Susan May Warren has a unique way of blending romance and mystery, and her latest novel, Nothing But Trouble, is no exception. PJ Sugar is a woman who has had trouble dogging her every move since her days in high school. Now, some ten years later, when she finds herself desperate enough to return to her home town, it seems as if she is bound to repeat some of her mistakes.
When PJ returns after such a long absence, she is a new creature in Christ. I think of all the people who seem to want to remind her of all her past mistakes, she may prove to be her own worst enemy. Her invitation home is innocent enough – keep an eye on her four-year-old nephew while her sister is away on her honeymoon with her new husband. However, when you add a couple of Russian in-laws who speak no English, a local man murdered after a rather public confrontation at a wedding, and an old friend who PJ feels bound to help when her husband is accused of the mysterious murder…well, dear reader, you have a combination of events that can only lead to…well…trouble.
Try though she might, PJ is forever at the center of any fiasco around. I began to feel sorry for her several times simply because she just seemed to never catch a break. I was so thankful that the local pastor helped her to understand that Christ loves her – trouble and all! And the perspective seemed to catch on with others too…and that local pizza delivery guy, Jeremy? Well..let me just say that I am looking forward to getting to know him better!
There’s a lot going on in this book, and I’m so glad to know it is just our introduction to PJ Sugar and her motley crew. I have a feeling there is an abundance of adventure in this gal’s future! Oh, and I hope Susan May Warren doesn’t feel compelled to give the girl any more pets! Or guns! Or maybe she should just write her into a nice, quiet corner in a library somewhere. Nah…she’d find trouble even there. But at least now she knows Who she belongs to! That’s going to make a big difference I think!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Susan May Warren is the award-winning author of seventeen novels and novellas with Tyndale, Steeple Hill and Barbour Publishing. Her first book, Happily Ever After won the American Fiction Christian Writers Book of the Year in 2003, and was a 2003 Christy Award finalist. In Sheep’s Clothing, a thriller set in Russia, was a 2006 Christy Award finalist and won the 2006 Inspirational Reader’s Choice award. A former missionary to Russia, Susan May Warren now writes Suspense/Romance and Chick Lit full time from her home in northern Minnesota.