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Pub Date 02 Jul 2024 | Archive Date 02 Aug 2024

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Sometimes you’re so busy writing other people’s stories that you can lose the plot of your own.

This wasn’t how Kelsey Worthington’s day was supposed to go. She wasn’t supposed to be picking up Starbucks for her smarmy boss. She wasn’t supposed to get hit by a car that jumped the curb. And she certainly wasn’t supposed to wake up in a hospital room next to Georgina Tate—the legendary matriarch of New York City businesswomen.

Kelsey and Georgina couldn’t be more opposite. Kelsey’s a dreamer, a writer who questions her own skill. And Georgina is a confident businesswoman whose years of shouldering her way into boardrooms and making her voice heard have made her far too outspoken for the faint of heart.

But now, when Georgina’s failing kidneys force her to face some big regrets about the way she’s lived her life, the two women recognize they share a common thread. Maybe it’s time to confront a few things. They must ask themselves: What if I said yes to everything I’ve always said no to?

With Georgina as her companion, Kelsey soon finds herself doing things she’s never done before. Eating street food. Swimming in the ocean. Matchmaking for Georgina with the help of Georgina’s handsome son. And writing her own romance—both in book form and in real life.

So begins the Summer of Yes.

Sometimes you’re so busy writing other people’s stories that you can lose the plot of your own.

This wasn’t how Kelsey Worthington’s day was supposed to go. She wasn’t supposed to be picking up...


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The Summer of Yes by Courtney Walsh is a heartwarming story about embracing new experiences and taking risks. When Kelsey Worthington, a dreamer and writer, finds herself in the hospital next to the confident and outspoken Georgina Tate, the two women embark on a journey of self discovery and adventure. As Georgina faces her own regrets, she encourages Kelsey to live life to the fullest and say yes to new opportunities. Together, they explore new experiences, make unexpected connections, and learn valuable lessons about love and friendship. I consistently find joy in Courtney Walsh's delightful novels, and The Summer of Yes delivered!

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The Summer of Yes by Courtney Walsh is a beautifully sweet and funny story about self discovery and friendships. I have read (and loved) all of Courtney's books and this one just really is something you don't want to miss. Join Georgina and Kelsey on their journey to finding forgiveness and rediscovering the importance of family.

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Just say YES...to reading this book! 😝
I feel like I say this about all her books that I've read.... but Ahhhhhh! I loved it!! 😍

Not only was it a great story, but it was so uplifting and encouraging. It really makes you think about the things you say yes or no too. Mostly no's 🫣 Makes you want to be brave. Be bold. Do the thing(s) that scare you!

I really enjoyed the characters and the different POVs. They both have excellent character growth in their own ways. Kelsey was a little....annoying in her nosiness, but it could be because that's not my personality at all lol. Still a perfectly likeable character! Georgina! What an attitude she's got! And you can't help but love her and hope she gets her happy ending. Loved all the snark from her, and even some from Kelsey.

I don't want to give anything else away about this book. While it had some heavy-ish topics, it was uplifting and beautiful. I highly recommend this (and any of her books)!

July 2nd, 2024!

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I enjoyed this book. It was funny,romantic, and I had tears in my eyes. I loved how it talked about two different women in different areas Of their lives. The ending was good. I'm grateful that netgalley and the publishers let me read this in exchange for an honest review.

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I found this book to be compelling and inspiring as well as humorous. Loved the characters and felt like I was part of their adventure. Such a beautiful, heartfelt story that I will definitely recommend to others…one of the best I’ve read in a long time!

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What a delightful book! I fell in love with all the characters, and I loved the adventure between the young gal and the older woman as they explored life and learned from each other.

It had a happy ending without being sappy which can be time be hard to find

Highly recommended!

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Thank you Net Galley and Thomas Nelson Fiction for the ARC of this Courtney Walsh book "The Summer of Yes". For me this book was a total "YES"! It was a heartwarming story of taking back one's life and making an unexpected friendship along the way. Kelsey Worthington's life is all work and no play. She has fallen into a pattern of saying "no" to anything remotely social or fun. Then a traumatic accident and the chance meeting of a grumpy elderly woman changes the trajectory of both their lives. Georgina Tate is a powerful head of her namesake cosmetic company with a secret of her own. She worked her way to the top in the business world, but made some life-altering sacrifices in the process. Together Kelsey & Georgina enter into a journey to put their lives back into perspective and reclaim the fun. They set off to experience a Summer of Yes together. I loved the main characters and their witty banter. Georgina is a hoot! There is a touch of sweet romance along the way too.
This book will make for the perfect summer beach read!

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I have never given women’s fiction a chance or even a second thought, because those types of stories don’t interest me in any sort of way. But this cover was so beautiful, and I was like, how bad can it be? And oh my goodness, if you can’t already tell by my 5 star rating, I absolutely loved every minute of this book!

The writing, the plot, the characters, the relationships, the romance. Perfection. It is filled with hope, love, forgiveness, saying yes, and second chances. The whole ‘Summer of Yes’ was so eye opening and made me contemplate my own life. Am I doing what brings me joy? Are my relationships with family and friends strong? Am I getting out of my comfort zone, saying yes to things I normally wouldn’t?

I didn’t think we would be getting tons of romance, and I mean that isn’t the main focus, but the romance that we did get was beautiful and tender, and I ate up every moment that Hayden and Kelsey were together. I even enjoyed Georgina’s side of the story, which I thought I wouldn’t. She was a cranky old woman, but when you get her POV, it gives you an empathetic understanding. And her silver fox? Yes please.

Putting the romance aside, the relationship between each character was just ugh, so sweet. Especially Georgina and Kelsey’s relationship. I felt a deep connection to both women. And I truly think all women can relate to them, in their own way.

I just have to say, I never get emotional when I read. Ever. And I cried 3 times! I literally felt every emotion possible throughout this book. It was such a powerful, beautiful story that I am so glad I took a chance on, and I think y’all should too.

Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for the complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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this book took me on a emotional roll coaster ride.

this isn’t a typical love story. it’s also about friends and family and everything that comes with it. this made me realize that you’ll actually miss out a lot when you’re afraid to step out of your comfort zone.

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This is a great self discovery friendship novel. Perfect for a summer read and for book clubs. The characters are delightful. It is a book that immerses you and makes you think of the relationships in your life. So fun.

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I loved this book so much. I wanted to know how it all played out but also never wanted it to end. It made me feel all of the emotions and shed some tears. It was SO good!! I’d give it more than 5 stars if I could!!

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The Summer of Yes by Courtney Walsh is the perfect book for everyone who has ever wondered how one decision has changed the course of their life. While running errands for her boss, Kelsey is in a car accident that lands her in the hospital. Her roommate ends up being her polar opposite, an older business woman with regrets of her own. Together, they embark on a mission to rewrite their stories and rewrite their regrets. A feel good story of an unusual friendship that changed both of their lives.

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Courtney Walsh has done it again! This was absolutely delightful. The plot was well-paced and captivating from start to finish. The characters were charming and witty. I highly recommend this fun and quick read! Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.

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Another wonderful read from Courtney Walsh! I was hooked on the main characters right away. The personality differences between the two had me hooked. This was a really positive read throughout and it was refreshing to have so much joy in one novel. Thank you for the ARC!

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Thank you NetGalley, Courtney Walsh, and Thomas Nelson Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

THIS BOOK IS SO AMAZING AND SWEET! I loved all of the characters and their journeys in life and how one person had such a profound impact on all of them. Saying yes to things you'd often say no too was also a powerful component to this story of self discovery, love, and forgiveness. Such a sweet read! I cant wait to read more by this author.

