Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

Take a Chance on Me (Christiansen Family Series Book 1) by Susan May Warren (book review)

on April 14, 2013

About the book:

Darek Christiansen is almost a dream bachelor—oldest son in the large Christiansen clan, heir to their historic Evergreen Lake Resort, and doting father. But he’s also wounded and angry since the tragic death of his wife, Felicity. No woman in Deep Haven dares come near.

New assistant county attorney Ivy Madison simply doesn’t know any better when she bids on Darek at the charity auction. Nor does she know that when she crafted a plea bargain three years ago to keep Jensen Atwood out of jail and in Deep Haven fulfilling community service, she was releasing the man responsible for Felicity’s death. All Ivy knows is that the Christiansens feel like the family she’s always longed for. And once she gets past Darek’s tough exterior, she finds a man she could spend the rest of her life with. Which scares her almost as much as Darek learning of her involvement in his wife’s case.

Caught between new love and old grudges, Darek must decide if he can set aside the past for a future with Ivy—a future more and more at risk as an approaching wildfire threatens to wipe out the Christiansen resort and Deep Haven itself.

You can purchase the book on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.


My Opinion:


Well I’m not sure where to start with telling you about this book – suffice to say I think you should read it.  It’s another hit for Susan, one that you won’t have regretted reading and taking the time to do so.  While there is a couple mentions of beer and some kissing between unmarried, adult people, this book is one that I can honestly say is unashamedly Christian it it’s character’s outlooks – even those who are struggling with their doubts about God.  From being left in the foster system to losing a wife and being a pariah of the town – the characters are all struggling to find where they fit in – with both the Lord’s grace and love and the world.


If you do a search on my blog, you’ll know that I’ve read other Susan May Warren books and have enjoyed each and every one that I’ve had the pleasure of reading.  Take a Chance on Me had me turning the pages and even wishing that we didn’t have to do school so I could spend the whole day with the characters of Deep Haven.  Once I turned that last page I was left with this feeling that I need the next book – I was wrapped up in their lives from the first page to the last, and even with some slow moments, the book kept a fast pace and didn’t want me to put it down.







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