- Series: Christiansen Family
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 1, 2014)
- ISBN-13: 978-1414378435
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.
I loved this book. This is the third book in the Christiansen Family series. The characters are the same but the main focus in this story is Grace Christiansen. Grace is a great character I can identify with on being scared and letting it prevent you from growth. Max Sharpe played hockey with her brother Owen but Grace never really knew him until her family surprises her with a trip to Hawaii for a cooking vacation. Max and Grace both love to cook. Some of the family asks him to look after her but he is hesitant because it is his only chance to relax and chill. He is not looking for love or a relationship due to other reasons too. They meet up and sparks fly. The plot and characters are unique, interesting, and well written. It held my attention from the beginning. The conclusion is satisfying and sets up the next book. I have fallen in love with this series. I can't wait for the next book in the series.It is a great Christian contemporary romance series. Highly Recommended.
About the author:
Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I'm a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I'm an adventurer -- having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that's why my characters can't sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another -- they're too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories, that I hope inspire and entertain!