Book Review: "The Perfect Match" by Susan May Warren

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Perfect Match

(Tyndale House January 1, 2009)


Susan May Warren


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.


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.

Flames of Love

The third book in the Deep Haven series introduces us to the gustiest heroine of the series. I really liked Ellie because she did everything she could to prove that she was good enough to be fire chief. It was cool to read about a female firefighter who can stand up to the tough guys. It was great seeing characters from the other books pop in and make appearances. I still really want to visit the bookstore and hang out there for a day. It was also good to finally read about Dan's story as he's popped up in the other books before. Volunteer firefighting just amazes me because people risk their lives and don't get paid for it! The part that I had trouble with was the constant resistance to the men's acceptance to Ellie as their chief. While I can understand that some men have problems with this, it just kept irking me that it doesn't matter how far women can go, we will always be looked at as inferior because of our gender. Thus my disappointment with the ending of the book. It just made me feel that Deep Haven is not the place to be if you are a women and want to be in a higher up position. I just don't like the chauvinistic attitudes of the men. I did enjoy the book though. I did like the story, the chemistry between Ellie and Dan is great. The mystery is played out very well. I learned a lot about firefighting too, they are incredible and extremely brave for what they do. I have extreme respect for them, it's definitely a job I could never perform myself. I wish there would be another book in the series. I feel that Liza needs her story told as well. Perhaps one day....

The Perfect Match by Susan May Warren is published by Tyndale (2008)


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