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The Summer of Yes
Courtney Walsh
Publication Date: July 2, 2024
5/5 stars

I loved this book! Kelsey works as a junior editor with dreams of becoming a writer. One day while picking up coffee, she gets hit by a car which causes her to question the way she is living her life. She ends up sharing a hospital room with the famous Georgina Tate, who is dealing with her own health problems and regrets. Kelsey convinces Georgina go on an adventure called “The Summer of Yes” by saying yes to everything they would normally say no to.

This is a heartwarming story encourages you to live life to the fullest and embrace that all life has to offer. Thank you Courtney Walsh, Thomas Nelson Fiction and Netgally for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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The Summer Of Yes by Courtney Walsh is a charming book with a poignant message. The story is about the unlikely friendship of two woman who both have a lot to learn. They pushed and challenged each other along the way as they learned what I really means to say yes to life. A fun, lighthearted story doesn’t mean shallow.

Thank you NetGalley, Thomas Nelson Fiction, and Courtney Walsh for the advanced copy.

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Wow! This was such an uplifting read! I absolutely loved the characters, the message and really, just everything about this book! A definite 5 star read for me!

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Thank you NetGalley, Thomas Nelson Fiction, and Courtney Walsh for providing me this ARC.

YES! This is the best way to describe this book.
I absolutely loved this book. It's romantic, funny... I also find the story inspiring and encouraging. Sometimes You just have to take a leap of faith. It's something I'm trying to do as much as possible. Be bold and try something new.

The characters were lovable and I loved the different POVs. The friendship between Georgina and Kelsey is so beautiful. There is also a sweet romance.

I highly recommend this book. It's perfect if you want an uplifting story.

And remember ... just say YES! (Also to reading this book. I promise you, it's worth it.)

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I love Courtney books. This is a great book. Kelsey is a junior editor who wants to be a writer. She gets hit by a car and ends up in a room with Georgina a well known business woman who has failing kidneys. Kelsey decides to do a yes summer where she says yes to all the things she said no to. She talks Georgina into going with her and they build a great relationship. There is renewed love and new love along the way and forgiveness.

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A delightful story about seizing the moment and discovering oneself. When Kelsey's ordinary day turns into something extraordinary, she finds herself alongside the formidable Georgina Tate. Despite their differences, they embark on a journey of self-discovery, learning to say "yes" to life's opportunities. Filled with relatable characters and inspiring messages about courage and love, this is a feel-good read that will leave you smiling and motivated to embrace life's adventures.

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The Summer of Yes is a heartwarming and inspiring story about two women who learn to embrace life and live with no regrets. Kelsey and Georgina are both relatable characters who go on a transformative journey together. The book is full of humor, friendship, and romance, making it a perfect read for anyone looking for a feel-good story. You should say yes to this one!

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Thank you netgalley and Courtney Walsh for the arc of this book.
Kelsey gets hit by a car and wakes up in the hospital Georgina has liver failure and will die if she doesn’t get a new liver but she has a rare blood type and tissue. They meet at the hospital as the hospital put them in the same room together. After the accident Kelsey decides she needs to say yes more to things she normally wouldn’t. She usually just works. So she goes back to the hospital to try to talk Georgina into joining her. Very reluctantly Georgina agrees. At first they just do things in nyc they haven’t done before but then Kelsey has other plans that she doesn’t tell Georgina about. This is a book about love, hope and forgiveness both Kelsey and Georgina grow a lot along the way. I absolutely recommend reading this book.

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It was cold and snowy when I requested this book from @netgalley and yes, I judged this one by its cover. As soon as my request was approved, it magically turned 75 degrees and sunny! Signs are everywhere if we stop and take the time to appreciate them. When a serious accident lands Kelsey in the hospital, the universe sends her a roommate notable for her accomplishments. I could absolutely close my eyes and imagine women like Georgina who have come into my life and absolutely inspired me in a life-altering way. Sometimes it takes a little (or big) life shake-up to remind us to take a step back and see the bigger picture. The Summer of Yes is an absolute beautiful and inspiring book that reminds us that instead of a yes day, we need the yes life we are worthy of!

Review is posted on Goodreads and will be on Instagram later in March!

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This novel was really cute!! I loved the relationship between Kelsey and Georgina, but the relationships for all of the characters were realistic and incredibly well-written!

It is a love story, but it deals with a lot more than that. It talks about finding yourself, the value of relationships, the importance of caring for others and yourself.

It’s also the perfect length. Nothing really dragged, it was all done really well! I would definitely recommend this book!

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I found this book to be enjoyable with a good flow that captured my attention throughout the story. I typically am more into thrillers; however this fictional novel kept me entertained and was a page turner. It is a positive book about friendship and love. I felt like I was with them in the adventure and enjoyed the ride. Say YES to this read :)

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I absolutely ADORED this book! It had everything that I could ask for in a Courtney Walsh book. The characters were well developed and I found myself staying up way past my bedtime to sneak a few more chapters in. Thank you so much for the opportunity to read this amazing book! I will definitely be sharing it with all of my fellow book lovers!

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such a great feel good book about friendship and some hardships. i found myself smiling all throughout this book. excellent work!!!!

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I am obsessed with Courtney Walsh. I've not read a book from her that has been less than 5 stars and this was no different.

Kelsey meets her icon Georgina after she lands in the hospital. While both MCs are very different, considering the generational gap, they realize each has something to teach the other. A road trip brings Georgina to her past while helping Kelsey realize a new future. This story was uplifting, wholesome, sweet, and heartwarming. It was a story of second chances for both MCs. I laughed and cried.

You will get witty banter, unexpected friendships, second chances, and encouragement to just say YES. It truly made me think if I was living my life to its fullest potential and not letting anything hold me back.

Say YES to this book on July 2, 2024.

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Kelsey Worthington is a junior editor, leading a life of routine until a near-death experience shakes her to the core. In the hospital, she meets Georgina Tate, a successful businesswoman facing her own mortality. Inspired by Georgina's regrets and determined to live life to the fullest, Kelsey embarks on a journey of saying yes to new experiences. Thus, The Yes Plan is born, leading them on adventures filled with joy, forgiveness, and unexpected connections.

Where do I even begin? This book had me in tears—in the best possible way. It's a story that tugs at your heartstrings, filled with themes of love, forgiveness, and the courage to embrace life's uncertainties. I found myself rooting for Kelsey and Georgina, cheering them on as they navigated their Summer of Yes and discovered the beauty of living fearlessly.

What I loved most about "The Summer of Yes" was its ability to evoke a range of emotions. From moments of joy and hope to instances of love and forgiveness, Courtney Walsh beautifully captures the essence of human connection. The characters were incredibly relatable, and their growth throughout the story was both inspiring and heartwarming.

With a blend of contemporary fiction and romance, "The Summer of Yes" is a book that leaves a lasting impression. It encourages readers to reflect on their own lives and consider the power of saying yes to new adventures. So, if you're looking for a feel-good read that will leave you uplifted and inspired, mark your calendars for its release on 7/2/2024. Trust me—you won't want to miss it!

Big thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Fiction for providing my an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and freely given.

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I received this as an ARC from Net Galley. I’ve read several of her other books and was curious about this one. Perfect quick summer read! Brought tears to my eyes at the end. Loved it and it was hard to put down! Definitely needs added to everyone’s summer to be read list.

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I am beginning to think that Courtney Walsh is able to read minds from a long distance. She’s in Illinois and I’m in California, but once again she’s crafted a story that resonates in my heart and soul.

When I turned 55 I chose to have a year of doing things I’d never done before. Little things like coloring my hair to big things like going to a gun range.

It was freeing and fun and exhilarating. And then I went back into my shell and have been there for the last few years.

So I totally fell in love with Kelsey. And Georgina. And I love a man quite a lot like Dylan, and have a son who has the same kind of heart as Hayden.

I laughed, I cried, and at one point had to stop reading because I couldn’t see through my tears. Just like Isadora Bentley, she’s captured what it is to want to live authentically, with joy, a little risk, and a whole lot of yes.

