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New assistant county attorney Ivy Madison simply doesn't know any better when she bids on Darek at the charity auction. Nor does she know that when she crafted a plea bargain three years ago to keep Jensen Atwood out of jail and in Deep Haven fulfilling community service, she was releasing the man responsible for Felicity's death. All Ivy knows is that the Christiansens feel like the family she's always longed for. And once she gets past Darek's tough exterior, she finds a man she could spend the rest of her life with. Which scares her almost as much as Darek learning of her involvement in his wife's case.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)|
Series: Christiansen Family
Darek Christiansen is almost a dream bacheloroldest son in the large Christiansen clan, heir to their historic Evergreen Lake Resort, and doting father. But hes also wounded and angry since the tragic death of his wife, Felicity. No woman in Deep Haven dares come near.
New assistant county attorney Ivy Madison simply doesnt know any better when she bids on Darek at the charity auction. Nor does she know that when she crafted a plea bargain three years ago to keep Jensen Atwood out of jail and in Deep Haven fulfilling community service, she was releasing the man responsible for Felicitys death. All Ivy knows is that the Christiansens feel like the family shes always longed for. And once she gets past Dareks tough exterior, she finds a man she could spend the rest of her life with. Which scares her almost as much as Darek learning of her involvement in his wifes case.
Caught between new love and old grudges, Darek must decide if he can set aside the past for a future with Ivya future more and more at risk as an approaching wildfire threatens to wipe out the Christiansen resort and Deep Haven itself.
RITA Awardwinning and best-selling inspirational author Warren takes readers on a journey back to Deep Haven, Minnesota, as in The Shadow of Your Smile (2012). Ivy Madison believes moving to the idyllic town will be her opportunity to start fresh, but she soon learns life in a small world is tricky. Meeting Darek Christiansen complicates her life even further, because her work is intertwined with his past in a way she fears will lead him to reject her. Claire Gibson and Jensen Atwood both love Deep Haven but feel trapped by their pasts. Unable to let go of their pain, they both remain stubbornly convinced that God has turned against them. As Ivy starts to transform Dareks ways, Claire and Jensen must also learn to change. When disaster threatens the home they all love, they quickly learn what has been truly important all along. Warren once again creates a compelling community full of vivid individuals whose anguish and dreams are so real and relatable, readers will long for every character to attain the freedom their hearts desire.
Warren (The Shadow of Your Smile) returns to the rugged landscape of Deep Haven, Minn., with a spin-off series featuring the Christiansen family. Widower Darek Christiansen is mortified at having to fill in for his hockey-star brother at a charity bachelor auction. Ivy Madison, the new assistant county attorney, moved to Deep Haven in search of the stability that seemed to elude her. She impulsively places the winning bid, unaware of Dareks past. Darek is equally oblivious to Ivys association with Jensen Atwood, a man linked to the death of Dareks wife. The sons of two well-respected Deep Haven families, Darek and Jensen barely tolerate one another, though once they were best friends. As a romance blossoms between Darek and Ivy, she soon realizes that her connection to Jensen could be the undoing of any future for her budding relationship. Warren lays bare her characters human frailties, including fear, grief, and resentment, as openly as she details their virtues of love, devotion, and resiliency. She has crafted an engaging tale of romance, rivalry, and the power of forgiveness.
jsrn185 Stars Out Of 5Take a chance...March 11, 2017jsrn18Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0What do you do when it feels like all hope is lost? You have to learn to trust and believe God has the best for you. This book offers a great story of hurt, hatred, and feeling lost that leads to hope, love, and forgiveness. Even though it may be a work of fiction it is very relatable and has great life application
maciemollysdadAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Book From An Excellent SeriesJanuary 28, 2016maciemollysdadAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Another excellent Susan May Warren book from the Christiansen Family series!! As always the writing here is top notch & the characters are so believable. As with all of Warren's other books I found it hard to put this one down. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series in the coming weeks. I hope that at some point they start making Susan May Warren's books into movies!!
Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Great new seriesJune 15, 2015Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Take a Chance on Me is the first book in the Christiansen Family series. The series takes place in Northern Minnesota near the shores of Lake Superior. The Christiansen family owns the Evergreen Resort near Deep Haven. John, the father of the family, was introduced to us in the Deep Haven Series.
This book focuses on John and Ingrid's oldest son, Darek. The story opens with a charity bachelor auction where Ivy, a new person to the area, bids on Darek. Darek has a past he is struggling to move on from and is not ready to date anyone. He struggles with having to give up his career as a fire fighter as well as raising his young son alone after the death of his wife.
As Ivy gets to know Darek and his family, she realizes it is a family she would like to be a part of. But she is holding a secret, she is the person that kept the person who killed Darek's wife from prison by making him stay in the area to do community service.
I really like this book. I like how it ties in with the Deep Haven series and builds on it. It's a great story of family and reminds us that God watches over us and helps us through the hard times even when we don't ask.
ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Take a Chance on This Great Book!May 14, 2015ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am so glad I took a chance on this novel. I absolutely loved it! The story gripped my heart from beginning to end. Following the lives of 3 best friends and a new comer was interesting, exciting, and at times heartbreaking. The events that led each character to where they are at this point in time were each traumatizing in it's own way, but watching them grow, triumph, and overcome their pasts gave me immense satisfaction in the story.
I loved Ivy, Claire, Jensen, and Darek. Their characters were uniquely complex, though they struggled with much of the same emotions. The author did an excellent job of layering their pasts and presents to add emotional clarity and depth to the story. At times, I felt like Ivy and Darek's relationship was rushed, but it made sense in a way (I know, that's confusing, but that's how I felt). Ivy and Darek have to decide whether or not to take a chance on each other, despite their emotional scars and baggage. Tiger's antics lent a light air to an otherwise deep and emotional plot. I just wanted to squeeze that little boy!
Each character has to overcome bitterness, anger, and emotional scars that have tainted their lives.Everyone feels like someone else has wronged them at some point in our lives. It's what we do with those feelings that can shape our futures.As the author states in her note to the reader, "we live in a blame world." There is no mercy, grace, or forgiveness. We cannot redeem ourselves. Only God can. That's what grace is. When we accept his grace, we also accept his mercy and forgiveness. Then we can learn to be more like Christ in our lives, forgiving others, and extending mercy and grace to those who we feel have wronged us. Ivy, Claire, Jensen, and Darek each have to learn to accept those things in different ways for their lives to be full of the joy and love the Lord has for them.
Overall, I loved this story. I can't say enough good things about it and I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing!January 19, 2015KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Take a Chance On Me, the first in the Christiansen family saga makes for a powerful start to this stunning series. I'm not quite sure where to begin this review. Perhaps to say that this story portrays one of the most moving testimonies of forgiveness that I have ever read. And the strength of the story is in the fact that the author shows the far reaching effects withholding forgiveness has. Not only for the individual harboring resentment and anger, but for all the people surrounding them, both family and friends and even neighbours. In fact, in a way, an entire community has born the burden of one man's unwillingness to forgive. And that man is our hero, Darek Christiansen.
Tormented doesn't begin to describe Darek. Mired in past mistakes that led to a fatal tragedy, his unwillingness to forgive extends towards himself as well as a friend turned arch enemy. Bitterness and anger are beginning to twine themselves around Darek's heart but he doesn't see it. Not until Ivy Madison shows up on his radar. And mercy, don't get me started on Ivy because she is exactly the wrong person for Darek, or maybe the right person going about it all the wrong way? However you look at it, be prepared for emotional angst that will churn up your tummy and cause you, the hapless reader, no end of heartache.
This is a true-to-life love story with none of the gnarly bits edited out. But there's incredibly tender moments too. Along with toe-curling love scenes and larger than life family times. And oh the joy of victory! The Apostle Paul's admonishment to "fight the good fight and finish the race" comes to mind when I think of Darek's journey. Not because he did it particularly well, but because he clung on to shrapnels of truth wherever he could find them. Because he was willing to soften his heart as a result. Because he might not have always" kept the faith" during that difficult journey, but he found it again. Truly inspirational.