Monday, June 30, 2014

When I Fall In Love by Susan May Warren

About the Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

I am so totally in love with this series!!  Susan simply cannot write fast enough, and no matter how slowly I intend to read the latest feels like I've blinked and it's over.  Quite simply, if you're just now meeting the Christiansens...I am jealous of you with a (semi-)godly jealousy!

Grace is so ME.  Afraid to venture out, take risks and accept a challenge.  I didn't have siblings to force me out of the family nest, but Grace has several--mainly Eden.  And Max needs to just get over himself...and I mean that in the nicest possible way.  I know he's got a serious issue to deal with...but c'mon!

Owen needs to have his story as the last one in the series, because it will take me that long to stop being angry with him.  And poor Casper....he has no clue what he has fallen into, but he is the best person for Raina outside of Jesus.

If it seems as if I'm talking about real people, blame it on Susan.  She writes characters so rich, with such depth it seems as if they could walk off the pages and into the coffee shop down the street.  That's why I'm such a huge fan, and always will be.

"When I Fall In Love" is the third in a series of books all about the Christiansen siblings, with a novella about Mom and Dad in the mix.  My huge thanks to my friends at Tyndale Publishing for my advance copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This just may be some of the best summer reading you'll ever have, so don't miss out!  Pick up a copy of "When I Fall In Love", and see if you can grab copies of "It Had To Be You" and Take a Chance on Me" as well!

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