Take a Chance on Me is a great read! It is a story of forgiveness, not only of others but also of oneself. The cast of characters includes the Christiansen family, a close knit group in north Minnesota who own the Evergreen Lake Resort. The oldest son is a widower with a lot of baggage, but despite the disappointments he is a devoted father. The new girl in Deep Haven is Ivy Madison, Ivy is looking for the family she never had, but afraid of being rejected again. The story is about what draws them together and what almost rips them apart! Take a Chance on Me is well written and makes me want to make a reservation at the Evergreen Lake Resort and visit Deep Haven. I want to order a pizza from Pierre's and have donuts and a skizzle from the donut shop.
This is a story of real people, real families, and real problems. Although my first Susan May Warren book, it certainly won't be my last. I am looking forward to returning to Deep Haven and finding out what is happening with Ivy, Darek, Jensen, Claire and all the Christiansen crew!
Below is a part of an interview about the series from Susan May Warren.
Susan May Warren & Take a Chance on Me
1. This is the first installment in a brand new six-book series. Can you give us a bit of background on this series?
I love stories about families – watching the members interact and grow together through challenges and victories – and I conceived this series as I watched my own children begin to grow up and deal with romance and career and futures. I love Deep Haven, and it’s the perfect setting for a resort, so I crafted a family, much like the families I know, who run a resort. They want to pass on their legacy to their children...but their children don’t know if they want it. It’s sort of a parallel theme to the legacy of faith we instill in our children. As they grow older, they need to decide whether it is their faith too. It’s a saga about family and faith and what happens when those collide with real life.
2. This Christiansen Family series is set in Deep Haven, Minnesota. Tell us about this setting.
Deep Haven, Minnesota is based in a small vacation town in northern Minnesota where I spent my childhood. It’s located on Lake Superior, surrounded by pine and birch and the sense of small town and home. Populated by everyone from artists to lumberjacks, it’s Mitford, or perhaps Northern Exposure gone Minnesotan. Quaint, quirky and beautiful, it’s the perfect place to escape for a vacation.
3. What was your inspiration for this particular book and the main character Darek Christiansen?
As I started to put together this series, I began to think about our culture and our children today. I started to take a look at the big questions we are faced with as parents – and as young people; the issues that affect us as a culture, as well as personally. I wanted these books to go beyond family drama, beyond a great romance to raise bigger questions and stir truths that we might pass along to others. This story is about our propensity in our culture to blame others for what goes wrong in our lives – and how this alienates us from each other, and ultimately, God. Darek is the oldest brother in the family; the leader and a real hero. He’s a wildland firefighter and a widower who’s had to give up his job to come home and run the resort and care for his young son. Darek doesn’t realize he has a problem – he lives with anger on his shoulder, hating the man who killed his wife (his best friend). His real problem is that he can’t forgive himself. In this first story, readers meet the family, hang out at the resort and discover that God can redeem even a heart of stone, if we take a chance on Him.
If your interest is peaked you can read an excerpt from chapter one.
Although this book was provided by Tyndale, the opinions are my own.