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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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Susan May Warren guest post!

My review for Susan May Warren’s latest book, Always on my Mind, is coming soon! While you wait, here’s a little something from the author herself. 🙂

It’s January.

This is what my town looks like in January.

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Do you see the cold pallor? The icy streets? Right now, I am currently sitting under a blankie, with little half-gloves on to keep my fingers warm.

I know, I know. WHY do we live here?

Because it’s a gorgeous place to set a story. Located on the rocky shores of Lake Superior, it’s a little touch of Lake Woebegone – all the men are good-looking, all the women heroic. And it has the overtones of small town Cheers, where everyone knows your name. Which means that when you get into trouble, the entire town knows about it. Ack!

Welcome to Deep Haven, the home of the Christiansen family!

Their resort…Evergreen Outfitters and Cabin Rentals is located on an inland lake in the woods, nestled among the pines, serenaded by the call of the loons and the waves against the shore.

And if you haven’t met the Christiansens, they’re a crazy, love big and live life out loud family who might be a little like my family. (And one that might feel like yours, too!) The six adult children and two parents run a resort and try to figure out faith while living life (that often goes wrong). They make mistakes, but they love each other through them.

Not unlike our family. (That’s us, not the Christiansens. Just in case you might be confused.)

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The Christiansen family series follows each one of the adult children through their trials and triumphs of falling in love and finding their way in the world. The next book hits the shelves in the next month – Always on My Mind, a story about Casper, brother #2, who just can’t get the wrong girl off his mind…

Right now, I’m hunkered down writing book #6…The Day After Forever, the last story in the series, a story that asks…can Prodigals come home? (Um, I sure hope so!)

I wanted to write a series about a family with adult children, learning what it meant to carry on the legacy of faith into their lives. And I wanted to write a series that would really let readers dig into the family, feel like they were a part of their journey. The first two books ignite the series not only by introducing us to Darek and Eden, the two oldest children, but also set up the series with the loss of the family resort to a forest fire. Book 3, When I Fall in Love, brings us to Hawaii and back home and sends our prodigal on his way, and scatters the family.

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Book 4 picks up the pieces of the prodigal’s actions and brings home the family peace-maker, Casper, in Always on My Mind, and Book 5 adds in a new twist, when daughter Amelia has to choose between a hometown boy and a rich European she met while overseas. (And hello – have you see the hunk on THAT cover? The Wonder of You, baby!)

And then there’s Owen. Troublemaker Owen who just might surprise them all when he comes home…just in time to save the day. Or not… (Cover still pending!)

As the Christiansens rebuild their resort, the kids need to decide whether they want to carry on the family legacy…or if life and faith might bring them somewhere else.

And, did I mention romance? Oh yeah – we have to have something to keep us warm up here during the chilly months.

It’s a series full of family drama, community and…some really great food.

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And cookies. (Seriously – check out: http://www.susanmaywarren.com/blog/2014/11/11/tuesdays-tasty-treat-eden-graces-lucky-kiss-peanut-butter-cookies/ )

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That’s the news from Lake, um, Superior.

Have a great January…and try to keep warm – Susie May the Siberian

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