About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

If for Any Reason by Courtney Walsh: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book:  If For Any Reason
Author: Courtney Walsh
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 3, 2020

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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When I chose to participate in this Celebrate Lit book tour I was given an extended excerpt to read and review. Well, I can tell you that this excerpt wasn't enough....I WILL be reading the whole book and I WILL be urging others to read it also. Courtney Walsh has written a beautiful story of love: romantic love, the love of a mother for her child, and the love that God offers all of His children. If For Any Reason also stresses the importance of forgiveness and second chances. We all know that we should forgive others but how many of us know how to forgive ourselves? How willing are we to offer second chances?

In this narrative of Emily Ackerman's past and present life, I loved that Walsh used letters to offer a glimpse of Emily's mother Isabelle. These letters are woven throughout the story and my heart ached when reading some of Isabelle's words. Words of encouragement, words of advice, and words that reminded Emily that she would always have one person she could rely on. In one of these letters that especially resonated with me Isabelle told her, "I hope you find a place where you're loved and accepted, but on the days you feel neither of those things, I hope you remember that you are in fact loved and accepted, not just by me, but by God. Yeah, I'm going to go there---I'm going to be that mom, talking to you about Jesus." How many of us mothers have yearned that our own children would feel this assurance?

If you are looking for a book that will overwhelm you with emotions and captivate you with its realism, you will definitely want to read If For Any Reason. It is contemporary romantic fiction at its finest!

I received a complimentary e-book from Celebrate Lit but there was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Author

Courtney Walsh is the author of ten inspirational novels. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, was a New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller. Courtney lives with her husband and three children in Illinois, where she is also an artist, theater director, and playwright.

More from Courtney

3 Bits of Wisdom Every Mother Hopes Her Daughter Cherishes

By Courtney Walsh

There are so many types of mother-daughter relationships, and I’ve discovered that in most of my novels, these relationships are explored in one way or another. My most recent book, If For Any Reason, delves a little deeper into this universal relationship, as the main character’s only connection to her late mother is a book of letters she left behind for daughter when she died.

It was interesting to think through the advice and wisdom I would want to be sure to share with my own daughter, if for any reason I wasn’t here to share it in person. There’s so much I would want to say, so many lessons I would want to share, but if I had to boil it down to three bits of wisdom, I think it would be these:

Ask for help when you need it.

I’m not sure why it’s so difficult to admit we need help sometimes, but in the past year and a half, my family has faced some pretty significant medical challenges, and I learned that it’s necessary to let other people help you. One of the quickest ways to burn out and get overwhelmed is to try to do everything on your own. Now, I’m not talking about laziness. I’m not talking about figuring out ways to get other people to do things for you that you don’t want to do, but genuine help in this journey of life—spiritually, mentally, physically—all the ways that you need to be strong and healthy. You were never meant to figure everything out on your own. And it’s less lonely when you let people in.

Mistakes are good . . . as long as you learn from them.

Okay, it’s inevitable. You’re going to mess up. You’re going to make a million mistakes and sometimes you’re going to really, really regret them. It’s okay. It’s okay to make the wrong choice now and then . . . but only if you learn from it. Because even though there’s a lot of grace for your mistakes, there are still consequences, and if you’re not willing to learn what you did wrong, you’re just going to keep making a mess of things. Don’t do that. Don’t be stubborn and unmoving. There are opportunities to learn something new every single day, and there are people all around you who can help teach you—but only if you humble yourself, realize you don’t know everything, and are willing to learn. Remaining teachable is one of the greatest things you can do. Learn this lesson early, and you’ll go far.

Be yourself.

This is one of the most important and most challenging lessons any of us could learn. It’s a platitude, isn’t it? Advice you’d find on the outside of a coffee mug or embroidered on a throw pillow. But it’s more than that, this whole idea of being who you are, who God created you to be. Here’s the tricky part—how do you know who that is? The only way I can tell is to spend time with yourself. And to not be afraid to sit in the quiet with your thoughts. Learn what God says about you so that if those ideas are challenged or someone else tries to put a label on you that you don’t want, you’re armed with the truth. This will serve you well as you work to discover who you are.

The truth is, as a mother, I’m constantly learning. As a person, I’m constantly learning. And while these are just three bits of wisdom I hope my daughter carries with her, there are so many other lessons I hope she learns, lessons I hope I can teach her so she doesn’t need to learn the hard way.

What about you? What’s one bit of wisdom you want to be sure to pass along to the next generation?

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, April 7
Remembrancy, April 7
Robin’s Nest, April 8
Wishful Endings, April 9
Batya’s Bits, April 10
Worthy2Read, April 12
Hallie Reads, April 13
Splashes of Joy, April 14
Older & Smarter?, April 15
Cultivating Us, April 15
Simple Harvest Reads, April 16 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Back Porch Reads, April 17
Vicky Sluiter, April 18
Mia Reads, April 19
Artistic Nobody, April 20 (Guest Post from Donna Cline)


To celebrate her tour, Courtney is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Barnes & Nobles gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.