Saturday, May 11, 2024

If For Any Reason by Courtney Walsh (Review)

Series: Nantucket Love Story #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Tyndale House
Released: February 3, 2020
391 pages
About the Book:

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.

My Rating & Thoughts:    

Emily returns to Nantucket kind of lost and unsettled. She reunites unexpectedly with her childhood best friend and he is able to get her to open up like she hasn't with anyone else in years. Hollis' 12 year old daughter is staying with him, and he is struggling to connect with her, but she automatically connects with Emily. We follow these characters as they live their lives and try to figure out their next path. I really enjoyed the way the story was told with a mix of present day, flashbacks sharing Emily's parents' story and letters to Emily from her mom. While I enjoyed the interactions of Hollis and Emily and any Jolie scenes, I was engrossed in the flashback scenes the most. We know early on they didn't get a happy ending but I was so drawn into their story. There is some family drama and a scandal revealed. Is all revealed and can peace be found? I enjoyed following these characters and I especially liked how Hollis' parents and siblings welcomed Emily back into their family fold even after so many years away. There were times I did find the story dragged a bit that my attention drifted easily.

(I borrowed this book from the library; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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