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Take a Chance on Me (Christiansen Family #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
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Published April 28th 2013 by Tyndale (first published January 1st 2013)
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Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren

This is my first time reading the work of Susan May Warren and I'm impressed. Darek Christiansen and Ivy Madison are powerfully-written characters. Warren's wording grabbed my attention straight away and I read the book in one sitting.

I received this novel compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review. It's a delightful book! You'll most definitely want to take a chance on it!
This is the first in a new series, The Christiansen Family. I listened to the audio version. We are introduced to the family and they are delightful. Darek, the eldest has had tragedy in his life, is now a widower raising a lively, rambunctious 5 year old son called Tiger. Ivy has longed to belong and be part of a family since her days in foster care. Claire is the daughter of a missionary couple who are doctors, who have specific plans for Claire, now age 25. Jensen is trying to complete commun ...more
Rebecca Holland
Susan May Warren, Take a Chance on Me, ISBN 978-4143-7841-1, Tyndale

You ever pick up a book because of its cover? Or is it the name of the author? Or the title? What makes you look at the back cover to find out about the story, what makes you open the book to page one to get a peek? What drives you check the book out, download it or buy it?

With Susan May Warren's "Take a Chance on Me," you will pick it up because of the cover and the name, but what will grab your eyes, or at least did mine, were
I probably shouldn't have started reading Take a Chance on Me right before bedtime on a school night. Then the next day the book distracted me from grading papers. This became slightly dangerous when my students realized I had a new book by one of their favorite authors. But it was worth the risk. Yes, Take a Chance on Me was that good.

This romantic story is the first in Susan May Warren's new series about The Christiansens: six adult siblings and their parents. What's this book about? Two best
Melissa Tagg
I read Take a Chance on Me in just a few sittings...would've been one if I didn't have a little thing called a day job getting in the way. But I absolutely adored this first book in Susan May Warren's new Deep Haven spin-off series. She's set up a wonderfully fun and unique family with characters I know I'm going to enjoy getting know more and more in subsequent books.

As for the main characters in Take a Chance, Darek and Ivy tug at your heart from the first chapter. Their backstories, their hop
Ivy Madison is the new county attorney in the small town of Deep Haven. She didn't know when she took the job that she drafted the plea bargain that has kept Jensen Atwood serving time of community service for killing the wife of Darek Christiansen. Darek is the town's most ineligible eligible bachelor. He's the eldest son and heir whose family runs the Evergreen Resort. He's a devoted father, but he's also hurt and angry over the death of his wife. As Ivy gets to know both Darek and his family, ...more
Susan May Warren is one of the best at creating a family of characters that leaps off the pages. Rugged Derek is heir to the Christiansen family's resort and should be on the top of every eligible bachelor's list. But, he's not. Angry over his wife's death at the hand of his best friend, he's determined to focus on his son and reviving his family's business.

When Ivy Madison moves to town, looking for a place to call home after a childhood of jumping from foster placement to foster placement, she
What can I say except that I loved this book! Which is kind of weird because it took me so long to read this book. I said I would read it in exchange for some truthful reviews. I’m kind of a stubborn person, and the thought of having to read a book felt like school work (if you must know I didn’t like any of the books that I had to read for school) so I put off reading it. Then it got some good reviews, and I was afraid to be the person who didn’t like it. So I put it off some more. But once I f ...more
Teresa Snyder
WOW! This is one of those books that grabs you from the first page and does not turn lose until the last page. If you've never read a Susan May Warren book, you're in for a treat. If you have, you'll soon discover that this is by far her best book!

Although a spin off from her Deep Haven series, it's not a requirement to read the six book series prior to reading Take A Chance On Me. For me, having previously read the Deep Haven series, it was nice to visit with old friends - Deep Haven is a smal
Tanara McCauley
Ivy Madison moved to Deep Haven, Minnesota with a simple wish list: make a difference as the assistant county attorney, find her place in a small town community, and maybe–just maybe–land a man.

But Ivy gets more than she bargained for when, on impulse, she bids during the VFW auction and lands single father Darek Christiansen as her date. Not only is this handsome bachelor baggage-laden, his past and Ivy’s work are more connected than either of them know.

