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When I Fall in Love

(Christiansen Family #3)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  2,169 ratings  ·  239 reviews
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.

Maxwell Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels mo
Paperback, 369 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (first published June 20th 2014)
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Abigail I would say that it stands alone well. There was a certain thing that happened in book 2 that has some ramifications in this one, but I think was expl…moreI would say that it stands alone well. There was a certain thing that happened in book 2 that has some ramifications in this one, but I think was explained well enough to not make book 2 absolutely necessary first.(less)

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Beth Vogt
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I resisted reading this book at first because it dealt with such a challenging issue: the hero has a medical condition that severely affects his life and his future.
But I trust Susan May Warren as an author and I knew if anyone could write about this topic and do it well, it would be her.
She did not disappoint me.
Warren writes believable characters who are faced with real-life issues -- and they have to make tough choices about life and death and choosing to fall in love and embrac
Caitlyn Santi
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing treat of a read from Ms. Warren!

When I fall In Love is an excellent addition the Christiansen family series! After 'meeting' Grace briefly in the first two books in the series I was excited to get to know her. And it blew me away just how much I found myself relating to her, this made the story much more personal for me as I found myself learning and acknowledging a number of the same things about myself that Grace did about herself. And a certain very powerful scene inspired me
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Another great read from Susan May Warren :) Like several of her Deep Haven series, this book had two story lines going on, both are great, but only one gets resolved while the other is setting up a future book (hopefully the next in the series). It doesn't leave you hanging as much as it's just not resolved, so don't let it stop you from enjoying this book now. Grace and Max's story is a fun one :)
Syd Shreffler
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love family sagas. I guess it must be something about feeling like I’m being welcomed into the family, to observe, to fell, to cry and laugh with everyone. It’s the sense of belonging to the story almost as much as the book in my hands belongs to me.

That for me is the mark of a true master, someone who writes and sucks me into a story in another time, another place. Susan May Warren is one of those writers on my list and When I Fall in Love is one of those stories. I know because when I picked
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If ever there was an author in the Christian fiction market who consistently did everything but disappoint this girl, it’d be Susan May Warren. I started with her Deep Haven novels way back with Happily Ever After, then later some suspense and historical (did you ever notice that she writes every genre and does each so very well?) before coming full circle and returning to where it all began: Deep Haven, with a host of new characters to fall in love with. This third novel is all about daughter, ...more
Wendy Sparkes
#3 Christiansen Family

I enjoyed Grace and Max's story, set in the very exotic location of Hawaii, and loved how Susan May Warren brought this place to life.

I really liked the theme of "letting go" and I thought Max's illness was handled well.

(Owen is not a favourite with me at the moment!)

Favourite quote:

“The key to finding what God has for you is not reaching for paradise...but letting go. Falling. Losing control...But most of us are too afraid to truly let go, to open our hands and receive wha
Teresa Snyder
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love the Christiansens and Deep Haven. I'm so glad that John and Ingrid had a large family so that the stories (books) keep coming!

In this book we meet Max and Grace. We've meet them in prior books, but we get to read their story in this book. We also get to see - assuming here - a preview of the next book with Casper and Raina.

I absolutely love how old friends from prior Deep Haven books appeared in this book. That may have been my favorite part.

