Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Point of No Return by Susan May Warren

Josh Lund, college student, went to work for a month in Georgia (the country, not the state), at a mission. While the rest of the team returns, Josh decides to stay. And then word comes through to his family that he has run off with a woman. The problem is that the woman is the daughter of a rebel, Akif Bashim, who had already arranged her marriage – with great financial gain to him.
Mae, Josh's aunt, promises his mom she will find him and bring him back. Mae has been in the military and can fly anything that gets into the air.
Chet Stryker (these two have a past) tries to talk her out of going. The two love each other, but there is too much hurt and misunderstanding for them to agree.
Mae takes off for Eastern Europe and is surprised to find Chet joining her. Government officials have convinced him to find the girl so the intended marriage can take place. The marriage would help provide political stability.
Chet has had a run in with Akif Bashim before. He had fallen in love with Bashim's daughter Carissa and when Bashim found out about it, beat them both. Chet had escaped but was convinced his lack of control had gotten Carissa killed. Now there is a bounty on his head. He is going into the country at his own peril. Is it really because he loves Mae and wants to protect her?   
The Christian faith of Chet and Mae come into play as they both must trust God, not only for their physical safety but for their emotional well being too.
I can tell from reading this book that Chet and Mae have a previous history. Apparently there are some “Russian” books Warren has written about these two. Nonetheless, even without the prior history, this is a good read. I did think the ending was good and bad. It was good because not every one lived happily ever after, just like life. It was bad because I felt the author cheated a bit in having the cavalry come to the rescue, so to speak, at the last minute.

Steeple Hill Books, a division of Harlequin, 216 pages.

See more of Warren's work: www.susanmaywarren.com

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