Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

When I Fall In Love Book Review

A Christiansen Family Novel
Book Three

SUMMARY:  Come home to the Christiansens', where faith and family meet real life.
     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.
     Maxwell 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.

REVIEW:  Susan May Warren's latest novel lives up to everything I have come to expect from her writings.  Grace and Maxwell's story is wonderful.  Grace is a girl after my own heart.  She feels more comfortable at home in Deep Haven, serving her family and friends.  Maxwell wants to live his life alone, afraid of the genetic disease that has claimed his father and other family members, afraid to trust God.  My heart went out to both Grace and Maxwell as they learned to step beyond their safety zones and learned to trust each other and God for the desires of their hearts.  I loved the descriptions of all the fun they had as they toured and enjoyed the island.  I also enjoyed, and envied, the cooking skills they both had and the cooking contest they entered.
     The side story of Raina, Owen and Casper sets up a future Christiansen Family story.  Raina's insecurity and desire to be accepted touched my heart.  I can't wait to see how her story develops.
     This book kept me turning pages to see if Grace and Maxwell could work things out to be together and how it would be accomplished.  Check out this book and series.  You won't be disappointed.

This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group for review without compensation.

Susan May Warren is the bestselling, Christy and RITA Award-winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike.  She spent eight years as a missionary in Russia with her husband and four children before returning to Minnesota's north shore to write full-time.  Visit her website at  

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