Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Review: Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh


Price: 14.99 

ISBN: 978-1-4964-2152-4 
Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.25  
Binding: Softcover 
Release: June 2018 

From the Back of the Book
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 her mother is judging - soon has Quinn in over her head. Not that she’d ever ask for help.
Quinn’s father and his meddling friends find the perfect solution in notorious Olympic skier Grady Benson. When his pit stop in the old-fashioned lakeside town leads to a fight and property damage, helping Quinn as a community service sentence seems like the best way to avoid more negative press.
Quinn finds Grady reckless and entitled; he thinks she’s way too uptight. Yet as they begin working together, Quinn sees glimpses of the vulnerability behind the bravado, and Grady learns from her passion and determination, qualities he seems to have lost in his pursuit of Olympic gold. 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 has to choose: let go or risk missing out on the adventure of a lifetime.
My Thoughts
I really enjoyed this book! I've had my eye on it for a while just because I think the cover is SO pretty! I am happy to report that the inside of the book lived up to my expections from the cover. This is the second book in the Harbor Pointe series but can easily be read as a stand alone novel. 
I loved the story of celebrity meets small town girl! I also loved the small town family feel in this book and the way some community members create an extended family for Quinn. I thought the tension between Quinn and Grady was good and it kept me turning the pages. There was also a theme of forgiveness and reconciliation in the book that kept my interest.
I liked Quinn. She is independent and opens a flower shop on her own. She is loyal to her family. She tries to lead a predictable and safe life. I could relate to her. At one point she is comparing herself to a woman who is fun-loving and carefree and reminds herself that her friends would tell her that who she is is just fine and that it's better to be alone than with the wrong guy. I think there's a whole lot wrapped up in just this paragraph in the book! It took me a long time to realize that who God created me to be is just fine (who God created each of us to be is amazing, actually!), and that I don't have to try to be like anyone else. I also agree that it's better to be alone than with the wrong guy. I was definitely happier being single than in a relationship that I was trying to make work. I love when I can pull out little nuggets from Christian fiction like these! 
I enjoyed watching Grady's character transform. I would love to read a sequel to this book to see how he continued growing. I loved who Grady picked from this small town to be his training partner! I smiled when I read that.

There was a scene in the book where Grady and Quinn were working with a group of people from the community to get Quinn's store ready for the grand opening and Quinn was "hyperaware" of where Grady was at all times. I felt like that was a very well described scene and emotion. In my single days, I felt like that a few times and could totally relate!
If you like contemporary Christian fiction, I highly recommend this book. There are discussion questions included in this book which would make it a good choice for a book club.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author

Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Just Let Go will be her eighth inspirational romance novel. Her debut, 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. A creative at heart, Courtney has also written two craft books and several full-length musicals. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children. Visit her online at www.courtneywalshwrites.com. 

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