Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Book Review: "The Wonder of You," by Susan May Warren

About the book:
Mortified after her year abroad is cut short, Amelia Christiansen returns to Deep Haven, certain she isn’t brave enough to embrace the adventures she’s dreamed of. The last thing she expects is for the man who broke her heart to cross the Atlantic and beg forgiveness.

Heir to a European hotel dynasty, Roark St. John has trekked from one exotic locale to another, haunted by tragedy and the expectations that accompany his last name. Amelia is the first woman to give him a reason to stop running. He’ll do anything for a second chance -- even contend with Amelia’s old flame, who is intent on sending Roark packing.

While one surprise after another leaves Amelia reeling, Roark’s continued presence only highlights the questions pursuing her. Like him, is she running from the life God has called her to? Could finding her place mean leaving home behind?

My thoughts:
Amelia has a problem that many women think would be great to have: the undying love of two men who are determined to have her. One has known her since she was a child and offers her stability and safety within her family. The other comes from a world she’s only dreamed of being a part of, which is exciting and allows Amelia to spread her wings, but also holds the potential for unpredictable consequences. Amelia cares deeply for both men, so how is she to choose the man God intended her to spend her life with? Realistically, this is a terrible choice to have to make because she’ll have to hurt one man deeply. But love is rarely easy. We all come with pasts, which greatly affect who we are and the choices we make. Amelia is also young, only twenty, so she doesn’t have a lot of experiences to draw from. I really enjoyed getting to know all of these characters (as well as the rest of Amelia’s family), and learned a lot about learning to trust in God and let Him lead when faced with difficult decisions.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

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