If for Any Reason
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.

If for Any Reason Details

TitleIf for Any Reason
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 3rd, 2020
PublisherTyndale House Publishers
ISBN-139781496434395
Rating
GenreContemporary, Christian, Romance, Fiction, Contemporary Romance

If for Any Reason Review

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    A hopeful, delightful story. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Emily is the main character, and she has a treasure. Her late mother wrote her a series of letters with guidance on life. She needs the letters now more than ever as she travels to Nantucket to prepare the familys cottage for sale. Her neighbor is a former baseball star who had a serious injury.My favorite aspect of all was the characters. Emily felt like she could be any one of us, and her story is ultimately heartwarming. I adore hopeful stories and this A hopeful, delightful story. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Emily is the main character, and she has a treasure. Her late mother wrote her a series of letters with guidance on life. She needs the letters now more than ever as she travels to Nantucket to prepare the family’s cottage for sale. Her neighbor is a former baseball star who had a serious injury.My favorite aspect of all was the characters. Emily felt like she could be any one of us, and her story is ultimately heartwarming. I adore hopeful stories and this one is filled with hope, healing, and love. The most touching thing of all was the letters from Isabelle, Emily’s mom. This sweet book left me feeling inspired and uplifted afterwards, and who doesn’t need more of that?!I received a gifted copy. All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader
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  • Toni Shiloh
    January 1, 1970
    The thing I most found interesting in If For Any Reason is the letters Emily carries from her mom. As a mom, Im always fascinated by what kind of legacy other moms are leaving for their children. I have a notebook I write into for my boys, but not like Emilys mom. Still, I loved seeing how Emily treasured these, how they effected her life, and the new insight she gained when her past came forward.In true Courtney Walsh style, this book hits on a lot of heartache we go through. But theres always The thing I most found interesting in If For Any Reason is the letters Emily carries from her mom. As a mom, I’m always fascinated by what kind of legacy other moms are leaving for their children. I have a notebook I write into for my boys, but not like Emily’s mom. Still, I loved seeing how Emily treasured these, how they effected her life, and the new insight she gained when her past came forward.In true Courtney Walsh style, this book hits on a lot of heartache we go through. But there’s always growth, a romance to make you smile, and an ending that gives you the hope that life will get better.If you’re a fan of Ms. Walsh, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re looking at checking out one of her books, give If For Any Reason a try. There are many insights to glean while reading.*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.
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  • Courtney Clark
    January 1, 1970
    If For Any Reason is a story of belonging and changing dreams told through a romance and friendship in the ideal setting of Nantucket. Themes of grace and honesty permeate the world Emily and Hollis find themselves in literally and figuratively. As they deal with some hard things life has thrown at them, they must find the grace to work out their faith and relationship with God while a tentative connection grows between them.Courtney Walsh excels at writing stories that blend one part womens If For Any Reason is a story of belonging and changing dreams told through a romance and friendship in the ideal setting of Nantucket. Themes of grace and honesty permeate the world Emily and Hollis find themselves in — literally and figuratively. As they deal with some hard things life has thrown at them, they must find the grace to work out their faith and relationship with God while a tentative connection grows between them.Courtney Walsh excels at writing stories that blend one part women’s fiction with two parts romance and charm! She manages to include deep themes with endearing characters that stir empathy and thought in the heart of a reader. This story is another prime example, with the spark-laden friendship between Emily and Hollis developing naturally. And, Courtney takes a delicate situation and portrays it with compassion and grace, yet still depicts it appropriately with its consequences and fallout.The romance between Hollis and Emily feels so realistic. They are simply captivated by each other, but it’s not a superficial connection — both characters are mature, both are intentional in their friendship, even if it scares them to be so vulnerable. I especially like one of the decisions Hollis makes (insert heart eyes HERE) at a moment when Emily needs space for clarity.This review would not be complete without a paragraph devoted to Hollis’s daugther, Jolie, AKA JoJo. This girl steals every scene she’s in! She has so much spunk and acts exactly her age. I liked that she has a voice and an opinion that matters to the adults around her. It’s great to see a bright character like her add such pivotal value to a story.One more thing I really enjoyed about this story was its inclusion of letters and a few short flashback scenes. These fill in some blanks of the deeper themes and relate things like grief, family, and the resounding impact of choices in a wonderful story device.I’m looking forward to more stories in this series set on Nantucket, a place I have just added to my must-visit travel list!Thanks to Tyndale for the review copy. This is my honest review.
