Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Always On My Mind

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WARREN, SUSAN MAY
ALWAYS ON MY MIND

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 Review:

Another gut wrenching read from this incredible author. I have to admit that some aspects of this story were really difficult for me to read. I started and stopped a couple of times before I buckled down and persisted with full reader commitment. But oh, what a bumpy ride! I wept my way through pages. Sobbed buckets actually. Had a permanently blotchy complexion for several days, thank you very much, Ms. Warren. Yes, I knew it would be that angst-riddled and is it pathetic of me to acknowledge that I loved every minute of it? (Mostly.)

Raina is so broken and lost. I ached for her. And poor Caspar -- laying himself open for all kinds of emotional pain. Oy. I think my heart suffered a hairline fracture over this one. But I love the Christiansen family so much that I persevered though my heart will never be the same again.

Also love the way Warren set up the next book! But there are still ramifications from this storyline that will carry over into future books. Oh, the delicious agony of it all. I really am a glutton for punishment, aren't I?

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Always On My Mind please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 22 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

49 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the review and giveaway, Kav!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  2. Loved the review! Wow. I want to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway! momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  3. I always enjoy Susan's books. I'd better be prepared with kleenex when I read this one!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Oh definitely a five Kleenex box alert, rubynreba. Good luck.

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  4. Susan May Warren does know how to tear at one's emotions! And I always love every minute of it! I loved your review and can't wait to read this book!
    gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Abbi, it's nice to know there are other emotional basket case readers out there. Good luck!

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  5. This is one great series and I look forward to Always.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    huletthouse at mchsi dot com

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    1. You're welcome, sweetpea. Good luck.

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  6. Raina and Casper's storyline in the last book was like watching a train wreck. I can imagine the angst is even more heightened in this book! I'm glad Ms. Warren was able to bring their storyline together beautifully but it sounds like it tore at your heart to get there. Can't wait to read it and thanks for the giveaway!
    garfsgirl AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. Train wreck -- that totally sums it up, Lis. It was an exhausting read for me, though. LOL Good luck.

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  7. I'm a glutton for punishment, too, and love delicious agony. Especially the Susan May Warren kind! Thx for the chance to win a copy! I hope I do...just bought a brand new box of tissues so I'm ready!

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Uh, Diana, hate to break it to you, but you'll need more than one box of tissues. Just sayin'. Good luck.

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    2. I have the extra large rolls of toilet tissue if I run out of Kleenex, Kav! LOL It's too cold to go back to the store. Whatever works, huh? ;) I can just see company drop by and I'm sitting here with a book and a roll of toilet tissue. hehe

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    3. LOL -- what a visual, Diana!

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  8. Thanks for the review and giveaway of this great book, Kav!
    I have been so anxious to get my hands on it....LOVE her books and have read all of them so far!
    We readers appreciate you, Kav!!!

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    1. You need to read this one too then, Jackie. Good luck.

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  9. Sounds like Raina and Casper have quite the story to tell. I love Susan May Warren's books, they get me every time.
    Please include me in this great giveaway. Thank you!

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    1. forgot my email: freda.mans[at]gmail.com

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    2. Oy, and it's some story. Shuddering sigh. Good luck, Freda.

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  10. Wow, Kav! I put my books in order by review deadlines, but you sure do make me want to read this one next! I haven't read any of this series except for the Christmas book, Evergreen, which gave me enough of a feel for this family to commit to review this one - I think. Don't enter me - just couldn't resist commenting, Kav.

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    1. LOL -- reading books in order of review deadlines is important, Carole, but if ever there was one to jump the line, this is it. Can't wait to see your reaction to it when review time comes around.

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    2. But the problem is that although I have the book to review, there's no blog tour deadline, so there's always another book more pressing. Can't wait to read and share my thoughts, though!

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  11. Hi Kav, I love Susan's books and am currently reading Always On My Mind and am thoroughly enjoying it!

    Tammi

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    1. Glad you are enjoying it, Tammi. Susan May Warren certainly has a unique talent.

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  12. I know this one is great! Thank you Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck.

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  13. Love Susan May Warren! Yay for this new baby!!!
    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're counted, Janka. Good luck.

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  14. thanks for the chance to read this novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  15. Susan Mya's novels ARE SO GOOD. And Kav, has anyone told you lately that YOU ROCK? I love your blog and giveaways, too!
    Marianne
    mitziUNDRSCOREwanhamATyahooDOTcom

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  16. Thanks for the review and giveaway! So many books, so little time. I've not had the chance to read any of this series, and don't think I have any of them in PB, but might have one or two on my Kindle...

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. They are worth the read, Patty. Good luck.

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  17. ooops ...forgot my E mail:
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks,Jackie. That definitely helps.

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  18. WOW! Another Kav review. I love them. And sounds like would love this book. Maybe I can get lucky and win. Please put my name in for a chance. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. You're entered, Maxie. Good luck.

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  19. I have been looking forward to Always on My Mind ever since I finished the previous three Christiansen family novels and the accompanying novella, Evergreen. It's pretty easy to get hooked on this family's stories. This sounds like it could even be the best yet. Thanks for the chance to win.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. It's certainly the angstiest as far as I'm concerned. Good luck.

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  20. Thanks for your great review. I haven't read any books in this series, but recently decided that I probably should be reading it. I've read so many good comments about it. Thank you for offering a copy of Always on My Mind.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It's one of those unforgettable series you'll read more than once. Good luck, Kay.

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  21. Oh, this sounds like an emotional wringer! Gotta' read it... :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. It's funny how we like to be emotionally wrung out with a book but not in real life. LOL Good luck, Merry.

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  22. Goodness gracious, Kav! I just finished Take a Chance on Me which I won from you and I had to stop and tell you WOW! Just wow! Susan May Warren is such a gifted writer. It is incredible how she weaves to much into a story and yet it is not remotely filler. Stopping by to thank you for that. Not enterring, because hey, got to give somone else a chance, but again had to just say thank you!

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    1. Thanks for the thank you, Kelly. And yes, isn't Susan May Warren a scrumptious writer? I don't want this series to ever stop!

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