Wednesday, August 6, 2014

When I Fall in Love, by Susan May Warren (a book review)

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.

What I thought of the book

This is the first book by Susan May Warren that I've read; frankly, it won't be my last!

When I saw, in the description, two words: Hawaii, and cooking, well, I knew I wanted to read this book. (My youngest son plans to take me to Hawaii some day!) I have enjoyed cooking for a good many years now, and have recently begun enjoying watching cooking competition shows.

The characters are well developed, rather complex, each facing his/her own struggles and fears. As you read, you'll want to learn some of the lessons they learned: Focus on life. Choose to accept the more that God wants to give you. And turn your fears over to Him, because He's got this!

This is definitely a book I plan to share with my daughter.

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. Visit to learn more.

For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at

Oh, and be sure to enter the Kitchen Aid Mixer giveaway; it ends August 10.

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.

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