Fear began to clamp its icy grip around my heart. “Mommy, where are you?” my little voice warbled out as I plodded towards the stairs to search the upper floor again.
The feet that had cheerfully descended only minutes ago to greet the day now trudged back up and led me to my parent’s room. “Mommy? Are you in here?” I was greeted again with silence. When my search of sister’s room revealed Linda still asleep but my mom nowhere in sight, my heart sank. I remember wondering what in the world I would do. I didn’t know how to take care of a baby. I was only a toddler myself!
Have you ever felt all alone? Abandoned? That morning had such an impact on me; I remember it to this day, decades later. Maybe you can relate to how I felt that morning when I awakened to what appeared to be an empty house.
I have good news for you, my friend. God does not abandon His children.
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. Psalm 27:10
If you are feeling forsaken, I encourage you to spend some time reading Scripture to remind yourself of who God is and how He cares for you. Do you have a favorite verse that you go to when you need these reminders? I’d love to have you share it in the comments.
I retraced my steps downstairs, this time crying more loudly. I found my mom, curled up with a book in a corner of the living room. She had been so deeply absorbed in it, she hadn’t heard my panicked voice calling out to her. But this time she did and she held me, dried my tears and reassured me that she would never leave me alone.
Just Let Go
by Courtney Walsh
Series: Harbor Pointe #2
Published by Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date June 5, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Michigan Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
For Quinn Collins, buying the flower shop in downtown Harbor Pointe fulfills a childhood dream, but also gives her the chance to stick it to her mom, who owned the store before skipping town twenty years ago and never looking back. Completing much-needed renovations, however, while also competing for a prestigious flower competition with her mother as the head judge, soon has Quinn in over her head. Not that she'd ever ask for help.
Luckily, she may not need to. Quinn's father and his meddling friends find the perfect solution in notorious Olympic skier Grady Benson, who had only planned on passing through the old-fashioned lakeside town. But when a heated confrontation leads to property damage, helping Quinn as a community-service sentence seems like the quickest way out--and the best way to avoid more negative press.
Quinn finds Grady reckless and entitled; he thinks she's uptight and too regimented. Yet as the two begin to hammer and saw, Quinn sees glimpses of the vulnerability behind the bravado, and Grady learns from her passion and determination, qualities he seems to have lost along the way. But when a well-intentioned omission has devastating consequences, Grady finds himself cast out of town--and Quinn's life--possibly forever. Forced to face the hurt holding her back, Quinn must finally let go or risk missing out on the adventure of a lifetime.
Includes discussion questions.
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit, Netgalley, Tyndale House Publishers for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Abandoned by her mother when she was 9, Quinn’s need for control was overpowering at times. It wasn’t that she was bossy for the sake of being in charge – she needed to feel like she had at least a semblance of a possibility of having things work out the way she hoped. The “perfect” world she worked so hard to create was safe but caused her to miss out on so much. She became a creature of habit and was shackled to the town she loved, fearing to travel or change her routine.
I couldn’t help but fall for Grady. True, he had a terrible temper. True, he was cocky. True, he didn’t exactly live an exemplary life. But there was a hint of vulnerability to him and as the layers of his heart were revealed, it became obvious that he was a broken and hurting man, doing his best to handle the guilt that ravaged his soul.
Reading Just Let Go was quite an adventure! At one point in the story, when Grady thanked Quinn in the diner, I was laughing so hard I had to stop reading. I seriously don’t remember laughing that hard while reading a book for a while. Once I could contain myself, I read a little more but started laughing again as I thought about it. He was so arrogant and such a rat for intentionally saying what he did! Then, in the next chapter, just a few pages away, my heart ached as I got more insight into what happened with Benji and Grady’s motivation to ski and to win.
As with all of this author’s books that I have read, there were just so many things to love. I make a habit of highlighting lines as I read, marking ones that I want to come back to later and consider posting on my blog. I knew that I was highlighting a lot, but didn’t expect it would be more than 30. Oops!
Being a part of Grady and Quinn’s spiritual journeys was such a joy. This is a book that I want to read again and again.
Preview of Just Let Go
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