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  • Jodie
    January 1, 1970
    The book is a sweet story of blending the past with the present. It is a story of personal growth, hope, understanding and forgiveness. While the storyline is somewhat predictable , it really doesnt take away from experiencing Emilys journey to self-fulfillment. I appreciated the Christian undertones to the book which added a special element. My favourite part of the book are the letters Emily receives from her late mother Isabelle, as well as Isabelles own story of falling in love. I recommend The book is a sweet story of blending the past with the present. It is a story of personal growth, hope, understanding and forgiveness. While the storyline is somewhat predictable , it really doesn’t take away from experiencing Emily’s journey to self-fulfillment. I appreciated the Christian undertones to the book which added a special element. My favourite part of the book are the letters Emily receives from her late mother Isabelle, as well as Isabelle’s own story of falling in love. I recommend this book to fans of Christian fiction and PG Romance.Thank you to Edelweiss and Tyndall House Publishers for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    Delightful novel!My engagement grew as the pages continued to turn. There are several wonderful themes in the novel including the relationship between fathers and daughters, fight or flight in the tough times and the importance put on money.All of the main characters were lovable and well written. If for Any Reason made my heart sing.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars A beautifully written story that takes you on an incredible journey of discovery, healing and hope. So clever the way the plot intertwined. I enjoyed all the aspects. I couldnt resist the cover, I mean a gorgeous Nantucket beach, and a cottage that is in need of transformation- its not lost on me that the owner of the house is in desperate need of it herself. Almost everyone has some unresolved business that has to be challenged- and all the way throughout, an insight into the authors 4.5 Stars A beautifully written story that takes you on an incredible journey of discovery, healing and hope. So clever the way the plot intertwined. I enjoyed all the aspects. I couldn’t resist the cover, I mean a gorgeous Nantucket beach, and a cottage that is in need of transformation- it’s not lost on me that the owner of the house is in desperate need of it herself. Almost everyone has some unresolved business that has to be challenged- and all the way throughout, an insight into the authors own real life world of theater production. That was a fun element I really enjoyed. Descriptive enough, not over powering I was sucked right into this story. Plenty of tension, mystery regarding the truth that has eluded Emily since the death of her mother. I also enjoy the non-overbearing way the text inspires and lifts without being preachy. A fantastic Christian Fiction read. Thanks to Tyndale House & Netgalley for the eARC. This is my honest review.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted on Inkwell InspirationsCourtney Walsh takes readers on a breathtaking journey to the beautiful island of Nantucket in her latest contemporary romance novel, If for Any Reason. After inheriting her late grandfathers house, Emily Ackerman returns to Nantucket for the first time in eighteen years and reconnects with her childhood friend, now former professional baseball player, Hollis McGuire. Emilys time on the island unexpectedly leads to answers about her mothers death years Originally posted on Inkwell InspirationsCourtney Walsh takes readers on a breathtaking journey to the beautiful island of Nantucket in her latest contemporary romance novel, If for Any Reason. After inheriting her late grandfather’s house, Emily Ackerman returns to Nantucket for the first time in eighteen years and reconnects with her childhood friend, now former professional baseball player, Hollis McGuire. Emily’s time on the island unexpectedly leads to answers about her mother’s death years before as she embarks on a journey that will change her life forever.Courtney Walsh’s passion for theatre definitely shines through in this novel as former Broadway performer Emily Ackerman finds herself in charge of the Nantucket children’s theatre production. Readers who share in the author’s love for theatre will delight in those aspects of the storyline. One of my favorite parts of If for Any Reason is Emily’s late mother Isabelle’s story. Throughout several chapters of the novel, readers are taken back to the years between 1989 to 2001 to Isabelle’s teenage and younger adult years. The letters that Isabelle wrote to her young daughter are touching and filled with the love and wisdom that only a mother can give. If for Any Reason is highly recommended for readers of contemporary romance, especially readers who have a passion for theatre. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
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  • Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
    January 1, 1970
    If for any reason, you want to be transported to sunny, idyllic Nantucket beaches - then read this book.If for any reason, a long-ago accident with mysterious circumstances piques your interest - I recommend this one.If for any reason, you love a juicy family drama with realistic, relatable flawed characters - this ones for you.If for any reason, second chances, forgiveness and a Hallmark-esque story warms your heart - dig into this book.So many reasons! If for any reason, you want to be transported to sunny, idyllic Nantucket beaches - then read this book.⁣⁣If for any reason, a long-ago accident with mysterious circumstances piques your interest - I recommend this one.⁣⁣If for any reason, you love a juicy family drama with realistic, relatable flawed characters - this one’s for you.⁣⁣If for any reason, second chances, forgiveness and a Hallmark-esque story warms your heart - dig into this book.⁣⁣So many reasons!⁣
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  • Kara
    January 1, 1970
