2021 Carol Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Courtney Walsh & If For Any Reason

Posted September 2, 2021 by meezcarrie in 2021 Carol Awards, Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, Courtney Walsh, giveaway, romance / 11 Comments

Hello again! Through September 11th (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of chatting with all of the 2021 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! Today I’m continuing with Courtney Walsh and her contemporary Carol Award finalist book If For Any Reason! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE and you can follow along with the posts HERE.

FYI – There will be 2-3 posts per day, many of which are offering a giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!

A Nantucket Love Story #1

GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction / Romance
PUBLISHER: Tyndale House
RELEASE DATE: February  3, 2020
PAGES: 412

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.


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I asked the author…

What is something God taught you while you wrote If for any reason?

I wrote If For Any Reason during the hardest year of my life. My daughter was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and I was writing a romance novel about a woman who lives her life by a book of letters left behind by her mother, who had passed away when she was very young. I think what God taught me during this is that he is in the details. He wasn’t surprised by Sophia’s diagnosis, and he knew that this would be the exact book I’d be writing, which helped me process a lot of what I was feeling in a sort of unexpected way. My emotions were much more raw than usual, so writing the letters from my heroine’s mother to her daughter was cathartic in a way. I tend to process my struggles through my writing anyway, so it was doubly helpful, and I know it wasn’t a coincidence. I also had the chance to explore the theme of forgiveness, which I think I explore in each of my novels in some way or another. It’s one of those universal things, and something I tend to grapple with. I have a hard time letting go of grudges. So, in a nutshell, I really think God taught me that he’s always here, even in the dark parts of this journey, that he’s never going to leave my side–whether I’m angry or frustrated or confused. He invites me to process through all of that and gives me a way to do it. It’s such an incredible gift, his love. Freely given and undeserved. <3

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.

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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.

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What about you? What makes you want to read the contemporary Carol Award finalist If For Any Reason by Courtney Walsh? Or, if you’ve read it already, what did you love about it?

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11 responses to “2021 Carol Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Courtney Walsh & If For Any Reason

  1. Haley Resseguie

    I loved this book and I am so glad that it has been nominated. All of Courtney’s books are wonderful and this was no exception. I loved how Emily thought her course was set and then God completely changed her heart as he also changed her direction. And I loved Hollis and the relationship between him and Emily.

  2. Brenda Murphree

    It sounds interesting and believe it or not I have never read a Courtney Walsh book. I want to though.

  3. Perrianne Askew

    I love Courtney Walsh’s books and haven’t had the opportunity to read this one yet. It should be interesting to see how her personal experiences played into this novel. I’m happy she was nominated because it’s always good to see an author you enjoy reading being an award nominee.

  4. Amy M.

    Just like Courtney, I read this book the exact time I needed it (during my mom’s stroke) and the message of it was God-timed.

  5. Patty

    I’ve read three or four of Courtney’s books, but I know she had quite a few that I haven’t read including this one!

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