Book Review, Contemporary

Book Review – Is It Any Wonder

Is It Any Wonder

by Courtney Walsh

Can a promise made as kids bring them back together as adults? In this Nantucket-set beach read, “master of the genre” (Midwest Book Review) Courtney Walsh delivers a sparkling inspirational romance about first love and second chances. Twelve years ago, Cody Boggs and Louisa Chambers made a pact that no matter where their lives took them, they’d return to Nantucket Island’s Brant Point Lighthouse on July 30, their shared golden birthday, and continue their tradition of exchanging birthday wishes. But that was before a tragic accident upended both of their lives, irrevocably pulling them apart.

Their worlds collide just months before that particular day when Louisa’s fledgling event planning company is hired by the local Coast Guard station, where she discovers Cody has recently returned to the island as the second in command. As they plan a regatta fundraiser, hoping to promote positive PR in the community, neither can deny the fireworks each encounter ignites. But working together also brings up memories of the day Cody’s father died, revealing secrets that have Cody and Louisa questioning everything they thought they knew and felt about their families and each other.

My Thoughts

Courtney Walsh does it again.
I laughed, I cried, I empathized. I loved these people.
Louisa Chambers was a heroine I absolutely loved.
And her relationship with Cody Boggs…smashingly sweet.
They’d been best friends growing up, then something bad happened (Cody’s dad Daniel drowns), and they went their separate ways.
Fast forward to just before their 30th birthdays. What makes this date special is that it was the year for their golden birthdays, and long ago they’d made a pact to meet again at their favorite place on Nantucket, on that special day. But it’s been so long that Louisa convinced herself that Cody has forgotten all about her.
Well. Louisa almost drowns…and guess who rescues her? Yep! None other than… Cody!
And thus begins the reawakening of their relationship.
They have both had some hard years. Especially Cody. And it seems like there is no way possible for them to be friends again. Or forgive.
And yet, deep down in, they both long for it.
Courtney Walsh deals so beautifully with some deep, dark, difficult things, including forgiveness. This is a story that is both fun to read, and a bit humorous at times, and yet, also a very thought provoking and life changing encounter.
If you love books that make you think, that might change you, and force you to grow, than I highly recommend this one!

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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