Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Susan May Warren: Wild Montana Skies

By Kelly Bridgewater

Bestselling Author's New Series Delivers Romance and Adventure as an SAR Team Searches for Others--and Finds Themselves

Search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing is home on leave in Mercy Falls, Montana, twelve years after she joined the military to escape the mistakes of her past. With a job waiting for her as the new lead pilot of Peak Rescue in Glacier National Park, Kacey hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. What she doesn't realize is that someone else is also back in town.

Ben King has been building his country music career since the day Kacey shut him out of her life. Now all of that's on hold when his injured father calls him home to help run Peak Rescue until he's fully recovered. It doesn't take long, though, to discover his father's ulterior motives as Kacey Fairing walks into the house and back into his heart.

With Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben are forced to work together to save lives. But when floodwaters turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future?

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My Review:

Susan May Warren is one of my favorite writers. Everything she composes turns to gold. Of course, when she mentioned that she wrote another series with a new family quickly after completing the popular Christiansen family, I couldn't wait to jump at the chance to read this new series. Warren always gives her readers characters who are lovable and relatable while giving a story that sticks long after the story is complete.

Just like her Christiansen family series, the new Montana Series will feature a continuing saga of a family. In the first installment, I met Ben King, a country music star, who travels home to help his aging father. He is a man with a lot of regret and a need to seek God to forgive him from his past mistakes. I truly enjoyed getting to know him. As for the heroine, Kacey, she wants to free her emotions from the memory of her passed relationship with Ben. I didn't feel like I really knew either character pretty well. I understood their dark wounds and want motivated them to move, but they still felt like a cartoon character to me.

The research and writing was concise and clear. I had no problem figuring out who was speaking and who was the main perspective in each section or chapter. I really enjoy how Warren drags me into the setting and invites me to stick around in a place that I physically haven't visited. In Wild Montana Skies, Warren had to do research on how a search and rescue team and helicopter rescue works. It flowed well with the plot. It didn't take me away from the story.

While the characters were interesting, I really had a hard time wanting to stay involved in the story. It read like every other story about a couple who has a kid and someone disappears. This plotline has been overdone. As for the rest of the story, it featured the romance that Kasey and Ben try to stay away from, but, of course, they fail. The romance led the plot while the hunt for a dead couples body is pushed to the back end, not being a center story like I thought it would be.  I wasn't glued to the action like I usually am with Warren's books.

The spiritual elements of learning to forgive run rampant throughout the story. The concept of a search and rescue is associated on a whole new level. Ben and Kasey need to search for their truth about their past mistakes, then they learn to be rescued by God's love. A lesson everyone needs in life.  Everyone can read Wild Montana Skies. I recommend this book for fans of Susan May Warren's other books, Becky Wade, and Beth K. Vogt.

In true familial fashion, Susan May Warren welcomes her fans into the Glacier National Park where she invites you to stick around and enjoy spending time with her newest family.

 I received a complimentary copy of Wild Montana Skies from Revell Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own. 

My Rating: 3.5 out of  5 stars

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