Just Look Up (Harbor Pointe #1) by Courtney Walsh

Just Look Up (Harbor Pointe #1)

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...


Details Just Look Up (Harbor Pointe #1)

TitleJust Look Up (Harbor Pointe #1)
ISBN9781496421487
Author
Release DateJul 4th, 2017
PublisherTyndale House Publishers
LanguageEnglish
GenreChristian Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Christian, Fiction, Christian Romance
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Reviews Just Look Up (Harbor Pointe #1)

  • Hannah
    1970-01-01
    I really connected easily with these characters and enjoyed every moment of this story. I've known people who felt like Lane did...an outsider in their own family. Not just any family to feel alone in, either—five kids and many honorary kids, because her parents had huge hearts and wanted to help all sorts of people. But Lane is so different, and all she can see are the differences, and the pain of having been teased in school mercilessly (and ...
  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    1970-01-01
    Y’all.This book.It purse whomped ME in the best possible way.A heroine who is so attached to her work, to her dreams, that she’s more stressed about missing her deadline than she is about the family emergency that called her away. A heroine who deals with body image issues, anxiety issues, and may need to be surgically separated from her smart phone.Oh my goodness, y’all. I related to Lane on so many levels.And then there’s Ryan Brooks. C...
  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    1970-01-01
    The title of this book is absolutely perfect! The story portrays a powerful theme of the importance of looking up from technology or the busyness of the daily grind to cultivate our relationships with those around us, appreciate the beauty of life, and take time for peaceful moments. A deeper theme is looking up to God for help with accomplishing this, even through our struggles and difficult times. Lane is flawed but easy to relate to. She has m...
  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    1970-01-01
    Hmm . . . I have conflicting thoughts on this . . . While it was an interesting story, I have issues with the romance and how things played out in relation to that. I loved the Michigan setting! While this definitely wasn't my favorite, I am still interested to read more by Walsh.
  • Toni Shiloh
    1970-01-01
    Y'all, Just Look Up maybe my favorite Courtney Walsh book. I know that's hard to believe because Paper Hearts is phenomenal (not to mention her others), but I'm picking Just Look Up because I literally devoured it.From the moment I read the opening line I was hook. Ms. Walsh effectively created tension on the very first page. I knew something was coming, but what? Side note: I don't read blurbs, unless I have to.Every part in the story crea...
  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    1970-01-01
    I am a fan of Walsh's. After reading her first three books, Sweethaven series. So I was so excited to read Just Look Up.A book of Forgiveness and Family and a sweet romance that you are sure to fall in love with the characters. I would love to visit Brooks cabins and I would love to be part of Lane's family dinners each week.I felt like I was living in the pages of this book as I watched great things unfold on the pages right in front of me.I lov...
  • Chantel
    1970-01-01
    This book was so good and thoughtful! Just Look Up is easily one of top books I've read this year! I really just love the concept and the people in this story. Sometimes it's so easy get so caught up with the rush of life and the demands that it has, that we forget to slow down and take time to enjoy the life God has given us.Lane was such a good character to relate to and learn from. There were so many things that hit home for me as I read this ...
  • Katie W
    1970-01-01
    (4.5 Stars) How many times in life do we get so focused on ourselves that we can't see what's really important? I know for me, it happens more often than I'd like it to. Lane is a very successful career woman, but an accident that leaves her brother in a coma sends her home--a place where she's never felt like she belongs. My heart cracked a little bit for Lane, even though at first, I didn't really understand why, especially because she's one of...
  • Staci
    1970-01-01
    I was super excited to read this novel after hearing a lot of positive buzz. Around 20% in though, I was thinking "what is all the fuss about?". And then...the writing pulled me in with the tension and stress that Lane was going through. And the banter between Ryan and Lane was wonderful. This was a cute novel with an important message.
