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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