Review: Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh

"What is it you're running away from?" 

Title:  Just Let Go
Series: Harbor Pointe, Book 2
Author: Courtney Walsh
Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers
Audio Release Date:  June 5, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Fiction
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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.
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MY THOUGHTS


Be ready to be swept away by Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh.  There's something special about small town stories, especially with Harbor Pointe. There's community connection, love and support, and add in the little bit of how news get around lightning fast, makes for a well rounded setting.  I love the supporting characters just as much as our main, Quinn and Grady.  We also get to revisit some characters we've met in the first book of the series, Just Look Up

There's an overall theme of forgiveness that threads each of our characters together, but there's also the message of trusting God to let go of the personal hurts that bounds us.  In both Quinn and Grady, each are burden by different things, yet it connects them as they see the relevance with holding back and not able to move forward. I can relate more to Quinn, with her tendency to hold onto what's safe, and not risk the unexpected, but I also see hiding vulnerability behind a façade of jokes as we see in Grady.

In all, there's a subtlety of life's message sprinkled throughout in Just Let Go that ironically also shines brilliantly in it's title, as well as the story as a whole. Beautiful, witty and touching, Just Let Go will take a seat in your heart and decide to stay. Just let it. 


“Sometimes. . .
we have to get out of our comfort zone 
in order to see what else God has for us.”


Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Courtney Walsh is the author of Paper Hearts and the Sweethaven series. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was a New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller and a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. In addition, she has written two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives with her husband and three children in Illinois, where she is also an artist, theater director, and playwright. 

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