Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh - Reviewed

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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.

My Thoughts -

I remember reading Ms. Walsh's Sweethaven series and I absolutely adored her story-telling. When I saw she had a new book releasing I knew I'd have to read it and I really enjoyed it.

Have you ever stopped to think about what a leash our smartphones are to us? We watch our kids, or the teenagers and can't believe how tied they are to their phone. God forbid they put it down for more than a minute and walk away. Teenagers aren't the only ones who are held captive to their phones. We are too, which is pretty scary when you think about how much time we spend staring at it.

In Ms. Walsh's new book, Just Look Up, she shows the struggle of a woman in the corporate world who doesn't realize how her phone is dictating her life, until she actually goes home and through a series of events sees how attached she is to her phone. Throughout the story both Lane and Ryan have past hurts they need to deal with, and forgive those who have hurt them, even forgive themselves. Watching them go through this journey was both eye opening and encouraging.

The title, Just Look Up, really made me stop and think about how much time I spend looking down, whether it's at my phone or even reading a book and what am I missing. I have decided to put my phone down and pay attention to those around me. I have grandchildren visiting and I have even turned my phone off so I can focus on them.

I highly recommend this book, and give it a 5 star rating. Image below is my five star rating quote image.

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White - Reviewed

About the book:

A Name Unknown (Bethany House, July 2017)
She’s out to steal his name. Will he steal her heart instead?
Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets—now they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary’s challenge of a lifetime comes when she’s assigned to determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name?
Rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can’t help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the crown—so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstop pretending to be a well- credentialed historian, Peter believes she’s the right person to help him dig through his family’s past.
Anger and danger continue to mount, though, and both realize they’re in a race against time to discover the truth—about Peter’s past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.
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{More About Roseanna M. White}

Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of over a dozen historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her British series. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to make their way into her novels . . . to offset her real life, which is blessedly boring. She passes said boring life with her husband and kids in the beautiful eastern mountains of West Virginia.

My Thoughts:

This was quite a captivating novel, so much so that I found myself dreaming about this book with closed captions. I believe this is the first book of Ms. White's that I have read, and I know it won't be my last.
I loved how Peter felt the need to care for Rosemary and how the friendship between them developed into more. While romance is present in this story, there is a lot of intrigue and mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
I really enjoyed this book. So, brew up a cup of tea and enjoy this wonderful book.

I enjoyed it so much that I made a quote meme that will be a book rating for me on my blog.

This is my 5 star book rating. What do you think?

I received this book from the publisher, compliments of Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest opinion, I was not paid for it.

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