Sunday, January 8, 2023

Review: Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren

Series: Christiansen Family #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Tyndale House
Released: March 22, 2013
416 pages
About the Book:

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 Rating & Thoughts:    ⭐⭐

The central character in this book is the oldest Christiansen son, Derek. While I grew to like all the characters I felt most connected with Claire and Jensen and looked forward to when the POV switched to them. This shows how bitterness and un-forgiveness can take over your life and make you miserable. I really enjoyed following the journey of two couples as they learned how to overcome tragic events of their past. One big lesson was that seeking and offering forgiveness was the only way to make them feel whole again. The letter at the beginning of the story from mom to son pulls on your heartstrings and drew me right into the story. I did feel like the ending jumped a little too much in time for me, I would have liked the courthouse scene to be a bit more in depth and the final scene with Claire & Jensen a bit more detailed. This was my third time reading this book as I work my way through the series again and I look forward to spending more time with these characters. 

Favourite Quote: 
“God doesn't love you because you may or may not be a good man, Jensen. He loves you because He chooses to.”
(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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