Rescue Me Review

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So a couple weeks ago, It was 20 degrees outside and the wind was curling snow gusts against my house, and I decided it was a fabulous time to dive into an adventure taking place in the Montana’s Glacier National Park. Mountains and danger coupled with romance and you have Rescue Me by Susan May Warren.

Here’s the blurb:

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.

My Review:

Like I said above, being stuck in the house on a frigid day, this story gave me a fun outlet to wander about mountainsides and be in the thick of adventure with Willow and Sam. The author used the beautiful setting to her advantage, weaving in vivid descriptions and using its tough/perilous terrain to play into the plot.

As for the characters. I liked Willow from book one in the series, Wild Montana Skies. Her carefree yet nurturing heart endeared me to her at the first introduction. I adored how she encouraged others and always sparkled in every scene. With Sam, however, it took a bit to warm up to his character. He seemed irritable in the beginning, acting irrationally at times. But! I believe the author wrote him this way on purpose to show the transformation in him during each encounter with Willow. As the story progressed his caring and protective nature emerged, and it was fun watching their relationship blossom even in the midst of danger.

What I enjoyed best was the spiritual theme of forgiveness and second chances. Sam had to overcome layers of bitterness, and God’s light in Willow helped pulled him out of the darkness of his past.

There’s also an enjoyable subplot with Sam’s brother, Pete, and Glacier PEAK Rescue team member, Jess.

The author did such a fabulous job keeping the suspense high and the romance strong. I recommend this one for anyone who loves the “outdoorsy” settings and fast-paced adventure with a high degree of romance in the mix.

About the author

Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels, including Wild Montana Skies, with more than one million books sold. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Readers’ Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She can be found online at http://www.susanmaywarren.com, on Facebook at SusanMayWarrenFiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.

If you’re interested in this story you can purchase a copy here.

*  I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

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Success…What Is It?

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“When I’m walking in His calling for my life, ‘success’ has a very different definition.” This statement by Pepper Basham skipped around in my heart until I was finally asking myself—What is ‘success’ to God? How does it differ from the view in my mind?

In this life perspective is everything. Two people can be staring at the same piece of art and glean vastly different interpretations. How often does that happen with us and God? Like when I was a teen and volunteered in church. At first it was new and fresh, but then it turned monotonous. But where I had begun to view it as a task or chore, God saw it as an opportunity to share His love, His message.

You see, totally different.

Proverbs 16:3 says, “Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.”

Oh friend, there is so much in that verse. First to give over our works to the Lord. It’s so easy to hover over our endeavors, be the master of our own handiwork, but there’s something freeing in releasing them to the One who, in reality, gave you the ability to complete the work in the first place. When you hand it over, you’ll find it’s for your benefit and others. Like pruning a fruit tree to bear even more. If we hold onto our fruit, we’ll never grow, never produce like He intended us to.

Then He’ll cause our thoughts to become agreeable to His will. What if our desires could mesh with His, our vision blending so we could see from His viewpoint? When that occurs then…our plans are established and succeed. It all works together in a beautiful fluid motion. When we see from his perspective success takes on a whole new meaning.

For example, down here in Rachel-land, success had meant fabulous things like a promotion for hubby, paying off our mortgage, and oh, landing that a book contract or ten ;). But even if I gain all those things on earth…heaven is silent. Yes, God doesn’t object to blessing His children, (every good gift comes from Him, James 1:17) but what stirs the roar of rejoicing in heaven? The conversion of the heart. Where we place value on perishable things He places worth on something eternal, bought by the blood of His Son- the human soul.

In James, mankind is referred to as the precious fruit of the earth. Oh, if we only comprehended the expansive love He directs toward us. I want to get to that place where it’s no longer what I want, but what He wants. For His will to be done through my life. For His compassion to flow through my actions. For His words to flow through my voice. In writing, for His words to flow through my fingertips.

And at the end of it all, to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

That my friend, is success.

*Pepper Basham’s statement was taken from The Writer’s Alley blog. If you’re interested in fabulous posts about writing and life click here. *

And the winner of last week’s BLOGIVERSARY giveaway is…Sharon Connell! Congrats, Sharon, you just won an ebook of Susan May Warren’s latest release Rescue me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My One Year Blogiversary

 

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One year! Had 12 months really passed by since my very first post? Facebook is telling me yes and kindly brought the memory to my newsfeed. 🙂 So yay! * Tosses virtual confetti * Thank you for joining me for my One Year Blogiversary!

Oh friend, I remember the dread that snaked around my heart when I considered starting my own blog. All the pinching thoughts. Would anyone care to read it? Do I have anything worthy to say? Could I really commit to keeping this thing going? Around and around it went like a spastic carousal, until I let God settle the matter for me. His peace overwhelmed me, giving me the courage I needed to hit the PUBLISH button on my very first post.

So here we are a year later! Lots of things had transpired in my writing world. I finished, like really finished, my manuscript I’ve been working on for eight years. (I did take a break to care for my children during that span, but yes, eight long years. Sigh.)  I won my first writing contest from the ACFW PA great Beginnings contest. I also was a finalist in the national ACFW First Impressions contest and the Phoenix Rattler contest. I’ve met some really great people along the road of this writing journey! Really, these people have encouraged and strengthened me not only as a writer but as a person as well.

And so I just want to thank you! Thank you, dear reader, for sticking with me over the course of this year! Your comments on each post are so valuable. Your shares are appreciated more than you know. ❤

So what’s a Blogiversary Party without a prize, right? I’m giving away a copy of Susan May Warren’s newest release Rescue Me. (Which I had the pleasure to review for Revell Publishing, and will post my review on a future post!) So leave a comment below to be entered. I’ll announce the winner next week 🙂

If you want to check out my first post click here!