Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
“You’re so angry at what happened, at not being able to blame anyone, that you have nowhere to put it. So you’ve bottled it up and tried to tell yourself that you’re innocent, but the truth is, none of us are. We’re all wretched sinners, no matter what we’re accused of,” the old man pleads to Jensen in Take a Chance on Me, Susan May Warren’s a Christensen Family novel.
At three hundred and sixty-one pages, this paperback book has a photograph of a man carrying a young child on the front cover. With no profanity and only mild kissing with limited physical contact, this story is targeted to young women, especially of Christian faith that enjoy romance with perfect conclusions. At the end of the book there are eighteen discussion questions to ponder.
How do you erase the past? How do you deal with mistakes or accidents that alter your life completely? How do you forget, forgive, and restore relationships? At what point do you turn to God for answers, the only source of grace and comfort?
In this Christian romantic tome set in the small town of Deep Haven, Minnesota, four young people’s lives intersect. Wounded, widowed Darek has a major chip on his shoulder having lost his wife in an accident three years ago. Although he knows he was not the perfect husband, he now is responsible for their young precocious toddler. His childhood friend, Jensen, who he competed against in all aspects of his life, is to blame for his wife’s death. Rich playboy Jensen does not go to jail but has to complete community service in the same area of those who now, he believes, hate him. Even through the supposed rejection, he is starting to notice Claire, a young but emotionally broken, sweet girl who feels she cannot live up to her parents’ wishes.
When Ivy, the new assistant county attorney, moves to Deep Haven to settle for a quiet life, not only does she have to deal with her own crafted plea bargain that got Jensen off the hook, but conflicts abound when she starts to fall in love and embrace Darek and his loving family that live on the family’s one hundred year old resort.
With the backdrop of a town where everyone knows everything about everybody, a tinderbox summer set up for fires of the forest and hearts that struggle of ongoing hatred between the past and present. The four have to deal with each of their own demons of rejection and fear until they realize that God is kind, forgiving, and able to heal their painful past. The reader falls for the deeply developed characters including family members and friends as the plan of eternal redemption and salvation is weaved in this tender tale.
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