ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Susan grew up in Wayzata, a suburb of Minneapolis, and became an avid camper from an early age. Her favorite fir-lined spot is the north shore of Minnesota is where she met her husband, honeymooned and dreamed of living.
The north woods easily became the foundation for her first series, The Deep Haven series, based on a little tourist town along the shores of Lake Superior. Her first full-length book, Happily Ever After, became a Christy Award Finalist published in 2004 with Tyndale/Heartquest.
As an award winning author, Susan returned home in 2004, to her native Minnesota after serving for eight years with her husband and four children as missionaries with SEND International in Far East Russia. She now writes full time from Minnesota's north woods and the beautiful town that she always dreamed of living in.
You can sample a chapter of each and every one of Susan's novels, on her website, HERE.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Ellie Karlson is new to Deep Haven. As the town’s interim fire chief, she is determined to lead the local macho fire crew in spite of their misconceptions about her. But when someone begins setting deadly fires, Ellie faces the biggest challenge of her life. Especially when sparks fly with one of the volunteers on her crew: Pastor Dan Matthews. As Ellie battles to do her job and win the respect of her crew, she finds that there is one fire she can’t fight—the one Dan has set in her heart.
(This book is the repackaged edition published in 2004)
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Perfect Match, go HERE.
2004 American Christian Fiction Writer's Book of the Year
A Romantic Times Magazine TOP PICK – 4½ stars
Romantic Times Magazine:
Vibrant characters and vivid language zoom this action-packed romance to the top of the charts. This is a one-sitting read –once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down.
I really enjoyed this novel. It's a great blend of mystery, self-discovery, spirituality, and romance. I loved Ellie and wanted to be her friend so badly. I understood her desire to be the best fire chief ever, against all odds. Yet when she's hurting, hiding it is the worst thing to do.
Dan was a good character too, and I could strongly identify with his deep desire to know the right thing to say in tragic circumstances. (In fact, my chaplain husband just this week had a piece accepted for publication in a denominational publication about what to say - and not say - to those who have recently experienced a loss.) I think we've all been there, and Susan May Warren handled those scenes perfectly. I bet she's been there, too.
I kept thinking The Perfect Match reminded me a lot of Dee Henderson's books, and then I looked inside the front cover. Dee herself endorsed this novel!
I've read several of Susan May Warren's books, and this certainly won't be the last. Be sure to put this on your "TBR" list for '09.
TBR=To Be Read.
Mt. TBR=Mount To Be Read; also known as the falling-over pile of books beside your bed or desk that threatens to take over everything in its wake.