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Always on My Mind

(Christiansen Family #4)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,655 ratings  ·  204 reviews
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 f
Paperback, 367 pages
Published December 18th 2014 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Casper Christiansen went 2,000 miles to get Raina Beaumont off of his mind. But when he can't stop thinking about her, he returns home to a big surprise - the woman he loves is pregnant with another man's baby. And when he discovers the identity of the baby's father, Casper wishes he'd stayed in Honduras. With the family's resort facing financial difficulties, Casper decides it's time to grow up and help his older brother around the resort. Raina Beaumont never expected that Casper would show ba ...more
Brooke (i blog 4 books)
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Review posted on i blog 4 books (2/2/2015):

As I've come to expect from Susan May Warren, Always On My Mind is equal parts romantic, poignant, and can't-put-this-down. The Christiansens are one of my favorite families right now in Christian fiction, so I was excited to dive into another story that would allow me to catch up with them again—especially after the cliff-hanger nature of the ending for the sibling stories of When I Fall in Love (the third book
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was awesome, but it was also difficult. Raina and Casper's story was a rough one, but so worth it. I feel it's the mark of an excellent author when they can take their characters through some really difficult and draining things and you want to go with them, even though it's not always a fun ride, because you're invested and it's worth it. I enjoy reading these novels because I always learn something right along with the characters.

The great thing about the Christiansen family series
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing

ALWAYS ON MY MIND is the fourth book in Ms. Warren’s A Christianson Family series. While it easily stands alone, readers will want to read the first three books in the series (plus the Christmas one) to be brought up to speed with all the siblings and the parents. The books are: It Had to Be You, Take a Chance on Me, When I Fall in Love, Evergreen, and ALWAYS ON MY MIND.

Sigh. I absolutely love Ms. Warren’s books, and ALWAYS ON MY MIND was just as good as I imagined. I picked it up, dove in, and
Wendy Sparkes
#4 Christiansen Family

Casper is my favourite of the Christiansen brothers and so I was really looking forward to his story.

Sadly though (and I realise I am in the minority here!) this is not a favourite of mine and I struggled to read it.

Things I liked:
~ The treasure hunting theme of the story.
~ I thought Darek and Ivy's story was well done and I really enjoyed it when they and Tiger took centre stage.
~ I like how Amelia's story has been set up ~ very intriguing! Although a little dramatic at t
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Each of this author’s books seem to grow. The stories are better without leaving out the importance of realism and the writing is consistently brilliant. The fourth book in Warren’s on-going series sets itself up in a way that the same ease with which the prior books flow, this one may stumble. Fortunately, I don’t think it does.

STORY | Casper Christiansen runs away after the girl he falls hard for is uninterested. Or that’s how he sees Raina’s apparent fascination with his younger brother, Owen
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
She did it again. Emotional and beautiful. Review to come.
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ahhh…the latest addition to the Christiansen Family series. Sigh…I just can’t get enough of these characters! As soon as I finish one book, I am eager for the next. Always on my Mind continues the wonderful story of this complicated family. The author has put in enough information from the previous books to help a reader if they have not read the other novels, but I think to truly understand and appreciate the storylines that are going on in this book, you need to read the entire series.

Always o
Kate (The Shelf Life)
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really do not know why I waited so long to read Susan May Warren's books. I have a lot of catching up to do! I was introduced to Susan's books last year, and I have enjoyed every single one I have read thus far.

I jumped in to the Christiansen family series at the half way mark. Thankfully, the books work well as a standalone if need be, but work beautifully when together as a series, as you get the whole story of this wonderful family.

Now mind you, this family I believe is wonderful, but not b
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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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
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
This is definitely a character-driven novel, which I relish. There is also a compelling plot, but I enjoy how deeply we experience the characters' thoughts and feelings. It's so easy to emotionally connect to Casper and Raina, feel their frustrations and hopes. As much as I love the other books, Casper is my favorite of the Christiansen siblings. His personality is so appealing- compassionate, adventuresome, faithful, yet still a little lost as a middle child in a family of vibrant personalities ...more
Karen R
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to Deep Haven, Minnesota, in the middle of a hard winter! One of my favorite series, this time focusing mostly on Casper's and Raina's relationship. What a great guy Casper is--kind, patient, loyal, hard-working, fun, adventurous, a good brother and friend--enduring through repeated rejections. A bit like a Hosea, he learns how to love sacrificially and unconditionally, a good example for us all. I really liked revisiting Darek, Ivy and little Tiger, and enjoyed their further story. ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Always on My Mind. I didn't have high expectations for this book, just because I had started it last year and it wasn't gripping enough for me to have to finish at that time, so I set it aside and didn't pick it back up until this past week. But, this time around, it had me hooked! I absolutely loved the story, had a hard time putting it down, and couldn't wait to see how it ended!