    This one is a super sweet and emotional read! Ms. Walsh is so good at that combination. It's been a little while since I read one of her stories, so this was like renewing an old friendship. :)One of the highlights for me was the details on the theatre. Knowing that Ms. Walsh has a great deal of personal experience in that area, her wealth of knowledge and the joy it brings her shown through her descriptions. I connected with that part of Emily's life, even though I have zero experience and know This one is a super sweet and emotional read! Ms. Walsh is so good at that combination. It's been a little while since I read one of her stories, so this was like renewing an old friendship. :)One of the highlights for me was the details on the theatre. Knowing that Ms. Walsh has a great deal of personal experience in that area, her wealth of knowledge and the joy it brings her shown through her descriptions. I connected with that part of Emily's life, even though I have zero experience and know nothing about it myself. I love when that happens in a story.Another of my favorite things was Hollis' family. They are so loving and caring for each other! And since Emily is in desperate need of such in her life, I loved seeing how they swept her up into being part of them and made her comfortable. Plus they helped provide a safe place for Hollis to figure out his relationship with his daughter. They truly are one of my favorite fictional families now. They're not perfect, none of the characters are, but the flaws only endear them further.The romance bits were adorable, of course. (Which was only to be expected! This is a Courtney Walsh novel after all.) I appreciated that they were friends first, a good friends-to-lovers romance is one of my favorite tropes and Ms. Walsh handles the transition really well. Because goodness the chemistry between these two! Yet both Emily and Hollis have a lot of growing to do, so I especially appreciated the slow way the romance heated up, giving both time to process through all the stuff they needed to.Overall, I really enjoyed the emotions I connected with while reading. The grief, the uncertainty, the fear, the familial love, and most of all the hope that threaded everything together from beginning to end. Several moments brought smiles, while others made me turn the next page as quick as I could to find out how a character would respond. Beautifully written, Ms. Walsh continues to solidify her spot on my list of awesome writers!**I received a complimentary copy via Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    If For Any Reason is a charming summer read about second chances, connecting with your purpose in life and looking beyond the mistakes of your past. Its a story about family and belonging. Its easy to read with relatable characters and Courtney Walshs fantastic writing style. If For Any Reason is perfect fans of Christian contemporary romance.Emily is returning to Nantucket Island. It holds good and bad memories- fun summers spent in the community theatre program and the year an accident took If For Any Reason is a charming summer read about second chances, connecting with your purpose in life and looking beyond the mistakes of your past. It’s a story about family and belonging. It’s easy to read with relatable characters and Courtney Walsh’s fantastic writing style. If For Any Reason is perfect fans of Christian contemporary romance.Emily is returning to Nantucket Island. It holds good and bad memories- fun summers spent in the community theatre program and the year an accident took her mother away for ever. Now, after travelling aimlessly and an opportunity to direct her own play that ended in disaster, Emily has no choice but to return and claim the beach house her grandfather left her. She plans to do it up and sell it as quickly as possible, but she didn’t count on running into boy-next-door Hollis, who is now all grown up, or his charming daughter who inspires Emily to revive her love of theatre. As the summer warms up, Emily will have the chance to uncover the truth about her mother’s death, but it might change things forever.I so love friends-to-lovers romance. While Emily and Hollis haven’t been friends for many, many years, they were once very close friends and shared secrets and many happy memories. But a lot has changed. Hollis has had a big career in baseball, but regrets his lifestyle choices, the distance between him and his daughter and the way his career ended. Emily has seen the world, has lived large under the guidance of her mother’s letters. But the shame she faces over her failed play and the way she burned through her finances has killed her certainly for the future. As Emily is reminded about all the things she loves and hates about life on the island, she is also presented with answers from the past and a new hope for the future. Hollis has a chance to rekindle a relationship with his daughter and Emily seems to hold the key to unlocking his daughter’s love of the theatre. So they rebuilt their friendship and can’t deny the growing spark between them.The complexity about Emily’s past and the letters from her mother and the flashbacks to the summer she fell pregnant with Emily bring a depth and touch of intrigue to the story. I really enjoyed these parts of the book and it’s the perfect offset to the romance, alongside Hollis’ relationship with his daughter. If For Any Reason is a delightful novel, with a touch of mystery, plenty of joy and a big heart. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely phenomenal! Review to come!Dear reader friend,I'm writing this to you not even 24 hours after finishing IF FOR ANY REASON and I have so many thoughts about it. Mainly I'm wondering why this beautiful story had to end and how could Courtney Walsh write something so perfectly?This is a story about secrets and the past and fear and faith and family and home. It was a moving story of hurt and hope and love. It wasn't easy to read in some places because it really hit home for me. But in Absolutely phenomenal! Review to come!Dear reader friend,I'm writing this to you not even 24 hours after finishing IF FOR ANY REASON and I have so many thoughts about it. Mainly I'm wondering why this beautiful story had to end and how could Courtney Walsh write something so perfectly?This is a story about secrets and the past and fear and faith and family and home. It was a moving story of hurt and hope and love. It wasn't easy to read in some places because it really hit home for me. But in the end of all that difficulty, this story was worth every tear shed while reading it. I don't think I've ever read a book that hit as close to home as this one. I don't think I've ever read a book with a message that needs to be communicated more than this one. Life is hard and full of fear and it's so, so easy to run from that fear and protect ourselves from the pain. But when we walk through that pain and fear, there is beauty like never before on the other side. The pain in life is worth it because of the beauty on the other side. That is one of the many things IF FOR ANY REASON taught me. This book will forever have a place in my heart ❤️And, readers, if for any reason you come across this book and get a chance to read it, please do so! I have a feeling you won't regret it. Love, Kathryn
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  • Inspirationalfictionreader
    January 1, 1970
