Monday, January 30, 2017

Susan May Warren: Rescue Me

By Kelly Bridgewater

When Deputy Sam Brooks commits to something, nothing can sway him--not just on the job as liaison between the Mercy Falls sheriff's department and PEAK Rescue, but in his private life. He's the one who stuck around to take care of his mother after his father's accidental death. And he's the one--perhaps the only one--who believes Sierra Rose is the perfect girl for him. Safe, practical, and organized, she's nothing like her hippie, impulsive, bleeding heart sister, Willow.

Willow, however, has been in love with Sam Brooks for as long as she can remember. But she wants her sister to have a happy ending. Besides, Willow has other things to focus on--namely, nabbing the job as youth pastor for her small-town church. Best thing for her to do is to purge Sam from her heart.

Neither can predict the events that will bring them together in a fight for their lives in the forbidding wilderness of Glacier National Park. Stranded, injured, and with the winter weather closing in, Sam and Willow will have to work together to save a crew of terrified teenagers. As they fight to survive, they might just discover a new hope for love.

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My Review:

Susan May Warren is my go-to writer for every genre. She has written historicals, cozy mysteries, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances. While I have enjoyed all her books, her first book in the Montana Rescue series, Wild Montana Skies, was not my favorite book by her, but I have given Warren another chance with the release of her second book, Rescue Me. With a daring rescue through the mountains and romance sparking all over the pages, I was drawn into the characters' lives.

Like always, Warren does a good job with her clear and concise writing. She does a great job at creating a setting that I have no problem visualizing as I'm reading. Warren does not head hop. Usually there is a page break or beginning of a new chapter to signal a point of view shift, which is especially important in this book because Warren has told the story from four different point of views.

The four point of views are Willow, Sam, Peter, and Jess. Willow is a brave woman who truly loves and lives for the Lord, but she has flaws, so she sees herself as imperfect and unfit for anyone. Whereas, Willow truly has a great grasp on the love of God in her life, Sam has a hard time believing God actually loves him after allowing his father to die. Sam is stuck in a relationship with Willow's sister, Sierra and has conflicting emotions toward Willow. Peter and Jess have issues that need to be resolve, maybe they'll get their own story later. As for now, I wanted to know what happened in New York for Jess, but Warren kept me guessing. Must return for another book, I hope.

While the story centered around finding Willow and the youth group that she takes up into the mountains, again, the plot does move at a nice pace, keeping me glued to the story. But . . . the downside to the story is the romance. It takes over the whole story. Every thought the characters have seems to be about whether this member of the opposite sex likes so and so. It was annoying. You're lost in forest with dropping temperatures and the threat of a huge snowstorm, so why are you worried about the feelings of another person? Yes, it can cross the characters mind now and then, but not every second there in this person's presence.

Willow shares the theme of the novel by stating, "we're supposed to be overwhelmed because if we can save ourselves, then why do we need God (243)?" There is some truth to that, but I don't like to think that since I follow God, then I'm supposed to be drowning in trials and troubles all the time. Why follow God then? Yes, I see the need to struggle, so we can reach out of her dilemma's and reach for God, but not all the time.

Overall, Rescue Me was much better than Wild Montana Skies, but I struggled with the overwhelming romance. It appeared to be a high school romance with too much drama. I enjoy the setting and the plot. This predictable and unoriginal story reminded me a lot of Hawk by Ronie Kendig. Hero's trying to save children through a snow storm. Fans of Warren's other stories should definitely pick this book up.

I received a complimentary copy of Susan May Warren's Rescue Me from Revell Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

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