Take a Chance on Me
(Christiansen Family Series #1)
by Susan May Warren
published by Tyndale House Publishers
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.
From the moment I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down (and I know I'm a cover sucker, but it was more than that). As soon as I started reading, I could tell directly that there was a depth to these characters. It was more than a fluffy romance, it was a story with deep emotional connection. The twists and turns of the plot as Darek tries to put away his hatred for Jensen, as Ivy tries to hide the truth to protect the one she loves most...it was pretty moving.
Susan May Warren is a master writer. She brings the characters alive in beautiful ways. They are imperfect, unique, loving and flawed. I don't know how to say much more about this book, because there really wasn't anything at all I disliked about it. It was beautiful, masterfully written, moving, and one of the best books I've had the pleasure to read in 2013 so far!
Should you pick it up, ladies? I would say, emphatically, YES! Please do!
*I received this book free for my honest review by Tyndale House Publisers