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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: When I Fall In Love by Susan May Warren

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.

My rating:
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My thoughts:

When I Fall In Love is the third "Christiansen" novel and another stunning read. This series has become one of my favorite family sagas -- right up there with Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage -- and I can't wait to read more!

When I Fall In Love was Grace and Max's story, although parts of the book featured Casper and his possible new relationship. I loved everything about Grace's and Max's journey -- from the plane ride, to the Hawaii trip, to their nicknames for each other (so cute!). Their journey wasn't easy and there were some sad moments, but it was very touching and had a great message.

Overall, another wonderful read from Susan May Warren. Very realistic and I can't wait to see what happens in the next Christiansen story -- especially with the way things left off with Casper! I definitely recommend When I Fall In Love!

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Susan May Warren's newest book in the Christiansen Family Collection, When I Fall In Love,  has won over readers' and critics' hearts alike. With critical reviews like, ". . . an exquisite romance. Profoundly touching on the topic of facing fears, this book is a true gem," and more than 60 five-star reviews at Amazon, When I Fall in Love is sure to please.

Susan has teamed up with some amazing food bloggers for a fun food challenge and a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway!

  One grand prize winner will receive:
Grab your aprons and wire whisks and buzz on over to the When I Fall in Love website to learn more and enter the Hawaiian Chef Showdown! Susan is challenging you to make a Hawaiian-inspired dish using coconut, mango, or one of the other ingredients mentioned in the book. You’ll get extra points for creating your own recipe—plus she might share it on the When I Fall in Love site! Or if you're not up for an adventure in the kitchen just click one of the icons below for easy entry.

Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 10th. All winners will be announced August 13th at Susan's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Susan's blog on the 13th to see if you won!


  1. Like you, I LOVE this series. This was my favorite one in the series.

  2. I love the Christiansen family and interested in reading Grace's story.

  3. I enjoy books that have a cooking theme, and in Hawaii...oh yeah!

  4. I love that the setting is in Hawaii. I would so love to go there someday!

  5. I love the fact that these are good clean Christian reading material! Nice to find a safe haven, so to speak!

  6. I love the setting of this book.
    Connie Saunders

  7. What interests me most is the cover! :)

  8. AHH I love Susan May Warren and especially this series! Can't wait to read it. Maybe she wrapped up this series in this book? What are your opinions?

  9. A cooking retreat in Hawaii! Hot dog! For a former home economics teacher and writer of 2 cookbooks... you had me with that surprise gift from her family!

  10. The cooking theme interests me!

  11. I don't tend to closely read reviews (avoiding spoilers/details) -- but I saw you rated this 5 stars which confirmed my adding it to my TBR awhile back.

  12. I love that it features food...books with food (like Sandra Byrd's French series, since I forget the actual name) are always a win with me!

  13. I think that this book sounds like a perfect summer read set in Hawaii. I love books that take me to different places.

  14. The setting in Hawaii draws me in and I knew someone that did a culinary internship there, so reading a story like this would be cool

  15. I have read all of her other books in the series and have eagerly been anticipating this one! Your review just makes me want to read it all the more. :)

  16. I would love the opportunity to win this book. It sounds very interesting.

    Sheila A.

  17. Hawaii is a favorite place and Susan always tells an amazing story.

  18. I just LOVE(love) this book, period. ;)

  19. I really enjoy reading Susan May Warren books and have been following this series.


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