Just Look Up 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 tou

  • Title: Just Look Up
  • Author: Courtney Walsh
  • ISBN: 9781496421487
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 somAfter 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.

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    1. I really connected easily with these characters and enjoyed every moment of this story. I've known people who felt like Lane did outsider in their own family. Not just any family to feel alone in, either—five kids and many honorary kids, because her parents had huge hearts and wanted to help all sorts of people. But Lane is so different, and all she can see are the differences, and the pain of having been teased in school mercilessly (and her mother doesn't think the teasing was that bad, beca [...]

    2. The title of this book is absolutely perfect! The story portrays a powerful theme of the importance of looking up from technology or the busyness of the daily grind to cultivate our relationships with those around us, appreciate the beauty of life, and take time for peaceful moments. A deeper theme is looking up to God for help with accomplishing this, even through our struggles and difficult times. Lane is flawed but easy to relate to. She has many hurts from her growing up years and is extreme [...]

    3. Y'all, Just Look Up maybe my favorite Courtney Walsh book. I know that's hard to believe because Paper Hearts is phenomenal (not to mention her others), but I'm picking Just Look Up because I literally devoured it.From the moment I read the opening line I was hook. Ms. Walsh effectively created tension on the very first page. I knew something was coming, but what? Side note: I don't read blurbs, unless I have to.Every part in the story created more tension, more intrigue. Lane seemed to ha [...]

    4. (4.5 Stars) How many times in life do we get so focused on ourselves that we can't see what's really important? I know for me, it happens more often than I'd like it to. Lane is a very successful career woman, but an accident that leaves her brother in a coma sends her home--a place where she's never felt like she belongs. My heart cracked a little bit for Lane, even though at first, I didn't really understand why, especially because she's one of those powerful women who kind of intimidate me. A [...]

    5. Y’all.This book.It purse whomped ME in the best possible way.A heroine who is so attached to her work, to her dreams, that she’s more stressed about missing her deadline than she is about the family emergency that called her away. A heroine who deals with body image issues, anxiety issues, and may need to be surgically separated from her smart phone.Oh my goodness, y’all. I related to Lane on so many levels.And then there’s Ryan Brooks. Can we just say yum-my?!? He lived up to all my swo [...]

    6. " . . . a place to belong . . . . it had been there all along . . . But she had never looked up . . . . "For all intents and purposes, Lane Kelly is super-glued to her high profile interior design career in Chicago; answering every text, posting on every blog, keeping up with the competition and its incessant chatter on social media, all in hopes of "making it", proving to herself and others that she is somehow worthy of their admiration. When a desperate phone call interrupts one of the most im [...]

    7. I am a fan of Walsh's. After reading her first three books, Sweethaven series. So I was so excited to read Just Look Up.A book of Forgiveness and Family and a sweet romance that you are sure to fall in love with the characters. I would love to visit Brooks cabins and I would love to be part of Lane's family dinners each week.I felt like I was living in the pages of this book as I watched great things unfold on the pages right in front of me.I love a sweet romance with a swoon worthy character li [...]

    8. This was a pleasant surprise. When I read the description I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it. I ended up really liking it, A LOT! I think part of it is I related a great deal to Lane. Maybe not in as driven as she was in her career, but in her feelings about “going home.”Lane was a complicated character who carried a lot of baggage, in her anger and hurt. I’m not going to say she didn’t have reason, but her story is a great reminder of the dangers of unforgiveness in one’s life.The story [...]

    9. Reviewed at The Power of Words: bit/2wBEt6JJust Look Up by Courtney Walsh is everything that a contemporary romance should be beautifully conveyed setting on the shores of Lake Michigan, well-drawn lead characters who are appealing and relatable, descriptive narrative that flows easily across the page, and spiritual insight that touches lives.I love Hallmark movies and couldn’t help but think how perfectly Just Look Up fits their theme, as Lane leaves the high-pressure business world of Chicag [...]

    10. I was hearing some good things about this book and so I decided that I should pick it up and give it a read too! I'm sure glad I did. This book tackles some important issues of today and I felt like Courtney Walsh did a great job of making everything feel real.Lane is an interesting character. In the beginning of the book we see Lane as she is now- fully engrossed in her work and locked up tight in herself. She is her own island. As the book progresses and Lane's story begins to fill in, we unde [...]

    11. This is the first book by Courtney I have read and while I enjoyed this overall story line this simply wasn't the book for me. The whole concept of "just looking up" and realizing what is important is wonderful. Especially now with all of the crazy things that have our constant attention, look up from your phone, pay attention to someone, acknowledge your surrounds, etc. So I loved that part of the story! I had a difficult time connecting with Lane and really struggled with being captivated by t [...]

    12. I requested a review copy of Just Look Up because I’d heard so many good things about it. Surely it couldn’t possibly measure up?It did.Lane is an interior designer up for a big promotion at work when her mother calls to say her brother is on life support following a motorcycle accident. She returns home, but is immediately thrown into conflict with everyone in her family (except perhaps her father, who only gets about two lines in the whole novel). The reasons behind this conflict are gradu [...]

    13. 2.5 Stars.I adore this cover and I wanted to love this book, I really did but it just fell flat for me.As a writer myself I know just how difficult it can be to strike just the right balance between telling and showing, and I am not opposed to a bit more telling than showing, but unfortunately this book just contained too much telling for my personal reading preference. I also would have preferred if there had been a lot less flashbacks, I mean they did add to the story, but I found the sheer nu [...]

