The Meaning of Okay

Fiction - General
265 Pages
Reviewed on 10/15/2023
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Author Biography

Cortney Raymond is not a morning person, but she doesn't know how to sleep in. She loves all things planner related, and in her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with family. Cortney studied professional writing in college and has been a technical writer for several years. She has a BA in English and an MS in psychology.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

The Meaning of Okay by Cortney Raymond focuses on rebuilding and learning about self-love. Ten years ago, Kennedy Ellis was raped by a neighbor, which has had a lasting effect. She thinks she can move past it, but the experience haunts her, affecting her relationships and her lack of them. Rhys Curran has had his share of relationship trouble and has taken a hiatus from women. When Kennedy and Rhys meet through a mutual friend, their chemistry is undeniable, but they hold back for different reasons. Kennedy’s difficulties seem too numerous to overcome, and even though Rhys is ready for the challenge, he may be no match for Kennedy’s coping mechanisms.

Cortney Raymond takes romance to a new level as she explores the broken dreams of a woman with PTSD. The book is more meaningful than a simple romance story with butterfly kisses and meet-cutes. Raymond explores the life of someone deeply abused and suffering and the lifelines and encouragement she needs to fight to win herself back. The author builds multi-layered characters and vividly describes scenes to immerse readers in the story. Readers will be invested in Kennedy’s story, possibly identifying with her or Rhys. Although the book has no fairytale ending, it concludes beautifully with love and hope. Readers should digest The Meaning of Okay slowly and think about victims' struggles as they approach what most people take for granted.