Susan May Warren continues her contemporary series set in Deep Haven, Minnesota, featuring six adult children in the Christiansen family and their relationships.
In Always on My Mind, Casper Christiansen returns home after a failed dig in Honduras to face his problems. Still attracted to Raina Beaumont, Caspar finds her about to give birth, and he is not the father! He realizes she just needs him to be a friend as she makes hard choices for her baby. Meanwhile, Caspar tries to change his reputation by working two jobs – one of which keeps him in frequent contact with Raina. Both are history buffs, so they work together to unravel a town mystery involving an old wedding dress and a treasure. Will they overcome their bad decisions from the past to believe in a future together?
Warren writes character-driven contemporary books that draw in the reader, making them care about the characters. Each book opens with a letter from their mother, giving insight into the main character. Always on My Mind focuses on Raina needing to believe the truth about herself from God’s perspective, not her circumstances or bad decisions. Caspar, on the other hand, needs to learn he can’t fix other’s problems but needs to allow God to work in that person’s life.
While each book is a stand-alone novel, the stories from the earlier books continue as ongoing plot lines. More than just contemporary romances, these are stories of flawed individuals and how God woos them back into relationship – which is why readers are so captivated by this series. The next book, The Wonder of You, is coming in Summer 2015.
Recommended for public libraries and church libraries.
Carol R. Gehringer
—reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, 2015.