It was with mixed feelings that I closed the final pages of Susan May Warren’s final book in her wonderful Christiansen Family series. I was happily satisfied to see the conclusion of Owen’s story resolved so well yet I was also sad to know that I had reached the end of time spent with this special family (unless I go back and read the series again).
Susan writes stories with characters and situations that are so realistic that the reader can easily identify. Many of her characters are people with whom I would probably enjoy spending time. One thing I like about them is that they are not perfect – they make mistakes (sometimes big ones) like the rest of us. And sometimes it takes them some time to own up to their mistakes and make things right.
Of all the Christiansen family, Owen was probably the most stubborn and rebellious. The funny thing was that although he had run far away from family and friends, he was totally unaware of his all-time biggest mistake. I loved how Owen met his match in Scotty, an equally wounded soul and how each of them eventually found the forgiveness, healing, and restoration needed to move forward in their lives. It was also a bit ironic how Casper, the brother Owen thought could do no wrong, was the one who ended up with BIG problems in this book. But family ties are strong and despite the conflict between the two brothers, Owen stepped up and did everything he could to prove Casper’s innocence.
As I stated earlier, I really hate to see this series end but also eagerly look forward to whatever Susan has planned next for her readers. If you have never read one of her books, by all means start with this series. You could read “You’re the One That I Want” as a stand alone but it would be far better in my opinion, to start at the beginning and work your way through it.
This book was provided for review by the Tyndale Blog Network.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
Read an excerpt from “You’re the One That I Want” here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Susan May Warren is the bestselling, Christy and RITA Award–winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church.
Susan holds a BA in mass communications from the University of Minnesota. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women’s events about God’s amazing grace in our lives.
For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
Will release as paperback and ebook by Whitaker House Fall 2016
Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother transforms her deceased parents’ respectable country inn into a brothel to accommodate the lumberjacks nearby—but then her reputation is compromised and she finds herself forced to enter into an engagement with Vance Everstone. Can she trust this man she hardly knows who has a scandalous reputation in his own right?
I am excited to participate in the cover reveal for Dawn Crandall’s latest novel, The Cautious Maiden. To celebrate this exciting news, Dawn is hosting a Rafflecopter Giveaway that includes a set of her 3 paperbacks; an Everstone mug and a $25 Amazon gift card!
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The first three books in The Everstone Chronicles are now available in paperback.
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“Mississippi Nights” is a gritty and down-to-earth story that probes some pretty deep emotional waters. The family bond between the two Boyette brothers is broken when David cannot forgive Jeremy for letting his fiance die in a fiery accident. Jeremy cannot forgive himself and has returned home after several years away with a secret. Pastor’s daughter Maggie becomes an important person in Jeremy’s life but is her love enough to free him from his personal demons?
Not only is this book an emotional roller coaster ride, its quickly moving plot is also filled with lots of action and surprises. At times it was difficult to read because the anger between the brothers was so realistic but I appreciated the way they showed their anger without profanity. Several tense scenes had me holding my breath and hoping for a positive outcome. Character development is so natural that I found myself often disliking David and Jeremy while rooting for them at the same time.
Some tough subjects are covered including child neglect and alcoholism in all its ugliness. Despite all its gritty reality, “Mississippi Nights” is a clean and redemptive tale that left me with a positive feeling at its end. It is a story that will stay with me for awhile. I look forward to reading more by this author.
This book was provided for review by The Book Club Network.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Two brothers, one death–the bond of brotherhood faces its greatest challenge against resentment and guilt. Can the love between two brothers eventually win against pain and guilt?
When Firefighter David Boyette’s fiancée perishes in a car fire, he blames his brother, Sgt. Jeremy Boyette, for her death.
Three years later, David returns home with a dark and devastating secret. With the help of family, a woman’s love, and a small child’s devotion, can David overcome insurmountable odds as he and Jeremy face the bitterness that enslaves him?
