Thursday, January 12, 2023

Review: The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren

Series: Christiansen Family #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Tyndale House
Released: June 18, 2015
417 pages
About the Book:

Mortified after her year abroad is cut short, Amelia Christiansen returns to Deep Haven, certain she isn’t brave enough to embrace 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 place mean leaving home behind?

My Rating & Thoughts:    ⭐⭐

The central focus of this book is the baby of the Christiansen family, Amelia. In the previous book she had just come home from Europe with a broken heart and was feeling like a failure. In this one Amelia is forced to deal with her feelings as Roark shows up trying to win her heart back, but he has competition from Seth, her high school sweetheart. Amelia feels torn between the two, Seth is safe and familiar while Roark is the unknown and risky choice. After a time of trying to figure out what to do by herself she learns to turn to God and ask him what his plan for her life is. The turning point comes during an accident she has, here God's plan for her life becomes clear to her. I really enjoyed the way this book progressed. I am not a fan of love triangles and was drawn to one guy more than the other, but I still felt for the other guy when Amelia made her decision. Weaved throughout the main storyline is the continuing story of Grace and Max. I really enjoyed their part of the story and my heart broke when the little girl spoke for the first time. It was so great to reconnect with the characters of Evergreen resort again, I especially enjoyed how Jensen and Claire were there for Roark even though their friendship with him was new. I felt the various storylines were weaved together beautifully and flowed naturally. The main message I have taken from this book is trust God and let him lead you. 

Favourite Quote: 
“There is nothing God won't forgive.”
(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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