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The Wonder of You

(Christiansen Family #5)

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Mortified after her year abroad is cut short, Amelia Christiansen returns to Deep Haven, certain she isn’t brave enough to embrace the adventures she’s dreamed of. The last thing she expects is for the man who broke her heart to cross the Atlantic and beg forgiveness.

Heir to a European hotel dynasty, Roark St. John has trekked from one exotic locale to another, haunted by
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Paperback, 390 pages
Published June 18th 2015 by Thomas Nelson
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Brittany
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Christiansen Family series of novels continues to be one of my very favorites. The Wonder of You does not disappoint as the latest addition. I believe that this could be read as a stand alone novel fairly well, but this series is really one that I believe should be read starting with book one, Take a Chance on Me.

I had such fun reading this story and finding out more about Amelia Christiansen. She traveled through the novel in a fairly confused state, trying to figure out who was the man tha
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Courtney Clark
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the quality story I have come to expect from Susan– sweetly romantic, faith-driven, family-centered, adventurous, with a few moments that had me chuckling (specifically, a little story about a fort :) ).

Amelia is very easy to relate to, I think. She’s the baby sister of the family, wanting prove her independence and just a little intimidated with life at the same time. She wanted adventure and to see the world, but after a not-so-successful photography trip abroad (read: heartbreak), sh
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Gretchen
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was absolutely amazing! I loved hearing about the travels and the different competitions that they did. There was so much suspense and I was on my toes the entire time reading this book. This might possibly be my favorite on in this series. I highly recommend it, as well as the reading the whole series.
Shannah Mauney
Susan May Warren has delivered another smash hit in the Christiansen family series. The Wonder of You is a wonderful novel. I enjoyed every minute of this book. The plot was well planned and penned perfectly. It kept my attention from start to finish. I enjoyed the banter between the Christiansen clan, as well as the competition between the two men vying for Amelia's love. I also really enjoyed catching up with Grace and Max. The little bit that was said about them made me love them even more th ...more
Caitlyn Santi
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you know me or have followed my blog at all you probably know that I am a HUGE fan of the Christiansen family! Since book one I have been hooked on this clan of Minnesotan's! What can I say? These books are all AMAZING plain and simple and if you haven't started this series yet, what on earth are you waiting for?!
Needless to say this book most definitely did not disappoint! I admit, love triangles are usually not my thing, and if it happens to be a triangle where the girl has to choose betwe
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Melanie
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. This book was amazing. Seriously, amazing. I don't know what it is about Susan May Warren's books, but nearly all of them seem to capture my attention, tug on my emotions, and make me want the book to never end. The Wonder of You was no exception.

I've been loving this series and yet when I started this book I thought I wouldn't care for the romance (I mean, with what I knew of Roark, he just didn't seem that likeable). But, I absolutely loved the romance and even though there was
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Nora St Laurent
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Best novel in this series so far!! I enjoyed every second of this wild ride. The author made me laugh-out-loud with her well timed humor, bit my nails in the suspenseful parts and smile the rest of the time because I was having so much fun!

What made it so much fun? Glad you asked! The book (before this one) Always on My Mind ended in a major cliff hanger. The featured children in that novel were Raina and Casper as they navigate their relationship and find themselves on a treasure hunt. In the m
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Natacha Ramos
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
It’s so hard to write a review when words are not enough for expressing what a book did for you.

The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren reminded me why I love so much reading.

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It’s awesome when you find such a masterpiece that you can connect with and the Lord speaks to you through it so clearly.

I loved it and I’m thankful so much for this! (and I mean it)

