Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Just Let Go (Harbor Pointe #2) by Courtney Walsh {Review}

Just Let Go (Harbor Pointe #2) by Courtney Walsh
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Tyndale House Publishers
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced by this. 

For Quinn Collins, buying the flower shop in downtown Harbor Pointe fulfills a childhood dream, but also gives her the chance to stick it to her mom, who owned the store before skipping town twenty years ago and never looking back. Completing much-needed renovations, however, while also competing for a prestigious flower competition with her mother as the head judge, soon has Quinn in over her head. Not that she'd ever ask for help.

Luckily, she may not need to. Quinn's father and his meddling friends find the perfect solution in notorious Olympic skier Grady Benson, who had only planned on passing through the old-fashioned lakeside town. But when a heated confrontation leads to property damage, helping Quinn as a community-service sentence seems like the quickest way out--and the best way to avoid more negative press.

Quinn finds Grady reckless and entitled; he thinks she's uptight and too regimented. Yet as the two begin to hammer and saw, Quinn sees glimpses of the vulnerability behind the bravado, and Grady learns from her passion and determination, qualities he seems to have lost along the way. But when a well-intentioned omission has devastating consequences, Grady finds himself cast out of town--and Quinn's life--possibly forever. Forced to face the hurt holding her back, Quinn must finally let go or risk missing out on the adventure of a lifetime.

Includes discussion questions.

My Review: 5 Stars

I love watching the Olympics and often wonder about the high-profiled lives some of those athletes lead--especially the ones who are the rebels. Grady finds himself stuck in small-town Michigan one winter and the timing couldn't be worse. It's do or die with his career and a judge decides he needs to learn a lesson. The small-town feels and quirkiness really shine through and it was fun to see all of that through Grady's eyes.

It's so enjoyable to watch a character soften, become more likable, and start to live up to true potential. I must admit that I didn't care for Grady too much at first, as he was really cocky. Quinn is a sweetheart, but almost too rigid in her personality and tolerance of others, but she's got a heartbreaking past of her own. They are polar opposites and so good for each other.

There are so many risks taken and I loved watching the characters try, because if you don't try, you can't fly. There are some unexpected moments that really twisted my heart up and so much emotion--I smiled, I cried, and I really felt the hope of second chances.  

Content: mild romance; vague mention of past intimacies/innuendo; mild violence; moderate religious elements

1 comment:

  1. I thought this novel was 100% beautiful! So many good lessons and poignant situations. Plus, it was precisely the kind of story/reminder I needed. :)