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waitformeBook Review: Wait for Me by Susan May Warren (Montana Rescue Book #6)

Blurb from Amazon:

Pete Brooks can’t believe he’s waited an entire year for Jess Tagg to return to Montana, only to have her break his heart by getting engaged to her ex-fiancé. Worse, a series of mistakes on the job have cost lives, and Pete isn’t sure he wants to continue to work in Search and Rescue. Maybe if he can just get over Jess, he can figure out how to move forward.

EMT Jess Tagg has returned to Montana to finally give her heart to Pete, but it seems he’s no longer interested. When a terrible fight between them sparks an impulsive decision, she finds herself crashed on the side of a highway along with Esme Shaw. And just when she thinks things couldn’t get any worse, she and Esme are taken captive and into the untamed Montana wilderness–with murderous intent.

Now Pete and the other PEAK Rescue Team members are in a race against time, the elements, and the actions of a vengeful man. Pete will have to use everything he’s learned to find Jess and Esme–and pray that his past mistakes don’t cost him the life of the woman he can’t stop loving.

My Thoughts:

First of all, can we just take a moment to appreciate this cover??? Go ahead, I’ll wait…isn’t it gorgeous! Okay, moving on now. This is my first book by Susan May Warren. Once again, I have dropped myself into a series without reading from book 1. Since this is book 6, I have missed A LOT! However, it is almost a new challenge for me to jump into a random series. And it shows Warren’s writing skills that I was not completely lost throughout the entire book.

Wait For Me is Pete and Jess’s story, but there is so much more going on. With 5 books ahead of this one, we have over a dozen characters popping up like the moles in that whac-a-mole game. Within a few chapters, I had a pretty good handle on who everyone was and just enough of their story from the previous books to make me curious but without taking away from Wait For Me. That’s a difficult feat, and Warren handles it perfectly.

Visiting Montana has always been a dream of mine, and with this book, I felt like I was there. Warren detailed the landscape and characters with clarity but kept it from being overwhelming so you could focus on the plot of the story. Speaking of story, this one had me going from the very first page. You know right away that you’re going to be dealing with some pretty broken up characters. Pete is a churning vortex of agony, and he reacts accordingly. And I’ll admit, I wanted to shake some sense into Jess. It drove me crazy that she kept trying to make everyone happy. It’s impossible to please everyone.

There were a lot of promises made, and most of them broken for one reason or another. A lot like in real life. Pete and Jess struggle through the twists and turns, hurting one another, blaming one another, and ultimately not being able to stop loving one another. There was so much reality in the characters’ actions, not just Pete and Jess, but some of the others too. It was almost painful to read through their struggles. Without God, they were floundering, never realizing that all they had to do was ask for help. We never have to carry our burdens alone. And that is the message I took away from Wait For Me. God loves us, and He will help us if we will only ask.

While this is Christian Fiction, the message is not ‘in your face’ as some would call it. The notes and references to God are short and scattered thinly until nearly the very end. In fact, that would be my one change. If anything, I would have liked for God to be mentioned more. The way it was done worked for the story, however, so I can’t complain much.

When it was all said and done, I closed the book with a nod of approval. It’s a keeper.

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to leave a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

You can purchase the book here: Wait For Me

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