I’ve always loved the Christiansen Family Series, but this has touched me more deeply than any other (even more than ‘It Had to be You’ which has
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Dawn
Amelia Christiansen has returned from Europe with a broken heart. She isn't ready for the adventures that life wants to give her. She certainly doesn't expect to see the man who broke her heart appear on her family's doorstep with an apology. Roark St. John is the heir to an European hotel dynasty. He's spent the last several years roaming from location to location hiding from his past. When he met Amelia, he wanted to stop running. After breaking her heart, he knows that he has no choice but to ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
The emotion that makes me connect with the characters is the biggest reason I'm in love with the Christiansen Family series! Amelia doesn't know where she fits in the world or what she wants out of life. It was hard to see her waffling between the choices she saw for herself- hometown settling or unknown adventure, Seth or Roark. She wants to follow God's will for her life, but how does she know what that is when both paths are good ones? Her questions and hesitancy are no doubt elements that ma ...more
Laura
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of my very favorite Christian fiction series. Susan May Warren has created a fantastic family with this series.
I love each book--catching up with old characters who seem like family and finding out more about one particular family.
Amelia was sometimes annoying. I liked her as a minor character in other books, but when the last book in the series was about a guy who will probably die a painful death, it was hard to care about her having her feelings hurt because she misinterpreted R
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Rissi
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Melissa Tagg
In the realm of inspirational fiction, family sagas are currently enjoying popularity. One of those series is penned by award-winning author Susan May Warren, who took on the challenge of writing about more than the typical three siblings (three book series). Her world features a family of six. This is the next to last book which takes us on “baby” sibling Amelia’s journey. Her story was teased at the end of Always on My Mind. In fact, it was such a good here’s-what’s-to-come (because anytime yo ...more
Karen R
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to Deep Haven! I love this series, it just gets better and better with each book! It feels like coming home reading about the Christiansen family, this time with the focus on the youngest daughter, Amelia. Grace and Max Sharpe's relationship is an interesting feature also.
The feeling of failure, and the fear of making a wrong choice seems to have followed Amelia home to Deep Haven from her time in Europe. The decision to follow her fickle heart or do what seems to be the most rati
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Rebecca
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Double trouble. Amelia Christiansen has it.

After returning home prematurely from what was to have been a year abroad, Amelia finds herself vigorously pursued by her high school sweetheart, Seth Turnquist and face-to-face with a man who has travelled across an ocean to find her, Roark St. John. Amelia has known Seth her entire life; he is a safe choice, loved and admired by family and friends; plus, he insists that they have always belonged together, forever, in Deep Haven. Roark, on the other h
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Laura
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing

THE WONDER OF YOU is Ms. Warren’s most recent books. I’ve been a long time fan—my favorite writer—of her stories so I was looking forward to reading this book. It is the fifth book in The Christiansen Family series, but it does stand alone, though the stories are intertwined some.

Amelia believes she is weak and a failure since she went home to Deep Haven. She felt betrayed by Roark and now trapped in Deep Haven, working as a maid for her brother at the family resort. Her high school boyfriend i
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Anne
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Susan May Warren's talent is undeniable and her stories irresistible. One of the best things about this book is the family dynamics and the ongoing saga of the entire family. The Wonder of You is spectacular in its faith-driven message. I'm really looking forward to Owen's story.
Sarita
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
All books in this series can be read in order, though to truly appreciate all the characters and the family, it would be best to read the series in order.

Roark was introduced in book 4, especially the in the epilogue. First introduction didn't leave me liking him a lot, but that all changed with the first pages of this story. Roark stole my heart and I was team Roark all the way.

I enjoyed the romance and the love-triangle was interesting in the beginning, but then it started to feel dragged out
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Kelly Bridgewater
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Susan May Warren’s books, including all the Christiansen’s family series. After finishing Casper’s story in Always on My Mind and being introduced to Amelia near the end, I couldn’t wait to dive right into Amelia’s story in The Wonder of You. True to the contemporary romance, Warren created everything I love about her writing and then some. Great descriptive setting, heart-pounding romance, and page-turning tension with wonder—I literally could not put this book down.

The writi
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Susan May Warren is an outstanding author! The words flowed smoothly and the characters interacted quite naturally. Tension felt palpable when it needed to, and witty humor deflated some of the angst when appropriate. Books like this are truly a pleasure to read.

Roark was by far my favorite character – and not just for the obvious dreamy-sigh reasons. Although… a *dreamy sigh* or two would not be amiss. Flawed but sincere, he earnestly loved Amelia and was determined to win her back. (Whether th
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Susan Snodgrass
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well, I can say for sure that Susan May Warren books never,ever disappoint.

The Wonder of You is the 5th book in the Christiansen Family novels and Amelia's story. Amelia is the youngest and everyone has always spoiled and protected her. Anyone who has read this series will remember at the close of the last book, Always On My Mind, Amelia returned home early from her European adventure, withdrawn. Then Roark St. John showed up and apologized to her, only to be driven away by her brothers and fat
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Becky
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
The overarching theme in The Wonder of You is pursuing the life God has called you to, wherever that may be and however that life may look.

