Take a Chance on Me, Christiansen Family Series #1   -     By: Susan May Warren
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Take a Chance on Me, Christiansen Family Series #1

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1414378416
ISBN-13: 9781414378411
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Series: Christiansen Family

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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.

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Widower Darek Christiansen is not pleased when he has to fill in for his brother at a bachelor auction. But love blooms after Ivy Madison, the new assistant county attorney, places the winning bid. Unfortunately, their relationship is threatened by Ivy having arranged a plea bargain three years ago for Jenson Atwood, the man considered responsible for the death of Darek’s wife. VERDICT: Warren’s (“Deep Haven” series) new series launch has it all: romance, suspense, and intrigue. It is sure to please her many fans and win her new readers, especially those who enjoy Terri Blackstock.
RITA Award–winning and best-selling inspirational author Warren takes readers on a journey back to Deep Haven, Minnesota, as in The Shadow of Your Smile (2012). Ivy Madison believes moving to the idyllic town will be her opportunity to start fresh, but she soon learns life in a small world is tricky. Meeting Darek Christiansen complicates her life even further, because her work is intertwined with his past in a way she fears will lead him to reject her. Claire Gibson and Jensen Atwood both love Deep Haven but feel trapped by their pasts. Unable to let go of their pain, they both remain stubbornly convinced that God has turned against them. As Ivy starts to transform Darek’s ways, Claire and Jensen must also learn to change. When disaster threatens the home they all love, they quickly learn what has been truly important all along. Warren once again creates a compelling community full of vivid individuals whose anguish and dreams are so real and relatable, readers will long for every character to attain the freedom their hearts desire.
Warren (The Shadow of Your Smile) returns to the rugged landscape of Deep Haven, Minn., with a spin-off series featuring the Christiansen family. Widower Darek Christiansen is mortified at having to fill in for his hockey-star brother at a charity bachelor auction. Ivy Madison, the new assistant county attorney, moved to Deep Haven in search of the stability that seemed to elude her. She impulsively places the winning bid, unaware of Darek’s past. Darek is equally oblivious to Ivy’s association with Jensen Atwood, a man linked to the death of Darek’s wife. The sons of two well-respected Deep Haven families, Darek and Jensen barely tolerate one another, though once they were best friends. As a romance blossoms between Darek and Ivy, she soon realizes that her connection to Jensen could be the undoing of any future for her budding relationship. Warren lays bare her characters’ human frailties, including fear, grief, and resentment, as openly as she details their virtues of love, devotion, and resiliency. She has crafted an engaging tale of romance, rivalry, and the power of forgiveness.

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  1. Maine
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 3, 2014
    Cassandra
    Maine
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    I really enjoyed this book. The people were very real, broken and in need of God's grace. I also loved the ending. I think this in one of my favorites.
  2. Age: 35-44
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God is Rooting for Me
    April 28, 2014
    Glenda Fowlow
    Age: 35-44
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    I avoid books that give me an uncomfortable feeling. You know, novels that contain a quiet voice whispering there's room for improvement in my own life. And dang it, this book has that whisper. No escaping this time.

    Because this story sucks you in and won't let you go. There's actually four main characters with their own carefully crafted story set in Deep Haven, Minnesota. Darek grew up here, but has withdrawn from living. Ivy has just arrived and can't wait to dig her roots into small town Minnesota living. Jensen can't wait to escape this hell hole. Claire wants to remain in Deep Haven forever. And young Tiger is always seeking his next adventure here, accidents notwithstanding.

    This is a community story allowing you to meet a wonderful cast of characters. The pace moves well with consistent action. Before you know it, you're cheering them on. Even Jensen. (What?! How is that possible.)

    Dare you to read this book. I've read it three times in less than a year and every time that whisper gets me. It's a keeper alright.
  3. VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Take a Chance On Me
    April 4, 2014
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really found Take a Chance on Me a great read. This is the first book I have read by Susan May Warren and she's gained herself a new fan. The story was full of variety emotions: happiness, heart wrenching, learning forgiveness, and of course love. I loved the character of Ivy. She was such a strong woman, overcoming so many life difficulties in her life.

    I can't wait to read book 2 of the Christiansen Family series. Great book!

    5 Stars.
  4. Morganfield, KY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    What was all the hype?
    February 27, 2014
    Doris Wright
    Morganfield, KY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    What was all the hype about this book? I finally decided to see for myself and frankly I don't know what the hype was. It started out being good but in the middle the story just started dragging. The author kept saying the same thing just in a different way. Jensen said to Claire "how would feel watching the woman you love die in your arms?" Then, later Jensen was reminiscing about he, Claire and Felicity at the beach and Felicity had fallen asleep and Jensen knew right then he was in love with Claire. So. who was he in love with and how could he be in love with two women at the same time? This book wasn't all the hype it was made out to be. I'm glad I didn't spend any money on it.
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    February 21, 2014
    CharityUAusten
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I'm so glad I finally got to read a book by Susan May Warren! This one was delightful - a lovely read. The characters felt very real and I can definitely feel an attachment to them already, even after only one book. They're easy to connect to and easy to love. I could identify with them from the very start and empathize with their problems as well. I wasn't entirely blown away by it, but I definitely did enjoy this book and will read more by Susan.
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