When I Fall in Love is another story about the Christiansen family. Grace Christiansen plans on settling in Minnesota near her family, however, they send her to Hawaii to a cooking retreat since she loves to cook and shows real talent in it. While at the retreat, she meets Max Sharpe who is a professional hockey player who is struggling with an illness. During the retreat, Max and Grace participate in a cooking competition and are paired together. As they get to know each other better, friction threatens to break them apart. Can Max and Grace overcome their personal demons and open up to the possibility of love and a future together? Another great read about the family from Deep, Minnesota.
Not all tied up with a pretty bow..,just like life
August 15, 2014
I absolutely enjoy reading this series. I feel like I'm reading a real-life story. Susan May Warren does an excellent job making her character easy to relate to and helps her reader to bond with the characters fast.
Grace made such a huge transformation. It was fun to walk alongside her in her journey to become a culinary chef. She has all the talent but couldn't see that for herself. How often do we do just that, too? We can easily discredit ourselves because we don't think we're good enough or because we don't want to get out of our comfort zone. For Grace, getting out of her comfort zone led to some big things happening in her life.
If I had to chose the character that I was most saddened by, it would be Owen. I wanted him to have a repentant heart and care, but I don't feel like that ever happened. I hope Susan May Warren has some big plans for him in the future!
Another thing I've liked about this series is the continuity. Each book flows right into the next one. It makes me want to re-read all 3 together and see what I've missed. I can't wait to see what's next in either this series or a break-off one.
I received this book free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
From the first book, I enjoyed the song title idea. But I'd hoped for some real closure with the 3rd book in what I thought was a series [traditionally 3]. Didn't happen. While some hard issues were laid bare and some relationships mended, more were ripped wide-open. Great for on-going story line, not so good for readers who want new, not continuing plots. Yes, I enjoyed the book; so I should not complain, but I'd hoped for some finality.
In the third in the Christiansen saga, Grace goes to Hawaii to a cooking school, compliments of her family. They want to inspire her, recognizing her amazing ability to create incredible foods. She is hesitant to go - she's content at home. But she finally agrees to go and it changes her life.
Also at the cooking school is Max Sharpe, pro hockey player, lover of gourmet cooking. He lives for the three weeks of culinary vacation he takes each year. When he is paired up with Grace for a cooking competition, emotions are stirred. So is his prior relationship to Grace's brother Owen - a relationship that ended Owen's hockey career.
This is a good novel of character development. Grace has the opportunity to grow through all her insecurities, with Max helping. Max struggles with his guilt over his part in the accident that ended Owen's career. They both must rely on their Christian faith to make it to the future God has planned for them.
I appreciate a thought provoking novel and this one makes you think about love, marriage, and life. Would you marry someone knowing they had an incurable disease? What do you do when your marriage doesn't turn out as you'd thought?
I also appreciate a novel where I learn something and in this one, it was about a cooking school and the ensuing contest. Be given a certain number of ingredients and create something tasty from them? Amazing.
I have to admit I was put off by Owen's behavior near the beginning of the book. There was a one night stand with no guilt or remorse from Owen. I know it happens in "Christian" families, but it was just hard to read. I certainly hope Owen finds salvation in a sequel.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Litfuse Publicity Group for the purpose of an independent and honest review.