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What is the truth in If For Any Reason?

If For Any Reason by Courtney Walsh: Book Review

About the Book:

Title: If For Any Reason

Author: Courtney Walsh

Genre: Contemporary Christian 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.

Book Review:

Once again, Courtney Walsh excels in bringing the lost and broken through a magnificent test of faith and forgiveness.
Emily has spent her life trying to live up to the expectations she’s placed upon herself based on a book of letters her mother left her. When everything she thought she knew begins to unravel, the letters are all Emily has left to cling to. But what if she’s been wrong? What if her mother meant for Emily to live her own life and not the life her mother always dreamed of having for herself?
I can always count on a Courtney Walsh book to be deeply moving and emotional. If For Any Reason is no different. Emily and Hollis have their issues they need to work through and neither of them makes the right decision every time.
A redemptive storyline is one of my favorites, and the friends-to-something-more trope on top of the redemption made this one of my favorite books for this year.
Emily has so much anger, it leaps off the page. Hollis is so lost in his attempts to connect with his daughter, you’ll want to jump into the book so you can try and help.
Emily has a letter for every situation, or so she thought. When everything about her mother’s death and her father’s abandonment begins to steamroll through what she’s always known, she is faced with several hard truths. She’s blamed God for years, and it won’t be easy to accept that He has always had a plan.
I requested a copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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