My thanks to the publisher for an advance copy. My review is honest and has not been solicited.

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Just say YES to this book! I love anything by Courtney Walsh because I can always count on a fun, uplifting read and this is no exception. I love the friendship between Kelsey and Georgina is sweet and inspiring. This book has a fun romance, but to me the focus on friendships and loving life to the fullest was a nice change of pace.

This is a great read anytime, but really perfect for summer. I can't wait to read again this summer!


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YES to everything I look for in a book!! I was over the moon to receive an advanced copy, and I devoured it in one sitting. This is my first book to read by Courtney Walsh, and it won’t be my last. Huge thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Fiction for the advanced copy. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Publication date July 2, 2024.

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Thank you to Net Galley and Thomas Nelson Fiction Publishing for an advanced reader copy of this title (publish date July 2, 2024). Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Kelsey Worthington wakes up in the hospital after being hit by a car while she was walking to work. After her near-death experience she realizes that in her thirty-two years of life, she's never done anything remarkable. She's trying to work her way up in the publishing world, but because she works so hard, she's neglected her actual life.

Georgina Tate is the founder of Tate Cosmetics and is a legend to businesswomen in New York. Her kidneys are failing, and she is waiting to die, filled with regret about her life's choices. She gave up her family to become the successful businesswoman she aspired to be. She's seventy-five years old and is all alone.

The two women end up in the same hospital room and realize that they have some things in common. They both valued their jobs over living their lives. Kelsey has a revelation after talking with her mom and realizes that her life is lackluster because of all the times she chose to say no to opportunities. So, the two women decide to ask themselves "What if I said yes to everything I usually say no to?" They embark on the summer of yes.

This book was moving and powerful. I laughed out loud at times, and at others, I had tears streaming down my face. I found the writing to be thought provoking and inspiring. "Life... is good. And wonderful. And horrible, and beautiful, and messy, and everything all at once. And that is the beauty of it. It's overwhelming, but it's never boring. And it should be lived to the fullest." This is one of those books that is going to stay with me forever.

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Summer of Yes is officially one of my favorite books! The story is sweet and enduring and has so many real life applications! I found myself being able to apply so many lessons from this fictional story to my real life. It was almost as if there was a non fiction book buried within but told in a fun way that made it not feel like work. Go out and get this book!

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Wonderful book! I could not put the book down once I began reading it. Excited for it to be released. I will recommend it to everyone I know!

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This delightful, heartwarming story got my attention from the very beginning. Having read many books by this author, I have learned her characters always draw me right in from the very beginning. They are relatable, lovable and often have a delightful sense of humor.
The day Kelsey walked out of Starbucks and was hit by a car on the sidewalk was life-changing. Kelsey ended up in the hospital for several days and was thankful to be alive. She ends up with an unexpected roommate, Georgina Tate, well-known for her very successful Tate Cosmetics. Georgina is not happy to have a roommate, however there were no single rooms available.
Georgina is a wealthy, powerful woman, who gave up everything, including her family, to focus on building her cosmetic company. She is accustomed to having things go her way, she also has very few friends and work is her main focus in life. In order to even talk and visit with her roommate, Kelsey is asked by Georgina’s assistant to sign a standard nondisclosure ensuring she won’t tell anyone Georgina is in the hospital.
Although Kelsey aspires to be a writer, she is an editor at a New York publishing company. She pretty much keeps to herself except for work. She has few friends and she likes it that way. She mainly says yes to work, and no to everything else.
When she gets out of the hospital, Kelsey makes an important decision to quit saying no and to spend the summer saying yes. That includes attending a family dinner of her best friend, who she usually says no to; trying new food; and she is determined to take the famous, wealthy Georgina Tate along with her on a summer of saying yes. Georgina hasn’t seen her husband or son for twenty years because she was so absorbed in building her business, they eventually moved away.
Although Georgina has a serious health condition that could cut her life short at any time, Kelsey manages to coerce her to join her on a road trip. Although Georgina starts out unenthusiastically, Georgina’s life is about to take a new turn, right along with Kelsey’s. Both of them learn that it can be a lonely place when you always say no and it is risky to say yes to the unknown, however, the rewards are far greater.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All comments and opinions are my own.

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This book was so much fun. Between the relationships and the banter and the New York City setting, I just had a great time reading this. It was touching and funny, and I loved it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thanks so much to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Fiction for the ARC.

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"Say yes, It could change your life."
Courtney Walsh has knocked it out of the park again. This is probably my favorite of hers to date. They just keep getting better and better. It felt a little fake at the beginning that these two people with their two different medical conditions would be placed in a hospital room together but after that the book really took off. I am so glad that everyone in this book got a happy ever after. It was so sweet and endearing. I loved all the characters and I can just picture Meryl Streep playing Georgina if this was a movie.

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An absolute 10. Perfect book, it made me laugh, cry, feel. I loved it. I want to reread it already! The writing was brilliant, characters were loveable, plot was believable, endearing, hilarious, and delightful. I LOVE this book!!!!

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5⭐️

✨road trip
✨second chance
✨friendship
✨dual POV
✨perfect beach read

A heartwarming story about how life’s unpredictability can lead to self discovery, overcoming fears, and mending of our most important relationships. Kelsey and Georgina find friendship in the unlikeliest of places, and it leads them on an adventure of a lifetime.

Quite honestly, I struggled with the first 30% of this book. But soon after, the characters really started to capture me, and as the story built, I couldn’t put it down. So if you are unsure, keep going!

Lastly, this author plays in a few different genres. If you’re looking for a romance novel, this isn’t it. This leans much more women’s fiction/chick-lit with a hint of a love interest and an HEA.

📚Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas Nelson Fiction and Courtney Walsh for the ARC of The Summer of Yes.

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What an inspiring story about love, friendship, forgiveness, and second chances. I absolutely love Walsh’s writing style and the banter between Georgina and Kelsey had me cackling. The relationship they formed was so wholesome. I was smiling throughout this one and it was hard to put down. It was atmospheric and the coastal setting had me craving a summer getaway.

I truly loved everything about this book and Courtney Walsh has easily become a favorite author of mine. This one will have you reflecting and wanting to live life to the fullest. Also the cover just makes me so happy 🥹

The Summer of Yes will be out on July 2nd - just in time to add to your summer reading list! 💛

Thank you NetGalley & Thomas Nelson Fiction for this ARC!

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This story of an unlikely friendship is such a wonderful story! I couldn't put it down! Kelsey is the woman we all can identify with--a good life that going well, but not a great life that's full of risks and adventures and great rewards. Meeting Georgina is a most unconventional way gives this book the twist that turns it into such a great adventure as we go along with them on a summer of never saying no. Their adventure in New York is laugh out loud funny and, although there's more to Georgina (that's all I'll say so I don't give anything away!) than what I expected, it only makes the two women's friendship stronger and their Summer of Yes that much more special. Highly recommend this book!

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I loved absolutely everything about this book. I thought that there was no way that this could live up to my first Courtney Walsh book (Isadora Bentley) but it absolutely did. I loved the characters and their development throughout the novel, I loved the plot, and I didn't want this book to end. Add this to your summer reading list!!!

Thank you to Netgalley, Courtney Walsh, and the publisher for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Kelsey and Georgina meet under random circumstances— both in the hospital sharing a room. From the outside looking in, Georgina has the perfect life. She’s a strong woman who has accomplished much, but her personal life is a mess. Kelsey has been hit by a car that jumps the curb but miraculously she is given a second chance at life. Both Georgina and Kelsey can embrace a life of yeses— but will they?
This book made me tear up and laugh. Highly recommended.

