Friday, July 25, 2014

When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren #bookreview

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I'm excited to bring a book for review that I thoroughly loved.  When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren is the third book in the Christiansen Family series.  In this book we learn a lot Grace and a little about her brothers Owen and Casper.  (I have a feeling we will see their stories in the future.)

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.

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.

Find Susan online: website, My Book TherapyTwitter, Facebook

My Thoughts:

Oh how I want to be part of the Christiansen Family!  I love this book.  Grace our main character is simple delightful.  She starts out timid and scared and blossoms with faith and courage!  Max is dreamy.  His illness was a bold choice for a romantic novel.  I love that Warren didn't shy away from such a difficult topic.  The story draws you in and you will be cheering for this couple from the start - as well as a few other couples!

The family dynamics and faith of the Christiansen family is what makes this book special.  As each character finds God's voice in their life things work out.  The siblings love each other and the parents are their for their kids.  This book leaves you questioning your own strength when faced with difficult decisions.  Will you run away or stay?  I honestly can't wait for the next book .  My sweet husband surprised me the other two books ( Take a Chance on Me and It Had to be You) in this collection.

You can purchase your copy of When I Fall in Love at your local book retailers or online at stores like Amazon.  

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