Take a Chance on Me - eBook
What was all the hype?
What was all the hype about this book? I finally decided to see for myself and frankly I don't know what the hype was. It started out being good but in the middle the story just started dragging. The author kept saying the same thing just in a different way. Jensen said to Claire "how would feel watching the woman you love die in your arms?" Then, later Jensen was reminiscing about he, Claire and Felicity at the beach and Felicity had fallen asleep and Jensen knew right then he was in love with Claire. So. who was he in love with and how could he be in love with two women at the same time? This book wasn't all the hype it was made out to be. I'm glad I didn't spend any money on it.
February 27, 2014
Lovely Family Story
IÃ¢ÂÂm so glad I finally got to read a book by Susan May Warren! This one was delightful Ã¢ÂÂ a lovely read. The characters felt very real and I can definitely feel an attachment to them already, even after only one book. TheyÃ¢ÂÂre easy to connect to and easy to love. I could identify with them from the very start and empathize with their problems as well. I wasnÃ¢ÂÂt entirely blown away by it, but I definitely did enjoy this book and will read more by Susan.
February 21, 2014
The first book in what will be a great series
I love finding a new book series to fall in love with! And that is what I feel has happened after reading Take a Chance on Me. This book was wonderful and introduced me to a family that I want to learn everything about.
Take a Chance on Me takes place in Deep Haven, Minnesota. This is the setting of another series that Susan May Warren wrote. But donÃ¢ÂÂt worry if you havenÃ¢ÂÂt read that series. You donÃ¢ÂÂt need to read it to understand what is going on in this new series.
In this first book of the series, we meet the Christiansen family. This is a family that really loves each other and stands strong together. John and Ingrid Christiansen own the Evergreen Resort. They have six grown children. Take a Chance on Me is about their oldest, Darek, who is a widower and single father. He has so much anger in his heart. Anger toward himself, his dead wife, his former best friend, God and just life in general.
Ivy is new to Deep Haven. She has never had the love and support of a family or the stability of staying in one town for long. She falls in love with Deep Haven and plans to make her permanent home there as a county prosecutor. Ivy has some issues with believing that God cares, based on things that have happened in her life. Things in her life always seem to fall apart, but now Ivy holds out hope for a family and future. So, when she has the chance to grow close to Darek and then finds that there are some truths that might come to light and tear them apart, she is devastated.
Two other characters, Jensen and Claire, have their own pasts to deal with and their own issues with God to come to terms with. Their back stories, as well as Ivy and DarekÃ¢ÂÂs are interwoven and so very interesting. All of these characters are very well-written. I am really looking forward to reading more from this series.
February 21, 2014
Darek Christiansen is the most in-eligible bachelor in Deep Haven, but of course Ivy Madison doesn't know that when she first meets him. As the new assistant county attorney, Ivy is eager to finally put down roots, in the small, everyone-knows-your-name town in Minnesota. Growing up in 14 different foster homes, she has no family but dreams of being a part of one. The intriguing Darek has it all - a large, rambunctious family, a five-year-old son Tiger, and the kind of heart that attracts her attention from the moment she sees him interact with his son.
But Darek has his secrets, such as the nature of his relationship with his late wife Felicity, and the truth about how she died. Little does he realize that Ivy was the person who crafted the plea bargain for the very man responsible for Felicity's death; Jensen Atwood. Will Darek be able to forgive Jensen in his part in his wife's death? Will he be able to forgive Felicity for being the enabler of Jensen's freedom?
I was already in love with this novel when I realized that Warren had written six other books about Deep Haven. But I'm so glad I didn't know, because this novel is absolutely wonderful! Reading this made me wish that the Christiansen family was my own, and the characters are so well developed that it felt as if they were real people. I feel that if I just peek out my door, I'll see Claire bouncing out of her place with her pizza uniform on, all ready for her day at Deep Haven's pizza parlor. I've never read anything from this author, but I am an instant fan. I must and will order the first six books asap!!
This book was provided for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
December 21, 2013