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This book is about saying ‘Yes’ to chances including romance, work and relationships. Two women meet while roommates in a hospital. Kelsey has had near death experience and Georgina is seriously ill. Kelsey convinces Georgina to go on a road trip and so the story begins. The chatter between Georgina and Kelsey is funny and healing for them both. Both are masters of pushing the right buttons. Romance, second chances and a new future ensue. I thoroughly enjoyed saying Yes to this book.

Thank you NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Paperback for an early read in exchange for a fair review.

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Starts right out of the gate, in the best of ways! Georgina is simultaneously the woman you love to hate but hate to love. She’s so steeped in regrets and hides behind the very thick, powerful and successful wall she’s built. Kelsey, freshly after a second chance, is just starting to her view herself through the same lens as Georgina. And she’s determined to not only shake it up, but take Georgina on her Summer of Yes adventure. Some are simple, everyday moments where a choice is intentionally made to do something different. Others are monumental with life altering outcomes.
Reading Kelsey’s question as she’s re-evaluating everything and asking if it’s all been worth it definitely struck a chord. When did I lose that sense of wonder? Will it set your soul on fire? What are your disrupters? Is it worth it? I loved the audacity of Kelsey when she found her voice. And the verbal sparring between these two women had me laughing out loud. More than that though, they push and challenge each other. They speak hard truths neither wants to hear and they both become stronger as a result.
This is a feel good story because of the perfectly placed wit, but don’t be mistaken, this is not a light read. It deeply challenged me and had me asking myself some hard questions. In the end, I am thankful and encourage anyone who is reflecting, bored, stuck, or wondering about next steps to read this.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley and all opinions expressed are solely my own, freely given.

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THE SUMMER OF YES by COURTNEY WALSH is a besutifully written and most enjoyable romance novel, full of humourous repartee and delightful characters.
When Kelsey Worthington wakes up in hospital to find the irate Georgina Tate, with her haughty attitude and acerbic remarks, her life changes. Georgina is a famous business woman who is dying of liver failure, and as Kelsey uncovers Georgina’s regrets, she finds she herself is full of fear and worry which is stopping her from living life to the full and that she could easily end up like Georgina with similar regrets. As Georgina says to her when Kelsey is trying to get her to join her on a road trip, saying yes to everything to which she has always said no, “ Stop pouring all of your attention into my life and what you think is wrong with it and start facing yout own.”……
Leaving New York behind them they travel to Driftwood where Georgina’s husband Dylan and their son Hayden live, and where Kelsey says yes to things that terrified her in the past, and where her creativity is slowly restored…..
It is a story of restoration, unconditional love, forgiveness and second chances, in which we are reminded that “We all need someone to believe in us.”
This is a lovely read that really touched my heart and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from Thomas Nelson. The opinions in this review are completely my own.

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I love Courtney Walsh books! And The Summer of Yes did not disappoint! I have personally had my own Year of Yes (for different reasons!) so it was a fun idea to

It was romantic, inspiring, encouraging, and so much more! Pick this book up - you will not regret it!

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Another Courtney Walsh book, another 5 star read for me! I had the best time reading this one!

I just love Courtney Walsh’s writing! It’s always uplifting and makes me laugh and have fun while reading, while also sharing depth and growth. The characters, relationships, banter, saying yes to things you usually wouldn’t, second chances, forgiveness, and romance were all wonderful in this one! Is Hayden a new book boyfriend? Duh! 😂 I also loved the references to “how readers might think” if it was a romance book. 😆
The Hunger Games reference was another highlight for me, and it was fun that part of it was set in North Carolina too!

Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas Nelson Fiction, and Courtney Walsh for the eARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 😊

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Wow. Every now and then a book comes along that is so delicious and fulfilling that it is tantamount to chocolate ice cream or perhaps prime rib, or better yet, chocolate ice cream and prime rib. Everything about this Courtney Walsh novel inspired, convicted, and enthralled me.

“Was it worth it?” asks thirty-something Kelsey who has just escaped a near-death experience. She asks the question of Georgina – the richest, most successful – and dying woman in the country. Georgina is powerful, cruel, and unhappy and is forced into sharing a hospital room with Kelsey. Kelsey is driven and solely focused on success and because of her accident has acquired a sense of boldness.

So, “Was it worth it?” becomes the question to be answered. Is success more important than love, friendship, and family? Kelsey wants to know before she spends the rest of her existence saying no to fun, relationships, and long-buried dreams. Searching for the answer, Kelsey gets Georgina to reluctantly try to experience life differently.

This book deeply affected me in many good ways. I am closer to Georgina’s age, I chased after fame and fortune for a long time in my life. And made lots of mistakes while doing so. Many of us probably have similar stories. And my younger friends in the midst of trying to forge perfect lives, are staggering under the weight of expectations from their families, the culture, and the world. It is a lot to shoulder when you are twenty, or thirty or forty. And looking back in time – I find myself thinking, did I try hard enough, or did I settle? Did I let fear keep me from what I really wanted? What would have happened if I had made different choices? These are big questions and Ms. Walsh deftly, gently, and sometimes crushingly takes her characters, whom we have grown to love and identify with, through them all.

The Summer of Yes could be a life-altering read for someone at nearly any stage of life. Did I mention that there was plenty of lovely romance woven throughout? That is the sumptuous dessert for this delicious feast. It will be a meal you will want to savor, and certainly one you won’t forget.
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Here's to saying yes!

I loved this book and the whole idea of it reminded me of the move 'the bucket list'. Just like that movie it moved me, made me laugh and i loved it.

I love how the story follows not just Kelsey but also Georgina in her journey of saying yes to things for a summer. This way you get two storylines that are connected seamlessly. I thought the book dealt perfectly with some heavy themes people experience in day to day life and i think the author portrayed that struggle really well.

I think there is also a message to learn from this book: say yes more often! Life is too short to be missing out on vacations or dinner with friends bc you are working. At the end of the day it's the friends and family you make along the way that will be there for you

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I LOVE THIS BOOK!

It's a cute, endearing heartwarming, 'coming-of-the-age' tale about two women in different stages of life discovering romance, careers, and priorities.

I loved every character. Kelsey and Georgina are amazing. Hayden and Dylan are so cute. Ravi, Sasha, JP, and Kelsey's mom are great supporting characters. I like how they're all explored just enough to make you love them.

The romance is on point. The background stories and settings are perfect. The writing is captivating and sets a nice pace.

I have no complaints about this book.

If you're looking for a light, short summer read, say yes to this book.

Recommended to anyone who wants a Hallmark-worthy moviesque rom-com book.

Please tell me there's going to be another sequel.

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This book is evidence as to at the time of an event that would be classified as a disruptor actually turns your life in a positive direction as to one can realize what true happiness and love looks like. Before this event happened to Kelsey, she lived in a sterile colorless world contrary to the vibrancy of New York City as all she did was go back and forth from her office to her apartment. Even the table in her apartment was an unopened box. Then the event happened and Georgina came into her life. Most importantly, she realized that it was time to say yes when her impulse was to say no. She let fear and the need to be liked supersede what made her happy. This turn of events made her hope for a change. Therefore, her and Georgina embarked on this adventure even though Georgina fought her with every step. There was no stopping the power of saying yes. Because of that, Kelsey found love with Hayden and Georgina rekindled hers with Dylan. A truly heartwarming and inspiring book as to what can occur when you hope for something you deserve.

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Just say YES...to this heartwarming story of courage, growth, and second chances in this captivating read! It has the perfect blend of humor, heart, and relatable moments. 𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝕊𝕦𝕞𝕞𝕖𝕣 𝕠𝕗 𝕐𝕖𝕤 left me feeling uplifted and empowered. I absolutely loved it.

