Blurb: 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.
Take a Chance on Me (#1 in the Christiansen family series) by Susan May Warran is a book that I feel like I should have loved and yet didn’t and I’m really not sure why. The town of Deep Haven deeply reminded me of the small town I called home for the past seven years. It was easy for me to picture the location, the feel of the community, because I lived in a town identical to it (until I moved 3 months ago). There is a heavy firefighting storyline barely mentioned in the blurb and that part fit right in with my world, too. Frankly, with the many, many fires across the nation the past couple of years, probably almost everyone can relate to that aspect of the story.
All of the characters are fairly likeable, sympathetic and really human if that makes sense. Fallen creatures who need God’s grace and are struggling to make the most of things – who need to give and get forgiveness and love each other more and trust God in their lives. But it was a very long book with a lot of very serious problems and what tension there was didn’t shorten the feel of it. It took itself seriously and there weren’t enough lighthearted moments to bring the reader up for air. And I just didn’t feel the romance the way I wanted to. I think it took itself too realistically serious there, too, and I missed the butterflies and hopefulness of new romance.
All in all it was well-written and tackled a lot. What book settings do you really relate to?
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