Saturday, August 9, 2014

Win a KitchenAid Mixer in Susan May Warren’s Hawaiian Chef Showdown!

A Christiansen Family Novel | When I Fall in Love

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.

MY REVIEW-Let me just say, WOW! I have long admired Susan May Warren for her plots, depth in character developments and a writing style that pulls you in, even when you may be exhausted or not really that interested when you sit down. But this series has kind of set a bar for me. And I think this book outdid them all!!

The Christiansen Family Novels have really become some of my favorites. They are interesting, keep you enthralled until the end and we see the characters facing real life situations and struggles that anyone could be facing. That is part of what drives me to pick them up again and again. I trust Susan to delve into subjects that may be touchy and while they are, she does so in a manner that makes you think and search your own heart for how you would handle the situation. Take for example the one couple in this story. Max and Grace. Max has a health condition. One that in his opinion will never allow him to live a normal life, get married, have kids, etc. But when he stumbles upon a woman in Hawaii, actually on the plane ride over, that makes him long for love and romance, what does he do? I found the answers to be very interesting and his struggle quite realistic.

We also see the fight between brothers as some of them mature and grow up while others seem lost in their way. Those who may look like adults and yet in reality are still immature at heart. Selfish and wanting nothing more than to look after themselves. I don't want to give things away but I found myself cheering them on and even those who were struggling and finding their way made my heart ache. Because I see these situations in my own life and in those around me. Again, this is what makes the author's books so profound. Real life problems in characters you love. Thank you Susan for another amazing read!!

Susan May Warren's newest book in the Christiansen Family Collection, When I Fall In Love,  has won over readers' and critics' hearts alike. With critical reviews like, ". . . an exquisite romance. Profoundly touching on the topic of facing fears, this book is a true gem," and more than 60 five-star reviews at Amazon, When I Fall in Love is sure to please.

Susan has teamed up with some amazing food bloggers for a fun food challenge and a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:

Grab your aprons and wire whisks and buzz on over to the When I Fall in Love website to learn more and enter the Hawaiian Chef Showdown! Susan is challenging you to make a Hawaiian-inspired dish using coconut, mango, or one of the other ingredients mentioned in the book. You’ll get extra points for creating your own recipe—plus she might share it on the When I Fall in Love site! Or if you're not up for an adventure in the kitchen just click one of the icons below for easy entry.

Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 10th. All winners will be announced August 13th at Susan's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Susan's blog on the 13th to see if you won!

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

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