Together the brothers must decide if the bond of brotherhood is stronger than resentment and hate.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Daphne Self, writing as D.M. Webb, is the author of 30 Days: A Devotional Memoir (2013), Mississippi Nights (2012), and I Lost My Hat (2009). Her children’s devotional, Balaam and the Donkey, appeared on www.devokids.com (April 2013). Between her writing the next novel, marketing her published works, and reviewing books on her blog, Rebel Book Reviews, she volunteers as an ACFW judge for First Impressions, Genesis, and Carol Awards. Her travels and life with her family makes life interesting and provides plenty of material for storylines.
I have been a fan of Colleen Coble’s books since I picked up the first one. I really didn’t think it could get any better but she seems to up the ante with each novel. Believe it or not, I think each and every one of them is the best yet until the next one is released and “Mermaid Moon” doesn’t veer from the pattern.
“Mermaid Moon” is the perfect story for its setting along the rugged shore of the area of the country known as Downeast Maine. Residents must be pretty tough to survive the isolation and sometimes harsh conditions. Kevin O’Connor and Mallory Davis must meet those standards to find her father’s killer and live to see justice served. The task will be complicated by Kevin and Mallory’s past history as well as the fact that Mallory still feels responsible for her mother’s death fifteen years ago. Why should God forgive her if she can’t even forgive herself?
Well-defined characters populate the pages. Some of them are very important to the plot, others might just be a distraction. “Mermaid Moon” is skillfully crafted and takes the reader exactly where the author wants her to go. With unexpected twists, danger, and romance, Coble has woven a plot that moves at such a perfect pace that it is difficult to find a stopping point. I did not want to put it down but was sad to reach the end much to quickly. This is one book that I could have read for several more hours.
If you are already a fan of Colleen Coble’s novels, “Mermaid Moon” is a don’t miss read. If you have yet to read any of her books. give this one a try. I can pretty much guarantee it will be the last of her books you will read.
Copies of this book were provided for review by LitFuse Publicity and The Fiction Guild.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.”
Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.
Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart—and left—without a word, years ago.
When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.
As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including “Tidewater Inn,” “Rosemary Cottage,” and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Her books have sold more than 3 million copies.
Find out more about Colleen at http://www.colleencoble.com/.
Over the course of the past year or two I have added Lisa Carter as a “must have” author. I have no intention of letting any of her novels slip by me if I can avoid it. “The Stronghold” is another of her riveting modern suspense novels that feature strong Native American characters who defy tremendous danger as they strive to solve crimes and rescue those at great risk.
The book’s title is so appropriate on more than one level. Not only does Pilar have emotional strongholds from her past to overcome but she and her ex-fiance Alex must risk everything to breach the mountain stronghold of the madman who is responsible for the disappearance and deaths of several young teens.
“The Stronghold” is brilliantly written with a swiftly moving plot and strong characterizations. I didn’t want to put it down before the end and as a result was a slacker of household chores and missed some sleep as well. All in all, the book met all my expectations with the exception of the cover art that I felt did not live up to the gorgeous scenic covers of previous books. But the story line and characters were excellent so I really can’t complain. Once again, Lisa Carter has come up with a winner!
This book was provided for review by Amazon Vine.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Drug violence, revenge killings, and kidnapping are nothing new along the U.S.-Mexican border. But now teenage girls are disappearing from the Apache reservations of Arizona and New Mexico.
Apache tribal cop Pilar To-Clanny and FBI Special Agent Alex Torres have a long and tumultuous history. When someone close to them disappears, Pilar and Alex must risk everything to rescue the child, including facing the unresolved issues of the past, and venture into the no-man’s land of the drug cartels.
Can Pilar and Alex work together to stop a sadistic killer before he strikes again? On a quest to rescue those they love, who will rescue them?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lisa Carter is the author of Carolina Reckoning and Aloha Rose, and a writer and teacher whose articles have appeared in FamilyFun, Thriving Family, MomSense, and Christian Parenting Today. She is a frequent speaker and vocalist at women’s ministry events and has taught at the collegiate, high school, and middle school levels. Lisa is a member of ACFW, RWA and Sisters in Crime. When she isn’t writing, Lisa enjoys traveling, quilting, and researching her next romantic adventure. She and her husband have two daughters and make their home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Visit her online at LisaCarterAuthor.com.