Can't wait for the next visit with
This book was wonderful–in a deep, emotional sort of way. I'm only halfway through the Deep Haven series, but jumped ahead to this book for the CFD group read. There's so much emotional stuff to deal with that it's almost overwhelming, but I loved every page, even the painful ones. I'm definitely going to be reading the rest of this series!
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOWZER! When are the next books coming out? Because I seriously MUST KNOW what happens to Caspar & Owen!!! I agree w/ Romantic Times: "It's a gem." Review to come . . . :) ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I fall in love 4.5⭐️
Grace and Max are in Hawaii for three weeks at a culinary program. (I know right. Sign me up for that!) max is a hockey player and Grace is a Christiansen. Meaning their paths were destined to cross eventually and i am for it!
Maxs life is hockey and he doesnt date but he agreed to have fun and be loose during his vacation. He was also supposed to babysit Grace. Keep an eye on her which he did but not because everyone told him to but because grace was wonderful and fun
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Oh my, I love this series! Grace is a person who loves her life - her life with a schedule that does not waver. She has never really gone anywhere until her family buys her a cooking retreat, in Hawaii, nonetheless. Max is a professional hockey player who has a disease that he knows will eventually take his life. He lives for hockey and cooking since he feels he will never have anything else. Max and Grace meet on the airplane and hit it off. Opening their hearts is one things that is not on the ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
My favorite character was Casper. He handled himself well despite everything that was going on around him and he wasn't even the main character of the story. This book had two different stories happening at the same time. A few chapters would be about Max and Grace and then a few chapters would be about Casper and Raina. Of course there were tidbits about the rest of the Christiansen family included as well.

Rating: PG (adult situations, fist fighting, use of "blue" words)
Language: no profanity o
Nora St Laurent
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This novel in the Christiansen family series; features Grace Christiansen and Max Sharpe. I enjoyed the fact that the author started the book with Darek and Ivey’s wedding through Graces eyes. She planned, catered and set the mood her brother and fiancé wanted at the reception. Things went so well Eden Christiansen wants her sister Grace to do her and Jace’s wedding. Eden wants it to be Hawaiian themed. Grace is stunned by the request and even more overwhelmed at the fact the whole family chippe ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grace is my favorite Christiansen sibling.
Beyond the Pages
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren was a wonderful story! I truly enjoyed reading it. For that matter, I have enjoyed reading every book in this series. Grace and Max's story warmed my heart...and it enticed my taste buds.

What I Liked/Loved About This Book:
- The Christiansen family was a salt of the earth kind of family. They loved greatly. They showed compassion to many. They also believed in the power and purpose of God.
- Grace was confident but at the same time she was unsure of herself
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
*happy sigh* That was my first reaction during and after finishing this wonderful story! Ms. Warren certainly knows how to write characters who I fall in love with immediately. Grace and Max are simply delightful to get to know! :)

The thing about Ms. Warren's writing though, isn't just that she has great characters, it's that she tackles some tough subjects in her stories and strikes you in the heart with how real it feels. Grace and Max both have things in their lives that are hard. Max most es
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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When I Fall In Love is the third "Christiansen" novel and another stunning read. This series has become one of my favorite family sagas -- right up there with Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage -- and I can't wait to read more!

When I Fall In Love was Grace and Max's story, although parts of the book featured Casper and his possible new relationship. I loved everyt
4.5 Stars!

I really enjoyed Max and Grace’s story of over coming fears by learning to trust God.

I loved visiting Hawaii and hearing about the local dishes. The author brought the state alive I felt like I was in Hawaii participating in the competition.

I give 5 stars for Joell A Jacob’s for an excellent engaging audio performance.

The secondary story was an added bonus it went in a surprising direction. But the beginning of Raina and Casper’s story has me eagerly wanting to read the next book i
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. Yes, it's Christian chic-lit, but it's also a lot more than that. Yes, the main characters are always beautiful and nearly perfect physically, but their emotions/struggles makes the story something more. Yes the story is predictable, but it's still an enjoyable light read that has depth to it.