    If for Any Reason by Courtney Walsh tells the story of both Isabelle and her daughter Emily. Both stories take you on an emotional and sometimes tragic journey, but leave you with a feeling of hope and the possibility of second chances.I really liked the time-slip aspect of this story. It was a great way to know Isabelles story without just telling us about it. I also enjoyed the epistolary parts of this story. They showed Isabelles own thoughts and became somewhat of a guide for her daughter, If for Any Reason by Courtney Walsh tells the story of both Isabelle and her daughter Emily. Both stories take you on an emotional and sometimes tragic journey, but leave you with a feeling of hope and the possibility of second chances.I really liked the time-slip aspect of this story. It was a great way to know Isabelle’s story without just telling us about it. I also enjoyed the epistolary parts of this story. They showed Isabelle’s own thoughts and became somewhat of a guide for her daughter, Emily. One of my favorite parts of this story was when one of the character’s showed true and complete forgiveness when he wasn’t asked to ~ if only we could all be like that! I did have a few issues though. Life can sometimes get hard, especially when we do and say careless things, but that doesn’t give us the right to just run away from our responsibilities. Without going into details, there were things that the characters said and did that were clearly wrong. While they may have felt bad, there was no repentance and the faith message was not clear enough to explain that these actions were sins against God. I really struggled with this.While I did have a few issues with this book, I do seem to be in the minority. So, if you’re looking for a story with more mature topics and life situations that shows what true forgiveness can look like, this may be the story for you.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  •  The Flipped Page (Susan K)
    January 1, 1970
    Romance, clean; mild faith elementsMore of a 4.5 for me as a reader. Emily story her past present and we get a glimpse at her new future, is a sweet, introspective, romantic lovely read. Her past with her mother, grandparents and the bits of her father that she knows, collide in the present when secrets start coming to light. Second chances for many people. Hollis' worries with regard to his daughter, his want for Emily, lovely, hurting, wondering, and romantic as the tender, soft spoken, and Romance, clean; mild faith elementsMore of a 4.5 for me as a reader. Emily story her past present and we get a glimpse at her new future, is a sweet, introspective, romantic lovely read. Her past with her mother, grandparents and the bits of her father that she knows, collide in the present when secrets start coming to light. Second chances for many people. Hollis' worries with regard to his daughter, his want for Emily, lovely, hurting, wondering, and romantic as the tender, soft spoken, and kind man is trying to figure out his present after bumbling his past as he navigated his career as a professional baseball player. His parents' tender, romantic and family center marriage is an example to both Hollis and Emily. Strong characters, beautifully peaceful setting, and moving backstories for both MC made this a strong read for me.As a house is renovated, and a play is scheduled, they both find bits of themselves, fix the present, and create a lovely future for themselves. Time is the best gift of all, and the words expressed by the heart so lovely to see as they heal the bitter wounds of Emily and Hollis' pasts and weave their hearts together.Lovely, cathartic, reflective, beautifully romantic read, and gorgeous setting on Nantucket.I think this is one of my favorite books I have ever read of C.W. Truly a masterfully created story that will resonate in your heart for a long time after reading it. I know I will re-read this to savor this story and gather bits I missed on my first voracious read through. Hard to put down, and definitely wanting more of this story. It was hard to stop turning the pages.I received an ARC from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. My opinions are my own.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    " . . .sometimes you have to lose everything in order to figure out what's really important. Not an easy lesson to learn. Especially because I hadn't put any time into the things that mattered. . . . "The things that mattered, the hard things, the real things. Emily Ackerman has returned to her grandparents' summer home feeling like she has managed to lose everything that she once dreamed about accomplishing; traveling, performing, staging, producing . . . all that remains is a lonely, " . . .sometimes you have to lose everything in order to figure out what's really important. Not an easy lesson to learn. Especially because I hadn't put any time into the things that mattered. . . . "The things that mattered, the hard things, the real things. Emily Ackerman has returned to her grandparents' summer home feeling like she has managed to lose everything that she once dreamed about accomplishing; traveling, performing, staging, producing . . . all that remains is a lonely, dilapidated cottage on the island of Nantucket. A place which once held her best memories, and tragically; her worst. Tucking a book of letters written by her deceased mother back into her purse, Emily is determined to rennovate and evacuate; never imagining that the boy next door would re-appear. Hollis McGuire, a retired baseball star; all grown up, and with a pre-teen daughter in tow. My, my, so he has secrets, too. It's almost impossible to encapsulate the depth of this story; the author has created living, breathing characters who have an immediate, palpable connection; they share page space with family members who have made irrevocable mistakes . . . . but deserve grace, their pasts hiding secrets that deserve to see the light of day. It's all there, wrapped up beautifully within a young woman's dream of belonging, when in fact she already does.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    The letters between Emily and her late mother provided a fresh twist on a tried-and-true plot device. Allowing readers to experience Isabelle and JD's story through the letters and also in a few well-placed scenes throughout the novel added a richer layer to If for Any Reason. Emily's reliance on the letter as both a link to her mom and a compass for her life choices made for interesting reading.Real life is messy and the struggles and setbacks humans often encounter are carefully examined in The letters between Emily and her late mother provided a fresh twist on a tried-and-true plot device. Allowing readers to experience Isabelle and JD's story through the letters and also in a few well-placed scenes throughout the novel added a richer layer to If for Any Reason. Emily's reliance on the letter as both a link to her mom and a compass for her life choices made for interesting reading.Real life is messy and the struggles and setbacks humans often encounter are carefully examined in this novel. Second chances after personal and professional failures, acknowledging deception, asking forgiveness, and overcoming fear are consistent themes. Walsh does an excellent job of creating a story line that resonates with readers. I feel readers will relate to the characters' faith journeys as well.My favorite aspect of If for Any Reason is the hero, Hollis. Super swoon worthy! Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. The pace in the first half was a bit slow for my liking. Hollis kept me reading though and I'm so glad because the second half is fantastic.