    14. When I first saw the title of this book, my mind immediately got to thinking this was going to be about the need to 'Look Up' and see ourselves the way God see's us. This isn't the direction that Courtney takes us, however I cannot tell you how strongly this subliminal message resonated with me. One thing I absolutely must do at the end of a book, is read the Author notes. Here I found this phrase '"Just look up!Look around at everything you are missing!"' How often do we live our lives, buried [...]

    15. Full review on Faithfully BookishWhile it's not all that unusual for a story to touch my heart (even burrow down deep and make a home there), it is a rare blessing to be challenged to the point of positive change by fiction. This book has that power. Inside this entertaining, relatable, encouraging story is a simple truth we all know yet often fail to apply Lane Kelley is a focused, driven, corporate ladder climbing powerhouse she's also lonely, ridiculously overworked and underfed. Her hometow [...]

    16. Just Look Up by author Courtney Walsh was a story that I think that may resonate with many people. Sometimes there are situations in our past that have so affected us that we let them define us. In this case Lane Kelley is relentless in her work drive and to achieve her dream job promotion. However, before any of that can take place, she receives emergency news from home. Her brother has been in an accident and her family wants her home. At first it may seem a bit callous of her not to want to g [...]

    17. "Just Look Up" by Courtney Walsh is another summer read that I am gushing about! First, I love that Courtney used Michigan in her book. As a Michigander, I just love that and I am a little bias. Second, this book will tug at every heart string you ever through was possible. You'll go from the small town life to the city life and every where in between. Your heart will break, it will repair and break all over again. You feel as though you're in the town with the characters experiencing the highs [...]

    18. rtbookreviews/book-reWalsh's latest is an intriguing look at the busyness of modern life and the need to slow down and appreciate things. Lane's character gets tied up in the past for too long and the pace slows because of it. Her family and friends' rudeness to Lane and their inability to try to understand her hurts is grating and seems over-the-top unrealistic. The romance between Lane and Ryan is beautifully developed and more than makes up for the book's shortcomings. Readers will be captiva [...]

    19. Just Look Up was a journey in forgiveness, taking chances, and learning to live life instead of being glued to a phone. I really felt for the main characters, Ryan and Lane. They both had things from their past that impacted the decisions they made in the present and they way they viewed themselves.Lane, in particular, had trouble letting go of all of the hurts she had experienced as a child and young woman. And, honestly, I couldn’t really blame her! The things this girl went through, the way [...]

    20. A heartfelt contemporary romance with a lot of depth! A driven career woman gets an urgent call to come home when her closest brother is in a terrible accident. This is a satisfying read that touches on difficult subjects like alcoholism, betrayal, dealing with bitterness and childhood traumas. The characters were well developed, each with their own set of struggles rooted deeply in their childhoods. I found a lot to relate to in Lane as she finds herself back in her hometown, fighting off her i [...]

    21. 4.5/5Really enjoyed this. I found Lane completely relatable in this age of being pressured to be available 24/7 because of technology, and how she struggled with finding her worth in her work and accomplishments. I appreciated that Walsh created a character who was amazing at her job, and thus was constantly in demand, so being available was crucial to her life (unlike other books which show the protagonist's phone addiction revolving around games/social media). It made the message of the book s [...]

    22. "Maybe what she's looking for is right in front of her - if only she'd just look up" (back cover)If you've never read any of Courtney Walsh's books, you're missing out on some great stories with soul and messages that hits home. Her latest, Just Look Up presents to readers a message of simply looking up from what you're so focused on, and see the beauty and life around you. It's perfect for today's tendencies to fixate on our phones and tablets, or even careers and little details and miss the bi [...]

    23. This is real life at it's best -- and worst. Fragile family dynamics, broken lives and the hope God brings if we have the faith to see it. I felt emotionally pummeled as I wrestled right along with Lane and Ryan.Lane who has always felt like an outsider in her large and boisterous overachieving family. Who struggles with body image issues and feelings of self-worth. Has the need to prove herself worthy which alters her priorities in a disastrous way. There were times that I got impatient with La [...]

    24. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of this book. Courtney Walsh has does an absolutely excellent job here. The characters are so well developed that they seem real even from the first page and the emotions that she has placed in them just felt so incredibly real. Not like people on the pages of a book. Lane Kelley left her hometown after graduation and hasn't been back in 7 years when she receives horrible news about her brother that compels her to return back home to the quaint tourist town that's [...]

    25. I am going to get straight to the point. Even though this book was rather slow in the reading, it was still quite enjoyable.In this world of technology, the title of this book is quite relatable. I mean, how many things will we miss if we zero in on our phone. Or, how many things will we not miss if we just look up. Don’t get me wrong. Phones are wonderful things. Honestly, who would have imagined one hundred years ago that we would be able to call somebody from China or Russia if we are in th [...]

    26. I really enjoyed this read was much different than Paper Hearts. However, it was just as good a read. Lots of family issues and dynamics play into this one. I can relate on family issues as I have four siblings.The best message I came away with was not focus on yourself, but look around you and be thankful for the people God has placed in our lives. Life doesn't always go as we hope, but sometime God has better plans. I really enjoyed the characters in this story and the realism of difficulties [...]

    27. While the description appealed to me, the writing did not. I found it much too shallow and telling, and was unable to relate to or care about the characters enough to keep reading.

    28. Just finished and still processing the story. Yep. It's a story you're gonna process. Except I can say one thing off the bat--I loved Ryan's perseverance and unconditional love of Lane. <3

    29. The theme of this book is a timely one, and the author did a good job of reminding readers to look up and see what's going on around them.The characters were intriguing and the plot was steady. Overall, it's a fast, enjoyable read. I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts are my own.

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