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 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 am a big fan of this series by Susan May Warren and love the feeling of visiting with old friends as I begin each book. One of the best parts of this book is getting to attend Derek and Ivy’s wedding and check in with Eden and Jace. My absolute favorite part of the book is the love and support for each other that is apparent throughout the interactions of the Christiansen family – well, maybe not between all of them, but hopefully Warren will address the brotherly conflict in another book.
One of the reasons why I like to read so much is because I like to learn about different things. In this book, readers get to learn about different kinds of Hawaiian food. I enjoyed the descriptiveness of Grace’s experience in Hawaii and the touristy things she gets to participate in. I felt like I was taking a vacation right along with her!
My least favorite part of this book is that it was a little too predictable. In all honesty, most romantic books are fairly predictable, but I found myself skimming over some sections of this one because I knew exactly what was going to happen next. However, it is still a nice book.
If you are looking for a nice book that entertains you, this is a good choice. If you have already started reading about the Christiansen family, you will definitely want to read Grace’s story. If you haven’t met the Christiansen family, maybe it is time to introduce yourself.
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