I whiled away the hours (well, some of them, anyway) on the long flight to Hong Kong in November with Wild Montana Skies, by Susan May Warren. I had every intention of coming home and telling you all about it, after I finished it in China, but life got busy, and somehow, I let it slide. Now that Rescue Me, book 2 in the Montana Rescue series, is out, it seems like a good time to talk about both books.
These were so good! I really enjoy the way Susan writes. Her characters are realistic and have a lot of depth. If you've read any of the Christiansen family series, you'll know that she creates a place and a group of people, and then each book in the series takes a closer look at some of those characters. I like that you still hear about old favorites in other books within the series. And while each book stands alone, it's nice to read a book 2 where you already know several of the main players.
Wild Montana Skies sets the stage for this series with a fast paced tale of an old romance being rekindled with some delightful complications. But it's not just Ben and Kacey's story. There's steadfast Sierra and driven Ian. There's flower child Willow and innocent Audrey. And overshadowing it all, the search for Esme, who's been missing for 3 years.
The heroics continue in Rescue Me, a suspenseful story of a youth group outing gone wrong. Way wrong. Here we meet new characters, like young loves, Quinn and Bella. Sheriff Sam is brought into the limelight with Willow struggling with her feelings for him. Then there's co workers, Pete and Jess. Really, that's all they are. They just work together on the PEAK Rescue Team. Only maybe... there's the potential for more.
I'm already looking forward to finding out what comes next in A Matter of Trust, due out this summer!
Susan May Warren's books prove that a story can be compelling and handle sensitive topics realistically and with discretion. Although pregnancy out of wedlock occurs, there are no graphic sex scenes, and I feel good about letting my teen daughter read them.
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