Susan May Warren continues her contemporary series set in Deep Haven, Minnesota, featuring six adult children in the Christiansen family and their relationships.
In TThe Wonder of You, Amelia Christiansen cuts her year abroad short and returns home, feeling like a failure. When Roark St. John shows up in Deep Haven, she is caught off-guard. Now Amelia faces Seth, the hometown boyfriend who always assumed they would marry, and Roark, the British beau who broke her heart but is begging for another chance. Seth is a safe choice, but is he the right choice for her? Roark’s continued presence in Deep Haven causes her to reconsider whether God has something else in store, and if she has the courage to follow her dreams.
Warren writes character-driven, contemporary books that make readers care about the characters. Each book opens with a letter from their mother, giving insight into the main character. The Wonder of You focuses on Amelia’s need to be different from her older siblings. She has always dreamed of doing something outside of Deep Haven, but she wasn’t sure what that would be.
While each book is a stand-alone novel, the stories from the earlier books continue as ongoing plot lines. More than just 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. Warren does an excellent job of building suspense as Amelia’s story unfolds. Warren weaves in details updating the reader about the other siblings and lays the groundwork for the final book, You’re the One That I Want, coming in spring 2016.
Recommended for public libraries and church libraries.
Carol R. Gehringer
—reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, 2015.