FORD (Montana Marshalls) by Susan May Warren
“I think hope is also about who you hope in. Maybe you don’t trust the circumstances, but the source.”
Goodness!! The third book in Susan May Warren’s Montana Marshalls series, FORD, is absolutely fantastic!! In fact, it’s so good that I am having a really hard time putting into words just how much I love it. I am not generally one to choose a single favorite book, because there are so many wonderful ones available. But FORD, oh FORD! This book shot straight to the top of my favorites list before I was even done reading it.
Susan May Warren is a fabulous author. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve ever read of hers. I knew the Montana Marshalls series was going to special when I read and fell in love with the first book, KNOX. TATE came next and the story was just amazing. And then FORD…FORD is riveting.
This series centers around the six Marshall siblings. Reuben’s story was told in a previous series. Knox and Tate’s stories were shared in the first two Montana Marshalls books. And now, in book three, we learn the story of Ford Marshall…and some of his twin sister RJ’s story. Wyatt’s story is yet to come. Reminiscent of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series and Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series, these books revolve around a very intertwined family. This is my favorite kind of series because all of the family members show up in some fashion in every book. As readers, we are drawn into the family and are actually made to feel a part of the family.
I loved everything about FORD. As you can surmise from the title, this book is Ford’s story. We met Ford and Scarlett and began to get to know them in TATE. Ford is a Navy Seal and Scarlett is a communications expert turned Rescue Swimmer candidate. This book takes us to Russia as Ford and Scarlett go on a crazy dangerous mission to try and save Ford’s twin sister, RJ…a CIA analyst who went into the field to try and save someone’s life but became a target herself. Enter York, an ex-special ops soldier who is working independently and becomes RJ’s self-appointed protector.
The way Susan May Warren interwove the character development with the suspense, the spiritual elements and the romance is unparalleled. She creates characters that are so exceptionally real that I had to remind myself, more than once, that they are fictional and that my “friends” would be okay…even when it seemed that they wouldn’t. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Between Ford and York, the intensity and suspense was gripping. Although I enjoy suspense, I am a bit jumpy and since hiding in the hall or behind the couch isn’t effective while reading a book, I had to put down the phone when it got really suspenseful. Haha…up and down, and up and down, and up down my phone went. I couldn’t leave it down for long though because I had to see what was going to happen next!
The spiritual elements sprinkled throughout Christian fiction books are one of the main reasons that I read Christian fiction. In FORD, there is a stark difference between Ford’s belief in God, the way he leans on Him and calls out to Him for help, and Scarlett’s bitterness and unbelief. This allows for some beautiful spiritual conversations to take place that we get to witness and be challenged by ourselves.
And, as we can always expect from Susan May Warren, the romance is woven throughout the story with just enough tension to be believable and to cause you to root for them to find a way past the hurdles and into a God-honoring relationship.
And as if all of that weren’t enough, the author’s use of humor throughout the story brings a breath of fresh air amidst the mad dash across Russia to keep RJ alive.
Wow…just wow! I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Read it…you’ll be glad you did! The books in this series are set up to overlap each other. So if you have not read KNOX or TATE yet, start there because you really don’t want to miss any of this series!!