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When I Fall in Love (Christiansen Family Series #3)
     

When I Fall in Love (Christiansen Family Series #3)

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by Susan May Warren
 

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2015 Christy Award finalist!
Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she’d vacation, much less fall in love. But when her family surprises her with a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled—or maybe yanked—away from her predictable, safe life and thrown headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime.

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2015 Christy Award finalist!
Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she’d vacation, much less fall in love. But when her family surprises her with a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled—or maybe yanked—away from her predictable, safe life and thrown headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime.

Max Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to her passion, confidence, and perseverance. But just when Grace dares to dream of a future beyond her hometown, Max pulls away.

Wrestling with personal demons, Max fights against opening his heart to a love he knows he should never hope for. And as his secrets unfold, Grace is torn between the safe path in front of her and what her heart truly desires. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after, Grace’s faith will face its toughest test yet.

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Come home to the Christiansens—where faith and family meet real life.
Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she’d vacation, much less fall in love. But when her family surprises her with a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled—or maybe yanked—away from her predictable, safe life and thrown headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime.

Maxwell Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to her passion, confidence, and perseverance. But just when Grace dares to dream of a future beyond her hometown, Max pulls away.

Wrestling with personal demons, Max fights against opening his heart to a love he knows he should never hope for. And as his secrets unfold, Grace is torn between the safe path in front of her and what her heart truly desires. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after, Grace’s faith will face its toughest test yet.

