Monday, January 26, 2015
Always On My Mind
Some authors, you leap at the chance to read their latest book. Susan May Warren is one of those. Last year, I reviewed It Had To Be You, When I Fall In Love, and Evergreen by her.
Today, I want to share Always on My Mind with you. As I hoped at the end of the last book, this one is about Raina and Casper.
At the end of It Had To Be You, Casper found out that Raina and his brother Owen had a fling before she met Casper. Casper didn't handle that well, and took off for the tropics. Meanwhile, Raina discovers that fling had some long term consequences.
As Always On My Mind opens, we find Raina great with child, living with Caspar and Owen's sister, Grace. Casper can't get Raina out of his mind and decides to go home. He shows up on Grace's doorstep, not knowing about the baby, only to find Raina in labor!
Raina pushes Casper away, believing that he feels sorry for her or wants to "fix" her situation, but not that he could love her enough to look past the circumstances. She relinquishes her baby for adoption, believing it to be the best choice for her baby, and refusing offers of help from the Christiansen family.
One of the things I love about Susan's books is that you get the chance to check back in with characters from earlier in the series. As Casper and Raina traverse the rocky path to friendship, we get to see what's going on with former couples, like Derek and Ivy, who are expecting a baby, and going through their own troubles.
Lonely, damaged Raina is the perfect prey for Monte, who seems nice at first, but becomes controlling and abusive.
The adoptive parents Raina chose for her baby, Layla, turn up pregnant unexpectedly, and decide to cancel the adoption. The social worker offers to find another nice family for Layla, but Raina decides to raise her baby on her own.
I enjoyed Always On My Mind, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, The Wonder of You, due out this summer!
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