When I Fall In Love~Susan May Warren~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ August 4th, 2014

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I’ve enjoyed Susan’s books since the first one I reviewed several years ago. Her stories are funny, interesting, engaging, and thought provoking. She shares Scripture and Biblical thoughts in a seamless way.

This book is a continuation of the Christiansen family series. I have to admit when I first saw it up for review, I thought, “hmmmm how many more of these books can she really write about this family and keep it interesting?” But I was wrong…..this is another great installment in the series.

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 :
Susan’s characters are very real. I feel like I know the entire family! I like that she allows them to have struggles and weaknesses that they work through during the story. They are very believable.
This story was interesting and I found myself reading a little extra to see what was going to happen. I also like that there was a parallel story happening with another character from the town while Grace’s story was unfolding. It kept things interesting.
Another fun element in this story was the cooking school and challenge. I personally eat very little seafood, but the recipes still sounded yummy! She should have included a few in the back of the book!
This story was mostly set in Hawaii and then Minneapolis but it’s part of the Deep Haven series…..and oh how I wish I could live in Deep Haven!
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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.

Susan May Warren‘s newest book in the Christiansen Family Collection, When I Fall In Love,  has won over readers’ and critics’ hearts alike. With critical reviews like, “. . . an exquisite romance. Profoundly touching on the topic of facing fears, this book is a true gem,” and more than 60 five-star reviews at Amazon, When I Fall in Love is sure to please.



Susan has teamed up with some amazing food bloggers for a fun food challenge and a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Grab your aprons and wire whisks and buzz on over to the When I Fall in Love website to learn more and enter the Hawaiian Chef Showdown! Susan is challenging you to make a Hawaiian-inspired dish using coconut, mango, or one of the other ingredients mentioned in the book. You’ll get extra points for creating your own recipe—plus she might share it on the When I Fall in Love site! Or if you’re not up for an adventure in the kitchen just click one of the icons below for easy entry.



Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 10th. All winners will be announced August 13th at Susan’s blog.

 


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Susan’s blog on the 13th to see if you won!

Lizzie

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