𝑫𝑬𝑺𝑪𝑹𝑰𝑷𝑻𝑰𝑶𝑵
Kelsey’s and Georgina’s lives collide in an unusual way. Despite their contrasting, strong-willed personalities, they embark on a journey of self-discovery as they grapple with their pasts. Through dual POV you’ll witness Kelsey’s and Georgina’s personal transformations as they navigate through life’s challenges and learn valuable lessons along the way about love, family, forgiveness, friendship, and the power of saying YES (and no 😊). You’ll discover the magic of stepping out of your comfort zone, embracing the unknown, and facing your fears head-on.

𝑺𝑼𝑴𝑴𝑨𝑹𝒀
This is a beautifully crafted novel that will capture your imagination and tug at your heartstrings. I cried in several places, so tissue was necessary! But the book left me with a renewed sense of hope and possibility. If you liked The Devil Wears Prada, you’ll love this book.

𝑪𝑶𝑵𝑻𝑬𝑵𝑻
🛁 Squeaky clean read
💋 𝗦𝗲𝘅 & 𝗡𝘂𝗱𝗶𝘁𝘆 - Closed door
🤬 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 - None
🥊 𝗩𝗶𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 - None

Thank you, NetGalley, Thomas Nelson Publishers, and @courtneywalsh for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

👉🏻 𝗣𝘂𝗯 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝟮, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰

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Prepare to be captivated by the irresistible charm of "The Summer of Yes" by Courtney Walsh. From the moment I cracked open its pages, I was swept away by the allure of the characters and the enchanting storyline.

Walsh has crafted a cast of characters that leap off the page, each one unique and unforgettable. From the determined and relatable Kelsey to the endearing supporting cast, I found myself deeply invested in their journeys, rooting for them every step of the way.

What truly sets this novel apart is its ability to keep readers hooked from start to finish. I found myself unable to set the book down, compelled to uncover the twists and turns of the plot as they unfolded. Kelsey's transformative journey, sparked by a single idea, resonated with me on a profound level, reminding me of the power we each hold to change not only our own lives but the lives of those around us.

In "The Summer of Yes," Courtney Walsh weaves a tale of hope, growth, and the transformative power of saying yes to life's possibilities. This heartwarming story is sure to linger in your thoughts long after you've turned the final page.

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Say YES to this one!
I love when a book is both uplifting and funny! Reading should feel good in your soul & that's what Courtney Walsh brings. Her vibe in this book is inspirational, yet light & fun. For me, the characters were wonderful & I especially loved the interactions between Kelsey & Georgina. They drove each other crazy, but ultimately pushed each other out of comfort zones & towards positive changes. The romance was very sweet, as were the family bonds that were so beautifully rekindled after much heartbreak. The writing is clean, witty and creative! Many laugh out loud moments for me as I read. Bravo to Walsh on another wonderful novel!

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Perfect summer read! A book about a workaholic experiencing a near death experience and using that to go on a "Summer of Yes" adventure which leads to reconciliations, learning to love life, and taking more risk when it comes to relationships. Between the banter, and the emotional conversations, Walsh really pulls on heart strings of readers!

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The Summer of Yes is a wholesome read by Courtney Walsh. It is refreshing to see a young and older woman female friendship pairing. In this regard, part of the book had some modern Thelma and Louise vibes meets a Devil Wears Prada dynamic (except Georgina is certainly not as icy as Miranda Priestly). Walsh balances the seriousness of medical scenarios with the small-town romance perfectly. Sometimes changing points of view often can make a read feel more tedious or confusing, but the alternating character perspectives were wonderful for this story. I will be recommending it to the Swoonworthy Magazine audience.

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This is now the second book I have read from Courtney Walsh and I am absolutely obsessed with her writing. The banter that she can write between her characters is top notch! At first with this book when I got the POV of Georgina I was a little thrown off and up to 30-35% I was very confused on where this book was going to go. THEN once I got to the part where they go on the trip to North Carolina that is where this book started really picking up for me. I absolutely loved the second chance aspect with Georgina and Dylan. Dylan is the epitome of the perfect book husband. The fact that he stuck around all those years, "Welcome home, Georgie", ahhhhhhh makes me want to cry just thinking about it again.

By the end the relationship between Kelsey and Georgina was so beautiful. I love that Kelsey never gave up on her and was determined to help change Georgina. When Georgina went to Kelsey's job at the end and stood up for her was so empowering and I love that she did that for her.

This book displays so many life messages about how you should never be scared to chase your dreams, to always forgive and love unconditionally. There were multiple moments that I started to tear up because the words were so beautifully written and the writing really moved me.

Favorite Quotes:
"It means filling your life with the people you love doing the things that make you feel the most alive."
"Don't wait to love the people you love. We aren't guaranteed a second chance-we're only lucky enough to seize one when it comes."
"Be fearless... The world needs your voice."

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An amazing inspirational book. Such a reminder to look at life differently and change perspectives. The ripple effect of our decisions is huge and can be glorious.

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Oh my gosh I loved this book so much. It was such a lovely story about life, choices you make, unlikely friendships, love and saying yes. One of my favorites of the year so far.

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In a word, this book is delightful! I enjoyed it all. A nice balance of substance and fluff. Highly recommend.

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Loved this book! It was different than I expected in all the best ways. When Kelsey finds herself sharing a hospital room after a near death experience she can’t believe who her roommate is. Georgina Tate is famous, owns her own massive company and is a total icon of Kelsey’s. Kelsey gets a glimpse of what her future might be if she keeps on her current path by hearing about Georgina’s life and regrets. This starts the Summer of Yes and she somehow convinces Georgina to join her in saying yes to things they haven’t let themselves say yes to in a very long time.
There’s so much heart, heartache, forgiveness, and starting new. Life is about living and loving and it’s never too late to make things right. Also, it has an element of kidney disease and donation which is close to my heart so it made it even more special!

Thanks to NetGalley for the advanced copy I received!

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It was touching and funny, and I loved it. Putting the romance aside, the relationship between each character was just amazing. i cried.

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Kelsey Worthington just had a near-death experience. The biggest inconvenience of it? Pulling her away from the intensity and deadlines she’s confined to within her fast-paced publishing job. An interesting and unexpected meeting with someone older, whose life paints the picture of what Kelsey’s future might exhibit, causes Kelsey to question her own life and choices… Kelsey decides to start saying yes more often, rather than making excuses, leading to new friendships, self-reflection, and more than she ever thought possible.

I adored this book. Reading Kelsey’s character arc and perspectives was like looking into a mirror. I read this book on my Kindle and found myself highlighting many things she said, because it resonated so much with me. Other than loving Kelsey’s character, I loved the friendship she developed with Georgina. The whole time reading their adventures, I felt like this could be a movie. I loved the added romantic element; my only critique is that I felt like this part of the storyline could’ve been developed a little bit further. It seemed to move fast, and some parts felt choppy, not flowing effortlessly. I still loved the Kelsey-Hayden relationship. All of the different situations throughout the book felt like “fate,” truly serendipitous moments, and I couldn’t get through it quick enough. A true feel-good story!

Read if you enjoy:
☺️ serendipitous moments
🚗 spontaneous adventures
🤔 what-ifs
❔ questioning life choices
⛵️ beach town vibes
🔁 multiple POVs

I read this book via Kindle format, courtesy of @NetGalley!

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This book. AMAZING!!!!!!!!! Courtney Walsh does it again. This could possibly be my favorite of hers. I fell in love with the characters from the beginning. I wanted to hug them, yell at them, cry with them, cry for them, fight for them and beg them to fight for themselves. The Summer of Yes is a book that will stick with me for a long time. We all need to remember what is most important in life and fight for that.

Kelsey is young and living the life that she thinks she is supposed to live ... a safe life. That is until she gets a life disruptor that changes everything. Georgina thinks she has the perfect life with her hugely successful business until she meets Kelsey who happens to be her roommate in the hospital. This chance meeting starts the adventure of a lifetime ... the summer of yes.

