I adore Courtney Walsh, so any time I get to host her here on the blog makes me happy 🙂 Today she’s here to talk about the sweetness of second chances & her new romance Is It Any Wonder!
IS IT ANY WONDER
SERIES: Nantucket Love Story #2
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Tyndale House
RELEASE DATE: April 6, 2021
Can a promise made as kids bring them back together as adults? In this Nantucket-set beach read, “master of the genre” (Midwest Book Review) Courtney Walsh delivers a sparkling inspirational romance about first love and second chances.
Twelve years ago, Cody Boggs and Louisa Chambers made a pact that no matter where their lives took them, they’d return to Nantucket Island’s Brant Point Lighthouse on July 30, their shared golden birthday, and continue their tradition of exchanging birthday wishes. But that was before a tragic accident upended both of their lives, irrevocably pulling them apart.
Their worlds collide just months before that particular day when Louisa’s fledgling event planning company is hired by the local Coast Guard station, where she discovers Cody has recently returned to the island as the second in command. As they plan a regatta fundraiser, hoping to promote positive PR in the community, neither can deny the fireworks each encounter ignites. But working together also brings up memories of the day Cody’s father died, revealing secrets that have Cody and Louisa questioning everything they thought they knew and felt about their families and each other.
The Sweetness of Second Chances
by Courtney Walsh, author of Is It Any Wonder
When my husband and I were dating, we had a couple of fairly tumultuous years. It’s crazy to look back on it now because we are pretty even-keeled, but I think it’s because we’ve learned (through some serious trial and error) how to argue productively.
I think back on those college days, the earliest in our relationship, and I often wonder, What if things had gone differently? or What if we hadn’t had that second chance?
See, on paper, Adam and I weren’t a good match. He was a brand-new Christian, and I’ve been known to hold people to impossible standards. At one point during my senior year, after a particularly dramatic fight, we took a break. (Side note: If you’re going to date a theatre major, expect some drama . . .)
I was angry about some things that had happened. My anger was justified, but I’m also a fairly proud person (working on that!) and I was so torn up over where we stood and just how long I was going to nurse my anger.
I had a decision to make. Was I going to walk away or give our relationship a second chance?
This is a sticky question because in some relationships, walking away is absolutely the answer. This goes without saying. We all know people who are in unhealthy or toxic relationships, where second chances shouldn’t be given.
But in other circumstances, forgiveness is warranted.
A lot of us have been led to believe that granting a second chance is weak, but I actually think being willing to forgive takes the most strength. Oftentimes, not walking away or being willing to try again is the bravest thing a person can do.
In our case, we spent a few weeks apart, and we both hated it. We wrote letters (remember those?), and it was like our whole relationship got a reset. We’d gotten sloppy. We’d been taking each other for granted. Starting over meant a second chance to do things right. A second chance to commit to God and to each other.
A second chance to remember why we loved each other in the first place.
Isn’t it funny what forgiveness does? The way it heals? I write about forgiveness in just about every novel because it’s one of those elusive, difficult things we all struggle with. But it’s the only thing that can truly heal a wound, the only thing sweet enough to allow a genuine, authentic, honest second chance to work.
Relationships are never easy, and somehow, the ones we had to fight for, the ones that we knew were worth the hurt, the pain, the hard conversations, are just that much sweeter.
Perhaps this personal history is why second chance romances are in my heart. I recently told someone if I could write a whole series of them, I would. I love the idea of two people bringing their broken parts to the table and finding a way to help each other put them back together again.
That’s the story of Is It Any Wonder. Two people with hurtful, difficult things in their past. Rightful grudges and powerful regret. Bringing Cody and Louisa back together to face these things moved me to the point of tears.
Because forgiveness is powerful.
I love the romance of starting again. Of one person being willing to offer a genuine apology while another is willing to offer genuine forgiveness. I love the hope that comes with the notion that even the messiest, most difficult relationships can be mended. That God can heal, if we ask him to.
Is it easy? No. And that’s what makes second chances such a powerful metaphor for the love of a Father who is always willing to forgive. Because at some point in all of our lives, we will need to be forgiven. At some point, we will need to remember how it feels to be forgiven so we can offer forgiveness to someone else.
And a relationship that’s weathered a storm is stronger for it.
Courtney Walsh is the author of more than ten contemporary romance books. 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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