The Christiansen Family series of novels continues to be one of my very favorites. The Wonder of You does not disappoint as the latest addition. I believe that this could be read as a stand alone novel fairly well, but this series is really one that I believe should be read starting with book one, Take a Chance on Me.
I had such fun reading this story and finding out more about Amelia Christiansen. She traveled through the novel in a fairly confused state, trying to figure out who was the man that she should be with. I enjoyed getting a better look at who Seth and Roark were. It is clear in the story who Amelia should choose. She seems to be the only one struggling to figure things out.
I loved the way the author wrote these two characters. They both had flaws, faults, and carried either doubts, guilt, or both. What wonderfully complicated people! I also really enjoyed the thread with Max and Grace. Sometimes their storyline made me want to cry, while at other times laugh at the way things came about.
This book and the entire series has so much to offer the reader. These are deep stories, full of very interesting characters and situations. I loved The Wonder of You from start to finish. (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Mortified after her semester abroad is cut short, Amelia Christiansen returns to Deep Haven, certain she isn’t brave enough for 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 new place mean leaving home behind?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I’m a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I’m an adventurer — having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that’s why my characters can’t sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another — they’re too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories, that I hope inspire and entertain!