2021 The Christy Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Courtney Walsh & Just Like Home

Posted October 11, 2021 by meezcarrie in 2021 The Christy Award, Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, Courtney Walsh, giveaway, romance / 11 Comments


Happy Monday, dear readers! Starting today and continuing until October 28th (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of featuring all of the 2021 The Christy Award Finalists! Today I’m beginning with Courtney Walsh and her contemporary romance Christy Award finalist book Just Like Home! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE.


JUST LIKE HOME
SERIES:
Harbor Pointe #4

GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Sweethaven Press
RELEASE DATE: August 18, 2020
PAGES: 400

From “Master of the genre” [Midwest Book Review] and New York Times bestselling author Courtney Walsh, a sweet romance that’s sure to capture your heart.

Prima ballerina Charlotte Page has a life any dancer would envy, but the tragic loss of her best friend, Julianna, leaves her wanting more. Or maybe—less. In an effort to make her life about something other than accolades and applause, Charlotte leaves professional ballet to save Julianna’s small-town dance studio. This lands her directly in the path of cranky high school football coach and Julianna’s older brother, Cole Turner.

Fresh off a state win and a bitter divorce, the last thing Cole expects is for a prima ballerina to chip away at the wall he’s grown quite comfortable hiding behind.

Will their fledgling relationship be strong enough to weather the storm of old secrets and a haunting past? Or will Charlotte lose the new, simple life she’s given up everything to gain?

This book is a standalone novel. Each Harbor Pointe novel follows a different couple.

 

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I asked the author…

What is one of your favorite quotes from just like home, and why do you love it?

“I’m still learning to love the parts of me that no one claps for.” ~ Rudy Francisco

I obviously didn’t write this quote, but the second I read it, it nearly took my breath away. I could relate so completely to these words, it inspired Charlotte’s story. I began to imagine a character who had all the accolades and applause in the world, but who struggled with other parts of herself, the parts nobody clapped for. Could she be loved simply for who she is and not for what she does? That message resonates with me on a deep, spiritual level, because we strive and hustle and work for approval when really, all the approval we need is waiting for us. A gift–freely given with no strings. The whole idea inspired Charlotte’s journey–and helped me delve into this concept at the same time.


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 an ebook copy of Just Like Home to one of my readers! (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 romance Christy Award finalist Just Like Home by Courtney Walsh? Or, if you’ve read it already, what did you love about it?

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11 responses to “2021 The Christy Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Courtney Walsh & Just Like Home

  1. Haley Resseguie

    I loved Just Like Home! Charlotte had been so sheltered from “normal” life and I enjoyed seeing her getting to experience it. Cole had been so hurt that he had closed himself off. I loved seeing how Courtney Walsh took the two and helped them see past their own hurts and pasts to what they could be together.

  2. Suzanne Sellner

    Having taken ballet through middle school, parts of high school, and as a young adult, I am very interested in this topic and especially in the relationship between Charlotte and Cole.

  3. Sunnymay

    The couple seems like opposites attract and the story looks like a sweet romance with ups and downs.

  4. Perrianne Askew

    I love Courtney Walsh who does contemporary romance so well! Being a Christy Award Finalist makes it super special.

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