Tuesday, April 6, 2021

IS IT ANY WONDER by Courtney Walsh, Reviewed by Nicole Cook #ReleaseDayApril6

“The sound of the waves drew her in. Louisa loved this island. She’d loved and lost there on these shores.”

Is It Any Wonder, by New York Times best-selling author Courtney Walsh, takes readers back to the beautiful island of Nantucket in a beautiful tale of forgiveness and second chances. As a long-time fan of Courtney Walsh’s, I know I am guaranteed to get a phenomenal story every time I pick up one of her books.

Is It Any Wonder has a similar feel as Things Left Unsaid, which is one of my two favorite books of Courtney Walsh’s, so this book was a pure delight to read. Even though Is It Any Wonder is the second novel in Nantucket Love Story series, it is written as a standalone, so readers can easily jump into this novel without reading any of her prior books.

The horrific events from twelve years ago that tore former best friends Cody and Louisa’s families apart are heartbreaking and extremely relatable to the readers. The spiritual thread perfectly complements the storyline as the characters realize the power of forgiveness and unconditional love through God’s endless grace.

Is it Any Wonder is highly recommended for readers of women’s fiction and contemporary romance. You won’t be disappointed!
*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. Inkwell Faith Content Rating – 2.5 (Moderate)


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. 

Tyndale Publishing, April 6 2021
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Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. She writes small town romance and women’s fiction while juggling the performing arts studio and youth theatre she owns and runs with her husband. If For Any Reason is her eleventh novel. Her debut, 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, and her contemporary romance Just Let Go won the Carol Award in 2019. A creative at heart, Courtney has also written two craft books and several full-length musicals. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children and a sometimes naughty Bernedoodle named Luna. 


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