway!): Just Let Go

26 Jun

About the Book

 

Title: Just Let Go

Author: Courtney Walsh

Release Date: June 5, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

For Quinn Collins, buying the flower shop in downtown Harbor Pointe fulfills a childhood dream, but also gives her the chance to stick it to her mom, who owned the store before skipping town twenty years ago and never looking back. Completing much-needed renovations, however, while also competing for a prestigious flower competition with her mother as the head judge, soon has Quinn in over her head. Not that she’d ever ask for help.

Luckily, she may not need to. Quinn’s father and his meddling friends find the perfect solution in notorious Olympic skier Grady Benson, who had only planned on passing through the old-fashioned lakeside town. But when a heated confrontation leads to property damage, helping Quinn as a community-service sentence seems like the quickest way out—and the best way to avoid more negative press.

Quinn finds Grady reckless and entitled; he thinks she’s uptight and too regimented. Yet as the two begin to hammer and saw, Quinn sees glimpses of the vulnerability behind the bravado, and Grady learns from her passion and determination, qualities he seems to have lost along the way. But when a well-intentioned omission has devastating consequences, Grady finds himself cast out of town—and Quinn’s life—possibly forever. Forced to face the hurt holding her back, Quinn must finally let go or risk missing out on the adventure of a lifetime.

About the Author

Courtney WalshCourtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. She has written two more books in the Sweethaven series, as well as two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives in Illinois with her husband and three children. Visit her online at http://www.courtneywalshwrites.com.

 

My Impressions:

Courtney Walsh is a new-to-me author that I can’t believe I waited so long to discover! Her writing is smart with well-developed characters to fall in love with, perfectly crafted prose with just enough humor to bring some fun to the novel, and an underlying message that brings romance to a new level. I loved Just Let Go — highly recommended!

I’m not sure you could find two characters more opposite than Quinn Collins and Grady Benson. But they do have one thing in common — they are stuck in the past. Oh, they function in the present, but caution on Quinn’s part and recklessness on Grady’s keep them from really living the lives they could have if they just let go. Another altercation lands Olympic skier Grady in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, a quaint tourist town not known for skiing. Five weeks of community service gives him plenty of time to re-think his choices. And although Quinn can’t stand him, his constant presence begins to grow on her. But as in most romances, this couple’s course is not smooth. Grady wrestles with guilt, and Quinn craves validation, yet they cling to their pasts. The two are so real! Walsh gives the two characters great support in the friends and family this story is filled with. One character, 15-year old Jaden, is especially insightful — a fun surprise! I loved how Grady and Quinn’s story unfolded, but Walsh leaves a bit of their lives unfinished. But messy is certainly how real life looks, and Just Let Go is a love story set in the real world. Surrender to God is a natural part to the novel. The characters finally get it and just let God!

Just Let Go is book 2 in a series. I missed the first one, and while this book is easily read as a standalone, I am eager to make Harbor Pointe’s acquaintance again, the town and the people, through Just Look Up. I’m betting you will too. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 😉

Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Celebrate Lit and Tyndale House Publishing for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Courtney Walsh is giving away a grand prize of a library of Courtney Walsh’s books and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Click on the link below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

https://promosimple.com/ps/d0a4/just-let-go-celebration-tour-giveaway

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8 Responses to “Book Review (+ Giveaway!): Just Let Go”

  1. Lindsey P. Brackett June 26, 2018 at 5:14 am #

    I love Courtney Walsh! Just Look Up is really good, and I just finished Hometown Girl.

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    • rbclibrary June 26, 2018 at 6:47 am #

      I need to check out Hometown Girl — really all her books!

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  2. jessie Young June 26, 2018 at 10:07 am #

    I can’t wait to read this! Thanks for participating in the tour!

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  3. Rita Wray June 26, 2018 at 10:36 am #

    Sounds like a good read.

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  4. lraines78 June 28, 2018 at 9:41 am #

    Beautiful cover!

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  5. Laura June 29, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

    Sounds like a great book!

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  6. Chanel M. July 6, 2018 at 10:20 pm #

    Great review! This book sounds so riveting and romantic. And the message sounds good, too. I know who Courtney Walsh is as an author and her books are on my TBR. But I haven’t actually read any of her books yet. I’ll be sure to change that soon!

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