A family saga (series) is one of inspirational fiction’s favorite tropes. One of them is penned by award-winning author Susan May Warren, who takes expands the idea beyond the typical three siblings (trilogy). Her world features a family of six. This is the next to last book which takes us on “baby” sibling Amelia’s journey. The story picks up just after Amelia returns from overseas, and feeling betrayed by Roark. Little does she ever dream he’ll follow her to the north woods of Minnesota nor does she know just who Mr. St. John really is.
The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren | Book Review
REVIEW | Stripped down to its most basic heart, Amelia’s story is lovely. I enjoy the slow build of her relationship with Roark, and since they already have a history, everything that goes down in her hometown is easy to accept without suspending a reader’s belief. Amelia, I think, is actually a favorite sibling. She’s young yet, but there’s so much maturity and wisdom in that head of hers. Just as an aside, let’s get the “bad” out of the way. The only facet of the story that I don’t completely enjoy is the “competition” of the love story and by proxy, Amelia’s flip-flopping emotions. I don’t want to give anything away which is why I probably shouldn’t say much more!
A lot takes place in a limited number of pages (there’s a 60+ page discrepancy between the ARC and finished copy). Life or death situations present characters with choices they want to run from (often with the end result of God convicting them). There’s an emotional upheaval kind of story in Grace and Max’s life (from When I Fall in Love), experienced through Max’s viewpoint. But never fear, there is lots of joyful interactions between Amelia and her suitor, and I must say, Roark just might be my favorite character vying for the heart of a Christiansen yet. Plus, the accent, yeah, it hinders nothing.
“You know enough of me to believe me when I say I am not going anywhere. Not without you. You stay, I stay. …For me, you are the reason to stop running.”
– Susan May Warren
A sweet contemporary novel that uses the strength of family, love and God, The Wonder of You falls easily into line as another special kind of story from the pen of Susan May Warren. ♥‘The Wonder of You’: Another Really Good Story! Reviewing Susan May Warren's fifth Christiansen book. #BookReviews #BookWorm #MustRead #WhattoRead Click To Tweet
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Author: Susan May Warren
Source: Publisher – thank you!
Publication Date: 2014
Series: Christiansen Family – Book 5
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary ARC copy of this book for reviewing purposes.