Book Review: Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh

Posted August 17, 2017 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, Courtney Walsh, romance / 18 Comments

about the book

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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GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Tyndale House Publishers
RELEASE DATE: July 4, 2017
PAGES: 416

“What if who she was really had been enough all along?”


This book.

It purse whomped ME in the best possible way.

A heroine who is so attached to her work, to her dreams, that she’s more stressed about missing her deadline than she is about the family emergency that called her away. A heroine who deals with body image issues, anxiety issues, and may need to be surgically separated from her smart phone.

Oh my goodness, y’all. I related to Lane on so many levels.

And then there’s Ryan Brooks. Can we just say yum-my?!? I got to meet Brooks through the Book Boyfriends panel at #CFRR2017 before I met him on the page. He lived up to all my swoonilicious expectations and then some! Strong in character as well as physically, Brooks is a flirt and a gentleman all at the same time.  And his kisses!!!!

“I don’t want to mess this up,” he said, both hands on her face now, his eyes searching hers. “But I’ve wanted to kiss you since I was sixteen.”

(Did I mention he rides a motorcycle?)

Pardon me while I melt into a little Book Boyfriend puddle all over again.


Besides being a hit-you-in-all-the-feels romance, Just Look Up has a timely and important message for all of us. The rat race clamors for us to do more, be more, and achieve more. And somewhere along the way, we’ve forgotten to look up and to be still. We’ve also forgotten the power of forgiveness, trading it for our perceived right to be right. We’ve missed the point that forgiveness doesn’t make it alright – it makes us alright.

Everything she’d been searching for – a family, a place to belong, the promise of true, unconditional love – it had been there all along. But she’d never looked up long enough to see it.

Bottom Line: Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh is poignant and sincere, with just the right amount of flirting and faith. Ryan Brooks is the perfect book boyfriend, and you’ll find yourself grinning like a lovesick teenager whenever he’s on the page. Lane is a heroine who could be your sister, your best friend, your coworker … even you yourself. Together, they team up with a colorful cast of supporting characters to tell a sweet story of family, forgiveness, and restoration. This one will be lingering in my heart for a while!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 4 / Keep that fan handy!

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about the author

Courtney Walsh is the author of Paper Hearts, Change of Heart, 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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 What about you? Are you more like Lane (permanently attached to your smart phone) or Ryan (still own a flip phone)?

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18 responses to “Book Review: Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh

  1. Rebecca Maney

    “Swoonilicious” . . . . .. reading your posts are educational, right? I am learning new love-words!

    I have this book and will be reading it pretty close to next!

  2. carylkane

    CARRIE, I love your review! I need to read Courtney’s books! I’m not attached to my smartphone. I carry it for emergency use when traveling.

  3. I’m in-between 🙂 but I really related to Lane. So much. And LOVE Brooks!!! Swoon!!! I read this book twice in 2 days and it was the ONLY book I bought at CFRR since they didn’t have Pepper’s new one!

  4. Winnie Thomas

    Great review, Carrie! This book is calling to me, but I don’t have a copy yet. I must remedy that soon. I actually have a smart phone, but I’m not obsessed with it. I’m also so tech-challenged that I can’t figure it out most of the time.

  5. Andrea Stephens

    I added this book to my wishlist as soon as I saw it. Then, I met Courtney at CFRR!
    I have a smart phone but am not addicted to it. I frequently leave it a different room from me or in my purse. The only time it’s ever been in my bedroom was to use it as an alarm for taking medication on a strict schedule.

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