Wednesday, August 6, 2014

When I Fall In Love

Susan May Warren When I Fall in Love

Book Info and Review
About the book: 

Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she'd vacation, much less fall in love. But when her family surprises her with a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled-or maybe yanked-away from her predictable, safe life and thrown headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime.

Max Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to her passion, confidence, and perseverance. But just when Grace dares to dream of a future beyond her hometown, Max pulls away.

Wrestling with personal demons, Max fights against opening his heart to a love he knows he should never hope for. And as his secrets unfold, Grace is torn between the safe path in front of her and what her heart truly desires. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after, Grace's faith will face its toughest test yet.

My thoughts: WHEN I FALL IN LOVE is the third book in the Christiansen Farmily series. Readers will want to read It Had to be You and Take a Chance on Me first to get the stories of Derek and Eden. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Max and Grace, though at times I thought Max acted like a jerk. The secondary story between Owen, Raina, and Casper broke my heart. 

Grace is a complex character. Quiet. Scared. But yet willing to step out into the limelight and fight for what she wants at times. Other times she retreats like a mouse into a hole. Max, I totally understood where he came from. I'd be the same in his shoes, I think. But at times he made him act like an insensitive jerk. Casper, oh he was a dear. Raina made a mistake that costs her... and Owen... his story will be powerful when he comes to the end of himself and finds God. 

I totally love Susan May Warren's books. This one struggled a bit at the first, but once the story got started and over the initial start-up issues, it gripped me and held my attention until the end. Don't miss WHEN I FALL IN LOVE or any of the other books in this series. 

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About the author: 

Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award-winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA's Inspirational Reader's Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women's events about God's amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors.

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