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  • Denise Hershberger
    January 1, 1970
    Walsh is one of my favorite authors and this book is no exception. I adored this book and have read my ARC twice already!Emily's mantra throughout this book is "I can do hard things." I know that might seem cliche to some but it really is truth and it resonated with me through the whole book.Often as I read a book I fall more in love with one character than any other - but in this book I really connected with a lot of the characters. I loved the setting of Nantucket and really loved all the Walsh is one of my favorite authors and this book is no exception. I adored this book and have read my ARC twice already!Emily's mantra throughout this book is "I can do hard things." I know that might seem cliche to some but it really is truth and it resonated with me through the whole book.Often as I read a book I fall more in love with one character than any other - but in this book I really connected with a lot of the characters. I loved the setting of Nantucket and really loved all the theatre parts in the story. Walsh's own personal experience and love for theatre was evident in this book and only made it better. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves theatre because while it isn't the main event it is vital to the story.I love how realistically flawed the characters are. Each of the main characters is dealing with one or more difficulties in life. The moments of spiritual insight in the book are beautiful and the unconditional love examples that imitate God's love for us between the characters was amazing.Books are an escape but sometime they also teach us and this one is perfect for learning to forgive and move on with life and love.The romance in this book was fantastic. So many great kisses and numerous deep and heartfelt conversations. I felt tingles more than once!I received an advanced copy of this book through the publisher. This is my honest review.
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  • Lyndsey Huckaby
    January 1, 1970
    Ive been a fan of Courtney Walsh for many years.. she writes complex family struggles and sweet love stories with people who feel real and spiritual struggles that I can and have identified with. Thus, when she announced last year that this one was on the way, I knew Id be reading it ASAP.The main characters in this story grew up together on the little island of Nantucket, went their own ways and had their times in the spotlight, and are now adults and back on Nantucket with difficulties and I’ve been a fan of Courtney Walsh for many years.. she writes complex family struggles and sweet love stories with people who feel real and spiritual struggles that I can and have identified with. Thus, when she announced last year that this one was on the way, I knew I’d be reading it ASAP.The main characters in this story grew up together on the little island of Nantucket, went their own ways and had their times in the spotlight, and are now adults and back on Nantucket with difficulties and shadows in their past that of which they are not proud to share.Emily has a journal of notes from her deceased mother, and she aims to live by them to accomplish “hard things,” and grow into the woman that her mother had hoped she’d be; however, her childhood friend and retired professional baseball star, Hollis helps her realize that sometimes she has to try hard things on her own strength. Hollis has a daughter whom he is striving to get to know, and Emily is the key to helping him connect with his theater-loving Jolie.This heartwarming story is written in the perfect setting: a warm, breezy beach on Nantucket. I felt transported there while reading, and Courtney expertly writes characters that are easy to identify with, and also impossible not to cheer for. Excellent read! This might be my favorite @courtneywalsh novel thus far.... 💛 it’s out tomorrow, but available on Amazon today! 🎉 thank you so much Courtney and Tyndale House for this #gifted copy (and Netgalley for the eARC) in exchange for an honest review! #IfForAnyReason #CourtneyWalsh #TyndaleHouse #Netgalley
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  • Jaycee Weaver
    January 1, 1970
    Goodness. What a rich story, full of complexities. Im hesitant to get too detailed in my review because I really dont want to leave any inadvertent spoilers! The primary story with Hollis and Emily was exactly what Ive come to expect from Courtney Walshcomplicated pasts, misguided life choices, regrets, and a sweet love story with a hero who stands faithful and true. Then theres the slight time slip with Isabelle and JDs teenage history, whichwow. I love JD. I keep reading reviews gushing on Goodness. What a rich story, full of complexities. I’m hesitant to get too detailed in my review because I really don’t want to leave any inadvertent spoilers! The primary story with Hollis and Emily was exactly what I’ve come to expect from Courtney Walsh—complicated pasts, misguided life choices, regrets, and a sweet love story with a hero who stands faithful and true. Then there’s the slight time slip with Isabelle and JD’s teenage history, which—wow. I love JD. I keep reading reviews gushing on Hollis, but I just have to give JD some recognition. Yes, he and Isabelle made a poor choice that had far-reaching consequences. But every time, every step of the way, he wanted to do what was right and simply love Isabelle with all that he had. Sacrifice is what love really is, and Ms. Walsh knows how to write heroes who do this well. Some have criticized the faith threads through the story as somehow lacking. I’d like to remind readers that faith is an imperfect, individual journey that never looks the same for any two people. Hollis is stronger and further along in his, but is still growing into the man of God he has the potential to become. Emily’s struggle is poignant and realistic and flawed, but there is so much hope there, and we can be confident that she has a lot of life left to get it worked out.