Book Review

Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh

Sometimes you read a book and turn the last page and say, “That was lovely, but it did not really speak to my heart.” This is NOT what happened to me with Just Look Up. 

Wow, talk about a reality check and this book helped me see some things from a different perspective. Author Courtney Walsh shines a light on some timely issues, such as ambition, a frenzied busy pace of life, and the need to constantly be connected to the interweb. 

I fell in love with these characters, especially the hunky construction guy, Ryan Brookes who treats Lane with love and care, and a ton of patience. This story had some unpredictable twists and turns and I simply HAD TO READ IT ALL IN ONE SITTING. A girl has gotta know what is going to happen next!

I was cheering Lane on and at other times wanting to shake her and tell her to see herself through Ryan’s eyes. I love the character development of both main characters.

This is the first book I have read by Courtney Walsh, but I had already heard such great things about her books. Boy! Totally loved Just Look Up and days after I finished it I was still thinking about the themes and lessons reflected in this gem.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and my opinion is my own



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―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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Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theater director, and playwright. Change of Heart is her fifth novel and is set in the same town as Paper Hearts. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. She has written two additional books in the Sweethaven series, as well as two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives in Illinois where she and her husband own a performing and visual arts studio. They have three children. Visit her online at


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Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.

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