This novel has been sitting on my shelf for weeks, waiting for me to pick it up. I kept finding excuses not to read it…not because I thought I wouldn’t like it, but actually for the exact opposite reason. I realized that I would probably love this book since it is part of what is undoubtedly one of my favorite series of all time. And which part is it? It’s the LAST part! That is what kept holding me back each time I reached for You’re the One That I Want. I didn’t want this series to be over!
But I did finally start on Owen’s story…and then I had trouble setting it down! Just like I knew I would! But it was so worth it. The Christiansen Family series contains six full length books and two novellas. I have read each and every one of them. They were all good, but You’re the One That I Want now vies with It Had to be You for my top spot of favorite in the series. I loved it that much!
Owen is the sibling with the primary story in this book, with Casper also holding an interesting thread. There is so much growth for Owen in the Christiansen Family series. This novel begins with action and danger and the hint of interest between the main characters, then what blossoms is a beautiful romance. Both Owen and Scotty have had to scrape themselves up from some horrible situations in their pasts. They have both relied only upon themselves instead of God. I loved seeing who Owen had become since the last time we read about him in an earlier book. It seemed hopeless, but nothing is impossible with God.
Add in Casper’s dilemma and plenty of Christiansen family bonding time and it really was the perfect ending to the family saga. This series just leaves me with a warm, wonderful feeling and the characters seem like a real family. This whole series is one that I plan to read many times. On a side note, these covers are some of my favorites, too, with You’re the One That I Want zooming into the top spot as favorite cover of the series.
I highly recommend this book and the whole series to fans of Christian contemporary fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of You’re the One That I Want from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
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!
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