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Reviewed by Deborah Stone for Readers' Favorite
Just Maybe by Crystal Walton is a gripping and heartwarming love story that in places sounds familiar, but it takes you on a journey you have not been on before. Quinn Thompson is a reporter trying to get a scoop on the elusive Cooper Anderson. She needs to succeed or it could cost her the job. While trying to figure out how to approach Cooper for an interview, she is mistaken for a person answering his ad, and she suddenly finds herself undercover trying to get to know the real Cooper Anderson so that she can write a job-saving article. Although we have seen this type of scenario before, this is not your typical trick that turns to romance; this is a heart-tugging journey that shows us the true Cooper and the true Quinn. As they both discover true love and each other, they also rediscover who they are and what they want out of life and we get to tag along for the ride. Cooper Anderson, the Entrepreneur of the Year candidate, is suddenly presented with a consequence from his past that will alter his life forever. Cooper is planning to move to Indonesia to start up a business, a trip that will take him far from the memories of the past that still haunt him. Quinn has come back home to try to get the interview of a lifetime and runs smack dab into the memories of her past that haunt her. Both are running, but will they ever find what they want? Can they find it in each other or is this just another distraction?
Crystal Walton gives us a full and powerful story where pain and regret merge with fear and love. Crystal Walton’s verbal imagery is superb and transports you right into the story and allows you to witness the events taking place. Her storytelling is steady, with no lulls or dry areas, which makes it very difficult to put this book down. Crystal Walton uses clichéd sayings with a freshness and newness that makes them seem all her own. The story is full of wisdom as well as entertainment. “Because it’s right here--in the middle of the mess--where chapters of faith and forgiveness write the kind of stories worth living” is one of the golden nuggets you will find along the way. Another is, “While searching for the future she thought would give her merit, she’d abandoned the roots that had given her the kind that mattered most.” This story touches on romance and so much more. The author has presented us with a beautiful love story, a story of family and the bonds that cannot be broken, of second chances, of faith and trust and so much more. I highly recommend this book and plan to read more from this talented author.