Title: When I Fall in Love (A Christiansen Family Novel)
Author: Susan May Warren
When I sat down and began reading the novel, I expected nothing short of a great story and I wasn’t disappointed. At the end of the novel the author shares her experiences of how two different people react when suffering came into their lives and how it touched her heart. Loosely based on seeing two different responses to suffering she included each into this tale of the Christiansen family sage. Honestly it is a heart tugging tale because no one who has lived for any amount of time on earth has been unscathed by experiencing suffering or pain in some form.
The story includes the characters from the other two novels which are Take a Chance on Me followed by It Had to be You. While readers can read the book without having read previous installments I think more will be gained by readers who do read the other books to understand the developing tale. One characteristic I appreciated about the novel was the fact that no Christian family is without problems, trials, joys and more. The other thread which is evident is how wanting to know Him more means holding on less tightly to expecting others to fill whatever our hearts are longing.
Within the pages the audience will enjoy reading how God stretches Grace Christiansen out of her comfort zone along with a hockey player who keeps his heart protect from loving and really living. Readers will learn about one brother Owen who is rebelling and still reacting out of a deep loss of his dreams, mad at God and continues to come in and out of his family’s lives without a thought to how it hurts them so. Then there is a young single woman who has nowhere to go, no family to embrace her when she makes a decision that changes her future in ways she can’t even imagine.
Here is a story of redemption, learning to love and live life to its fullest no matter what may or may not happen in the future. It is a story of trusting in God and living sacrificially for the benefit of others who need to know how much He loves them. All of the characters have made or are making choices either to walk each day with faith in Him or by trying to handle their situation in their own strength. A great fictional story which drives home to the heart truths to ponder long after the readers close the cover!
My rating is 5 stars.
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/When-Fall-Love-Christiansen-Family/dp/1414378432/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1405581090&sr=8-1
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