I’m on the kickoff team for Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren. This romantic story is the first in a series about a wonderful family—parents and adult siblings—named the Christiansens.
Here’s Susan May Warren’s intro to this fictional family: “They’re a family like you might find next door. Or in your church. Or maybe they’re like your family. Parents trying to figure out the delicate steps of guiding adult children into responsibility, hoping to leave a legacy. When I crafted the Christiansen family, I Iooked close to home, at our family, and the family of our friends. At their challenges, and joys, and their hopes to raise children who embodied the values they were raised with.
Then I created a family I’d like to get to know, to hang out with, and to watch. To fall in love with. I hope you do too.”
Now let’s meet each member of the family!
John is the owner of Evergreen Outfitters and Cabin Rentals (aka Evergreen Resort). John is a former football player, and has spent his entire life running the resort, which has been in the family for three generations. It’s a hideaway in the woods, located on beautiful Evergreen lake, with canoeing, fishing, hiking and lots of quiet breezes perfect for reading. (I know I’d like to visit!)
Ingrid has spent her life raising her six kids, building a life in Deep Haven, and being John’s right hand gal at the resort. She is the backbone of this series, with her hopes and dreams written into a letter to each of her children at the beginning of each story. Ingrid is the mother we all wish we could have.
Darek is the oldest son, a former HotShot (wildland Firefighter) – and that job fits his personality, too. “Dare” – as his siblings call him – was the family daredevil, the leader of the pack. His greatest dream was to become a Fire Boss, until he got his hometown girlfriend pregnant, came home, and married her. Sadly, as we meet Darek, his wife has been killed in a tragic accident, leaving behind their five year old son, Theo (Tiger). Now Darek’s just trying to be the best father he can be as he takes over the family resort.
Eden is the family organizer and cheerleader. She has dreams of being a journalist, but for now works in the Obits department of the Minneapolis Star/Tribune. Eden appointed herself long ago as Owen’s – her brother’s – keeper. As he makes his way into professional hockey, she’s by his side to cheer him on.
Grace is the family chef. She currently works at Pierre’s pizza, and makes a mean spinach pizza – but her dream is to enter the Culinary Institute in Minneapolis. Out of all the Christiansen’s, Grace is the peacemaker.
Caspar is the family scamp. An archeology major at the University of Duluth, he spent most of his time hunting for treasure – especially on sunken wrecks. More than anything, he wants to find something rare and invaluable, but for now, he’s got Darek’s motorcycle, and drifts in and out of school and the resort, trying to find his place.
Owen’s entire life is hockey. He’s been playing since he was four, and recently signed with the Minnesota Wild hockey team. Owen is young, brash, headstrong and has an amazing future ahead of him–if he can manage to not get into trouble.
Amelia can’t wait to leave the small town of Deep Haven and become a big-name National Geographic photographer. She won’t go anywhere without a camera – or her i-phone –and if her family would stop treating her like a baby and realize she is just as capable as they are, then they’d all get along a lot better.