Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Rescue Me

Hard-working and dependable Deputy Sam Brooks takes his job and various responsibilities seriously.  That's why he's convinced practical and organized Sierra Rose is perfect for him.  Unfortunately, after months of dating, he still can't seem to convince her that they truly belong together.  Sierra's impulsive younger sister Willow, however, has been in love with Sam for years.  While Willow understands Sam better than most people, she wants her sister to be happy and settle down with a good man after a recent heartbreak.  Though Willow tries to push her sister and Sam together, she and Sam manage to find themselves stranded with a group of teenagers in Glacier National Park.  Will their journey to safety bring them closer together, or simply prove that their opposing personalities make them incompatible?  Will Willow prove that she can be a trusted and responsible youth leader, or will the perceptions others have of her break her spirit?  Will Same ever learn to trust others and enjoy life, or will he continue to shoulder everyone else's responsibilities?

In Rescue Me Susan May Warren takes readers back to the splendor of Glacier National Park, and the charming characters of Mercy Falls.  As with Warren's first installment in the series-- Wild Montana Skies-- I couldn't manage to put this novel down.  The rustic setting, the complex characters, and good old-fashioned romance kept me absolutely engaged, and I finished the book in a single evening. While certainly interesting, Warren's character development can be a bit heavy handed: Willow has always felt abandoned, so she has trust issues... Sam blames his irresponsible brother for their father's death, so he takes on too much responsibility... Sierra is still in love with her boss, but somehow can't see it... etc.  Regardless, the novel manages to delve into the compelling issues of trust, forgiveness, and truth while telling an entertaining love story.  I thoroughly enjoyed my lazy evening with this book, and look forward to my next trip to Mercy Falls.

 I received a free copy from the publisher.  No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.

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