After returning home from Europe with her heart broken, Amelia wonders if God's plans for her really include more than Deep Haven. Maybe she should settle down with Seth, her high school boyfriend, and live out her days in Deep Haven. But her heart continues pulling her toward Roark, even though she's not sure she can fully trust him. She struggles to underst
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Madison
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love Susan May Warren's books. When I get one of her books any others are quickly placed back on the to-be-read pile so I can start reading hers immediately. The Wonder of You did not disappoint.

Roark St. John has returned to the town of Deep Haven determined to recapture the heart of Amelia Christiansen, the heart he broke during their time in Europe. But regaining her trust won't be easy, especially with the home-town competition of lumberjack Seth. Roark will have to exchange his Ferrari a
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Kav
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Double the romance and double the angst makes for a tummy churning read packed with lots of emotion. Not only do we get Amelia and Roark's tumultuous romance but a continuation of Max and Grace's love story carried over from When I Fall in Love. And once again I came away from the read with a bruised heart that still feels tender. And I might currently be hiccupping shuddering sighs after a biblio-induced crying jag. There was one sub-plot that just pushed all my buttons. Sniffle.

Oddly enough, t
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Victor Gentile
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Susan May Warren in her new book “The Wonder of You” Book Five in the Christiansen Family series published by Tyndale House Publishers takes us into the life of Amelia Christiansen.

From the back cover: Mortified after her year abroad is cut short, Amelia Christiansen returns to Deep Haven, certain she isn’t brave enough to embrace the adventures she’s dreamed of. The last thing she expects is for the man who broke her heart to cross the Atlantic and beg forgiveness.

Heir to a European hotel dynas
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Carrie Padgett
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Finally! I’ve been waiting for Amelia’s story from Susan May Warren’s Christiansen Family series. Now that I’ve finished it, I’m happy and sad.

Happy because it’s a great book. Sad because there’s only one Christiansen sibling’s story left. Although it promises to be a whopper.

Amelia Christiansen left in a previous book to go to Europe for a year-long photography course. Her parents visited her a few months later and she returned home with them. And with a broken heart. At the end of the last boo
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Janet Reeves
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I’ve been to church! As I read the last 150 pages of Susan May Warren’s newest Christiansen Family novel, The Wonder of You, I kept pausing to pray about the truths contained in its pages, to praise God, to worship Him. I wasn’t praising Him for what He was doing in the lives of a few fictional characters but for what He has done, is doing, and will do in mine. Warren did a beautiful job of showing God’s true nature to her readers through a fictional story. In my mind, that’s what Ch ...more
Ashley
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Like most of Susan May Warren's books. It's hard for me to review them, because I love her writing style and I always feel so connected to her characters, it's almost like trying to review friends.

This one turned out to be a bit different than I was expecting. I kind of expected the posh European hero to come dashing in, save the day, and sweep everyone off their feet. Turns out he, of course, had his own baggage. Watching this story unfold and the way the characters stretche
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Mary Beth
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Amelia, the youngest of the Christiansen clan, must find her own voice, dreams, and destiny in this fifth book in the series. All of her life, Amelia's older brothers and sisters have hovered over her and molded decisions for her. However, Amelia has an adventurous spirit and longs to step beyond the bounds of Deep Haven.

When she does, she attends a photography course that travels around Europe. While there, she meets Roarke, who she assumes is a professional student. However, Amelia's heart is
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June
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the sort of book I would give 10 stars on the 5 star rating system! :)

What an amazing book. Susan May Warren strikes again. I always have to take a break after reading her books before I can think to write the review. Her stories are so full of emotion and lifelike people that you just want to take home with you and never let them go. I am so NOT looking forward to the series ending next year with Owen's story. And I just knew that dead body was going to come back to bite someone!

Befor
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April
4 1/2 Stars

I have absolutely loved this series! And The Wonder of You does not disappoint! Warren per her usual style, types up a story you want to dive into and stay immersed in. I only wish I could have read it in one setting, but being the mom of three little kids, and one being a newborn, that was not possible. Still I devoured it as I could over 2 days.

Amelia, Roark and the Christiansen clan, all make for an engrossing tale. With depth of characters & relationships, struggles, insecurit
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Other books in the series

Christiansen Family (6 books)
  • Take a Chance on Me (Christiansen Family, #1)
  • It Had to Be You (Christiansen Family, #2)
  • When I Fall in Love (Christiansen Family, #3)
  • Always on My Mind (Christiansen Family, #4)
  • You're the One that I Want (Christiansen Family, #6)
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