I enjoyed the Hawaii setting as it brought back wonderful memories of a trip I took there several years ago. I enjoyed the cooking aspect to the story and thought it was a fresh plot devi
Maureen Timerman
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
When I Fall In Love is a wonderful read, and an enjoyable return visit with the Christenson family. Of course, there are family conflicts, and Owen; the bad boy is still having a hard time. If you remember from the last book he was badly injured in a hockey brawl. He still has that chip on his shoulder, if you haven’t read the previous two books in this series, I heartily recommend that you do, but information is given to get you up to date to read this one alone.
As the book opens Darek and Ivy
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Grace Christiansen is preparing to go culinary school. When her family surprises her with a trip to Hawaii for a cooking retreat, she is forced out of her safe, comfortable world. She didn't expect to fall in love while she was there though. Maxwell Sharpe lives on the ice as a hockey player, but he really loves cooking. For the past few years he has gone to the culinary retreat in Hawaii. When he's asked to help Grace out, he reluctantly agrees. As he and Grace get to know one another, he finds ...more
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I picked this up from the library on a whim; I haven't read any in the series - in fact, I didn't realize it was in a series until I started reading it. And it was the best romantic story I've read in a very long time! Thank GOD it didn't end with a wedding and a pregnancy; those are overwhelmingly cliche (and me not wanting kids myself, it's a bit irritating; "typical" is okay once in a while, but what about a unique love story?). Here, on the other hand, was a completely new and refreshing pre ...more
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying all the books in Susan May Warren's Christiansen Family Series.

When I Fall in Love, is an inspirational story dealing with serious issues that impact our lives whether we live for the Lord or not. I love how this family loves the Lord, but it doesn't mean their family is perfect. They are having issues, children seeming to walk away from the Lord, illnesses and just plain heartache and problems. And for me, I like to see that in books. Because just because you know and walk
Wendy Ross
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book by Susan May Warren that I've read; frankly, it won't be my last!

When I saw, in the description, two words: Hawaii, and cooking, well, I knew I wanted to read this book. (My youngest son plans to take me to Hawaii some day!) I have enjoyed cooking for a good many years now, and have recently begun enjoying watching cooking competition shows.

The characters are well developed, rather complex, each facing his/her own struggles and fears. As you read, you'll want to learn some
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. The family is so real. I love that while they love Jesus, they are still human, making mistakes and figuring life out. Grace is no exception. She's stronger than she knows, and I loved seeing her figure it out.

I also liked that Susan May Warren tackled a tough topic--a terminal disease. If you knew your time was limited, how would you live? Keep everyone away or embrace every moment.

Readers were also introduced to Raina and Casper, who I guess will be featured next. I can't
Shannah Mauney
From the very beginning of the Christiansen Family series, I have been in love. This book proves to be no exception. Susan May Warren has a way of writing that pulls me in and doesn't let me go until the very end. I get wrapped up in the story. I even got a little angry when I had to put the book down and do my job! Grace and Max's story started out a little on the slow side for me, but I quickly warmed up to it and didn't want it to end. Read my full review: ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm really struggling to finish this one. At 80%, and I've wanted to abandon it the whole time. I do like this author and this series. I loved the first three books, with the prequel about John and Ingrid being my favorite, followed by Darek's story. This one is too heavy, depressing and slowly plodding along for me. There were a couple chapters where Max and Grace were touring around Hawaii and having fun and I enjoyed those, but the rest of the time, EVERYone is miserable. (Darek's story also ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this story after reading Grace's and Max's secondary story in book #5, so I was so thrilled to read the story of how they became one. It certainly did not disappoint.

Grace is different from her siblings in that she is perfectly happy with small-town life. She loves her town, her family and her desires include husband and family probably near her parents. She loves to cook and make the people around her happy but that is also her problem. She is too afraid to venture out and be more. Her f
Rachel Marie
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I definitely enjoyed this series and my time with the Christiansen family. Before I start, I do want to mention that each of these could be read as a standalone. While people and events from past books are vital in these, they are explained well enough that you could just read them by themselves, if you choose.
Like all of Warren's books, this deals with some hard issues, while also being light and a fun read. Max has a genetic disease (although, okay, must we always pick this one? Be original) a
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All of my holds came in yesterday … that’s 11 books. So I picked them up and started diving in. Can I read all 11 (well actually 10, one is an audiobook) before they’re due back in 3 weeks? I’m going to try!
I started this when I got home from the library, had a party, and then finished before going to bed. So I’m well on my way!
This is the 3rd in the series about the Christiansen family and it actually follows 2 family members pretty intensely. Grace has been a quiet homebody who’s unsure of h
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