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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Evergreen: Susan May Warren’s Christiansen Winter Novella

By K. L. Bridgewater

Susan May Warren is one of my favorite authors. I picked up her Team Hope book because Dee Henderson recommended the book with a quote on the cover. Being an avid fan of Dee Henderson’s book, I trusted her opinion on a new author I never heard of. Personally, I thank Dee for that recommendation.

Warren doesn’t just write in romantic suspense, which Team Hope is. She has written historical novels with Heiress, Baroness, and Duchess, and written cozy mysteries with Nothing but Trouble, Double Trouble, and Licensed for Trouble. Her Deep Haven novels, however, are contemporary romance novel. I have enjoyed them all. Susan May Warren’s writings are memorable and great to escape with.

Evergreen: A Christiansen Winter Novella  -     By: Susan May Warren
Evergreen, her latest novella, continues the Christiansen family saga, which includes Take a Chance on Me, It Had to Be You, When I Fall in Love, and coming in 2015, Always on My Mind. This time around the story features the parents, John and Ingrid Christiansen, not one of the six children.

John and Ingrid have an empty nest. Two of their children are married. One is engaged to be married. One went to Prague for a year for college, and the other two are roaming around, trying to figure out who they are as men. Meanwhile, John had been saving money for a while and wants to surprise Ingrid with a trip to England for the coming holidays, maybe renew their vows on the Eiffel Tower in Paris. But Ingrid has been acting moody lately.

To further complicate their relationship, Ingrid sister’s Kari, needs someone to watch her sixteen-year-old son, Romeo as she goes to treatment. John doesn’t want to become a father again, whereas, Ingrid lavishes the moments to create a home for Romeo.

Even though I lean toward suspense when I read books, I enjoy everything Susan May Warren writes. I am even an active member of her My Book Therapy, where I put her advice on writing books to work in my stories. Warren creates different types of books and helps novice writers, like me, to strengthen our abilities to tell a story the readers will remember after they put down the book.

Evergreen is a great read. I enjoy the moments when Susan May Warren paints the changing of the seasons from fall to winter. My favorite seasons are fall and winter. I truly could live somewhere where summer and spring don’t exist. I smiled as Susan described the changing fall leaves or the gentle blanket of snow covering the ground. Ingrid lights a gingerbread candle in the living room, and John describes the wonderful smell, which brought the scent of the ginger and spices to the forefront of my memory.

I highly recommend this book to anyone. I also recommend any of Susan May Warren’s books. You won’t be disappointed. She’s a great writer with a great eye for detail.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale. All my opinions are my own.

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