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Review: A Matter of Trust (Susan May Warren)

The Montana Rescue series continues in this latest book by Warren, and it lives up to the standards set by the previous two books, Wild Montana Skies and Rescue Me.

As always, Warren drew me in with characters I could believe I’d meet in my own town; they’re realistic and flawed, but with much potential for personal growth. She doesn’t just leave them in the sticky emotional situations she devises for them, either, but brings them out stronger and even more likeable than before.

Though winter sports have never been my thing, especially hurtling down icy slopes with avalanche danger imminent, I enjoyed every page that passed with Gage out on the mountains or even thinking about the mountains. Warren’s ability to make the reader identify with her characters and their passions is superb, something every fiction writer should aspire to achieve.

I’m certainly looking forward to more from this series and will be sure to check for previous books I may have missed before I had come to the realisation several years ago that Warren is one of my favourite writers.

Grab a copy at your favourite retailer! Here’s an Amazon link to get you started on your shopping…

Book Description:

Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he’s remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana’s rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can’t seem to find his footing–or forget the woman he loved, who betrayed him.

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the limelight as the second-youngest senator in the country. But she has a secret–one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track.

When Ella’s brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park’s most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn’t so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he’ll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother, a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain.

But old sparks relight as they search for the missing snowboarder–and suddenly, they are faced with emotions neither can deny. But when Ella’s secret is revealed, can they learn to trust each other–even when disaster happens again?

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Review: Rescue Me (Susan May Warren)

rescue-me-coverI don’t think I can rave enough about Susan May Warren’s writing. I love her stories! This one was definitely what you’d call a page-turner, and I was so wrapped up in this particular tale that I put sleep lower on the priority list until I knew how it would turn out!

I enjoyed having this novel focus on the Brooks brothers, not only on the friction between them but also in their relationship misadventures… Sam and Pete were great heroes to join for the journey. I really liked the women in the story, too, intriguing and strong. This book has it all!

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Review: You’re the One that I Want (Susan May Warren)

This ebook was provided by the publisher for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.

the one that i want coverThe day has come and the final Christiansen Family book is here! This novel was so good at being the wrap-up book, with plenty of adventures hinted at for the Christiansen siblings so it doesn’t feel too neat and tidy.

The book opens with Owen Christiansen far away from home and not believing he could ever belong in his family, and his story was an enjoyable journey of the heart. Warren doesn’t make it too easy, which wouldn’t seem realistic, but she doesn’t place so many obstacles that it feels the author hates the character. (Ever felt that way when reading a book? It’s so unfair to the character!)

From the beginning chapter, I liked Owen’s character, which we’d only had hints at in the other books of the series. I might not have made all the choices he did or said things in the same way, but I understood him and enjoyed spending a novel getting to know him.

Scotty was also a great character, and she made a good match for him in personality, not so similar that their conversation would be boring, but not so different that they would be bickering the entire story. A good balance instead.

I’m sad to say goodbye to this series, but so glad to have read it and be so invested in the characters that they will live on in a corner of my mind despite this being the last book.

Eagerly awaiting Susan May Warren’s next novel…

Book description: Owen Christiansen has been in a downward spiral since an injury ended his NHL career. But a job on an Alaskan crabbing boat offers a fresh start . . . maybe even a shot at romance with Elise “Scotty” McFlynn, the captain’s daughter.

Used to being one of the guys, to never relying on anyone, Scotty doesn’t believe in happily ever after—especially with someone like Owen. Her instinct is confirmed when Casper Christiansen arrives to drag his prodigal brother home, bringing with him a truckload of family drama—and even worse, the news that Casper is wanted for questioning in connection to a crime back in Minnesota.

But Owen is more than the sum of his mistakes, a truth both he and Scotty discover when she escorts both brothers to Deep Haven as part of her new job on the Anchorage police force. Thrust into an unfamiliar world of family, faith, and fresh starts, Scotty begins to see potential for a happy ending . . . if she’s brave enough to embrace it.

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Review: The Wonder of You (Susan May Warren)

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Disclaimer: This ebook was provided by the publisher for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.

