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.
When I Fall in Love is the third book written about the Christiansen Family by Susan May Warren and it was really good. I loved digging even deeper into the Christiansen family and their friends. I especially loved that this book contained Hawaii and cooking, a place I'd love to go and an activity I love to do.
But while overall I really like this book I also found myself struggling with it. I'm a happily ever after kinda girl, and I mean like FOREVER after, if you get my meaning. I like my boy meets girl, something bad happens, and then everything gets better and I can think that nothing bad ever happens to them again. And yes. I do know that's not true in real life :) And I have read many books where everything doesn't end up completely happy but it's usually something that I can easily fix in my mind. (Yes, I am also that girl who keep writing the story in her head until she is completely satisfied. Don't judge.) But for the life of me I can't think of a simple solution that would satisfy my happily ever after heart. If Susan can do this in the next book/books then she is amazing!
4 out of 5. An Afternoon Snack that was a tasty treat.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.