in this post: If For Any Reason
Happy February – official (according to me) KissingBooks month! And welcome to another Love Stories giveaway post! This LOVE STORIES giveaway series is thusly named for two reasons – first, because I love stories and second, because I love Love Stories.
Throughout the entire month of February, I’ll be spotlighting swoony Christian fiction & ‘clean read’ romances. Three cheers for KissingBooks!!! So… grab a fan or two, your trusty fainting couch, and maybe a freezer just to be safe and start making your KissingBooks tbr list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s first book is If For Any Reason by Courtney Walsh – plus a swoony excerpt!
IF FOR ANY REASON
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Tyndale House
RELEASE DATE: February 3, 2020
Emily Ackerman has traveled the world, her constant compass and companion a book of letters her mother left for her when she died. With no father in the picture, her mom’s advice has been her only true north. But when professional failure leads Emily back to Nantucket to renovate and sell the family cottage she inherited, she wonders if her mom left advice to cover this . . . especially when her grandmother arrives to “supervise.” And especially when her heart becomes entangled with Hollis McGuire, the boy next door-turned-baseball star who’s back on the island after a career-ending injury.
As sparks fly between her and Hollis, Emily is drawn to island life, even as she uncovers shocking secrets about the tragic accident that led to her mother’s death. With her world turned upside down, Emily must choose between allowing the voices from her past to guide her future or forging her own path forward.
“Was that okay?” His eyes searched hers.
Wordless, she nodded.
“Good, because I’ve wanted to do that for weeks.”
“What took you so long?” She smiled, arms still wrapped around him.
“I promised Jolie we were just friends.” He looked at her. “But that’s not how I feel. At all.”
“Me neither,” she said.
“Does that scare you?”
“A little, but I think the scarier thing is imagining my life without you in it.”
He took her face in his hands and traced her cheekbones with his thumbs. “Don’t imagine that. It’ll never happen.”
She inhaled him as he kissed her again.
I love you. I love you. I love you. The words raced through her mind as she gave in to another kiss, pulling him closer. But she didn’t dare say them aloud.
He pulled away. “I have to talk to Jolie. I have to tell her about all of this.”
“Are you sure?” Emily asked.
“Yes,” he said. “And until then, we have to be friends.”
“You mean the kind of friends who don’t kiss?” She smiled up at him.
He took a step back, then laughed. “You’re going to make this impossible for me, aren’t you?”
“Depends on how long you wait to tell her.” She pressed her lips together, the taste of him still on her mouth. “I think you probably shouldn’t wait very long.”
He drew in a deep breath, hands up in front of him in mock surrender. “Go easy on me, Ackerman. I’ve got no willpower when it comes to you.”
Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. She writes small town romance and women’s fiction while juggling the performing arts studio and youth theatre she owns and runs with her husband. If For Any Reason is her eleventh 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, and her contemporary romance Just Let Go won the Carol Award in 2019. 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 and a sometimes naughty Bernedoodle named Luna.
Courtney Walsh is offering a print copy of If For Any Reason to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you most about If For Any Reason & that swoony excerpt?