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.
This was the first Christiansen family novel that I have read and I will try to read them all now. I had a hard time putting this book down after the first few chapters. I love the characters. Max and Grace are wonderful and so are the secondary characters that will have their own stories. I like how Susan worked in how people handle a disease. I look forward to many more romances by Susan May Warren. I received this book for a fair and honest opinion from Litfuse Publicity Group.
I really liked this book. I like how this, and the other books in the series, starts with a letter to the Christiansen that the story is going to be focusing on. I think Casper is my favorite character, and I am really looking forward to reading the book about him!
When I Fall in Love is the 3rd book in Warrens Christiansen Family series. While its the first title in the series that Ive read, I have the first 2 books in my to-read pile! When I Fall in Love is the story of Grace Christiansen, a homebody who fails to see her own potential, and Maxwell Sharpe, a professional hockey player with a heartbreaking secret. Warren also sets the scene for future books in the Christiansen family series by directing interest to Owen & Casper Christiansen and town newcomer Raina.
When I Fall in Love is such a good story. Its optimistic & hopeful, honest, heartbreaking, and all too realistic. Warrens characters are easy to fall for, and I know Ill be coming back for more from the Christiansen family. This title revolves around three things: family, food, and trust in God. Warning: this book will make you hungry and leave you salivating. I only took breaks in reading to watch episodes of Top Chef on my DVR. When I Fall in Love is for fans of family series, Christian romance, and fiction that revolves around food. I highly recommend it!!
He could nearly hear the walls crumbling, a gritty, brutal crash that left him weak as she floated off the elevator, turning his world to Technicolor. He hadnt realized hed been living in black and white and muted grays until that moment.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.