As they seek to build on their fragile be
It looks like it took an incredibly long time for me to read this, but that isn't really the case. I'm close to ocd about reading series in order. I knew that technically this was the first book in a series, but I recognized the town of Deep Haven, so backtracked and in the time since January 25 along with a number of other books I read all of the Deep Haven series. As several had told me, I wouldn't have been lost had I not done that, but it was fun recognizing names as I read, kind of getting ...more
Angela Lynn Holland
What a book this was, I have to say I could not put it down. Darek is still very angry about his wife's death and Ivy is looking for a man she can fall in love with. Ivy feels she has found that man in Darek unless he finds out about the part she played in keeping the man free who caused his wife's death. Then a wildfire threatens to wipe out everything and the two become close. This is a story of forgiveness and how much of an important part of our lives it is. I think Susan did a good job in m ...more
Ivy Madison is Deep Haven's new Assistant County Attorney, and she's looking to put down roots and finally belong somewhere. Starved for love and family, a growing relationship with young widower Darek Christensen, looks like a dream come true. But sooner or later, Darek will learn the truth about her professional involvement in the light sentencing of his late wife's killer. And while she waits for that shoe to drop, a custody battle for Darek's five-year-old son also makes it to Ivy's desk.

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While I usually tend to shy away from contemporary fiction-only venturing out if it's recommended to me or has a great cover/back description- Take A Chance on Me is a novel that I'm glad to have read.

What I loved most about this novel was the element of forgiveness. Through all of the painful stories of Darek, Jenson, and Ivy, the miracle of forgiveness shines throughout the novel as they learn to look to a brighter and better future.

I also loved the characterization o
Leona Olson

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"Publication Date: March 22, 2013 | Series: Christiansen Family
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
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Tyndale
May 2013
ISBN: 978-1414378411
Genre: contemporary/romance

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 c
Caitlyn Santi
This is the first book of Ms. Warren's that I have read. Let me just say that it will not be the last! I enjoyed this book immensely! The author portrays life in a small Minnesota town so well it makes you feel like an honorary resident of Deep Haven! Aside from the setting (which became a prominent character in it's own right!), what stood out to me the most was the incredible message of forgiveness, and the fabulous, utterly unforgettable characters. I loved both Ivy and Darek, but I think Cla ...more
Maureen Timerman
This is the first book in the Christiansen Family Novel series. It was such a good read, and I am thrilled to know there is another book coming!
The Author shows how most of the characters in this story need to find forgiveness. They blame God for their circumstances, and won't take his gift of redemption.
Darek Christiansen is mad at the world, feels he has been handed a rotten deal, and the only good thing in his life is his 5 year old son Tiger. He was a willing player, but now feels life has n
I want to move to Deep Haven. I want to meet the Christiansens, the Gibs and Jensen Atwood. After all, I already feel like I know them like they grew up down the street from me, and I got to watch them grow up. I love it when a book takes me away to a different place and introduces me to people who, by the end, have become long lost friends. Ones I will deeply miss.

“Take a Chance on Me” is the first book in Susan May Warren’s Christiansen Family series. Ivy Madison has just moved to Deep Haven a
Julie Arduini
I'll be reviewing this in full at, but Susan May Warren brings us back to Deep Haven and makes me want to live there. In Take a Chance on Me the heart of the story is forgiveness---mostly, can you forgive yourself for past mistakes?

Darek "Dare" Christiansen is eligible, but no one in Deep Haven is jealous when new assistant DA Ivy Madison chooses him by mistake in a charity bachelor auction. He's a wounded widower tangled in his own emotions toward himself and his former best fr
Well I’m not sure where to start with telling you about this book – suffice to say I think you should read it. It’s another hit for Susan, one that you won’t have regretted reading and taking the time to do so. While there is a couple mentions of beer and some kissing between unmarried, adult people, this book is one that I can honestly say is unashamedly Christian it it’s character’s outlooks – even those who are struggling with their doubts about God. From being left in the foster system to lo ...more
Susan M. Baganz
I have to admit, that I keep hearing that silly Abba song when I think of this title. Susan May Warren's romance, Take a Chance on Me is not the fluff of an Abba song though. It is instead a complex and well written tale of five people told from four points of view.