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    " . . . a place to belong . . . . it had been there all along . . . But she had never looked up . . . . "For all intents and purposes, Lane Kelly is super-glued to her high profile interior design career in Chicago; answering every text, posting on every blog, keeping up with the competition and its incessant chatter on social media, all in hopes of "making it", proving to herself and others that she is somehow worthy of their admiration. When a ...
  • Holly
    1970-01-01
    This was a pleasant surprise. When I read the description I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it. I ended up really liking it, A LOT! I think part of it is I related a great deal to Lane. Maybe not in as driven as she was in her career, but in her feelings about “going home.”Lane was a complicated character who carried a lot of baggage, in her anger and hurt. I’m not going to say she didn’t have reason, but her story is a great reminder of the ...
  • Jerry
    1970-01-01
    In today's society, where everyone is glued to their cell phones and tablet computers, the message of this book--put away the devices and look at your surroundings--is very inspiring and timely. In fact, I think I need to make some changes in my own digital habits.
  • Loraine
    1970-01-01
    This is the third book I have read by Courtney Walsh and definitely count it as my favorite so far. Lane Kelly is a high powered interior designer burying herself in her work to hide all the pain of being bullied and teased when she was growing up due to a weight problem. But when her brother is seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, she has no choice but to head back to Harbor Point. Ryan Brooks was mentored by Lane's Dad as a pre-teen/teen...
  • Jen.
    1970-01-01
    .This book is very, very well written! The storyline grabbed my attention from the very first page! It was easy to read and visualize the characters and the setting. The weaving of flashbacks and present day was excellent! Both Lane and Ryan dealt with disappointments growing up and their flashbacks were heartbreaking - Lane's especially. We were showed how those disappointments set them on the path for their adult lives. I enjoyed how the story ...
  • Carole Jarvis
    1970-01-01
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/2wBEt6JJust Look Up by Courtney Walsh is everything that a contemporary romance should be … beautifully conveyed setting on the shores of Lake Michigan, well-drawn lead characters who are appealing and relatable, descriptive narrative that flows easily across the page, and spiritual insight that touches lives.I love Hallmark movies and couldn’t help but think how perfectly Just Look Up fits their ...
  • Clara
    1970-01-01
    This was my first novel by Courtney Walsh and will not be my last!This is a real, relatable and refreshing story!Lane Kelley has made a wonderful career for herself in Chicago. Her clients love her work, she has received many awards to prove her accomplishments and her boss is ready to give her the deal of a lifetime and promote her. Lane's story is engrossing and heart-breaking. It shows how inconsiderate people can be towards one another and wh...
  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    1970-01-01
    I was hearing some good things about this book and so I decided that I should pick it up and give it a read too! I'm sure glad I did. This book tackles some important issues of today and I felt like Courtney Walsh did a great job of making everything feel real.Lane is an interesting character. In the beginning of the book we see Lane as she is now- fully engrossed in her work and locked up tight in herself. She is her own island. As the book prog...
  • Brittany
    1970-01-01
    Just Look Up was a journey in forgiveness, taking chances, and learning to live life instead of being glued to a phone. I really felt for the main characters, Ryan and Lane. They both had things from their past that impacted the decisions they made in the present and they way they viewed themselves.Lane, in particular, had trouble letting go of all of the hurts she had experienced as a child and young woman. And, honestly, I couldn’t really bla...
  • Courtney Clark
    1970-01-01
    Just Look Up is both emotionally touching and relevant, with Courtney's balanced and lighthearted storytelling style. The themes in this story are serious but all presented in a personal and heart-to-heart manner. From the importance of noticing the blessings in front of you to recognizing the freedom in choosing forgiveness even when someone else doesn't, this story is a beautiful example of the power of grace.Lane's character and her endless s...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    This is the first book by Courtney I have read and while I enjoyed this overall story line this simply wasn't the book for me. The whole concept of "just looking up" and realizing what is important is wonderful. Especially now with all of the crazy things that have our constant attention, look up from your phone, pay attention to someone, acknowledge your surrounds, etc. So I loved that part of the story! I had a difficult time connecting with La...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    When I first saw the title of this book, my mind immediately got to thinking this was going to be about the need to 'Look Up' and see ourselves the way God see's us. This isn't the direction that Courtney takes us, however I cannot tell you how strongly this subliminal message resonated with me. One thing I absolutely must do at the end of a book, is read the Author notes. Here I found this phrase '"Just look up!...Look around at everything you a...
