About the book: A Christensen Family Novel.
Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen's cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits---and starting to fear she doesn't have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen.
Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior---on and off the ice. Now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he's getting from Eden Christiansen isn't making things any easier. But when Owen's carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together . . . and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.
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My thoughts: When does helping and supporting become enabling and avoidance of a personal life? That is what Eden is struggling with in this novel. She loves her family and her brother and she has been his cheerleader for so long, that she had gotten used to putting her own desires on the back burner to make sure that she is there for him. That she attends games and cheers him on and looks out for him outside of the arena starts to take up more of her day than she can afford. Her job at the newspaper has been a struggle, she loves to write and wants to make a difference, but doesn't see herself doing that while working in the obits department.
Jace has had a reputation since very early in his career, but his frequent fights on the ice have led to migraine headaches that have the potential to become brain bleeds if he doesn't change things. Unfortunately everyone expects him to keep enforcing for the hockey team, while he misses the time he spent actually making slap shots and power plays.
Eden seems bossy to Jace and Jace seems like a bad boy to Eden, but as they get to know each other while trying to track down the identity of a John Doe at the hospital, they both realize they are holding onto stereotypes that are untrue about each other. How far should one go to trust and to make things right for someone else, even someone else who is a stranger?
Each of the characters in this book is wrestling with something, some turn to prayer while others sink into despair. How do you find the balance you need to live the life you are meant to have and to trust that you are being led down the path that is just right for you.
About the Author: Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award-winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA's Inspirational Reader's Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women's events about God's amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors. Visit MyBookTherapy.com to learn more.
Learn more about Susan at: http://www.susanmaywarren.com