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.
Rescue Me is the second book in Susan May Warren’s Montana Rescue series, coming after Wild Montana Skies. I really enjoyed the first novel—although not as much as the Christiansen Family series, but I have to say, this second installment was way, way better than the first one!!! Not that Wild Montana Skies wasn’t good, it’s just that this one blew it out of the water! I absolutely fell in love with Sam in the previous novel, and I fell even harder for his brother, Pete, who was introduced in this one. I was super sad about the way it ended for Pete, but since this story wasn’t in fact all about him but rather about his brother, I understand why his had to be the happy ending.
Sam Brooks is super sweet, and always the hero, but I knew immediately that there was something deeper brewing under the surface. As soon as I learned what was really going on with him, I was floored, and I felt for him even while I hated the way he treated Pete. I had to understand that it was complicated, and that there were years of resentment hidden behind the scenes, but his attitude towards it all really made it harder for me to truly like him! Especially after the way he goes back and forth with Willow! She deserves better than that for sure, but I will say he most certainly made up for that in the end!
Willow Rose is so completely impulsive, heart-on-her-sleeve, wonderful, that I couldn’t help but love her immediately, and since I want to be a youth pastor myself, her heart for the teens definitely drew me in right away. I understood how she felt inadequate but still wanted to give them her all, and that made me feel like she was a kindred spirit I wish I could truly get to know (if she were actually real of course). Although her fun-loving impulsiveness did get her into a heap of trouble more than once, anyone could see she really did want to help her teens grasp the real truths behind their faith, and her own rough growing-up years helped her to truly understand what some of them were going through.
All in all, this story completely blew me away, and I would definitely say that it is one of Susan’s best. She truly killed it with this novel, and I am absolutely dying to see how she’s going to continue Jess and Pete’s story. As far as I know, she hasn’t said she’s going to write a novel for them yet, so hopefully if she doesn’t she’ll intertwine it in one of the next two: A Matter of Trust which is Gage’s novel, or the fourth novel that, if the rumors I have heard are true, will be Ian and Sierra’s. Anyway, I’ve obviously given this book all five bookshelves, and it most definitely is on my all-time favorites list! Check it out; I promise you won’t regret it!
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All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Susan May Warren and Revell Publishing.