  • Iola
    1970-01-01
    I requested a review copy of Just Look Up because I’d heard so many good things about it. Surely it couldn’t possibly measure up?It did.Lane is an interior designer up for a big promotion at work when her mother calls to say her brother is on life support following a motorcycle accident. She returns home, but is immediately thrown into conflict with everyone in her family (except perhaps her father, who only gets about two lines in the whole ...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    Just Look Up by author Courtney Walsh was a story that I think that may resonate with many people. Sometimes there are situations in our past that have so affected us that we let them define us. In this case Lane Kelley is relentless in her work drive and to achieve her dream job promotion. However, before any of that can take place, she receives emergency news from home. Her brother has been in an accident and her family wants her home. At first...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    "Just Look Up" by Courtney Walsh is another summer read that I am gushing about! First, I love that Courtney used Michigan in her book. As a Michigander, I just love that and I am a little bias. Second, this book will tug at every heart string you ever through was possible. You'll go from the small town life to the city life and every where in between. Your heart will break, it will repair and break all over again. You feel as though you're in th...
  • Beth Erin
    1970-01-01
    Full review on Faithfully BookishWhile it's not all that unusual for a story to touch my heart (even burrow down deep and make a home there), it is a rare blessing to be challenged to the point of positive change by fiction. This book has that power. Inside this entertaining, relatable, encouraging story is a simple truth we all know yet often fail to apply... Lane Kelley is a focused, driven, corporate ladder climbing powerhouse... she's also l...
  • Caitlyn Santi
    1970-01-01
    2.5 Stars.I adore this cover and I wanted to love this book, I really did but it just fell flat for me.As a writer myself I know just how difficult it can be to strike just the right balance between telling and showing, and I am not opposed to a bit more telling than showing, but unfortunately this book just contained too much telling for my personal reading preference. I also would have preferred if there had been a lot less flashbacks, I mean t...
  • Just Commonly
    1970-01-01
    "Maybe what she's looking for is right in front of her - if only she'd just look up.." (back cover)If you've never read any of Courtney Walsh's books, you're missing out on some great stories with soul and messages that hits home. Her latest, Just Look Up presents to readers a message of simply looking up from what you're so focused on, and see the beauty and life around you. It's perfect for today's tendencies to fixate on our phones and tablets...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    1970-01-01
    I thoroughly enjoyed every part of this book. Courtney Walsh has does an absolutely excellent job here. The characters are so well developed that they seem real even from the first page and the emotions that she has placed in them just felt so incredibly real. Not like people on the pages of a book. Lane Kelley left her hometown after graduation and hasn't been back in 7 years when she receives horrible news about her brother that compels her to ...
  • Denise Hershberger
    1970-01-01
    Sometimes I get so engrossed in a book that at the end I realize I don't know what to write for a review other than "I loved it!" So I actually went back and re-read this one so I could properly review it. I think I possibly loved it even more the second time. Mostly because the first time through I was so focused on Lane. I related to her in many ways because even though I didn't have the same exact struggles as her it did bring back some memori...
  • Karen R
    1970-01-01
    A heartfelt contemporary romance with a lot of depth! A driven career woman gets an urgent call to come home when her closest brother is in a terrible accident. This is a satisfying read that touches on difficult subjects like alcoholism, betrayal, dealing with bitterness and childhood traumas. The characters were well developed, each with their own set of struggles rooted deeply in their childhoods. I found a lot to relate to in Lane as she find...