Thank you Thomas Nelson Fiction for sending me an early copy of this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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“The Summer of Yes” was a delightful book to read with a very inspiring story that will make you question your own. It was exactly what I needed.

Kelsey’s life gets suspended by a life threatening and freaky accident that makes her evaluated her life decisions until that moment. While in the hospital, she finds herself sharing her room with a very successful and older business woman who may be questioning her own life decisions now that she is dying.

Their journey is one of self discovering, making them both question if letting others love you and loving them back is as worthy as being successful in your own career. If it’s possible to have everything without sacrificing you or those who want to be in your life. Or if what you initially believe are your “dreams in life” are actually what you believe they are or what you really need and will make you happy at the end of your life.

“The summer of yes” should be a course everyone needs to take at least once in your life without the need to experience a life threatening moment, and you may discover more about what you want, like and love and what you definitely don’t need to consider or do to be happy…….whatever “happy” means to you.

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Courtney Walsh knows how to write characters that you genuinely care about. The two FMCs in this story have wonderful character arcs that were a joy to read.

Kelsey and Georgina are thrown together and are the most unlikely of duos after Kelsey gets HIT BY A CAR (not like how you feel after your 3 year old wakes up at 2am ready to party, I mean like actually hit by moving vehicle) and survives.

Georgina is business savvy and Kelsey is struggling to make her way in the world. Kelsey begins to notice things that she feels like were “meant” to happen. She does the hard things and follows the feelings she’s being given because they feel like the right course of action.

The character arcs are entertaining and moving. This book touches on some heavier topics of parental abandonment and regret. It may even inspire you to be a better parent. At least, a more present parent.

Wonderful book, highly recommend.

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The Summer of Yes was my first Courtney Walsh novel and I have to stress it will definitely not be my last. This book provided a non stop engaging and imaginative story line that had me hooked from page one. The book begins with Kelsey an overworked, under appreciated book editor. Kelsey in her ever under appreciated state is volen-told to get to Starbucks with her boss’s coffee order. En route back to the office Kelsey gets mowed down by a rogue car. She wakes up in the hospital with a very fragmented memory of what landed her there. Frantic to get back to her work but told she’s very lucky to be alive she’s required to stay in the hospital and wait to be cleared. The then unoccupied and last neighbouring hospital bed is taken by a very regal and formidable woman Kelsey recognizes as Georgina Tate a well known business mogul. After listening to Georgina for a short period of time Kelsey can see some parallels between herself and the older woman. Georgina is dismissive of Kelsey but one question seems to break through her tough exterior. Was her singular focus on her job really worth it? Through her near death experience and her time with Georgina Kelsey decides that she needs to change her life and start saying Yes. Yes to the invitations that she’s been declining and just Yes to living her life again. This work was truly a delight to behold. I enjoyed the dynamic and witty push and pull between Kelsey and Georgina and their character development was so exquisitely crafted. I love to see characters grow into their most authentic selves and work for the life they want. Courtney Walsh’s The Summer of Yes was a pure delight to experience. Life gets busy and sometimes we get in our own way. The Summer of Yes makes me want to say Yes to everything that I have been saying no to. Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishing and NetGalley for this Advanced Release copy. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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This is precisely the story I needed now. This book will be popular with many over the summer and for years. It has great characters and a light but meaningful plot. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

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Great read! I love all of Courtney Walsh’s books and this one did not disappoint. Everyone should have a summer of yes and say yes to living their best life. Enjoyed the perspective from both Kelsey and Georgina. Five stars!

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Fabulous book that goes deep. I kept on highlighting passages in the first part of the book. The second part is more focused on romance, but not the traditional, “Get together, get in a fight, get together again.” Thank goodness. The romance is a nice touch, but the real strength of this book, in my opinion, is the wisdom regarding choices, the importance of a job in one’s life and the role of relationships, experienced through Kelsey’s and Georgina’s lives. Kelsey is about as old as Georgina was when she chose her career over relationships. I think many of us hate asking for help, wanting to prove we can do it ourselves. Here are some passages to make you think, "…my typical 'I can do it myself' attitude has caused someone I love a lot of grief." “I’ve been DIYing my life for years. And,.... backing myself into a very lonely corner.” “The universe sends disruptors along when we’ve gotten into a pattern that’s too comfortable.” The author is quite funny in describing certain situations such as “The Insult Generator flips on in my head” when the main character meets her rival. Kelsey and Georgina go on a life changing trip, literally and figuratively. Both women realize they’re afraid of not being in control (who isn’t?) and therefore decline invitations and forgo experiences. Through trial and error, they face their fears and discover what truly counts. It’s a sizable read, but you’ll be thrilled to have so much book left even after reading for hours. And along the way, there will be nuggets of wisdom to gather, save and cherish.

Many thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing me with a free complimentary copy. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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This was another gem of a book by Courtney Walsh.

Kelsey has a near death experience that makes her rethink a lot about her life. She unexpectedly meets Georgina, who has a lot of life regrets due to her choices. Thus begins the Summer of Yes. A reluctant agreement of a road trip and to say yes to hard and scary and new things. Live life with no regrets. Choose joy over work. This book had it all. It also had a great example of true forgiveness and grace.

The characters were written and developed so well that I felt I truly understood them. The book had witty back and forth banter between Kelsey and Georgina and Kelsey and JP.

This is a book you should add to your TBR list.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing and NetGalley for the advanced copy for my honest review.

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The Summer of Yes is another great read by Courtney Walsh. Our protagonist had an accident, which along with meeting someone she has long admired, causes her to reconsider some major life choices. From there we go on an adventure of rediscovering what is truly most important in life. This story touches on so many things, friendship, love, bravery, forgiveness, etc. The relationship that develops between the two main characters was delightful. It was a wonderful, sweet story and I can wait to read more by this author! For sure a 4.5-5 star book!

Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Fiction for the advanced copy. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Delightful, moving, fun and creative escape into the "what ifs" we all face or ignore in our lives. Join the journey and have a memorable experience! Courtney Walsh's latest will leave you examining your own life, happiness, dreams and possibilities! What a great story! This book was provided through Net Galley, the author and publisher for my reading pleasure and review. Definitely worth the read!

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This was a brilliant story of a bright, creative and passionate young woman, who after getting in an accident and meeting a famous founder of a cosmetics company, tries to get herself (and her hospital roommate) to have a more positive outlook on life, calling it “the summer of yes”. That opens them both to new opportunities, fixing up their old mistakes and smoothing out some regrets, as well as living and reliving some romance.
I found this novel absolutely amazing, inspiring and funny. The way Kelsey’s, our main character, thinking processes worked, was extraordinary! Charming, hilarious, profound, entertaining… she’s the whole package. Side characters and love interests were also fantastic, making it a great read. Only Georgina, who shared the protagonist role with Kelsey, was a bit off for me, mostly because of the stubbornness she displayed. She could have had more raw and vulnerable moments to help with relating to her character.
I think it’s also worth noting how brilliantly the storyline was lead. The author’s writing was absolutely superb, she was surprising the readers, changed directions of the story and made everything still very cohesive.
I completely adored this book, 4.5/5 rounded up.

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This book was such a delight! The Summer of Yes is the story of two women saying yes to life by chasing experiences, seeking forgiveness, and creating new connections. I loved the contrast of the dual-POV, with Kelsey closer to the beginning of her adult and professional life and Georgina closer to the end of hers, it made for interesting perspectives. Their shared lack of filter made them endearing characters and added fun humor. Courtney Walsh has quickly become an auto-read author for me as her books always leave me with a feeling of joy and contentment. I highly recommend you say yes to The Summer of Yes!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Kelsey is an assistant editor who sacrifices everything for her job, but longs to be a writer. After a freak accident she wakes in hospital sharing a room with Georgina (think Meryl Streep in devil wears Prada, but slightly less abrasive). Recognising and relating to the sacrifices Georgina made to achieve success in business, Kelsey strong-arms her into a ‘summer of yes’.

