Grace Christiansen is content with her life in Deep Haven. Unlike her siblings, she doesn’t possess the burning desire to go out into the world and pave a way for herself. Grace enjoys the safe, predictable environment of her hometown. However, her family worries she may be stuck, so they surprise her with a three-week culinary vacation in Hawaii.
Professional hockey player Max Sharpe lives for the cooking retreat he takes every year. For three blissful weeks he can forget all the worries and stress that accompany life and simply enjoy doing what he loves – cooking. All his plans crash down around him when he’s roped into “babysitting” a former teammate’s sister. Max is less than thrilled with the idea. That is, until he meets her, the beautiful, passionate and determined woman who makes him want to chuck caution to the wind and break his own no dating rule.
However, before Max and Grace can move forward, they must first confront their deepest fears, coming to the realization that only God can fulfill their dreams and provide ultimate peace regardless of circumstances.
Susan May Warren’s When I Fall in Love left me with vastly conflicting emotions. I greatly enjoyed Max and Grace’s journey. Their love story was everything a romance fan could ask for – sweet and fun, even though heart-wrenching at times. Keep a box of tissues close by! Grace’s insecurities and fear of leaving home did come across a bit over the top and annoying in the beginning, but I liked seeing the strong, confident person she became by the end. Warren has a knack for creating captivating and relatable characters that pull the reader deep into the story.
My struggles came with the side story. I really wanted to like Raina, but was increasingly disappointed with the direction her thread took. Everyone makes mistakes, and thankfully, God is always willing and ready to forgive and heal us. But, there are also consequences to our choices and some lines can’t be uncrossed. Raina definitely messed up. Big time. While her bad decisions can be forgiven, they can’t be “fixed,” especially since they concern two brothers. Raina’s initial mistake was sad, but it was the way she proceeded afterward that made the situation spiral painfully downward and left me heartbroken.
Without a doubt, When I Fall in Love offers a spellbinding read that kept me engrossed. I couldn’t get enough of Max and Grace. But, I am a bit concerned with how Warren will handle Raina’s story in the next installment.
Review copy provided by the publisher. Thanks!
**Originally posted on Radiant Lit.