Review: TAKE A CHANCE ON ME [and] IT HAD TO BE YOU / by Susan May Warren

Take a chance on me / by Susan May Warren (Christiansen Family)
Tyndale House     ISBN 9781414378411
Adult     Rating: 4

It had to be you / by Susan May Warren (Christiansen Family)
Tyndale     ISBN 9781414378428
Adult     Rating: 4


Susan May Warren starts a new contemporary romance series set in Deep Haven, Minnesota, featuring six adult children in the Christiansen family and their relationships.

In Take a Chance on Me, Ivy Madison moves to Deep Haven to be the new assistant county attorney. On her first day, Ivy walks into a charity auction, and bids on an eligible bachelor, Darek Christiansen, thinking he can show her around town. Jensen Atwood, Darek’s former best friend, accidentally killed Darek’s wife in a car accident, leaving Darek in a bitter, single father. Ivy was instrumental in getting community service for Jensen (instead of jail), affecting a potential relationship with Darek. Will they be able to take a chance on a future of their dreams?

In It Had to Be You, Eden Christiansen, a writer in the newspaper’s obituary department, is the family nurturer, putting others’ needs ahead of her own. She wants to be a reporter, but is constantly being pulled into helping her brother, Owen. When he is injured, she blames the team captain for not mentoring him adequately, but Jace has his own demons to fight. An aging hockey player, Jace doesn’t know what else he could do, as his playing days draw to a close. Eden has always been there to pick up the pieces for Owen. Will Eden and Jace discover they have worth on their own?

Warren writes a contemporary series that can be read in any order. Each is a stand-alone novel but focuses on a different Christiansen sibling, and opens with a letter from their mother. More than just contemporary romances, they are stories of people who are estranged from God and how He woos them back into relationship. It Had to Be You talks of grace and redemption, while Take a Chance on Me speaks of forgiveness. Warren’s titles invoke a tender romance in the mind of readers, but the real romance is between God and the Christiansen sibling.

Recommended for public libraries and church libraries.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thanks to the publisher for a review copy.

Carol R. Gehringer

–reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal.


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