This is a delightful premise and well executed. The first half of the book was a little slow to start, but I loved the focus on Georgina and Kelsey’s growth. The author did a beautiful job of exploring their insecurities, flaws and choices, whilst building their relationship characterised by caring, mentorship, honesty and more than a little snark. The romance was secondary to this but equally enjoyable - both Hayden and Dylan were warm, interesting, and often more emotionally mature than our female main characters!

The overall messaging about opening yourself to opportunities, finding your purpose, and setting boundaries was inspirational. I also really enjoyed the small beach town setting and the witty narrative.

I would highly recommend to anyone looking for an uplifting, cosy, romantic and inspiring read.

Thank you Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed are my own.

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Perfect beach read! A near death experience can really shake up your life! Are we saying yes to the things that really make us happy? If you love Sarah Adams and Katherine Center, this funny rom com is for you!

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for this darling book!!

Preorder it NOW!!!

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Thank you NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Fiction for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.


Yes! Yes! Yes! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kelsey works for a big time editor in NYC and is married to her job. She says no to all the things and people in her life. One day she is hit by a car while on the side walk as she was picking up coffee for her boss. She meets Georgina Tate while in the hospital. Georgina is a big deal business woman who is prickly and ornery and dying from kidney failure. Kelsey is drawn to Georgina. Kelsey’s mother provides some motherly advice about saying “yes” more often. Kelsey notices the similarity between herself and Georgina and coerces Georgina to participate in the summer of yes. Along the way they both find that saying yes (and sometimes, “no more”), leaning into fears/discomfort, and surrounding yourself with the people you love is what life is all about.

I love the relationship between Hayden (Georgina’s son) and Kelsey…they are just so cute together. And the love forgiveness and patience Dylan and Hayden (Georgina’s estranged spouse and son) extend to Georgina is so sweet/tender. This is a book filled with some heartfelt romance and solid life advice.

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Thank you Net Galley and Thomas Nelson Fiction for allowing me to read "The Summer of Yes". This book was really good. I loved it. ! It was a heartwarming story of realizing what is important in life and finding love in the process. Kelsey and Georgina are the main characters and they are both workaholics. They happen to meet in a hospital room where Kelsey is being treated for an accident and Georgina is being treated for kidney disease. They form an unlikely friendship that leads to family ties being reunited and a new outlook on life. There’s also a double love story unfolding. It was a great book and I highly recommend it.

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This is the first time I’ve read a book by Courtney Walsh and though it was slow paced in the beginning I did get drawn into the book. As the ending drew near I found myself shedding happy tears, which I don’t often do when I read a book. So I walk away from this book ready and willing to read more of this Authors books. I found it to be captivating, romantic, and a page turner. The main point was not to let your goals rob you of time spent with your loved ones. It’s not a bad thing to have goals but balance your time between work and family. Forgiveness was also an important aspect of this book. I appreciate that the book was clean read and I am pleased with the time I invested to read this novel.
When Georgina Tate and Kelsey Worthington become room mates during a hospital stay they find they seem to have much in common. Georgina is the older of the two. She is a very successful business woman in New York City. She has reached the top of her field and is very well known for her achievements. Kelsey is a 32 year old associate editor for a well known publisher. She is pouring all her time and energy into her career. She doesn’t date or have many friends. Mostly she just works. When she meets Georgina she can’t believe how fortunate she is to have this chance to get to know the legendary Matriarch of New York City. The two talk and Kelsey asks Georgina if all her sacrifices she made for her business was worth it. Georgina lost her husband and son because she was always too busy to spend time with them. The women get together for a Summer of yes so they might try some of the things they’ve always said no to because of their careers . Is it too late for these ladies to change the course of their lives?
I recommend this book to readers of Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction and contemporary Romance.
This book is a standalone read. It is scheduled for release on 7/2/24.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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This book right here.. whew! I can't even find the words...

I laughed.
I cried.
I was shocked.
I was heartbroken.
I felt the love.
And most of all... it was an *awakening*.

This will make you think deeply about things in your life.. your choices, priorities, and how you live this short time we're all given on this beautiful planet. It truly made me want to live the Summer Of Yes year round. I'm going to do more things I put off, refuse to do out of fear, and things I haven't tried because of this book... but more importantly, I'm going to live with light and show my love to those I love around me even more. As we never know how short or long we may have left, we're all dying. Wonderful summer or beach read, but impeccable book that can be read year round. There are so many great things to take away from this. It's a must-read!!

I received this book from NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Fiction to read/review. All of the statements above are my true opinions after fully reading this book.

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I absolutely adored this book. It definitely gave me some Devil Wears Prada vibes, with the powerful businesswoman and the girl who’s trying to get herself heard and seen in the corporate world. Their unlikely friendship and alliance was wonderful to read as it unfolded, with Georgina learning some very important lessons and Kelsey finding her voice. I also felt inspired by this book to want to say yes to more things in life (within reason of course!) and take more chances and experience more things.
Loved this book; Can’t wait to put a copy on my shelf and see what else Courtney comes out with!

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I loved this book so much! Finally a modern current read with issues prevalent to my life that I can recommend to absolutely anyone.

Kelsey Worthington is a rising editor of a publishing company who is becoming a workaholic as she is trying to climb the corporate ladder. Walking on the sidewalk one day, she is hit by a car. While recovering in a hospital room, she discovers her roommate is Georgina Tate, a famously successful business tycoon. When neither patient has a visitor besides employees, Kelsey poses the question “Is the obsessive work habits and wealth worth it?” When Georgina cannot answer, this begins the “Summer of Yes”, when they both make a pact to say “yes” to events and plans that they would usually so “no” to.

This was a delightful novel that was light and fun but also made the me, the reader, reflect on what am I saying “no” to or sometimes “yes” and am I prioritizing work over relationships? This was surprisingly a wonderful book of regret and forgiveness. Thank you Thomas Nelson Publishing and Net Galley for this very enjoyable and touching advanced reader copy. I will highly recommend all of my book friends to read this fantastic book. #TheSummerOfYes #NetGalley

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The Summer of Yes was a thoughtful read about two women at different stages of their lives and how they come together to change the direction of their lives and the lives of those they love. Good character development, lovely prose. A thoroughly enjoyable story. Thank you for an advance copy.

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The sweetest book by one of my favorite romance authors. This book was about second chances, finding joy, and learning to say "yes" to life! Mainly character-driven, this is a story about a witty older boss babe (she hates that phrase) and a younger editor who find themselves sharing a hospital room. Through sheer determination, Kelsey gets Georgina to agree to a summer of "yes"...all with the underlying intention of reconnecting Georgina with her family. Summer roadtrip, scenic views, friendships, clean romance, and no language; this book makes for the perfect summer romance.

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"The Summer of Yes" is a delightful rom-com novel that offers a refreshing twist on the classic genre. It’s only April and this may be one of my favorite books of the year! Written by Courtney Walsh, this book will captivate readers with its memorable characters, clean storyline, and overall feel-good vibe.

The story is set in New York City and opens with workaholic Kelsey Worthington having a near-death experience. While she’s in the hospital recovering, she meets an older, successful business woman, Georgina. While chatting about their lives, through some fun banter and strong convincing, both Kelsey and Georgina realize there’s more to life than work and start off on an adventure of a summer of “yes.”
What sets "A Summer of Yes" apart is its clean and wholesome approach to fun and romance. The author skillfully avoids clichés and unnecessary drama, opting instead for genuine moments of laughter, heartwarming conversations, and tender gestures. In addition, the supporting cast of characters adds depth and charm to the story. This book is perfect for anyone in need of a feel-good escape!

