Thursday, April 4, 2013

Book Review--Take a Chance on Me

In Take a Chance on Me, Susan May Warren presents a love story between Darek Christansen and Ivy Madison.  More than just another love story however,  it is a story of redemption filled with suspense and action.

Darek Christansen's past includes rivalries, mistakes, and the eventual death of his wife, Felicity, leaving him a single parent of his son, Theo.  Ivy Madison looks the part of the successful attorney but her past entails  secrets of abandonment that leave her aching to belong and she thinks she can find it in Deep Haven.  Little do they both know that new beginnings are not as easy as new locations or even new relationships.  

Felicity's death not only affected Darek but the entire community, including once best friend, Jensen Atwood.  This once close-knit community is shattered and everyone takes a side.  The wounds have lingered, severing relationships, breaking trusts, and yet, raising the question, "Can one forgive?"  

This beautiful story narrates the importance of taking chances on oneself, each other, and most importantly, God. Riddled with regrets, bitterness, and anger, the characters finally come to the realization that taking chances to forgive and love again are indeed worth it.  

Susan MayWarren has done an excellent job in creating characters that one not only liked but shared in their hurt and eventual joy.  The Gospel's presentation was done in such a clear manner that one found themselves cheering on as the characters received God's forgiveness, asked for forgiveness, and forgave others.  

I received a complimentary copy of above mentioned title from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

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