Book Review

Book Review: If For Any Reason (Nantucket Love Story #1) by Courtney Walsh

Rating: ★★★★
Audience: Contemporary Romance
Length: 408 pages
Author: Courtney Walsh
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Release Date: February 3rd, 2020
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads


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.


Sometimes I feel like I need more to say in my tag line about why you should read this review, and then read this book. But other times, a good read, is just truly where it stands. I enjoyed this book. I want to read the next one. Those are good things!!

This does read a bit more Christian fiction / Women’s fiction and then add some romance in there. That was my only struggle with it because it was a much slower paced nature for everything I was trying to follow. I liked the character growth of everyone involved (except for Grandma, I’m still salty there) and how time changes perspectives.

I loooove multi-POV romance reads and you betcha this was fantastic getting both Emily and Hollis’s sides as their relationship grew. I did feel more attached to the other romance weaving through with the flashbacks. I spent plenty of time on the edge of my seat then up in my feels over how things fell apart.

There’s a lot to unpack here and I loved the way God was woven into the story. I would be experiencing many of the same emotions as these characters were in these situations. While frustrated with some of the decisions they at least felt authentic to the plot. Can’t wait to read the next book!

Overall audience notes:

  • Christian Fiction / Romance
  • Language: very little
  • Romance: kisses
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: loss of a mother (by a car accident), parental abandonment, depression/guilt

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