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The Summer of Yes by Courtney Walsh is just that - a definite yes!! I’m a huge fan of Courtney Walsh & this book reaffirms why. I didn’t want this one to end- read this as soon as it's available!!

Thank you NetGalley & Thomas Nelson Fiction for the ARC copy of this book.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thank you Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Fiction.

What a great read.....a feel-good story that really makes you stop and think about your own life. A story that follows an unlikely relationship that formed between 2 women you probably never would have put together. Kelsey and Georgie help each other discover a new lease on life, with an ending that brought a tear to my eye. Courtney Walsh does it again....a must read!

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Courtney Walsh does it again!

Kelsey Worthington is a junior editor. She’s your classic workaholic- to the point that she has alienated most of the people in her life. Nothing about her life is excited- that is, until the accident. While in the hospital Kelsey meets an older woman, Georgina Tate. Georgina is a highly successful business woman. With only a few months left to live due to her failing kidneys, Georgina is forced to face her regrets head on. After her run-in with death, Kelsey also is facing her own regrets. So she decides to give herself a summer of yes. Kelsey is going to force herself to say yes to all the things she would normally say no to. And by some miracle she convinces Georgina to join her on this wild summer adventure of yes.

This story is about forgiveness, choosing what really matters in life, and love. This is one of those books that you will want to pick up and read again and again.

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I've read several Courtney Walsh books (all Christmas ones), and this one was my favorite. I loved the plot, and I loved how everything was woven together very well.
Walsh has a way of making me laugh while also touching my heart with her characters and stories. The main characters in this one are lovable and relatable. I saw myself in both Kelsey and Georgina.
I definitely recommend reading this book!

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I liked the character development in this book. Courtney Walsh is a great romance author, and wrote a great story between Hayden and Kelsey. The book sends a good message of living life to the fullest.

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The Summer of yes, was absolutely a yes for me!
Author Courtney Walsh has been a favourite of mine since I discovered one of her Christmas books. I have made my way through her collection.
I was so thrilled to be given the opportunity to read this book ahead of publication date!
It did not disappoint, and in fact, it exceeded my expectations.
Courtney puts her all into these stories, I can tell!
I follow her on Instagram and it’s clear from what she posts that her dedication and exuberance and passion for her writing definitely shows in each new book that she writes.
I recommend any of her books, including this newest one!
Thankyou to author Courtney Walsh, Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
Charlene 📚🤗🌸 @lastnownext

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I absolutely adored this book. I love Courtney Walsh - this author writes such great stories, with fantastic characters with depth and emotion. The book made me laugh, cry and willing to have a summer of yes myself.

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.

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I love Walsh's books so this one is no exception.
This sweet story will stop and make you think about your own life and the regrets that you wish you might have wanted to change. I know I have a few.
I liked Georgina! She isn't afraid to go after what she wants!
Kelsey is my favorite character though. I found myself rooting for her the whole way through. She's an awesome person to get to know.
I loved the easy banter between friends. Walsh does such a nice job with this.
I really enjoyed the lessons that were learned in this novel because to me, it's real!
Learning life's lessons is never easy. I should know! Saying Yes is difficult for one set in her ways like me.
The cover, author and colors on the front of this book are what made me want to read it.
I will be adding this to my shelf after it comes out in print. It's just sooooo wonderful! I couldn't put it down until Kelsey and Georgina finished telling me their story. I love books that keep my attention all the way through and leave u thinking about them long after they are done!
5 stars for a wonderful adventure of Yes! I highly recommend.
My thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Thank you to Thomas Nelson and netgalley for this ARC of The Summer of Yes. All opinions are my own. This book was fantastic. This is my first Courtney Walsh book and I was not disappointed. This book will pull on your heart strings as many of the topics can hit close to home. The friendship formed between the main characters will melt you. What would life look like if you just started staying yes today? Go on this adventure and see for yourself. This book will make you think and also not take some of the small things for granted around us every day. The characters were so well written and even the side characters you will learn to love. We all have a soft spot even if you deny it. This is the perfect spring/summer book or even winter when you wish it was summer :) this book was a real treat and I'm grateful to Thomas Nelson for letting me review this book.

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This book was so inspiring!! It makes me want to make a big life change…HA! But really, the characters were relatable and I loved the family feel to it. Great book!

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Say YES to reading this one!! Thank you NetGalley, Thomas Nelson Fiction, and Courtney Walsh for allowing me to read an ARC of this amazing book. For someone that is a workaholic and is always saying “no”, this book made me want to say “Yes” to more adventures in my life. I loved this book and can't wait to read more Courtney Walsh books.

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I have read Courtney's other titles, and this story is different- more serious with a lesson to be learned. It was deep and meaningful while also being light. The characters were very relatable and it was easy to empathize with them and their stories. I had to pace myself because I didn't want to the story to end too quickly!!!! Loved the Summer of Yes!

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This was my first time reading novel by Courtney Walsh and it will not be my last.

The story follows Kelsey, a young assistant editor in New York City who says no to everything except work. Following an accident she finds herself sharing a room with Georgina Tate, an older, extremely successful, no nonsense business woman.

Through conversation, Kelsey asks Georgina whether her total focus on her career was worth it. Georgina's slip of her cool, calm demeanour makes Kelsey reconsider her life. Serving out on a mission to say yes to things, Kelsey hopes to bring life back into her day to day world.

The dual point of view really helped to show the story from the two ladies' own view points and helped to knit the story together.

The depth of the characters, their relatability and the sensitivity that their stories were told meant that the novel was really enjoyable, amusing at times and just a pleasure to read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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This book was very good and I enjoyed reading it. I loved the story line and characters. They were unique and entertaining. It challenged me to be a better person. It made me think through some of my life goals and I appreciate that. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Is it corny of me to say YES to this book? Because I loved it! And it really got me in the mood for summer! I loved this book and I am excited to share it with my patrons at the library!

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Such a sweet story!! Kelsey, an editor for a New York publishing company, gets hit by a car and has to recover in a hospital room with the famous cosmetic guru, Georgina Tate. Kelsey tries to get to know Georgina, but Georgina will have no part of the friendliness. Outside in the hospital hallway, Kelsey "randomly" encounters an incredibly cute guy. Once home, and after visiting with her mom, and after an unfortunate event at work, Kelsey hatches a plan to live The Summer of Yes, and to quit being so negative. She involves Georgina, and the adventure begins!

This is a fun read, and quite compelling as well. I read it in record time - I just could wait to find out it would all play out. The ending was wonderful and satisfying. And beautifully sappy, too. Loved it!

Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to read and review The Summer of Yes.

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"𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐈'𝐯𝐞 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐝, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐲," 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐞𝐬, "𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞... 𝐢𝐬 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐮𝐥, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐲, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐡𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐢𝐭. 𝐈𝐭'𝐬 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐭'𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐭. (...)"

This book is an intriguing exploration of the complexity of personal relationships. I loved how the characters underwent changes, overcame their fears, and moved towards a better life. The subtle yet charming romance added the perfect touch to this story. At the same time, the everyday adventures served as a poignant reminder that the most extraordinary moments can arise in the simplicity of daily life. Undoubtedly, it is one of my favorite reads of the year.

Este libro es una fascinante exploración de la complejidad de las relaciones personales. Me encantó la forma en que los personajes experimentaron cambios, superaron sus miedos y avanzaron hacia una vida mejor. El romance sutil pero encantador añadió el toque perfecto a esta historia. Mientras que las aventuras cotidianas sirvieron como un recordatorio conmovedor de que los momentos más extraordinarios pueden surgir en la simplicidad de la vida diaria. Sin duda, una de mis lecturas favoritas del año.

𝐼 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑑 𝑎 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑦 𝑐𝑜𝑝𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑘. 𝑂𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑖𝑒𝑤 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑚𝑦 𝑜𝑤𝑛

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