Ivy and Darek meet when Ivy buys him at a charity auction soon after she arrives in town. It becomes apparent they both have secrets from the past that they must deal with before they can pursue any sort of relationship and Darek has no idea that their secrets are intertwined so closely.
This is a good start to the Christiansen Family Series set in Deep Haven.
"Take a Chance on Me" is a very predictable and underwhelming story. I really felt that there was nothing original about the story, as it was just a typical "girl meets guy-doesn't like him but they're forced to spend time together-they eventually fall in love-then there's conflict-etc" story. Other than the setting (of a beautiful sounding resort area in Northern Minnesota) and secondary parts of the story (like the occupations of the characters, which were described in great detail), there wasn't anything new or original in the book.
The whole storyline was also very fast-paced and felt forced. The main characters, Ivy and Darek, have their first date in the first chapter, she meets his family on their second date, and immediately they start talking about Ivy becoming a mom to Darek's son. Just too far-fetched and unrealistic for my taste. (Also, I have a pet-peeve about overnight conversions that suddenly make an unequally yoked couple instantly yoked in stories. It doesn't work in real life and I find it lazy writing and too simple and trite in books.)
In conclusion, there are a plethora of great books out there, even in the romance genre, and I don't think this one is worth your time.
I enjoyed this book for well-portrayed characters and well-described scenes. The author knows the Great Lakes area and the forest-firefighting scenarios quite well. The plot pulled me right into the lives of the characters. The family showed strong faith, and helped the main characters to move forward in their search for healing. The banter among the family members was fun. I enjoyed the drama, the light romance, and the unfolding of the different backgrounds for the main characters. This story made me laugh and cry.
Darek's wife, Felicity, was killed in a car accident. His best friend is blamed for the accident. This book deals with a lot of people who aren't willing to forgive, including Darek, who is storing a lot of bitterness in his heart. There are some more characters that are also dealing with forgiveness.
I really enjoyed this book. Susan May Warren did a great job bringing the characters to life. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!