Saturday, June 30, 2018

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh

About the Book

Title: Just Let Go  
Author: Courtney Walsh  
Release Date: June 5, 2018  
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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.


My Thoughts

If ever a story swept me up and wouldn’t let go, it’s Courtney Walsh’s new release, Just Let Go. Walsh is one of those outstanding contemporary writers who pack lots of complexity beneath the surface of what looks like a simple opposites-attract romance, leaving you questioning if they will ever get together. Well written, with snappy dialogue and subtle humor, Just Let Go thoroughly entertains.

The setting of Harbor Pointe, Michigan, is a draw in itself, for who wouldn’t want to visit the quaint shops, meet even a few of the memorable characters, and attend the winter carnival? As for Grady and Quinn … these two might seem to be totally incompatible at first, but as the novel progresses, we begin to see that they are not so different.

At least if her mother had died, she wouldn’t have to
wonder what she’d done to drive away the woman
she thought was supposed to love her unconditionally.
- Quinn

Even though Grady at first comes off as prideful, short tempered, and reckless, hints as to his troubled past are revealed early on, drawing me to him. Quinn, with her obsessive goal to win at the Michigan Floral Expo, equated that as the only way to secure her mother’s attention – a mother who had abandoned Quinn in the past. Romance fans will find the chemistry between these two absolutely delightful!

Stories of redemption and beginning anew are so rewarding to read, walking beside Grady and Quinn and identifying with their struggles and victories. The title also has a deeper meaning that led me to reflect on things that I possibly need to let go of spiritually, something that readers should easily connect with.

Highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

About the Author

Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. 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 more books in the Sweethaven series, as well as two craft books and several full-length musicals. 

Courtney lives in Illinois with her husband and three children. Visit her online at


To celebrate her tour, Courtney Walsh is giving away a grand prize of a library of Courtney Walsh’s books and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Click the image above or the link below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! Contest ends July 11.

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  1. I can't wait to read Just Let Go. Thank you for this giveaway opportunity.

  2. Thank you for the review and another look at that gorgeous cover. I’m putting this on my TBR wish list.

  3. Sounds like a fascinating story. I liked the description of the book.