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Award-winning Warren (It Had to Be You, 2014) continues her string of stand-alone novels about the Christiansen family. Grace Christiansen has convinced herself that she enjoys her quiet life at home in Deep Haven, Minnesota, but when she is presented with the opportunity to go to Hawaii for an intensive culinary course, she realizes that fear governs her choices. Max Sharpe lives in fear as well, avoiding intimate relationships to concentrate on his pro hockey career. When Grace and Max come together during the cooking course, both realize that their flourishing feelings will be forever stunted if they don’t let go of fear and trust that God has bigger plans than they can perceive. In her latest heartwarming tale of love, faith, and courage, Warren reminds us that although we all put up barriers to protect ourselves, we thrive most when we’re open to both God’s plans and people’s love. Readers who are already enamored of the sprawling Christiansen clan will feel even more connected, while those new to Warren will be brought right into the fold.
Romantic Times Book Reviews
4.5 stars. The newest installment in Warren’s Christiansen Family series is an exquisite romance. The faith message is seamlessly incorporated and truly enhances the story. Profoundly touching on the topic of facing fears, this book is a true gem.
Romantic Times
4.5 stars. The newest installment in Warren’s Christiansen Family series is an exquisite romance. The faith message is seamlessly incorporated and truly enhances the story. Profoundly touching on the topic of facing fears, this book is a true gem.
Booklist Tyndale House Publishers
Award-winning Warren (It Had to Be You, 2014) continues her string of stand-alone novels about the Christiansen family. Grace Christiansen has convinced herself that she enjoys her quiet life at home in Deep Haven, Minnesota, but when she is presented with the opportunity to go to Hawaii for an intensive culinary course, she realizes that fear governs her choices. Max Sharpe lives in fear as well, avoiding intimate relationships to concentrate on his pro hockey career. When Grace and Max come together during the cooking course, both realize that their flourishing feelings will be forever stunted if they don’t let go of fear and trust that God has bigger plans than they can perceive. In her latest heartwarming tale of love, faith, and courage, Warren reminds us that although we all put up barriers to protect ourselves, we thrive most when we’re open to both God’s plans and people’s love. Readers who are already enamored of the sprawling Christiansen clan will feel even more connected, while those new to Warren will be brought right into the fold.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781414378435
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
06/20/2014
Series:
Christiansen Family Series , #3
Pages:
396
Sales rank:
497,212
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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When I Fall in Love 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
BeachNana8 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story of Max, a hockey player who doesn’t let anyone know he and his family are carriers of the dreaded Huntington disease that not only causes forgetfulness but also body problems. It is also the story of Grace, who loves to cook and celebrate life, but somehow is afraid to believe that she will find a wonderful guy who will love her. She had hoped to go to culinary school, but didn’t get in. Since she cooked for church dinners as well as family affairs, her family decided to send her to Hawaii for a three week culinary competition. On the plane she would meet Max, who was taking three weeks off from hockey to enjoy creating culinary delicacies. When Max saw how terrified Grace was of flying that her hands shook, he took pity on her and not only talked to distract her, but also offered her his crossword puzzle. What happened at the culinary school? How did Max and Grace spend their free time? I really enjoyed reading this book!
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
I definitely enjoyed this series and my time with the Christiansen family. Before I start, I do want to mention that each of these could be read as a standalone. While people and events from past books are vital in these, they are explained well enough that you could just read them by themselves, if you choose. Like all of Warren's books, this deals with some hard issues, while also being light and a fun read. Max has a genetic disease (although, okay, must we always pick this one? Be original) and hides himself away from deep and meaningful relationships. Grace is fearful, always preferring to stay in the background rather than put herself out there. So when her family gifts her a cooking retreat in Hawaii, Grace is not happy. Until she meets Max, who teaches her how to let go and have a little fun. I think I relate a lot to Grace, which is why I enjoyed this as much as I did. I also really liked Max, who is wrestling with his personal demons, but learning to let them go. I thought this story was realistic, and enjoyable to read. Like all stories in this series, it does end a little too "perfect", but I thought the characters were real and honest. Of course, the side characters are also well fleshed out, and I enjoyed seeing them in this one too, even with the main story taking place so far away. I thought this was a great, well-written story and made me definitely look forward to the next one.
TCramer More than 1 year ago
The 3rd book of the Wonderful Christiansen Family Series by Susan May Warren. These books just keep getting better which seems impossible because the prior two books are so fantastic. The deeper we dive into the Christiansen Family, the more attached we because to each one of them. This author has a way with character development that is just a real treat for readers. When I Fall in Love focuses on two storylines that blend well together at the end of the book. The first storyline revolves around Grace Christiansen and Max Sharpe. Grace is the 2nd oldest Christiansen daughter, and Max is an NHL hockey player and former teammate of Owen Christiansen. Grace and Max find themselves in Hawaii attending the same short term culinary school together. The second story line revolves around Casper Christiansen and Raina. Casper is the 2nd born Christiansen son and Raina is new to Deep Haven. Of course, all the Christiansen’s make appearances adding to the intrigue of the entire story. I honestly cannot get enough of this family. I’m very excited for the next book to release!
