I received this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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.
With just one read, Susan May Warren has made her way onto my favorite authors list. I loved this book so much.
Grace comes from a large family that loves her. Seeing how much her family cared for her and was backing her on her trip made me love the entire family. The family has so much depth and it was great that throughout the book you get to learn more about each member of the family. I really felt myself becoming attached to each member of the family.
Max is a guy with a deep, dark background. When he was first introduced, I immediately formed my impression of him. But throughout the book he was constantly surprising me at things he did and say. I found myself really liking him, yet being so mad at him at times.
I loved watching Grace and Max get to know each other and watch as their relationship formed. I felt happy with them, and I wanted to cry with them. I felt like I had become friends with both of them, and really didn't want this book to end.
This book is actually number three in a series, but I haven't read the first two books yet. They are definitely on my must-read list now. This is a book you want to read. I promise you will love it.
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