*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    'So much for believing God was really going to be there for her this time.'After suffering a huge professional failure and going broke, Emily Ackerman comes back to the little Nantucket island she lived on as a child. Her grandfather has died and left her their cottage and she plans on renovating it and selling it. She discovers that her childhood friend, Hollis McGuire, is staying next door with his family. With his 12 year old daughter. Hollis's baseball career has ended and he's trying to 'So much for believing God was really going to be there for her this time.'After suffering a huge professional failure and going broke, Emily Ackerman comes back to the little Nantucket island she lived on as a child. Her grandfather has died and left her their cottage and she plans on renovating it and selling it. She discovers that her childhood friend, Hollis McGuire, is staying next door with his family. With his 12 year old daughter. Hollis's baseball career has ended and he's trying to connect with his daughter but not being very successful at it. Soon Emily discovers shocking secrets about her mother's fatal car accident 18 years ago but nobody will talk to her. Her world has just taken a nose dive and she keeps reading the series of letters her mother wrote to her when she was small. Can she get past all this and build a life for herself and stop running?Courtney Walsh knows how to engage her readers' hearts. Always has. I was rooting for Emily all through the book. And Hollis's daughter Jolie is so precious. And Walsh made me want to visit Nantucket so much! Walsh takes us on a journey of love, heartbreak, faith and new beginnings. Recommended.*My thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions here are entirely my own.
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  • Rebekah Millet
    January 1, 1970
    Wow wow wow! Talk about a whopper of a book! At the heart of the story is Emily, and the letters from her deceased mom that has guided her life. Courtney Walsh knit together a wonderful story from there, including showing how Emilys parents met (through a fabulous split timeline that really pulled me in). The present-day hero, Hollis, was a testament to how God can change people, no matter how far theyve fallen. The emotions and faith elements in this novel were spectacular. I hope Courtney Wow wow wow! Talk about a whopper of a book! At the heart of the story is Emily, and the letters from her deceased mom that has guided her life. Courtney Walsh knit together a wonderful story from there, including showing how Emily’s parents met (through a fabulous split timeline that really pulled me in). The present-day hero, Hollis, was a testament to how God can change people, no matter how far they’ve fallen. The emotions and faith elements in this novel were spectacular. I hope Courtney Walsh brings us back to Nantucket in future books, because it was the perfect place to visit.
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  • Ashley Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    If For Any Reason is set in charming Nantucket and showcases the quaint summer vacation town to its fullest. This story does not shy away from the hard or messy things of life. Courtney Walsh dives head first into the range of emotions that are stirred up when Emily Ackerman returns to Nantucket and the past is unearthed. I think one of the things that is great about this book is that it shows that everyone has flaws. People make good and bad decisions and the consequences are sometimes far If For Any Reason is set in charming Nantucket and showcases the quaint summer vacation town to it’s fullest. This story does not shy away from the hard or messy things of life. Courtney Walsh dives head first into the range of emotions that are stirred up when Emily Ackerman returns to Nantucket and the past is unearthed. I think one of the things that is great about this book is that it shows that everyone has flaws. People make good and bad decisions and the consequences are sometimes far reaching. As the past is uncovered in this story and answers come to light, these characters have to really dig deep and decide how to deal with their relationships and how to move forward. While I didn’t love a lot of the characters or their decisions in this book, I felt like the author wasn’t afraid to show that life decisions are complicated and not everyone gets it right the first time. However, there was also forgiveness and an acknowledgement of wrongs which allowed these characters to move past some of the hard things. If you are looking for a contemporary romance with more of a serious tone then you should check this book out.*I was given a copy of this book by the author/publisher, however I was not required to write an positive review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
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  • Abbi
    January 1, 1970
    If For Any Reason, I loved this title and the way it played into the story. When I first heard it, it sounded a bit strange but I didnt think much about it. Then as the story of this book started to unfold it made complete sense and I loved it.Courtney Walsh knows how to put her characters through the hard things in life and she writes in such a beautiful way that their pain, struggles, and emotions become yours. I always connect with her characters in a way that I dont often do and its honestly “If For Any Reason”, I loved this title and the way it played into the story. When I first heard it, it sounded a bit strange but I didn’t think much about it. Then as the story of this book started to unfold it made complete sense and I loved it.Courtney Walsh knows how to put her characters through the hard things in life and she writes in such a beautiful way that their pain, struggles, and emotions become yours. I always connect with her characters in a way that I don’t often do and it’s honestly beautiful. This was definitely the case with Emily and Hollis. Emily was such a broken character, she had lost so much and built so many walls and my heart honestly broke for her. But I loved watching her journey to healing and finding where she belonged. And Hollis, while it was his own choices that led him to where he was he’s deep remorse and dedication to being better was enough to endear him to me. I also loved the quiet way he broke down Emily’s walls and showed her unconditional love. I really enjoyed the way their relationship played out and how real they were able to be with each other.Jolie was a sweet kid and the author did a great job of writing an authentic preteen who was still likable! I also loved Hollis’s family!The setting of this story was beautiful and the escape to Nantucket was exactly what I needed on these dreary winter days!If you like fiction with a lot of heart, tender romance, and emotions that reach deep then I cannot recommend this book enough!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Robin Hatcher
