After a failed dig in Honduras, aspiring archaeologist Casper Christiansen heads home to Minnesota to face his unresolved feelings for Raina Beaumont, the woman of his dreams. But when he arrives unannounced on her doorstep, he receives the shock of a lifetime: Raina is pregnant with someone else’s baby.
Heartbroken, especially when he discovers the identity of the baby’s father, Casper tables his dreams and determines to be dependable for once, helping his older brother, Darek, prepare the family resort for its grand reopening. Casper longs to be the hero of at least one family story, but a never-ending Deep Haven winter and costly repairs threaten their efforts—and the future of the resort.
Worse, one of Casper’s new jobs constantly brings him into contact with Raina, whom he can’t seem to forget. A tentative friendship begins to heal fresh wounds, but can they possibly overcome past mistakes and current choices to discover a future together?
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 1st 2015 by Tyndale House PublishersTerri's Thoughts
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Tyndale via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is January 1st 2015.
This was the fourth book in the Christiansen Family series however I was able to read it as a stand alone novel. While I was left to wonder if the history between Casper and Raina occurred in one of the earlier books or occurred "off the page" it did not impact my ability to enjoy this story.
I enjoyed the fact that while this was about Casper and Raina that there were also some side stories with the rest of the Christiansen family. It added a different element to the story.
I was frustrated throughout the story that Casper and Raina could not just surpass their inner ghosts and just admit that they belonged together. Then in comes Monte and I disliked him from the beginning. However without these problems there really wouldn't be a story would there?
The best part for me was the "treasure hunt" where we learned the story of Aggie and Thor and Duncan. As a sucker for anything pertaining to trying to solve a love story from the past that is me. This is my favorite type of story so every time the journal came out I was excited to find out what happens next.
Now I must offer a warning. There is quite a bit mention of God and praying in this story and I would classify it in the genre of Christian romance. While I tend to be put off if there is too much of this embedded in to a story it was not so much as to impact the story for me. The only reason I mention this is that some people so not enjoy this type of read and therefore this may not be for them. That being said, as a result this was a good clean read which can be refreshing.
Overall I enjoyed this book. If I had one recommendation it would be to read the series from the beginning if only to enjoy the numerous member of the Christiansen family
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