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7.05.2015

The Wonder of You ~ Review

The Wonder of You
A Christiansen Family novel 5
By Susan May Warren

It's been a month since Roark St. John made his appearance in Deep Haven.  But Amelia's big brothers were there to send him packing before Amelia and Roark could speak.  Her heart was hurt by what Roark did, but crossing the ocean to see her must mean something.  The question is what.

Roark is determined to get a second chance with Amelia.  But her big brothers are presenting a problem.  And finding a way to stay in Deep Haven and not let the Christiansen clan know before he has a chance to talk to Amelia will take work and help. Fortunately Roark has an inside man who is willing to give him a chance.  And he needs a chance to win back the heart of the woman who makes him feel whole.  But can Amelia forgive him when she learns the truth of who he truly is?

The Wonder of You is Amelia's journey to becoming the woman she is meant to be.  The woman who doesn't rely on her family to make her way.  The woman who must determine who she trusts.  The woman who must decide to whom her heart belongs - Seth the man who has known her her whole life or Roark the man who sees her for what she could be.

But The Wonder of You is more than just Amelia and Roark's story.  This is also Grace and Max's as they work through the issues in their relationship and Max's future looming medical issues.  And then there is a young girl who is in need.  And the Christiansens being who they are, are determined to help this young hurting soul.

The Wonder of You is another exciting addition to the Christiansen family / Deep Haven world.  A world where family and friends are ready to help you and sometimes give you the shove you need to be the person you are meant to be.

If you've read the previous books in the series you will enjoy this latest offering starring the Christiansens.  And if you haven't read the previous books you can follow along fairly easily and catch up later - though reading them in order is ideal.  And as always the book ends giving you a teaser as to what the next book will be about.  And another possible Christiansen family crisis looks to be in the forecast.

What I like best is this series portrays people one can relate to.  And small town living in Deep Haven is realistically portrayed (small town resident here).  Everyone makes everyone else's life their concern and it is the talk of the town (though they occasionally forget to verify the facts with the main persons concerned in said events).  The caring is obvious and appreciated.  If you want to experience small town without making the move this is one way to do it.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.


About the Book:
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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