If for Any Reason

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 ....

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Title:If for Any Reason
Author:Courtney Walsh
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If for Any Reason Reviews

  • Amy

    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.

  • Courtney Clark

    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.

  • Nicole

    Originally posted on

    Courtney Walsh takes readers on a breathtaking journey to the beautiful island of Nantucket in her latest contemporary romance novel,

    . 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

    Courtney Walsh takes readers on a breathtaking journey to the beautiful island of Nantucket in her latest contemporary romance novel,

    . 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

    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.

    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.

  • Kara

    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.

  • Madison

    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

  • Toni Shiloh

    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.

  • Jodie

    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.

  • Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)

    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!⁣

  • Staci

    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.

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    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

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

    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.

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