Susan May Warren. You’re the One That I Want. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2016.
It’s been an interesting 24 hours here at The Books and Biscuits Blog. Last night, the UPS guy dropped off a package that happened to be Susan May Warren’s newest release, You’re the One That I Want. While waiting for my husband to return from work, I started reading it. I ended up staying up late and waking up early to finish it. It was that good!
The final book of Ms. Warren’s acclaimed Christiansen Family series, You’re the One That I Want follows Owen, the prodigal son of the family. After an injury ended his professional hockey career, Owen began running from his family, his past, and God. However, he finds himself slowing down long enough to find a job on an Alaskan crabbing boat, where he meets Scotty McFlynn and her father, the captain and boss of the operation. When Scotty is swept off the boat in a storm, Owen leaps off to save her, which lands both of them in freezing water fighting for their lives. In the end, they save each other, with a bit of help from the Coast Guard. Their adventure also happens to land them on the news, offering Casper Christiansen with a much-needed clue as to Owen’s location. In the Christiansen brothers’ attempt to return home to Minnesota, Casper finds out there is a BOLO out for him, in connection with a murder back in Deep Haven. With the escort of Scotty, the Anchorage Police Department’s newest recruit, Owen and Casper must find the truth behind the murder before it puts one or both of them in jail.
Ms. Warren masterfully concludes the Christiansen Family series in You’re the One That I Want. After following Owen’s rebellion throughout the novels, this book offers a satisfying resolution to his search for faith and truth in the midst of life-altering challenges and disappointment.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading You’re the One That I Want! In general, my favorite books within the Christiansen Family series have been those that focus on the Christiansen women (It Had to Be You, When I Fall in Love, and The Wonder of You). Comparatively, the other books have been quite good, but never fully captured my attention in quite the same way. You’re the One That I Want was definitely the strongest and most compelling story of those featuring the Christiansen men. The book’s scenes between Scotty and Owen serve as a testimony of faith in action, whether on the treacherous deck of an Alaskan crab boat or the calm shores of Evergreen Lake. After an entire series of true-to-life moments of a family walking together in faith, the prodigal son finally returning home may be one of the most fulfilling.
Fans of Ms. Warren and her Christiansen Family series will definitely want to read You’re the One That I Want. The novel brings together her incredible storytelling ability with her unparalleled way of drawing Christian themes into her characters’ lives in a believable way. Out of the entire series, You’re the One That I Want has the most elements that would typically found in a suspense/action story, including a dramatic sea rescue and near-death experiences. However, the romance remains true to Ms. Warren’s sweet and clean style that seems completely consistent with the rest of her Deep Haven and Christiansen Family novels.
Special thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for an advanced copy of You’re the One That I Want!
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