Review: What Matters Most by Courtney Walsh

What Matters Most was a story of second chances for two people who carried grief and bitterness heavily on their shoulders. It was the renewal of lost dreams. It was a story of the intense highs of a new love and the heart aching sadness of betrayal. This story pulled my emotions all over the place in the best of ways.

I loved the relationship that began as a partnership and tentative friendship between two people who were brought together by a tragedy, even though for much of the story, Emma was not aware of the connection and Jamie was worried about how to share the truth. I loved the way Jamie and CJ bonded and the way that Jamie learned to truly care for and love this little family.

I thought I could see the way things would unfold for these two and to a point, I did. However, the author threw in some wonderful twists and beautiful details that kept me turning pages to see how things would work out. I loved that there was an epilogue, even though I would have loved to see it as an extended epilogue that peeked even farther into the future, too. But that is probably just me. What Matters Most delved into some heavy topics with grace and highlighted the importance of forgiveness.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


Emma Woodson is hoping the cobblestone streets of Nantucket and the charm of her late husband’s family cottage will be the fresh start she and her young son, CJ, need. Securing a dream job at an art gallery is one more step along the path to a new life . . . and away from a piece of her history she hopes will never be revealed. Falling in love with the kind and handsome guy she hires to clean out the rental apartment above the garage wasn’t part of the plan.

Jameson Shaw came to Nantucket for one reason: deliver his letter to Emma and never return. But when he sees an opportunity to help her, he takes a chance, desperate to atone for his past. He never planned to keep his connection to her husband a secret or to fall in love with her. After all, he knows that their new relationship might not survive the discovery of who he really is.



Courtney Walsh is the author of Paper Hearts, Change of Heart, and the Sweethaven series. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was a New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller and a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. In addition, she has written two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives with her husband and three children in Illinois, where she is also an artist, theater director, and playwright.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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