The story was very emotional, just because of all that Casper and Raina went through in the previous books. The jeal
Shannah Mauney
What can I say about this book? I have no words to describe how magnificent I thought it was. There is a different feel to this book than the other three in the series. While each book, so far, has dealt with some pretty heavy issues, they have managed to remain positive and bright (in my opinion). This book, however, was hard to get through because it was so sad! That didn't diminish my enjoyment, just made me have to pause from time to time to get my bearings and it made the ending so much swe ...more
JoJo Sutis
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Get to know the Christiansen Family!
Meet Casper, middle-child, aspiring archaeologist and general "fixer".
He still carries a torch for his one time love, Raina Beaumont...who just so happens to be carrying his brothers child.
Things get really complicated from there as Raina tries to distance herself from Casper, but he isn't giving up so easy.
A dangerous new relationship, a hunt for a historical treasure and life altering decisions will keep you enthralled from start to finish.
Casper has to lear
Courtney Clark
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So good. Review coming soon!
Becky Lewis
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Always in His Sight and Care...

With themes of being the light of God, hope despite bad choices, forgiving, and living large with God, Susan May Warren deftly pulled me into her fourth book of the Christiansen family. No matter I had not read any of the other three. Always on My Mind gives just enough back story just as the reader needs it to be able to enjoy this story on its own. I will, however, be searching out the other three, since my appetite has been so well-whetted for more complete adve
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Casper Christiansen is an adventurer; especially after he learns about his brother's betrayal; he travels all the way to Honduras following a dueling fiasco at his sister's wedding. But the beautiful woman that he left behind is always on his mind. And so, he gives up South American treasure hunting and returns to Minnesota only to discover that his dreams might not come true after all; at least not until he learns how unconditional love must be.

Raina Beaumont cannot believe that on the evening
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed these characters and the fact that it was easy to believe in their relationship and storyline because their story started in the last book. However, in a way that doesn't suit my style, there was no whirlwind story to get swept up in. Things were falling apart for multiple people and the story seemed like it was happening to normal people. It was a good read, just not with the same emotion that I am used to finding in Warren's past works.
I have loved all of the books in this series and this may be my favorite. Looking forward to the next in the series to be released later this year.

I think Casper's might be my favorite of the books yet! So sweet and I love the focus on forgiveness.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a while since I have read a book that took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions like in this story. I wanted to hug Raina, sit down with her and Casper so that they can be honest with each other, physically harm Monte and hoped for a specific ending (which I luckily received).

Raina and Casper was one of my favourite couples in When I fall in love (book 3) and was sad how their story ended in book 3, so I was looking forward to reading more of their story in Always on My Mind. Raina is
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love the golden nuggets of inspiration that are always in the writings of Ms. Warren. I feel that God is speaking to me in some way or another when I come across something that just reaches out and says, "doesn't this sound familiar?" Or, "aren't these the words and thoughts you were looking for?" It's happened more than once while reading her books.

On another note...every time I read a part of the book or books where one or more of the characters place their hand on a window pane I immediate
Sarah Vanscoyoc
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Always on My Mind is the forth full-length novel in Susan May Warren’s Christiansen Family series. The series follows the siblings of the Christiansen Family as they find and flourish in love. I have adored all of the books in the series and can honestly say that I don’t have a favorite. Mrs. Warren does an excellent job with each and every one. She brings the stories and characters to life with vivid descriptions and details that make it seem as though you are actually there. I love how the sto ...more
Nora St Laurent
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Serious mystery, suspense and fun all rolled into this installment of the Christiansen series. Not only do readers get to hang out with Raina and Casper but Ivy, Darek and Tiger are in a good part of the story-line as well. A few other family members pop in as Ivy and Darek await the arrival of their bundle of joy. The only one missing is Owen.

His relationship with Tiger’s mom was strained and he wasn’t there for Tiger’s birth. Darek is madly in love with Ivy. He wants things to go smoothly for
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Not since Karen Kingsbury's Baxter saga have I been so engrossed in a book series. In the Christiansen family, author Susan May Warren has created characters who are realistically flawed yet wholly likeable. (With the exception of youngest son Owen who, at this point, isn't very likeable at all. I have no doubt he's redeemable, though!)

Casper Christiansen and Raina Beaumont's story, which began in When I Fall in Love, takes center stage in Always on my Mind. Casper and Raina are both lost souls,
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to Deep Haven and for another visit with the Christiansen family. Always on my Mind focuses on middle son Casper and his volatile relationship with Raina, the love of his life. After discovering that Raina and his younger brother Owen had a history, he fled to South America on an archaeological treasure hunt. Realizing he missed his family, he heads back home only to discover a very pregnant Raina living with his sister Grace. Casper, wanting to fix things with Raina is unable to ex ...more
The Books and Biscuits Blog
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Always on My Mind – Susan May Warren (4.5-5 Stars)

The novel starts only a few months after the suspense-driven events of When I Fall in Love, picking up the story with Casper working on an archaeological dig outside Roatan, Honduras. Meanwhile, Raina Beaumont continues to hide the truth of her pregnancy from most of the members of the Christiansen family, with the exception of her boss and roommate, Grace. Casper travels back from his failed treasure hunt just in time for the delivery of Raina’s
Sarah Ruut
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Casper ran away from his hurt and pain, or so he thought. When he returns, he realizes that running didn’t really solve anything. Now he has to face what he should have months before.

Raina pushed Casper away, but the barrier she put up is keeping her from healing. When Casper returns, she has to determine how to heal despite his presence unsettling her.

We have probably all watched loved ones make decisions that we would not have made, choices that led them straight into trouble. While we have to
Jalynn Patterson
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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, pr
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Although I have a degree in Mass Communications from the Unive

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