I’ve discovered why I enjoy Susan May Warren tales so much, no matter the setting or genre – she crafts characters and plots as I want to do. These are characters I can easily picture running into while out and about in my own town, and their stories aren’t simple or boring. The dialogue can have me laughing at the boldness of the speaker, heartbroken at the revelation of loss suffered, or just on the edge of my seat as to how it will all work out for these new friends of mine. And the plots can get complicated too, in a good way where I still follow what’s happening but in no way start yawning at the lack of action! (Yes, I’ve experienced all sorts of reading experiences and find myself cheering for the writers who’ve discovered the right balance in all the facets of storywriting.)

So yes, I loved reading Amelia’s tale, as I was sure I would. (No spoilers as to which man she chooses. Go find out yourself!) And like any well-written novel, it was too short. (Thanks for that very-true insight, Jane Austen. You said it perfectly!) I’m going to be devouring any mention of Amelia’s future in any other Christiansen family novels, and wanting everyone to reunite and gab like I would with all my siblings around. (I think Owen’s story is the last of the series. I may be in denial about having to say “so long” to the family!)

Book description: Mortified after her semester abroad is cut short, Amelia Christiansen returns to Deep Haven, certain she isn’t brave enough for the adventures she’s dreamed of. The last thing she expects is for the man who broke her heart to cross the Atlantic and beg forgiveness.

Heir to a European hotel dynasty, Roark St. John has trekked from one exotic locale to another, haunted by tragedy and the expectations that accompany his last name. Amelia is the first woman to give him a reason to stop running. He’ll do anything for a second chance—even contend with Amelia’s old flame, who is intent on sending Roark packing.

While one surprise after another leaves Amelia reeling, Roark’s continued presence only highlights the questions pursuing her. Like him, is she running from the life God has called her to? Could finding her new place mean leaving home behind?

Author Bio: Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I’m a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I’m an adventurer — having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that’s why my characters can’t sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another — they’re too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories, that I hope inspire and entertain!

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Reading update time!

While I was waiting for the next Susan May Warren release, The Wonder of You, I found a couple of her Team Hope books at the library. I’m waiting on the third from another library in the province, which means I enjoyed the previous reads – I wouldn’t bother with more of the series if I didn’t find them great suspense novels. Go, Susan, go!

I also “splurged” on the 99-cent release of a novella collection by the same great author. Yep, getting my Susan May Warren fix for now. 😉

I may have to return a Lauraine Snelling book to the library unread for now because of the reading to be done (and if I get to the review I already owe Tyndale for Praying Upside Down, there’s another book available June 15th that I wanted to review). I think Snelling will be my next try for a new-to-me author, maybe some Terri Blackstock afterwards since my library has at least one series of hers. I may also “library-hop” this summer and get my hometown to supply reading material, hee hee.

When do I read, you wonder? Little snippets here and there during the day while Alex plays, waiting in the car before picking up the older boys from school, other waiting times, evenings once I’m really hooked by the story and don’t want to do anything else with the day… When you want to read, you really will find the time. It helps if I don’t let myself be at the computer too long either, and I have to thank Alex on that score – he always wants up when I sit in the computer chair or on the couch but isn’t very safe once he’s with me, so I tend to be on the floor with him instead (less distance to fall means I keep my sanity).

Happy reading, all! 🙂

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Ooh, can’t wait for this book!

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The Christiansen Family series has been so good that I’ve been saving a review slot for this title, knowing I would be requesting to review it. I’m looking forward to a great read! 🙂

Book description:

Mortified after her semester abroad is cut short, Amelia Christiansen returns to Deep Haven, certain she isn’t brave enough for the adventures she’s dreamed of. The last thing she expects is for the man who broke her heart to cross the Atlantic and beg forgiveness.

Heir to a European hotel dynasty, Roark St. John has trekked from one exotic locale to another, haunted by tragedy and the expectations that accompany his last name. Amelia is the first woman to give him a reason to stop running. He’ll do anything for a second chance—even contend with Amelia’s old flame, who is intent on sending Roark packing.

While one surprise after another leaves Amelia reeling, Roark’s continued presence only highlights the questions pursuing her. Like him, is she running from the life God has called her to? Could finding her new place mean leaving home behind?

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Review: Always on My Mind (Susan May Warren)

This ebook was sent to me by the publisher for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.

I’m always excited when it’s time to read a Susan May Warren book. Good romance and family drama are ahead of me, from a Christian author as well. Not surprisingly, I wasn’t disappointed with this latest novel from Warren. Really good story and characters, satisfying ending. Warren knows how to deliver! 🙂

I’m looking forward to the next novel in the series and I hope it won’t be too long!

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