Monday, April 29, 2013

Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren *Review





{More about Take a Chance on Me}

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.

 My Thoughts:
One of the best books I have read!! I connected so much with the Christiansens, with their large family. I wanted to invite them over for dinner! This book draws you in, and you will not put it down. The characters were so real and open. Darek even in the beginning made me feel sorry for his lot, even though he was so disagreeable and troubled. I knew that deep down he was a good man. What a twist of fate to have the first woman he falls in love with, be one who had a hand in giving the killer of his wife a lessened sentence. I love those books when you can see how God works all things for good.. to those who love him.
Ivy needed that feeling of belonging, as a foster child her whole life. She has a tough exterior, but we get a glimpse of how she has hurt over the years by  not having that stable, loving family.
I can't wait for the next book!! I will probably devour it like I did this one!

5 plus stars!!

{More About Susan May Warren}

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 MyBookTherapy.com to learn more. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com


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