Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Review & Blog Tour: When I Fall In Love

When I Fall in Love (Christiansen Family, #3)Author: Susan May Warren
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Tyndale
Series: Christiansen Family # 3

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.

The Christiansen family stored up happiness like stones on the rocky Lake Superior shore.

There was more waiting for her. She just didn’t want to travel halfway around the world, alone, to find it.

He tasted good, like hot summer nights. And freedom. And happiness.
I absolutely love family sagas. I have never read one that I have not fallen in love with completely. The Christiansen family saga has welcomed me in with love and warmth over the last three books. My family has always been so close that this family just made me feel right at home and every book in this series has been nothing less than amazing. Susan May Warren has such a gift with words. She is one of those authors that every single book she writes makes me lose track of the time and miss the characters when I finally put it down. If you are familiar with these books then you know what I mean by my last statement. Get ready for Grace’s story in this new edition to the Christiansen family saga!

Max and Grace’s relationship is obviously my favorite part of this book mainly because it started out as a friendship. Their friendship is so endearing and their relationship unfolds just the way an actual relationship would. They are very understanding of one another and supportive of one another as well. Max and Grace both have difficulties and obstacles that they have to overcome, but Max more so than Grace at times because of the decisions that he makes. However, Grace is really good for Max because she keeps him down to earth and really strives to take care of him.

Susan May Warren writes about a tough situation in this book: a terminal disease. I was skeptical to begin with because I usually do not read books this heavily loaded. It is just a personal preference of mine, but this book changed my mind on that topic entirely. This book caused me to look at life a little differently because of the picture that Warren paints. We were also introduced to Raina and Casper in this book, who I am assuming will be featured in the next book!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Tyndale House and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review***

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