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning of the Christiansen Family series, I have been in love. This book proves to be no exception. Susan May Warren has a way of writing that pulls me in and doesn't let me go until the very end. I get wrapped up in the story. I even got a little angry when I had to put the book down and do my job! Grace and Max's story started out a little on the slow side for me, but I quickly warmed up to it and didn't want it to end. Grace is such a sweet character. Her fear of the unknown is one a lot of people can relate to. I know I certainly can. I loved watching her step outside of her box, her comfort zone, and blossom. Max was an intriguing character. It amazed me how he could turn from cold to warm in an instant, all because of his fear of his future and his feelings. Watching the two wrestle their feelings for each other was as frustrating for me as it was for them, and I enjoyed every second of it. The message of the story, for both characters, has to do with overcoming your fears to live the life that God intends for you to live. I think it can be summed up in these two quotes (don't worry, they aren't plot spoiling quotes): "The amazing, whole, overwhelming, abundant life is found, oddly, by letting go. By living a dangerous faith -- the kind of faith that believes in a God who knows our hearts and loves us enough to take our breath away." "Suffering can either destroy you or it can save you. Because without suffering, we don't need more; we have enough. But when we suffer, we can't help but reach out [to God}." Overall, I enjoyed this addition to the Christiansen Family series and can't wait to read more about Casper and Raina!
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
When I Fall In Love is another fantastic novel in the Christiansen Family Series! I love these special characters and their stories! Grace Christiansen clings to the predictable and balks when her family surprises her with a cooking vacation. Max Sharpe loves adventure and looks forward to his yearly culinary get-away. When these two are thrown together, a journey begins that neither one of them ever imagined! Emotional and unforgettable, When I Fall In Love is a poignant story you don’t want to miss!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing job balancing the hurts and fears of life with how much we need to rely on God. Sometimes what we sesrch for in others is what God is trying to give us.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Grace is a sibling in the Christiansen family that kind of took a back burner in both the previous books - conveniently this is her personality, she takes a back burner to her other siblings who are definitely people who put themselves out front. Another sibling is also featured in this book - the middle son Owen, he isn't the main character but I think because his story weaves so perfectly with Grace's that it was great to put the two together. I absolutely adored Grace's story. I loved that the homebody sibling's story took her very far away from Minnesota to Hawaii and for some reason I think her love story was the least cheesiest! The ups and downs were not overtly dramatic and this book read so quickly! As I may have stated in previous reviews, these books are Christian fiction and there is definitely some Jesus talk, but the fictional story is still the main focus which I appreciate.
Reli0 More than 1 year ago
I really like Susan May Warren and her style of writing.  Yes, she writes a pretty, predictable romance, but I like the balance of faith and love she puts into her writing.  I didn't really like the flipping back and forth between Max and Grace and Casper and Raina, but that because I wanted to know it was all going to end and that just prolonged it all.  I'm still curious how Raina's story is all going to end up.  I think I know, but it will be a long journey to get there.  I'm ready for the rest of the Christiansen family series now.   
rlighthouse More than 1 year ago
Great Book! I fell in love with the Christiansen family during the first book and enjoyed reading Grace's story now. Grace, the daughter who is content to not leave the nest and be with her family, the very family that sent her to Hawaii for a cooking course vacation.  Her sister Eden wants Grace to be prepared to cater her wedding to hockey star Jase.  Jase's teammate Max is also headed to Hawaii for his yearly cooking course vacation and was asked to look out for Grace. The two develop a friendship but each must deal with their own issues in order for the friendship to proceed.  We were also given a tiny peek into Grace's single brother's lives and hopefully we will get to read their stories soon.
AnotherBibliophile More than 1 year ago
Excellent, Intense, Captivating. This book has skillful character development and scene setting. The family showed strong faith and support, with realistic tensions among the siblings, like any family. I enjoyed the drama, the emotional romances, and the different insights into how each character thinks. This story drew me in and had me wanting to know more about the characters. I’m glad the author plans to continue this family’s saga. Healing through Christ is nicely done. The descriptions made me feel I was right there. I really like this clean, engaging story.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
When I Fall In Love is a fabulous is a fabulous third installment of the Deep Haven series. Susan May Warren just knows how to write a book. The setting, the plot, the characters, the light humor and heart tugging drama - a perfect combination. I loved the interaction between Grace and Max. Their chemistry is undeniable. I also love the moral of embracing life to the fullest. A great book. Highly recommended! 5 stars.
Miss_CindyH More than 1 year ago
Once again we return to Deep Haven for another Christiansen family novel.  It made me think of Karen Kingsbury's Baxter series.  You just keep reading because you've fallen in love with the family.  This story focuses on Grace, with another subtle story line featuring Casper.  It obviously cannot be the end of Casper's story.  Nor Owen's. He is so messed up; bitterness, anger, unforgiveness, jealousy, etc are driving him.  I do hope at some point Owen faces himself and becomes the man he was raised to be.  As for Grace.  She desires to have more.  She dreams of so much more.  Yet, her fears of the unknown keep her stuck.  She's happy to be in the background.  Feeding and nurturing those she loves.  It's safe.  It's familiar.  It's Grace.  After doing so much work on the reception for her brother Darek's wedding, the family sends her on a 3 week culinary "vacation" in Hawaii.  For a homebody like Grace.  It's a punishment not a reward.  Meet Max.  Owen's former teammate.  Eden's husband to be's teammate.  Max takes 3 weeks off for a culinary school vacation each year.  Jace and Eden decide Max would be the perfect person to help Grace navigate this trip into the unknown.  Of course, they resent it.  Meet each other without knowing it's the other half of the set up.  They like each other and THEN discover it's all part of the plan.  However, with any love story things do not go as one would hope.  Max carries baggage of his own.  Though he pushes Grace to do and be all she's dreamed, he himself is not truly living life to the full.  Great story about life totally surrendered to God.  I eagerly await the next story in the Christiansen saga. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This 3rd book in the Christiansen Family series did not disappoint. I will definitely have to read the next book to see what is going to happen.
