Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review: Always on My Mind by Susan May Warren

About the book:
Come home to the Christiansens’, where faith and family meet real life.
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?

My rating:
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My thoughts:

Always on My Mind. I didn't have high expectations for this book, just because I had started it last year and it wasn't gripping enough for me to have to finish at that time, so I set it aside and didn't pick it back up until this past week. But, this time around, it had me hooked! I absolutely loved the story, had a hard time putting it down, and couldn't wait to see how it ended!

The story was very emotional, just because of all that Casper and Raina went through in the previous books. The jealousy Casper felt; the guilt and shame Raina experienced...made this not a fluffy or happy read. The story was so good, though, and I loved the message of forgiveness and grace.

The story was a little predictable at times and regarding a certain part of the story (which I won't explain to avoid spoilers), I felt like what happened was too perfect.

All in all, though, I loved Always on My Mind. Due to a few minor things, this was not my favorite of the series, but it was still a great read and I loved getting to know this family more! Can't wait to read the next book!!

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