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Returning home to Deep Haven following a semester abroad cut short, Amelia Christiansen is ashamed, feeling certain she isn't brave enough for the adventures she dreamed of. Battling with the feeling of failure, the last thing she expects is for the man who broke her heart to cross the Atlantic and beg forgiveness.
Heir to a European hotel dynasty, Roark St. John has lived a life trekking from one exotic location to the next, always haunted by tragedy and the expectations that come with his last name. In Amelia, he sees a woman who has finally given him a reason to stop running from himself. He'll do anything for a second chance - even contend with Amelia's old flame, a man who is intent on sending Roark packing.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)|
Series: Christiansen Family
When I Fall in Love, Christiansen Family Series #3Susan May WarrenTyndale House / 2014 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 38 Reviews
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Heir to a European hotel dynasty, Roark St. John has trekked from one exotic locale to another, haunted by tragedy and the expectations that accompany his last name. Amelia is the first woman to give him a reason to stop running. Hell do anything for a second chanceeven contend with Amelias old flame, who is intent on sending Roark packing.
While one surprise after another leaves Amelia reeling, Roarks continued presence only highlights the questions pursuing her. Like him, is she running from the life God has called her to? Could finding her new place mean leaving home behind?
jsrn185 Stars Out Of 5Amelia and the whaleAugust 19, 2017jsrn18Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A great story about waiting and listening to God plans. It takes a Jonah in the whale moment to make Amelia realize what she should choose. Loved the story and the easy of moving through the story. Even though it is Amelia's story you still get to the continuation of the other great Christiansen family members that you love.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Rich in drama and laughter and wickedly good dialogueJanuary 6, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 0Double the romance and double the angst makes for a tummy churning read packed with lots of emotion. Not only do we get Amelia and Roark's tumultuous romance but a continuation of Max and Grace's love story carried over from When I Fall in Love. And once again I came away from the read with a bruised heart that still feels tender. And I might currently be hiccupping shuddering sighs after a biblio-induced crying jag. There was one sub-plot that just pushed all my buttons. Sniffle.
Oddly enough, that leaves me feeling replete. Saturated in the euphoria of true love that comes in many forms -- including from on high. Because one of the things I enjoy the most about Susan May Warren's books is the way she embeds faith into every nuance of the story. It's never overdone, but she doesn't mince words either. Early on in the story, Amelia's mother gives her some sage advice: to center her heart on Jesus and once she does that everything else will come into focus. Ingrid (mom) rocks! I love how she handles her brood of unruly adult children and is quick to provide council when necessary (even when it's unwanted.) And she doesn't pull any punches.
Roark is...fainting couch worthy. Tall, dark and handsome with the extra thrill of a James Bond accent. Is it any wonder I fell for him? Or that Amelia did? Twice actually -- once abroad and then all over again when he high tails it to her small town in hot pursuit of the love that got away. Be. Still. My. Heart. Purposeful. Deliberate...Desperate! And wounded. Can we all utter a collective sigh over the deep attraction we feel for a wounded hero? I was cheering from the sidelines the whole read.
Amelia is perfectly portrayed as the baby of the family. With all those protective older siblings barely giving her room to breathe, she's had a hard time striking out on her own and lacks in confidence. Except when she's with Roark. But she's conflicted and I'll warn you right now, there's a love triangle that about drove me crazy! Can you say triple angst pile up? I don't think my heart or my pulse will ever be the same.
This is as much a family saga as it is a love story. Rich in drama and laughter and wickedly good dialogue. And once you reach the end you'll be wondering how to survive until the next Christiansen Family novel makes it way onto your TBR pile.
Cindy J4 Stars Out Of 5A search for true loveAugust 11, 2016Cindy JQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4In The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren, Amelia Christiansen returned early from her overseas trip, feeling like a failure. She met and fell in love with Roark St. John during her travels, but when she finds him in the arms of another woman, she cant trust her own heart or feelings. Roark followed Amelia to Minnesota, knowing he had handled things wrong and wanting a second chance with the lady who might help him overcome his tragic past.
Ms. Warren covers many topics in The Wonder of You. This is book five in the Christiansen Family series, and I havent read all of the prior books, so it is possible some of these issues were introduced in earlier books and just continued in this book. But one of the prevalent themes, in my opinion, was the wonder that God loves us, as we are, no matter who we are. Amelias mom declared, He loves us simply because He finds joy in loving us. And no amount of our running, our disobedience, our mistakes will keep that love from us. God requires nothing from us but to turn and embrace Him. (347) Another theme was that our focus should be on God, not on ourselves or others. A visiting missionary said, Were satisfied to get a glimpse of His vision, and then we seek out the places where we can accomplish it on our own. And frankly, thats why we live empty, frustrated lives. Pursuing Gods vision requires faith in God to work it out. (174)
Dislikes: Amelia seemed a bit wishy-washy to me. I understand the need to consider both sides, but she would appear to have decided, then something would happen and she was once again confused. Also, she was seeing Roark and Seth at the same time, kissing both, behaving as if she was committed to the one she was with at the time. Max and Grace eloped but hadnt told the family yet, so they were sneakily sleeping together in the Christiansen family home.
Likes: Roark called himself a coward, yet he came back time and again and stuck to the hard things in order to prove himself to Amelia. Amelia finally followed Gods calling on her life, no matter what others decided. Max started living in and for the moment rather than allowing the specter of future unknowns to steal the joy from today. The Christiansen family was protective of Amelia, but they also opened up enough to get to know Roark.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. It was a quick read but also had a message if you care to look for it. I personally would hesitate to recommend it to just anyone (think young teens), but I would recommend it to most readers who enjoy a romantic story with a bit of theology thrown in on the side.
I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
CherylAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Great!August 10, 2016CherylAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed Amelias dilemma of what to do with her life, how to do it, and with whom. Oftentimes others map out a youngest siblings life, but Amelia has a strong inner spirit and wants to blaze her own pathgo big, or go home.
Although Im not the youngest of my siblings, I relate to Amelias predicament. I was the youngest for ten years and found myself trying to please my older siblings and do what they wanted for my life. I know the fear, the failures, and the triumphs of making that turn and going another route. God instills something within us that gives us the strength and willpower to do so. Its His plan, after all, that we must follow.
The characters and the overall feel of this story make me want to visit Deep Haven, Minnesota. The setting is a beautiful backdrop for this story centering on love, faith, family, following Gods plan.
nick4 Stars Out Of 5Follow God's DirectionJuly 29, 2016nickQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I was captured by Roark from that brief scene in Always on my Mind.
However by the time I was able to read The Wonder if You, I was slightly dissapointed. In this book I could not conect with Amelia. Warren's writting and plot are always so we'll done, and this book is no exeption. Roark was an awesome hero, displaying how when we give up on ourselves, God never does. I just wish Amelia could have seen that sooner. The main thing that I absolutely LOVED was the continuation of Grace and Max's story. I loved seeing how Warren shows that even in our "ever afters" there are struggles and places we need to grow in.