Friday, July 2, 2021

Review: "Is It Any Wonder" by Courtney Walsh

Though she wasn't on my radar for a long time, Courtney Walsh is quickly becoming a must-read author for me! Reading Is It Any Wonder just solidified that fact 😊

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.

Is It Any Wonder is a beautiful story of forgiveness and second chances. Cody and Louisa grew up spending every summer together on Nantucket. Their parents were best friends, and they fell in love as teenagers. But when a tragic accident resulted in Cody's father's death, the families were torn apart ... leaving both Cody and Louisa feeling guilty for his death. When Cody and Louisa both end up back on Nantucket, they both have to face the past while moving towards a brighter future.

This book absolutely got me in the feels! I loved watching Cody and Louisa work their way back to each other while also digging into the past, and the forgiveness thread brought me to tears multiple times. This is a great romance, yes, but it's also a book that will make you think about the freedom that forgiveness brings. Overall, it's a wonderful story! 4-1/2 stars.

Buy the book (Amazon ad).

Read my reviews of Walsh's Just Let Go (5 stars) and Just One Kiss (4-1/2 stars).

Courtney Walsh is a novelist, 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. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists. Her novel Just Let Go won the Carol Award in 2019 and Just One Kiss was a 2020 Christy Award Finalist.

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.

Visit her online at

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links; this means if you click the link and purchase an item, I will receive a small commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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