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January 23, 2017

Rescue Me {Susan May Warren}

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When Deputy Sam Brooks commits to something, nothing can sway him--not just on the job as liaison between the Mercy Falls sheriff's department and PEAK Rescue, but in his private life. He's the one who stuck around to take care of his mother after his father's accidental death. And he's the one--perhaps the only one--who believes Sierra Rose is the perfect girl for him. Safe, practical, and organized, she's nothing like her hippie, impulsive, bleeding heart sister, Willow.

Willow, however, has been in love with Sam Brooks for as long as she can remember. But she wants her sister to have a happy ending. Besides, Willow has other things to focus on--namely, nabbing the job as youth pastor for her small-town church. Best thing for her to do is to purge Sam from her heart.

Neither can predict the events that will bring them together in a fight for their lives in the forbidding wilderness of Glacier National Park. Stranded, injured, and with the winter weather closing in, Sam and Willow will have to work together to save a crew of terrified teenagers. As they fight to survive, they might just discover a new hope for love.

My Thoughts:
This is one of those series I find myself impatiently awaiting the release of the next book. It is just that good. We first met the PEAK Rescue team two books back, and it seems the series will use each book to focus on a specific member of the team. In this book, we get to focus on Sam Brooks.

Sam is so stubborn. We know of his tormented history and the rocky relationship he shares with his brother. The only thing that seems a constant in his life is his relationship with Sierra. But one minute of misunderstanding and he suddenly can't get Sierra's sister, Willow, off his mind. It was at that point that I began begging for Sam and Willow to end up together.

Willow is as care-free as they come. While many see this as a character flaw, it is this trait that makes me love her. I love that she lives life to the fullest and rolls with the punches. She has a massive trust in God that he will provide everything she needs in every situation she faces. We should all live more like her. The only thing she wants in life is Sam, but she also wants her sister to be happy, so she vows to stay as far from Sam as she can.

Fortunately, Sam and Willow end up having a very bad horrible day. They take the youth group on a hiking trip and everything that could go wrong does. The group finds themselves cold, injured, and in need of rescue - about 30 miles from where anyone thinks they are. As Sam and Willow spring into action to save everyone's lives, we begin to see their relationship grow. But they both know they will have to face Sierra if they ever get rescued.

The twists and turns that keep this book moving are heart-stopping. Each time I thought everyone was going to end up rescued and happy something else happens to turn the story all the way around. Through their struggles and their accomplishments, the characters in this book learn a whole new way of trusting in God. The result is amazingly beautiful, and a great reminder that no matter what happens in life, God's got this.

I cannot wait for the next book in this series!

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