SophiesMindset More than 1 year ago
Better than book 2, but still not great Bullet point review:  --The story was utterly predictable, but an easy read.  -- I liked it better than "It Had to be You" because while there was a really big mistake that made, compared to the previous book the characters did not put themselves in compromising situations as often.  -- There's an important message about Huntington's Disease in the novel, and while that struggle was appreciable, I hoped that it could be used more powerfully.  --Honestly, Max's thoughts and reactions regarding Grace just really seemed unrealistic to me. Sure guys may have that kind of reaction/those kinds of thoughts occasionally, but it really just seemed like a bunch of stuff written into the novel so girls could sigh and dream about the unrealistic guy they're never going to meet.  All in all, not a horrible book, but it wasn't terrific either.
J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of this series by Susan May Warren and love the feeling of visiting with old friends as I begin each book. One of the best parts of this book is getting to attend Derek and Ivy's wedding and check in with Eden and Jace. My absolute favorite part of the book is the love and support for each other that is apparent throughout the interactions of the Christiansen family - well, maybe not between all of them, but hopefully Warren will address the brotherly conflict in another book. One of the reasons why I like to read so much is because I like to learn about different things. In this book, readers get to learn about different kinds of Hawaiian food. I enjoyed the descriptiveness of Grace's experience in Hawaii and the touristy things she gets to participate in. I felt like I was taking a vacation right along with her! My least favorite part of this book is that it was a little too predictable. In all honesty, most romantic books are fairly predictable, but I found myself skimming over some sections of this one because I knew exactly what was going to happen next. However, it is still a nice book. If you are looking for a nice book that entertains you, this is a good choice. If you have already started reading about the Christiansen family, you will definitely want to read Grace's story. If you haven't met the Christiansen family, maybe it is time to introduce yourself.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
When I Fall in Love is just as great of a read as It Had to be You which I didn't think would be possible.  Grace is not your typically heroine.  Grace is afraid to live her life, afraid to leave her home town.  She works at a pizza parlor.  However you cannot help but fall in love with her.  She is Eden and Owen's sister that you may remember from It Had to Be You.    Her family sends her to Hawaii for a cooking class.  Max who we also met in It Had to be You is also attending the cooking class.  The scene on the plane was hysterical and probably my favorite scene in the book.  Max is dealing with some personal issues that keeps him from dating and having close friends.  Spending three weeks with Grace is making it hard to keep his distance both emotionally and physically. Susan deals with tough real life situations in her books.  We have what could be a beautiful love story with secrets that are threatening to destroy it all.   Even the secondary story with Raina and Casper is tempered with sadness from her past mistakes.  The story had a beautiful ending with you longing to read the stories of Casper, Owen, and Amelia.   Susan is one of the few authors I will read knowing that I will probably cry during the book.  You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was the first Christiansen family novel that I have read and I will try to read them all now.  I had a hard time putting this book down after the first few chapters.  I love the characters.  Max and Grace are wonderful and so are the secondary characters that will have their own stories.  I like how Susan worked in how people handle a disease.  I look forward to many more romances by Susan May Warren.  I received this book for a fair and honest opinion from Litfuse Publicity Group.
jramos More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of cooking; absolutely love it. I always wanted to be a chef so this book was gold! The one thing I absolutely love about the books in this series is how real they are. Grace and Max's story played out exactly how many love stories do. There is struggle and fears and so many emotions that they you feel everything they are going through.   This book is every character's point of view and it makes it so lovely! You see the real struggle and battle that each character is going through. It makes the book feel so alive and so raw. Each of us has our own struggle especially going into a relationship. Nothing is ever completely easy. We have all been through something that we bring into a relationship with someone or something that keeps us from that person. It all comes down to will we surrender to God and allow Him to take control of our situation.  I love the way Jesus was tied into this book. It wasn't corny or trying to shove it in your face. It was genuine and showed the wonders of God and how important it is to just let go even if you fall and allow Jesus to be in complete control.
givemethebible More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I like how this, and the other books in the series, starts with a letter to the Christiansen that the story is going to be focusing on. I think Casper is my favorite character, and I am really looking forward to reading the book about him!
RandomAmb More than 1 year ago
