Susan May Warren continues her new contemporary romance series set in Deep Haven, Minnesota, featuring six adult children in the Christiansen family and their relationships.
In When I Fall in Love, Grace Christiansen’s dream is to attend culinary school and open her own business. She caters her brother Darek’s wedding, and he surprises her at his reception with tickets to Hawaii from their family.
So homebody Grace–who hates leaving Deep Haven and her family–finds herself in Hawaii at a cooking retreat. Meanwhile, Max Sharpe, pro hockey player and amateur chef, is also in Hawaii for his usual three-week culinary vacation. They team up for a local cooking competition. That’s when things begin to heat up. Both wrestle with personal demons as their relationship develops. But can they set their secret fears aside to embrace a future together?
Warren writes a contemporary series that can be read in any order. Her books are more character-driven than plot-driven. Warren is a skilled storyteller, drawing the reader in and making them care about the characters. Each book is a stand-alone novel, centered on a different Christiansen sibling. Each opens with a letter from their mother. More than just contemporary romances, they are stories of flawed individuals and how God woos them back into relationship.
When I Fall in Love talks of letting God give one the courage to face fears and to live life to the fullest. Warren’s book titles tend to evoke a tender romance, but the real romance is between God and the Christiansen sibling. The fourth book, Always on My Mind, is forthcoming in February 2015.
Recommended for public libraries and church libraries.
Carol R. Gehringer
—reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, 2014.