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Review: Troubled Waters

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Review: Troubled Waters

Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: January 2, 2018

“It’s never a bad thing to have only God to turn to.”

Billionaire Ian Shaw could have anything he wants – except a happy ending. His fortune? Liquidated to pay a hefty government fine. He’s searched for years for his niece, Esme, who ran away from his ultimatum to ditch her boyfriend. In his obsession with the search, he loses the one person besides Esme that he’s grown to love – Sierra Rose. He’s never felt worthy of God’s love or attention and he especially feels unworthy now.

Sierra initially kept Esme’s leaving secret from Ian because Esme asked her to. She knew that secrets can destroy trust but she also knew that Ian would never be able to put her first as long as he was obsessed with finding his niece. Even though she’s loved him since almost the first day she walked into his office to apply for a job, Sierra knows he won’t be able to forgive her once he finds out she’s known where his niece is for a while.

When the PEAK rescue chopper crashes, Sierra learns that her job there is in jeopardy. PEAK has become her family and she’s willing to do anything she can to save it. Ian offers the use of his yacht for a fundraising cruise in the Caribbean with some of his good friends. When a rogue wave turns the 3-day excursion into a nightmare of epic proportions, Sierra finds herself washed ashore on an empty atoll near the Bahamas. Dazed and relieved to have dry land beneath her, she is stunned when, hours later, Ian also washes ashore, alive. Can they find a way to survive the elements, relying on God and each other as never before?

I loved all the little “faith nuggets” Ms. Warren includes in this book. The people in Ian Shaw’s life have disappointed him often enough that he depends only on himself. There is no room for even God in his circle of trust. Sierra has put her trust and faith in God so completely that she knows whatever happens to her is in his ultimate plan for her good. She is often the voice in Ian’s head leading him toward a faith of his own. “Your worth to God has nothing to do with your actions. He loves you because he wants to. Because he chooses to.” I also loved that PEAK rescue mobilized to find their own when even the Coast Guard had given up. Even though their “wheelhouse” is air rescue, they took to the sea with the mentality of never leave a team member behind.

While Troubled Waters brings Ian and Sierra’s story to a close, it also moves the story of Pete Brooks and Jess Tagg a little further along. Warren’s Montana Rescue series has been an eagerly anticipated delight, each book interwoven with the ones before and yet, able to stand-alone if someone wants to only read one. Storm Front, Book 5, is expected to be published in May 2018. Personally, I cannot wait!

Rated G: I didn’t see any issues with this one.

Reviewer’s copy was purchased personally.


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