Sunday, August 3, 2014

Review: When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren

When I Fall in Love
by Susan May Warren

Publisher: Tyndale House
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she’d vacation, much less fall in love. But when her family surprises her with a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled—or maybe yanked—away from her predictable, safe life and thrown headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime.

Max Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to her passion, confidence, and perseverance. But just when Grace dares to dream of a future beyond her hometown, Max pulls away.

Wrestling with personal demons, Max fights against opening his heart to a love he knows he should never hope for. And as his secrets unfold, Grace is torn between the safe path in front of her and what her heart truly desires. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after, Grace’s faith will face its toughest test yet.

Kritters Thoughts:  Grace is a sibling in the Christiansen family that kind of took a back burner in both the previous books - conveniently this is her personality, she takes a back burner to her other siblings who are definitely people who put themselves out front.  Another sibling is also featured in this book - the middle son Owen, he isn't the main character but I think because his story weaves so perfectly with Grace's that it was great to put the two together.

I absolutely adored Grace's story.  I loved that the homebody sibling's story took her very far away from Minnesota to Hawaii and for some reason I think her love story was the least cheesiest!  The ups and downs were not overtly dramatic and this book read so quickly!  As I may have stated in previous reviews, these books are Christian fiction and there is definitely some Jesus talk, but the fictional story is still the main focus which I appreciate.

The third in the series and although they are somewhat companions as each book is centered around a different sibling, so I would say you should stop and pick up book one and two first before reading this one.  There appearances by the other siblings and updates if you will that you would want to read after you have read their full stories.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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