    January 1, 1970
    Warm and inviting, If for Any Reason is a delightful read. I fell in love with the characters and with my time in Nantucket. Dont miss this one.P.S. I absolutely loved the letters from mother to daughter. They melted my heart. Warm and inviting, If for Any Reason is a delightful read. I fell in love with the characters and with my time in Nantucket. Don’t miss this one.P.S. I absolutely loved the letters from mother to daughter. They melted my heart.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I think that this book is a wonderful read. This is also my first Walsh read. I wasn't disappointed at all! This is a beautiful story of past mistakes, hurt, second chances and forgiveness and you can also throw a little truth in there as well. All of it very nicely written. Just a perfect blend for everything included. Sometimes it takes going back to your hometown to "find" yourself again that and other circumstances that brings Emily Ackerman home again. I really found myself loving Emily the I think that this book is a wonderful read. This is also my first Walsh read. I wasn't disappointed at all! This is a beautiful story of past mistakes, hurt, second chances and forgiveness and you can also throw a little truth in there as well. All of it very nicely written. Just a perfect blend for everything included. Sometimes it takes going back to your hometown to "find" yourself again that and other circumstances that brings Emily Ackerman home again. I really found myself loving Emily the moment she stepped off the ferry boat. I think that the one thing I can relate to Emily is theater. I've played at an Opera House and been down in the orchestra pit so to speak. The theater has an awesome presence that you'll not want to leave even if you don't want to. Which I certainly didn't but I didn't have any choice in that matter. It broke my heart. There's just something about working with the actors,actresses and especially the music. I'm thankful that God blessed me with that. I wished the orchestra director hadn't gotten too big for his pants if you know what I mean. Reading this sweet book took me back to that place and time. Thank you Courtney.I am also thankful to get to go back to Nantucket again. Through my reading of course.It's a wonderful place to visit. I didn't want to leave after I finished this book. Makes me actually want to go there! I loved imaging myself with Emily and Hollis. Jolie of course is just so adorable! I think what I really liked was that Walsh didn't write her characters like they were perfect in every way. I loved that they were flawed and I enjoyed "watching" them learning to heal through hope and love.I just wanted to remind everyone that secrets doesn't keep forever. At least most times they don't. They do have a way of coming out and sometimes ruining everything for us. But, only if we let it. I believe that is where forgiveness comes in. I wanted to give Emily a hug more times than one let me tell you. I even found myself praying that she'll overcome the things that life has thrown at her. I was rooting for her all the way!! I highly recommend this book. Walsh tends to throw some super surprises in as well! Especially when you aren't expecting them! I'm a forever fan of Courtney Walsh and I look forward to reading more from her. My thanks to Netgalley for a complimentary copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    January 1, 1970
    IF FOR ANY REASON is a poignant story of loss, family, choices, and love. It takes place in the summer on Nantucket and time is split between the past and present (although mostly in the present) as a daughter tries to find her way without her mother. Definitely recommended to inspirational contemporary romance fans!I love this author's writing style and the characters she creates that always pull on my heart! This story is no exception. Both Emily and Hollis (as well as Hollis's daughter Jolie) IF FOR ANY REASON is a poignant story of loss, family, choices, and love. It takes place in the summer on Nantucket and time is split between the past and present (although mostly in the present) as a daughter tries to find her way without her mother. Definitely recommended to inspirational contemporary romance fans!I love this author's writing style and the characters she creates that always pull on my heart! This story is no exception. Both Emily and Hollis (as well as Hollis's daughter Jolie) all stole my heart almost from the start. I do have to admit that I was quite frustrated with Emily in many places in this story because she's not living her own dreams and she lets fear rule her, but I also understood it. I loved Hollis so much! This guy with his boy-next-door, best-friend persona, but also his charm, his willingness to work hard and to try to find redemption for his mistakes... I loved his character so much! He was a safe place for Emily to land, but also for his daughter if he could just figure things out and she'd let him in. Hollis's family were also fantastic as was the location. Then there was Emily's grandmother... goodness that woman needed more of her ice to thaw!There was also the secondary story in the past with Emily's mother that added an extra component to this story as it unfolded. It felt nostalgic and I liked the picture it created to help me understand Emily's mom and grandmother. I had a love/hate relationship with the letters. I liked them, but I felt some of them didn't quite feel completely genuine, and I felt like Emily relied on them too much with her experience and age. Otherwise, the letters were a sweet part of this story. The romance for this story was perfect. There were challenges and tension, but also this genuine sweetness founded on these characters' past friendship. There were also some swoon-worthy moments.In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and am looking forward to more from this author. Memorable characters, an interwoven message of faith, interesting family dynamics, a bit of mystery, and the sweetest romance made this story well worth the read.Content: Once closed-door love scene relevant to the story.Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    If for Any Reason by [Walsh, Courtney]In this book, If for Any ReasonI, Courtney Walsh goes to Nantucket. Emily Ackerman has inherited her grandfather's house, so this means she must go to a place that she has not been in 18 years. While there, she finds her friend from when she was a child, Hollis McGuire, a former professional baseball player. Emily also uses her time here to find answers about her mother's death many years ago.I love the story of Emily's late mother. The reader is taken on a If for Any Reason by [Walsh, Courtney]In this book, If for Any ReasonI, Courtney Walsh goes to Nantucket. Emily Ackerman has inherited her grandfather's house, so this means she must go to a place that she has not been in 18 years. While there, she finds her friend from when she was a child, Hollis McGuire, a former professional baseball player. Emily also uses her time here to find answers about her mother's death many years ago.I love the story of Emily's late mother. The reader is taken on a trip through time from the years 1989 to 2001, when Emily was a teenager through young adult. The love that was there from her mother was undoubted and was evidenced in the letters the mother wrote to her. I recommend this book to lovers of contemporary Christian romance or anyone who enjoys Courtney Walsh's books. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Courtney Walsh excels at taking well-developed, complex characters through the paces of self-realization, making peace, and falling in love against a backdrop of interesting minor characters, and, in this case, a beautiful oceanside setting.Hollis is a guy who's made big mistakes but remains lovable in his desire to make those mistakes right. It's hard not to empathize with Emily, who's lost so much and is desperately trying to live the life she *thinks* her deceased mother wants for her. The Courtney Walsh excels at taking well-developed, complex characters through the paces of self-realization, making peace, and falling in love against a backdrop of interesting minor characters, and, in this case, a beautiful oceanside setting.Hollis is a guy who's made big mistakes but remains lovable in his desire to make those mistakes right. It's hard not to empathize with Emily, who's lost so much and is desperately trying to live the life she *thinks* her deceased mother wants for her. The story is helped by glimpses of her mother's life and how the present situation came about.A gem of a contemporary Christian romance!
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    A perfectly, beautiful journey to the island of Nantucket. This story will carry you along as you discover the beauty of honesty, love, and forgiveness. These characters will leave you wanting more and just may teach you something about yourself. I loved everything about this story from beginning to end and am hoping there may be a sequel! And...I've discovered I'd love to make my way to Nantucket some day!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed A perfectly, beautiful journey to the island of Nantucket. This story will carry you along as you discover the beauty of honesty, love, and forgiveness. These characters will leave you wanting more and just may teach you something about yourself. I loved everything about this story from beginning to end and am hoping there may be a sequel! And...I've discovered I'd love to make my way to Nantucket some day!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Jaci (Ms. Darcy Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Once again Walsh offers up a sweet romance with startling depth! I enjoy her lighthearted writing style that offers life lessons. If for Any Reason asks whose dreams are we following? God's? Ours? Parents? The book transports you to a Nantucket summer and the fun of spending summer at the beach. Walsh features kids theater, house renovations, paddle boarding, and the wealth discrepancy.
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  • Jen Newendyke
    January 1, 1970
    Courtney Walsh is one of my favorite authors, and she does not disappoint with her new book! I love that Emily's story is interspersed with the letters from her mom, and chapters that go back in time to show us glimpses of her mother's life. Hollis and Emilys friendship developed beautifully, as they got reacquainted and began to fall for each other. Jolie, Hollis' daughter, added sweet, tender, and thought-provoking moments, both for Hollis and Emily and for us as readers. Hollis and Emily each Courtney Walsh is one of my favorite authors, and she does not disappoint with her new book! I love that Emily's story is interspersed with the letters from her mom, and chapters that go back in time to show us glimpses of her mother's life. Hollis and Emily’s friendship developed beautifully, as they got reacquainted and began to fall for each other. Jolie, Hollis' daughter, added sweet, tender, and thought-provoking moments, both for Hollis and Emily and for us as readers. Hollis and Emily each came to Nantucket facing their own challenges, and I loved how they challenged each other and encouraged each other to grow. After tragedy and failure, Emily vowed to take her mother’s advice and protect her heart, running away before anyone could get too close. But Hollis (and Jolie) slipped through her defenses and helped her realize life is so much richer when you give your heart to someone who will take care of it, even when it means taking risks. I loved Emily's story of finding what she was meant to do in an unlikely way, and Hollis' story of connecting with his daughter and finally being the father she needed. This poignant, heartfelt story is quintessential Courtney Walsh, with her signature layered plot and rich characters - a must-read for any fan of contemporary romance!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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