“You Are the One That I Want” by Susan May Warren
Casper finally found the prodigal son of the Christiansen family, Owen, and he’s ready to bring him home to face the consequences of past sins.
However, the journey will have to be along with Elise “Scotty” McFlynn, captain’s daughter of the Alaskan boat Owen had been working on and also the cop that will scort them to Deep Haven where Casper is wanted for questioning in connection to murder.
I loved this book beyond words.
It must have been hard to do the last book of such a successful series but I’m telling you, Susan May Warren did an oustanding job!
First, if you’ve read all the books, reading this feels like home. You know the characters, you’ve grown with them.
You’ve seen their ups and downs and you know what to expect from each one of them because their personalities are so well- developed.
Now this story in particular could have killed me, honestly.
So much emotion! SO MUCH!
At times I just had to stop reading because what I felt was so strong.
There were things Casper said, for example, that made ME mad. That’s how involved I was.
The plot is interesting, enganging. There is always something keeping you awake.
I couldn’t be indiffent. I was in the story with the characters. That’s a fact.
I tried to read it slow since I know is the last book of the series I’ve come to love but as I was approaching the end, I just couldn’t wait anymore. I HAD know what happened next.
Owen was never my favorite but in this book I learned to like him and understand him better.
The purpose of the author with The Christiansens has always been to create real people that deal with real situations and she did.
Owen is so real. Broken. Trying so hard to move forward with God’s help.
He’s going through a process just like everyone else and you can easily identify with him.
I’m not so sure about how Owen’s future will look like since there are things without proper closure but I think he’ll figure it out with God’s help as years come and go.
For me, maybe if I had read this book apart from the rest, I would have liked it as well, but reading it as part of that bigger story made it absolutely perfect.
It’s heartbreaking to see everything to end.
I desperately want to go to Deep Have so I can eat Grace’s cookies, talk to Eden about writing and spend some time with Amelia, but I’m thankful for the time I could have with them through those pages.
**I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own**
+ “I’m everything I am because you loved me”.
+ “He had to stop trying to fix things and just have, well, faith”. I think we all do.
+ “We want a manageable God. We want a God we can use, who shows up when we need Him – and not when we don’t. Most of all, we want a God who follows rules our rules”. A. W. Tozer / But He’s not a tamed lion, right, C.S. Lewis?
+ “I know that I wouldn’t want me, so why should God?”
“You may not want you, but I do”.
TO LISTEN TO WHILE READING
Susan May Warren is the bestselling, Christy and RITA Award winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike.
She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a resort on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of he books are set.