Review: Troubled Waters – Susan May Warren

Susan May Warren. Troubled Waters. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2018.

In the midst of a cold and snowy winter, I find it somewhat comical to be reading books about tropical climates and sandy beaches, but Ms. Warren manages to make it feel entirely realistic in her most recent novel, Troubled Waters.

As the fourth novel in Ms. Warren’s Montana Rescue series, Troubled Waters finally tells the story of Ian Shaw and Sierra Rose.  Both long-time characters in Ms. Warren’s recent books, Ian and Sierra’s relationship has been at the heart of the series, even as they have encountered incredible challenges caused by the sudden disappearance of Ian’s college-age niece, Esme.  In a last-ditch effort to resolve the conflict that exists between them, Sierra finally solves the mystery of Esme’s disappearance, even as Esme hopes to never be found.  Following a disastrous crash that could permanently ground the PEAK Rescue team, Sierra and Ian come up with a plan to raise the needed funds from Ian’s wealthy friends on a trip to the Caribbean.  When a rogue wave capsizes Ian’s yacht, the passengers and crew must fight for their lives and pray for a miracle.  Fortunately, the PEAK Rescue team comes to their rescue, with the hopes that they can discover them in time.

Ms. Warren returns to her Montana Rescue series and the PEAK Rescue team in Troubled Waters.  Filled with more detail about characters that readers have come to love, fans of the series will be thrilled with the continuation of the team’s story.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Troubled Waters. Ms. Warren manages to resolve some long-time questions from this book series, while still leaving her readers wanting more from upcoming books.  I was personally glad to see the return of Ian’s niece, Esme, as I was very much hoping that she was still ok after the events of the previous novels.  Likewise, I really appreciated that Ms. Warren didn’t make us wait until the absolute end of the series to finally focus on Ian and Sierra’s relationship.  As always, Ms. Warren creates a cast of interesting characters, as she expertly intertwines their stories over the course of the series.  Likewise, she manages to make her plots feel fresh and new, as she takes her readers on an interesting side trip to the Caribbean, which would feel like a leap in the hands of a less-experienced author.  Altogether, Troubled Waters feels like a natural continuation of the series that will keep readers engaged with the story and its characters, even with more books being released in the near future.

Fans of Ms. Warren’s previous work, especially the other books of the Montana Rescue series, will definitely want to read this novel.  Additionally, readers who enjoy contemporary Christian fiction may also find this novel to be worthwhile.

Ms. Warren releases the fifth book of the Montana Rescue series, Storm Front, in May 2018!

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Review: Blue Ridge Sunrise – Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter. Blue Ridge Sunrise. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2017.

I have read Ms. Hunter’s books for years, but I’m finding myself tracking down many of her books recently.  My sister found these books in my library and can’t get enough of her stories.

Ms. Hunter kicks off her new Blue Ridge Romance series with Blue Ridge Sunrise.  Zoe Collins grew up in the shadow of her brother, Brady, even as she made a name for herself in the town of Copper Creek as a free spirit and talented singer.  When her relationship with Brady’s best friend, Cruz Huntley, falls apart, Zoe leaves town with Kyle, another local singer, to become professional musicians in Nashville.  Five years later, Zoe returns for her grandmother’s funeral, discovering along the way that leaving may have been a great mistake.  Together with Cruz, Zoe decides to continue her grandmother’s peach orchard, which served as a sanctuary for both of them.  With faith beyond their own plans and stubbornness, Zoe and Cruz discover a second chance for their relationship.

With a slight overlap with Ms. Hunter’s recent Sweetbriar Cottage, Blue Ridge Sunrise shares some characters and locations, but otherwise functions as an entirely independent story.  Fans of Ms. Hunter’s writing style will be thrilled for a new series of her stories.

Overall, I liked reading Blue Ridge Sunrise.  Ms. Hunter’s writing style is very accessible and quite light, which makes for an enjoyable read.  Personally, I was not a huge fan of this particular storyline and set of characters, even as I typically appreciate Ms. Hunter’s other works.  This story includes a child born out of wedlock, questionable relationships, and domestic abuse, all of which could add up to a novel that may be unappealing to some readers of the Christian fiction genre.  While Ms. Hunter includes some Christian elements, the storyline still felt rather light in that regard.  However, she still manages to bring the story full circle, as her main characters finally resolve their differences by the end of the novel.

Fans of Ms. Hunter will likely want to read Blue Ridge Sunrise, especially as it kicks off a new series.  Likewise, readers who typically read contemporary Christian fiction will probably find this novel to be worth exploring.

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Review: A Song Unheard – Roseanna M. White

Roseanna M. White. A Song Unheard. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2018.

Happy New Year!  It’s always exciting to kick off a new year of great books and new stories by Christian authors around the world.  We’re starting the year with a wonderful new work by Roseanna White!

A Song Unheard continues Ms. White’s Shadows Over England series, picking up right where A Name Unknown left off.  Willa Forsythe has made herself an essential member of an adopted family of thieves.  However, her skills as a violin prodigy land her a role stealing war secrets from a Belgian refugee, who happens to be a world-famous violinist himself.  After the German invasion of his Belgian hometown, Lukas De Wilde is forced to flee, even as he becomes separated from his mother and younger sister.  As the children of a professor with skills as a cryptologist, they hold a secret that other governments are willing to kill to obtain.  Lukas finds himself in Wales as the concertmaster of an orchestra of Belgian musicians.  When he discovers Willa’s talents, he is willing to give up almost anything to make music with her, as long as he can keep his family safe.

Willa Forsythe first appeared in the series premier, but finally tells her own story in this fascinating novel set during the early period of World War I.  Musicians and music enthusiasts will love this unique tale of Belgian musicians’ role in raising money and awareness of their nation’s plight during the beginning of the war.

Overall, I really loved reading A Song Unheard!  After A Name Unknown, I was left wondering how Ms. White could possibly write a worthwhile sequel that could keep up the momentum from her first novel in the series.  With A Song Unheard, she managed to exceed my expectations!  A Song Unheard focuses on a relatively unknown part of World War I history, even as she captures the unique personalities of incredibly talented musicians as her primary characters.  Throughout the novel, Ms. White creates an impressive depth to her individual characters, while also including a surprisingly broad cast that builds on the initial set from her first novel.  Additionally, she develops a strong faith-based component to her plot, which readers will find to fit naturally within the storyline and character development.  After reading this novel, I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next to continue the story of this fascinating family!

Fans of Ms. White’s novels, especially A Name Unknown, will definitely want to read A Song Unheard.  Additionally, readers who enjoy historical Christian fiction with a touch of mystery and intrigue will also find this novel to be well worth trying.

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