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The Summer of Yes


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

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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.

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“Two unlikely women come together for a summer that will change their lives in Courtney Walsh’s latest perfect page-turner. Full of heart, humor, and, oh yes, a happy ending, The Summer of Yes reaffirms why Walsh is one of my favorite writers. This feel-good novel is her absolute best yet—and the beach read that everyone will be talking about!”

—Kristy Woodson Harvey, New York Times bestselling author of A Happier Life

“Courtney Walsh is an incredible storyteller. She has a magical way of weaving hope and happiness into every story she writes. If you love books by Denise Hunter and Rachel Linden, then say yes to The Summer of Yes!

—Melissa Ferguson, bestselling author of How to Plot a Payback

"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."

—Goodreads review

Meet Isadora Bentley


Perhaps there’s actually something to this happiness concept, and possibly there’s something to be said for loosening up and letting life take you somewhere . . . happy.


Author Courtney Walsh


Courtney Walsh is a novelist, theatre director, and playwright. She writes small town romance and women's fiction while juggling the performing arts studio and youth theatre she owns with her husband. She is the author of thirteen novels. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist. Her novel Just Let Go won the Carol in 2019, and three of her novels have also been Christy-award finalists. A creative at heart, Courtney has also written three craft books and several musicals. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children.


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