Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Tyndale House
Source: Publisher ARC
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Christiansen Family, 6
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5
REVIEW: Following the cascade of certain events (vague for the sake of spoilers!) taking place in When I Fall in Love, I was sure that when the time came for Owen’s story I wasn’t going to have any loyalty or much of an inclination to read this novel. This was further reinforced after reading Always on My Mind, which was brother Casper’s story. I felt like because of some of the choices Owen had made and the eventual pairing of Casper and Raina, the woman who shared something with Owen, there would be no way to coax a redeemable story out of this character. Before I share thoughts on this, the sixth and final novel in this family saga, here’s what Owen’s story is about.
After running from the family he loves and the woman he treated callously, Owen Christiansen is still searching for peace. His search has led him to Alaska where he works as part of a fishing crew. The first mate, Scotty, intrigues Owen in a way no woman has before. She’s tough as nails and can do any job she expects her men to accomplish. When a storm throws Scotty overboard, Owen doesn’t think. He acts. Lying injured in a raft without hope of rescue, Owen confesses his feelings to Scotty and proposes marriage. But when the pair are rescued, things quickly become very complicated. Owen is brought home again by Casper (who’s been searching for him) and Casper is wanted in questioning of a murder in Deep Haven…
As has been the case time after time, the novels that I have a so-so feeling for when going into them are usually the stories that touch my heart the most. Such could be said for You’re the One that I Want. In some instances, the book is a little bit too soapy for its own good and yet, I am not going to let anything of the sort “bother” me because this novel was, is breathtaking. As each page flew effortlessly by, I was reminded why and how much the contemporary genre ranks as my favorite. In skilled hands like Susan May Warren, this story is nearly impossible to put down. So many of the worries or questions I had about this story were laid to rest as I became swept up in the romance, redemption and poignant reunions of this book.
Owen’s transformation was genuine and in that, also very organic to the story. I appreciated Scotty’s presence and her as a character because she wasn’t only ideal for Owen, she’s a perfect match in every way. The love she had for Owen is one of the most swoon-worthy, deep and abiding that I’ve read from this series. She isn’t a fussy character, which is perhaps why she’s such a relatable one. I especially respected that there wasn’t much drama (from her perspective) as regards Owen. She knew where she stood with him and because of this, their story is all the sweeter.
Gently coaxing best out of everyone, the skilled pen of Susan May Warren has again struck romance gold in You’re the One that I Want. A story of abiding love, family and faith, and redemption, Owen Christiansen’s journey proves that God can work even the most hardened of heart back to clay. If there had to be an ending to this series, Susan penned a masterpiece of one in this, the conclusion to the familial series readers have come to love so very much. ♥
Synopsis: Owen Christiansen has been in a downward spiral since an injury ended his NHL career. But a job on an Alaskan crabbing boat offers a fresh start . . . maybe even a shot at romance with Elise “Scotty” McFlynn, the captain’s daughter.
Used to being one of the guys, to never relying on anyone, Scotty doesn’t believe in happily ever after―especially with someone like Owen. Her instinct is confirmed when Casper Christiansen arrives to drag his prodigal brother home, bringing with him a truckload of family drama―and even worse, the news that Casper is wanted for questioning in connection to a crime back in Minnesota.
But Owen is more than the sum of his mistakes, a truth both he and Scotty discover when she escorts both brothers to Deep Haven as part of her new job on the Anchorage police force. Thrust into an unfamiliar world of family, faith, and fresh starts, Scotty begins to see potential for a happy ending . . . if she’s brave enough to embrace it. – Goodreads
Coming Next from Susan May Warren, Wild Montana Skies: Search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing is home on leave to Mercy Falls, Montana, twelve years after she joined the military to escape the mistakes of her past. With a job waiting for her as the new lead pilot of Peak Rescue in Glacier National Park, Kacey hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. What she doesn’t realize is that someone else is also back in town.
Ben King has been building his country music career since the day Kacey shut him out of her life. Now all of that’s on hold when his injured father calls him home to help run Peak Rescue until he’s fully recovered. It doesn’t take long, though, to discover his father’s ulterior motives as Kacey Fairing walks into the house and back into his heart.
With Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben are forced to work together to save lives. But when floodwaters turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future? – Amazon, October 2016 | Add on Goodreads
Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary ARC copy of this book for reviewing purposes.