Review of Always On My Mind by Susan May Warren

Leah Courtney
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Over last year I started reviewing a series of books from Susan May Warren- The Christiansen family series. I've had the privilege to review these:
Take a Chance on Me
It Had To Be You
When I Fall In Love
I've loved all of these. Every time I read another one I think that it's the best. But this time I think I might be accurate in saying this one is my favorite- Always On My Mind.

This installment in the series is about Caspar Christiansen, one of the middle sons of the Christiansen family. From the book's description:
After a failed dig in Honduras, aspiring archaeologist Casper Christiansen heads home to Minnesota to face his unresolved feelings for Raina Beaumont, the woman of his dreams. But when he arrives unannounced on her doorstep, he receives the shock of a lifetime: Raina is pregnant with someone else’s baby.

Heartbroken, especially when he discovers the identity of the baby’s father, Casper tables his dreams and determines to be dependable for once, helping his older brother, Darek, prepare the family resort for its grand reopening. Casper longs to be the hero of at least one family story, but a never-ending Deep Haven winter and costly repairs threaten their efforts—and the future of the resort.

Worse, one of Casper’s new jobs constantly brings him into contact with Raina, whom he can’t seem to forget. A tentative friendship begins to heal fresh wounds, but can they possibly overcome past mistakes and current choices to discover a future together?

I love Susan May Warren's novels because of the character development. I've so enjoyed getting to know each of the family members as I've read through the series. Because of the way that she develops her characters, I feel as if I'm come to know each one. And her characters are great. They are realistic- not perfect people. Many of them are Christians, but they aren't so good that they are unbelievable. Instead they are realistic people that make mistakes but that are seeking to know God and be what He wants them to be.

I love that the story line of this whole series has been connected and that we've come to know the family throughout. Each book focuses on one family member, but there are threads of the story that continue on throughout the series. This really helps tie the books together.

Susan's novels- while Christian fiction- are never preachy. But they are thought-provoking and inspiring. And I usually walk away with something to ponder.

I can definitely recommend this one as a good read. I give it 5 stars and a PG for content.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

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