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Book Review: When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren

Posted by Julie on August 7, 2014 in Book Review, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

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About the book: 

 

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.

I believe it hasn’t been since Karen Kingsbury’s Redemption series with the Baxter family have I become so enamored with a fictional family. Once again Susan May Warren paints a realistic family with flaws and issues to overcome, but also with a bond so tight I want to be a Christiansen, too. I really was rooting for Grace and understood Max and his choices.

I loved the Hawaii setting and the cooking competition backdrop. There was great chemistry between Grace and Max. It made for fast reading to see what was going to happen next.

If you’re looking for a great read to wind down your summer, although this is a stand-alone, do yourself a favor and get the series. When I Fall in Love is a perfect summer romance.

 

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/z5Ijj

 

About the author: 

 

Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award-winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women’s events about God’s amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors. 

Find Susan online: website, My Book TherapyTwitter, Facebook

I received a copy of When I Fall in Love from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

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It Had to be You $100 Visa Giveaway from @SusanMayWarren

Posted by Julie on March 19, 2014 in Guest blogger, Julie Arduini |

Susan May Warren is celebrating the release of her newest Christiansen Family novel, It Had To Be You, with a $100 Visa cash card giveaway and offering readers a free book club kit.

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One winner will receive:

  • $100 Visa cash card
  • Take a Chance on Me and It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 29th. Winner will be announced April 1st on Susan’s blog. Also, visit her website to learn more about the It Had To Be You backstory and Susan’s free book club kit.


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Susan’s blog on April 1st to see if you won.

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Book Review: It Had to be You by Susan May Warren

Posted by Julie on March 12, 2014 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Book Description:

Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen’s cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits—and starting to fear she doesn’t have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen.

Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior—on and off the ice. Now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he’s getting from Eden Christiansen isn’t making things any easier. But when Owen’s carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together . . . and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.

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It Had to Be You is Book #2 in the Christiansen series, but I believe it could be a standalone. However, I also believe you’re going to fall in love with the Christiansen family and want to read the series.

This book is about Eden Christiansen, who longs to be a serious reporter but spends most of her time chasing her hotshot hockey playing brother around. He’s reckless on and off the ice and she’s doing everything she can to keep him from harm.

Jace is a NHL player at a crossroads and Eden thinks he needs to be involved in Owen’s life. No one is really happy about any of their roles, but as Owen finds himself in a crisis, she and Jace find themselves together, like it or not.

I enjoyed It Had to be You because Susan May Warren is a master at creating heartfelt Midwest characters. In this particular book she uses hockey as a backdrop, something I haven’t seen before. I found this realistic given the dangers of the sport and really enjoyed reading about it and how the characters interact because of hockey.

I also enjoy stories that take you through consequences without beating you over the head about it. It’s great romance, and I think redemption, too.

I recommend you check out It Had to be You.

To purchase, click here.

I received It had to be You from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



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