Thursday, November 9, 2023

Review: Sunrise by Susan May Warren

Series: Sky King Ranch #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Revell 
Released: Jan. 4, 2022
345 pages
About the Book:

Pilot Dodge Kingston has always been the heir to Sky King Ranch. But after a terrible family fight, he left to become a pararescue jumper. A decade later, he's headed home to the destiny that awaits him.

That's not all that's waiting for Dodge. His childhood best friend and former flame, Echo Yazzie, is a true Alaskan--a homesteader, dogsledder, and research guide for the DNR. Most of all, she's living a life Dodge knows could get her killed. One of these days she's going to get lost in the woods again, and his worst fear is that he won't be there to find her.

When one of Echo's fellow researchers goes missing, Echo sets out to find her, despite a blizzard, a rogue grizzly haunting the woods, and the biting cold. Plus, there's more than just the regular dangers of the Alaskan forests stalking her . . .

Will Dodge be able to find her in time? And if he does, is there still room for him in her heart?

My Rating & Thoughts:    ⭐⭐

This story had two things I'm not a fan of - set in Alaska in the winter and the troupe of childhood sweethearts reuniting after an extended period. Dodge was the one who left town due to an incident that happened, and now 10 years later he is back planning to leave again once his dad is healed up. The incident is vaguely referred to for quite a while until finally we learn what actually happened. When a friend goes missing in the wilderness, Echo sets out to find her and Dodge tries to help even though it is hard to be around her. There is quite a bit of time spent in the wilderness in the middle of a blizzard. At times I got annoyed with a certain character's choices, I felt like they were not making the smart decisions and being reckless. There were a few scenes that added a bit of confusion to the book as they don't seem to relate to the story, but I know eventually all will be revealed. I did like Dodge and could emphasize with what he was feeling. I was hopeful for him to find happiness. I wish the characters had just communicated more and felt like too many issues were being inserted into the story. Faith in God, listening for His direction and forgiveness of others was a huge aspect of the story. I really liked Dodge's dad. He was vocal about his faith and willing to admit his mistakes. Book does end on a cliffhanger and I plan to continue the series even though this one wasn't for me.

Favourite Quote: 
“You can't outrun God's love for you.”
(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

Other books from this author that I have reviewed:   


Take A Chance on Me - Christiansen Family #1

Nothing but Trouble - PJ Sugar #1

Double Trouble - PJ Sugar #2

Point of No Return - Missions of Mercy #1

You Don't Have to be a Star - Montana Fire Prequel

If Ever I Would Leave You - Montana Rescue Prequel

Wild Montana Skies - Montana Rescue # 1

Rescue Me - Montana Rescue #2 

A Matter of Trust - Montana Rescue #3

Troubled Waters - Montana Rescue #4

Storm Front - Montana Rescue #5

Wait for Me - Montana Rescue #6

Flee the Night - Team Hope #1

Escape to Morning - Team Hope #2

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