A brief summary from Courtney Walsh:
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.
Lane Kelley is a force to be reckoned with, both in her professional and personal life. In fact, she’s fast tracked her way as a front runner for her company’s new creative director role, a role she’s worked night and day for over the past few years. With nerves rising, Lane prepares to start the presentation that will surely land her the dream career she’s been waiting for. A dream job nothing can stop. Except for a phone call. One that details a terrible accident involving her favorite brother. A phone call that ends in urgency to come home that day. But Lane hasn’t been home in years, since she left for college and the pain of her past is almost too much to bear returning, even for her favorite brother.
After his final overseas tour of duty, Ryan Brooks has once again settled down back home, taking on a new career renovating houses to bring much-needed tourism to the community. But someone is missing from his life, the girl he’s loved since he was a young boy, Lane. Upon seeing her return, Ryan can’t help but flirt his way to her side, aiming to break down those barriers Lane has erected around her heart. But as the past slowly reveals its painful self, Lane and Ryan must decide what is truly important in life.
I love a good contemporary novel and Courtney Walsh writes the kind that makes you swoon with anticipation. Just Look Up is a modern-day call to move beyond the screens in front of our faces and live in the moment, the life before us. Lane’s phone basically runs her life, and every time the book mentioned a ring, beep, or tweet, my thoughts immediately went to my Dad saying, “the baby is crying!” a phrase he says quite often when my phone’s noisy self blows up when visiting my folks. In fact, I’m kind of disgraced at how much time my phone says I spend on it…and to add how much time I spend on the computer, netflix, iPad, etc etc…well, I think I might need to take Ryan’s advice to turn them off and stick them in the back pocket on ignore. Just Look Up is a sweet romance and I loved reading about Lane and Ryan, and their journey to decide what is truly important in life. Grab a copy of this novel today and enjoy some non-screen time. 🙂
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.