You’re the One That I Want – Susan May Warren (4.5-5 Stars)

The final book of Ms. Warren’s acclaimed Christiansen Family series, You’re the One That I Want follows Owen, the prodigal son of the family.  After an injury ended his professional hockey career, Owen began running from his family, his past, and God.  However, he finds himself slowing down long enough to find a job on an Alaskan crabbing boat, where he meets Scotty McFlynn and her father, the captain and boss of the operation.  When Scotty is swept off the boat in a storm, Owen leaps off to save her, which lands both of them in freezing water fighting for their lives.  In the end, they save each other, with a bit of help from the Coast Guard.  Their adventure also happens to land them on the news, offering Casper Christiansen with a much-needed clue as to Owen’s location.  In the Christiansen brothers’ attempt to return home to Minnesota, Casper finds out there is a BOLO out for him, in connection with a murder back in Deep Haven.  With the escort of Scotty, the Anchorage Police Department’s newest recruit, Owen and Casper must find the truth behind the murder before it puts one or both of them in jail.


Ms. Warren masterfully concludes the Christiansen Family series in You’re the One That I Want.  After following Owen’s rebellion throughout the novels, this book offers a satisfying resolution to his search for faith and truth in the midst of life-altering challenges and disappointment.


Overall, I really enjoyed reading You’re the One That I Want!  In general, my favorite books within the Christiansen Family series have been those that focus on the Christiansen women (It Had to Be You, When I Fall in Love, and The Wonder of You).  Comparatively, the other books have been quite good, but never fully captured my attention in quite the same way.  You’re the One That I Want was definitely the strongest and most compelling story of those featuring the Christiansen men.  The book’s scenes between Scotty and Owen serve as a testimony of faith in action, whether on the treacherous deck of an Alaskan crab boat or the calm shores of Evergreen Lake.  After an entire series of true-to-life moments of a family walking together in faith, the prodigal son finally returning home may be one of the most fulfilling. 


Special thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for an advanced copy of You’re the One That I Want!



Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog


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