Sunday, March 23, 2014

Take a Chance on Me
by Susan May Warren

Publisher: Tyndale
Pages: 400
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Darek Christiansen is almost a dream bachelor—oldest son in the large Christiansen clan, heir to their historic Evergreen Lake Resort, and doting father. But he’s 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 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. 



Kritters Thoughts:  The first in the series that centers around the Christiansen family who own a resort on the North Shore of Minnesota and the eldest son who is trying to bring their property up to date.  At the same time Ivy who has been searching her entire life for a permanent home that she can make her own has moved to town and has a history that could greatly impact the small town.

I absolutely adored this book as it set up this family and still centered around one son.  He has overcome some obstacles that left him a widower and single father in the small town where he grew up and I enjoyed watching him try to put the pieces back together.  I loved that the things that Darek didn't love about his town and family where the exact things that Ivy craved and through her viewpoint Darek could realize the good things that he was surrounded by.  It was easy to follow this book as it switched between these two characters and two of Darek's childhood friends - Claire and Jensen.    

Although it was a little predictable, it was still a great read!  Just as a warning this is definitely a Christian fiction and there were some moments where it was a little preachy, but those moments didn't take away from the story.  I am excited to review the second book in the series tomorrow!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel 
(will be reviewing it tomorrow)


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