Thursday, January 26, 2017

You're the One That I Want

GIVEAWAY

WARREN, SUSAN MAY
YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT

Owen Christiansen has been on a downward spiral since an injury ended his NHL career. But a job on an Alaskan crabbing boat offers a fresh start...maybe even a shot at romance with Elise `Scotty` McFlynn, the captain`s daughter.

Used to being one of the guys, to never relying on anyone, Scotty doesn`t believe in happily ever after -- especially with someone like Owen. Her instinct is confirmed when Caspar Christiansen arrives to drag his prodigal brother home, bringing with him a truckload of family drama -- and even worse, the news that Caspar is wanted for questioning in connection to a crime back in Minnesota.

But Owen is more than the sum of his mistakes, a truth both he and Scotty discover when she escorts the brothers home to Deep Haven as part of her new job on the Anchorage police force. Thrust into an unfamiliar world of family, faith and fresh starts, Scotty begins to see potential for a happy ending...if she`s brave enough to embrace it.

My Review:

The last Christiansen novel! (she gasps, heaving a shuddering sigh). And I might have the hiccoughs from a recent crying jag too. Because my poor heart has been pummeled and tossed around like a piece of flying pizza dough. Because...well...this is the last Christiansen novel and it`s a gut-wrenching one.

Warren knows how to deliver deep emotional angst mixed with the sweet wonder of grace. I breathed in every single word, savoring the force that is the Christiansen family. Scotty describes the sensation the best -- "The family wave had simply washed over her, like a ship at sea." (p.175)

If you are familiar with this series you know that Owen has been a bit of a wild child and he is struggling to cope with the repercussions of his mistakes. A bad boy who has finally turned back to God but doesn`t have it all figured out yet. He`s still incorrigible. A flirt. Full of boyish charm. Impulsive.

Everything Scotty is not. Tough and capable, she has an unorthodox background and very little experience with the inner workings of a family. She`s both fascinated and terrified by the Christiansen clan. And Warren blesses her readers by bringing them all together one last time. Sniffle. These characters will have a special place in my heart forever.

I laughed. I cried. I raged. There`s a mystery to be solved. Relationships to mend. Peace to restore. And the kind of romance that curls toes and makes a fainting couch a reading necessity. Not to mention a certain delectable kissing scene that fogged up my glasses. Oh -- and the best title tie-in EVER!

A scrumptious read full of love and laughter...and an abundance of angst. A perfect conclusion to The Christiansen Family series.

Giveaway Opportunity:
 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of You're the One that I Want please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 29 2017.  Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

34 comments:

  1. I have not read the Christiansen family series by Susan. I've only just discovered her writing with Wild Montana Skies & Rescue Me, so I KNOW for a fact I LOVE her writing. :-) And I fell in love with her books, characters, writing voice, just EVERY LITTLE THING about her! I've had more than one person say I NEED to read this series & I'd have to agree :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. If you read nothing else this year, Trixi, you must do yourself a favor and read this series!

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    2. I echo Tracey's advise. Seriously good stuff. I love that Susan May Warren doesn't shy away from faith discussions among her characters. So much to learn from them. And each book opens with a letter to the Christiansen hero/heroine from their mother. Love those insights as well. Good luck, Trixi.

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  2. Wasn't this the best grand finale ending to a series ever, Kav?! I loved Owen and Scotty's story so much!
    Did you know there was a novella about John and Ingrid Christiansen and how the parents met and the family story all began? It's called I Really Do Miss Your Smile. If you love the Christiansens', it's really worth tracking down. It was a free download from SMW's website at one time.
    Have a terrifc Thursday, thankful for you Kav!

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    1. Yes!!! The best grand finale ever. I'm still bummed that it's all over. I had heard about the novella but it's an ebook and I can't read them right now -- it's a health thing. But hopefully some day that will be all sorted out and I'll get the chance.

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  3. I've been putting off reading this one because I don't want it to end! Silly, right? I loved your review. Looking forward to see how Owen's story works out :)

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. Not silly -- at least you can still enjoy the glory of anticipation. :-) Keep the Kleenex handy when you do start reading. Good luck, Heidi.

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  4. I'm a fan of Susan May Warren but haven't had the chance to start this series. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. Oooohhhh, you must Mindy. You will love the Christiansens!!!! Good luck!

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  5. This sounds so good. I've read the first two or three of this series. I can't remember because it has been too long. I really need to finish it. Thanks for the great review and the giveaway.
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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

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  6. This series sounds wonderful. Thank you!
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. I haven't read this series, but I'm thinking I need to start right away. Thanks so much for your wonderful review.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Oh yes, you must start it pronto. LOL Good luck, Pam.

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  8. Kav this has to be good because A- It's the last of the Christiansen family series and B- Your review was swoonworthy! Please enter me girl!
    kellyblackwellwrites(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Bwahahaha! Thanks, Kelly. Good luck.

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  9. I love this series but I'm a few books behind...time to get busy because I really do love this family series. Thanks, Kav.

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. You have so much to look forward to, Diane. I'm kinda jealous. :-) Good luck.

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  10. I loved this story!!! I'm so happy to have the entire series on my shelf, now I just need to work them all into my calendar ;) Great giveaway, Kav!

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    1. Thanks, Beth Erin. Isn't it an awesome series?

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  11. Another Susan May Warren book it has to be a great book then. Thanks for all the chances to win. iamabho (at) gmail dot com

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    1. Yes -- all her books are must reads. Good luck, Linda.

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  12. Sign me up for this one, for sure! Thank you Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  13. I've not yet read Susan's books. I've heard great things about them. I enjoy reading a series that is generational. KAV, thank you for the chance. HAPPY FRIDAY!

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, you must get started on this series, Caryl. Good luck.

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  14. Sounds good! I have not read her yet. lattebooksAThotmailDOTCom

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    1. You'll love her books, Susan. Good luck.

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  15. Haven't had a chance to read any of her books yet. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  16. I've been collecting the books in this series for awhile.. I'm dying to start reading but I know once I do, it'll soon end. Isn't that crazy? I miss them before i even read them.lol Guess it's just from having the same feelings after reading the Deep Haven series 😁

    ladepooh @ hotmail dot com

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  17. Another series I haven't found the time to read. Sounds like one I should check out!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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