When I Fall in Love is the 3rd book in Warren’s Christiansen Family series. While it’s the first title in the series that I’ve read, I have the first 2 books in my to-read pile! When I Fall in Love is the story of Grace Christiansen, a homebody who fails to see her own potential, and Maxwell Sharpe, a professional hockey player with a heartbreaking secret. Warren also sets the scene for future books in the Christiansen family series by directing interest to Owen & Casper Christiansen and town newcomer Raina. When I Fall in Love is such a good story. It’s optimistic & hopeful, honest, heartbreaking, and all too realistic. Warren’s characters are easy to fall for, and I know I’ll be coming back for more from the Christiansen family. This title revolves around three things: family, food, and trust in God. Warning: this book will make you hungry and leave you salivating. I only took breaks in reading to watch episodes of Top Chef on my DVR. When I Fall in Love is for fans of family series, Christian romance, and fiction that revolves around food. I highly recommend it!! Favorite lines: “He could nearly hear the walls crumbling, a gritty, brutal crash that left him weak as she floated off the elevator, turning his world to Technicolor. He hadn’t realized he’d been living in black and white and muted grays until that moment.” *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The only problem I had with it is that it goes into great detail about the foods cooked – the ingredients and how they tasted – and it made me just want to eat while I read it. The foods sounded so yummy! In the book Grace leaves her comfort zone of home and goes to Hawaii for a culinary school vacation, since her sister practically forces her to go. Not only does she learn how to cook Hawaiian food, she also learns many other things and becomes more confident in herself. This book can stand alone but it is easier to follow the Christiansen family (6 children) if you have read the previous books. Fabulous book and I highly recommend it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I have said in previous posts, I am NOT much of a reader.. but when i got the email to sign up to review this book I jumped on it. I fell in love with the story line before the book even got to me! I don't know if it's because it was about Hawaii, or if i could relate to grace(before I got married of course). It is an adorable book that would make an even more adorable movie! It is a great Christian romance novel. I found myself getting caught so caught up in the book that I even shed a tear or two because I felt like I was there in the story! I haven't read any other of Susan May Warren's other books, but i definitely will be getting them ASAP. I recommend this book to ANYONE who wants a good read!   **Disclaimer** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity. All Opinions posted here are 100% my own. 
a-nonny-mouse More than 1 year ago
It's my opinion that Ms. Warren doesn't write nonsense. She writes characters so real that you fall in love with them, you dislike them because they annoy the snot out of you, you cheer for them when they're winning, and you cry when they're crying. You hurt when they hurt, and when you finally come up from the book to do some mundane thing like cook dinner, you find yourself continually thinking of them. And you have to remind yourself that they're not real people. That this was a fictional story. It may have helped you in some way deal with the sins of others or even yourself, it may have helped you realize people are flawed, just like you. It may have helped you come closer to God because He loves flawed people so much that He sent His Son to die for them. And that's what the best books do. They remind you of a broken people and of a loving Savior who will forgive if we just ask. This is the kind of book you're getting. Not just a whimsical, nonsensical book of random thoughts and happenings, but a fictional story that could have been taken from the lives of a hundred different people. As always, Ms. Warren's writing was excellent, the timing impeccable, and the characters perfectly flawed. If you weren't supposed to like them, she made sure you wouldn't. If you were supposed to love them and cheer, then you find yourself doing just that. Not because the author told you to, but because they were that delightfully real. I have read several of Ms. Warren's books, and they just keep getting better. She hasn't let me down yet with tired-out storylines and overused cliches and I look forward to reading more of her work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think i know why i felt this book in the series was a little different... it seemed the charcters werent as expressive.. i thought max would be more happy in the end.. and now i realize there wasnt a ton of Godly stuff mentioned.. its like the charcters didnteven thank God or anything... so yeah. Last imput from my review earlier... and why is it all of the guys-- whether it be jace, max, or the christiansen brothers; why do they all seem bad?? Or like jerks?? Why do the women have to put up with it?? And i wish God was mentioned and thanked more. I would appreciate that in future books of hers..
Writingsof_Rosie More than 1 year ago
An endearing, sweet release from Warren! I have loved every second spent with the Christiansen family, and let me say, When I Fall in Love is really close to topping Take a Chance on Me. Honestly, Grace and Max were amazing and their story reminded me how much I love Ms. Warren's books! Not to mention most of their story unfolds on the beaches of Hawaii? And who doesn't love that idea? I admit, though, I'd react to the long plane ride much like Grace does... But moving on, I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and personality inside Max, Grace, Casper, and even Raina. Out of the characters I've named, I think Max is my favorite. His struggles and his fears came across the page and struck me. I sympathized for him more than the other characters. In a similar way, I felt like I related to Grace more. While we do not share many of the same traits, there are a few that we have in common, and it's enough to endear me to her. I love how as Ms. Warren tells one story, she begins another. It makes the story world feel almost 3-D. While something is happening with Raina and Casper, we know that Max and Grace are having fun doing something in Hawaii. It adds a realistic touch to the whole novel and it doesn't give only two characters the spotlight. All this said, I easily recommend this novel to fans of Ms. Warren's other work and fans of the age fifteen or older. If you're looking for a relaxing, sweet book to read during the afternoon, When I Fall in Love is an excellent choice. I received this book from Tyndale through Litfuse in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!!