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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.