I hope you enjoy this fiction book review of Susan May Warren’s book, When I Fall in Love. Reading one of Susan’s books is like reading a painting by a skilled artist. She creates colorful word pictures, memorable plots, and feisty characters that draw you in until the end. I discovered her books a couple of years ago, and she quickly became one of my favorite Christian fiction authors. I was quickly hooked on her stories. Her newest books are part of the Christiansen Family series. Take a Chance on Me and It Had to Be You are others in her series.
Faith and Family Meet Real Life
Susan has a way of pulling you into the lives of her characters, but not just their stories. With her incredible story-telling ability, Warren will tug on your emotions and warm your heart as you identify with the struggles and triumphs of her characters. In the third book of her series, she proves again that her stories are truly where faith and family meet real life. Her characters are not perfect, but neither are we. So we quickly feel at home in her fiction books.
Fiction Book Review: When I Fall in Love
In When I Fall in Love, Grace Christiansen is safely nestled into her own world at Pierre’s Pizza, in her Deep Haven community, when she stumbles onto some challenges that underline her fears and test her faith. She is meant for more, but her culinary future seems doomed, until hockey player and foodie Max Sharpe walks into her life. When Grace’s family gifts her with an ultimate culinary experience in Hawaii, she finds an adventure she never expected. Both she and Max are faced with fears head-on, ones they must deal with honestly and openly. This is an emotional-packed story punched with both sadness and humor. Another brother and good guy, Casper, plays a role in his relationship with newcomer Raina Beaumont. Although each of the book’s family members and friends are involved in the lives of the main characters–Max and Grace–Susan skillfully leaves some loose threads dangling with the other characters. But isn’t that what good writers do to hook you into the next book in a series? You’ll love some characters, like Max and Grace, and dislike others, like Owen, the “bad boy” of the family who is still trying to heal. Stay tuned…
Real Struggles, Real Issues, Real Love
Susan’s books let you know that Christians are not perfect; they have real struggles and issues to face. But love plays a divine part in all her books, as Warren steers her characters to the One who can bring strength out of weakness and turn fear into courage. Most romance books include predictable, happily-ever-after kinds of love. But in her book, When I Fall in Love, as in most of her stories, Susan does more. She lets us see love at its worst and love at its best–and makes us want to choose the latter. When I Fall in Love appeals not only to the young, but to the young at heart. It is both entertaining and encouraging–a great combination for Christian fiction lovers.
To read more about Susan May Warren or her books, check out her website here.
Who are your favorite Christian fiction authors? What spiritual truths have you learned from reading Christian fiction?