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When I Fall in Love (#03 in Christiansen Family Series)

When I Fall in Love (#03 in Christiansen Family Series)
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When I Fall in Love (#03 in Christiansen Family Series)

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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.

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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.
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Susan May Warren

Susan Warren recently returned home after serving eight years with her husband and four children as missionaries in Khaborovsk in Far East Russia. Susan holds a BA in mass communications from the University of Minnesota and is a multipublished author of novellas and novels. Susan has an amazing gift for writing complex plots and weaving powerful Christian content throughout her stories. She and her family live in Northern Minnesota.

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3 stars By Rel Mollet, Relz Reviewz, Jul 07 2016
The Christianson family returns in Susan May Warren's When I Fall in Love and she once again serves up a charming romance while providing substance through the life-altering challenge facing hockey player and food aficionado, Max Sharpe. Determined to enjoy his downtime in Hawaii, Max reluctantly looks out for Grace Christiansen as the behest of Jace Jacobson whom readers will recognise from the previous book, It Had to Be You. The dialogue between Max and Grace, two people who have struggled in relationships for differing reasons, is fabulous - witty, sweet, and engaging. The spiritual themes about fear and overcoming are strong and are woven well throughout the entire novel. And while there is the prerequisite happily ever after, it is not without its complications both now and in the future. I don't want to spoil the story for readers so won't go into any detail, however, I'm delighted Susie May didn't take the easy (although improbable) way out by providing a resolution that would have not been authentic. My only hesitation with this story is it became a tiny bit "soap opera" for me regarding some minor characters. Susie is clearly setting up the future stories and I'm going to have to trust in her talent and writing cred that one particular story thread will not be overcooked! All that said, this series is quite captivating and the characters easy to love, with the intention exception of one whose redemption story will not take place without a fight!
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Beautiful
4 stars By Hannah, Feb 10 2015
I fell in love with the Christiansen family in the first book so it was no surprise that I enjoyed this third book in the series. I love the way Susan May Warren mixes humour with such a depth of wisdom and life lessons, without sounding like you're reading a sermon. 

It did almost felt like two stories in one - following both Grace's and Raina's stories - which was a little frustrating at first (but now has the added bonus of making me want to read the fourth book - Raina's story) but I soon grew accustomed to. A really sweet romance, but with characters and a storyline that didn't feel all that fictitious. Wouldn't be surprised if I ran into them for real one day! 

Like all this series, I'd highly recommend this book!
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Great story
4 stars By Hannah, Feb 10 2015
I fell in love with the Christiansen family in the first book so it was no surprise that I enjoyed this third book in the series. I love the way Susan May Warren mixes humour with such a depth of wisdom and life lessons, without sounding like you're reading a sermon. 

It did almost felt like two stories in one - following both Grace's and Raina's stories - which was a little frustrating at first (but now has the added bonus of making me want to read the fourth book - Raina's story) but I soon grew accustomed to. A really sweet romance, but with characters and a storyline that didn't feel all that fictitious. Wouldn't be surprised if I ran into them for real one day! 

Like all this series, I'd highly recommend this book!
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5 stars By Iola, Sep 03 2014
Despite the title, When I Fall in Love wasn't the standard lightweight romance (Susan May Warren novels never are). There are family complications in the relationship between Max and Grace, one of whom is Owen, Grace's younger brother, who used to play on the same pro hockey team as Max. The other complication is Max, who has decided never to marry because of his family history. There's also a subplot featuring Raina Beaumont (Liza's niece, from Happily Ever After), and this looks as though it's setting up the next novel in the series. 

I've read a few foodie novels over the last few months, including A Table by the Window, While Love Stirs, and Stones for Bread. They've all been excellent, as is When I Fall in Love. Is there some kind of subliminal message there? I even highlighted her sauce recipe: brown sugar, molasses, honey (that's three kinds of sugar. It sounds good already), Worcestershire sauce, mustard, liquid smoke, salt and pepper. Yum. It's not exactly barbecue season here in New Zealand, but I'll have to try this sometime. 

However, it's not the food that most impresses me about Susan May Warren's writing. It's the way she manages to seamlessly integrate solid Christian principles into her novels without ever sounding preachy. Recommended. 

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for providing a free ebook for review
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