Yeah, because one character is dead. Kind of hard for her to talk.

Darek Christiansen has a heavy burden as a man who gave up his dream career when his wife, Felicity died a tragic death. Not only does he grieve his mistakes as a husba
Carrie Padgett
Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren is a gem. Her characters are so real, I expected to look up and see Darek swaggering into my living room, dusty and sooty and asking for Tiger. Instead I got a limping cat who begged for more food, took one sniff, and stalked away.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes. Take a Chance on Me.

Darek Christiansen has his hands full taking care of his five-year old son and running the family resort on Lake Evergreen, outside of Deep Haven, Minnesota. He has no time for dat
Not the usual genre I read but I am glad I stepped out of my norm and tried it. Take A Chance On Me is the first book in the Christiansen Family Series and if this book is anything like the rest will be, then it will be worth the time spent reading each as they come out.

The story talks a lot about forgiveness, and while that is very important I actually found myself caught up in a secondary character's (Claire) issues with finding her place and feeling not only inadequate but also feeling pushed
Ivy moves to the Deep Haven community as the new Assistant County Attorney. She quickly becomes embroiled in local gossip after unwittingly purchasing a date with a local widower at a charity bachelor's auction, a man still struggling to move beyond the tragic death of his wife. As Ivy continues to grow more enmeshed in her community, she finds herself neck deep in child custody battles, parole hearings, occasions of underage alcohol consumption, and other legal aspects of her neighbors' lives, ...more
What an amazing, heart-squeezing, read!

After reading so many great things about Warren's writing, I opted to give her a shot when Tyndale offered up her latest book Take a Chance on Me for review. I am glad to report that I loved the book! Tiger, Darek's son, is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! I loved reading about Darek caring for him, it was so sweet and helped endear me to Darek after he was so grumpy in those opening chapters.

Ivy, our heroine, really brings to life the sad realities of our foster care syst
This is the first of a new series featuring the Christiansen family. The Christiansen's are a family with adult children who have a family business- a lodge/resort near the small town of Deep Haven (featured in other of Susan's novels).

In this story, Darek Christiansen is living a life shadowed by bitterness over the tragic death of his wife. His former friend, involved in her death, is serving a sentence of community service in the same small town. Both men are unwilling to let go of the past,
This is an amazing story about second chances at love and the importance of forgiveness. Darek Christiansen is the oldest in a large family, trying to keep their resort in Minnesota in the black. He's also a widower with a young son, angry and bitter at his best friend Jensen, who accidentally killed her. When he meets Ivy Madison, the new assistant county attorney, he has no idea that it was her plea bargain that gave Jensen community service instead of jail time. All he knows is that she might ...more
Take A Chance On Me is a Christiansen family novel. It begins with a beautiful letter Darek’s mother has written to her son. In her letter she makes a statement that I thought was beautiful. She says: “The firstborn child is always the one who solves the mystery of parenthood.”

The story begins where Ivy Madison moves to Deep Haven. On her first day there, she comes across an annual charity auction of the town’s bachelors. She ends up with the town’s most ineligible, eligible bachelor, Darek Chri
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5

Tragedy has been chasing Darek Christiansen from the moment he agreed to do the “right thing” by marrying the girl from his small hometown of Deep Haven. Instead of becoming a good husband and father, Darek was too busy travelling the country as one of the Hotshots, an elite firefighting team, leaving behind what should have been his greatest treasures. Now after a brief, tumultuous marriage, Darek’s wife Felicity died five years ago in a tragic accident and now the lovely
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I can't help be amazed at the gifts God has delighted me with - a wonderful husband, four amazing children, and the opportunity to write for Him.

I've been writing as long as I can remember - I won my first book writing contest in first grade! Over the years, writing has become, for me, a way to praise God and see Him at work in my life.

Although I have a degree in Mass Communications from the Unive
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