Book Review

I have become a huge fan of Robin Jones Gunn’s Sisterchicks books. “Sisterchicks in Gondolas” was no disappointment.

In the latest Sisterchicks installment, Jenna and her sister-in-law Sue journey to a palace in Italy to cook for a week-long retreat. With each page, I felt as though I were right with them strolling the streets, tasting the gelato, oohing and aahing over ancient works of art, and letting God’s healing breath blow over me.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching God work new beginnings for these Sisterchicks, and I caught some glimpses of ways He wants to bring new beginnings to my life. Very rarely does an author truly surprise me in the fourteenth chapter, but Robin Jones Gunn did just that. When Jenna reveals something about her past on page 188, I was just as shocked as the characters in the book. Though it was a surprise, it was very easy to believe and flowed right with the story.

Somehow Robin Jones Gunn manages to pull off light, fun, and easy-to-read yet also delve into some deeper issues that touch the heart. “Sisterchicks in Gondolas” addresses some serious concerns — rebuilding your life after divorce, becoming a caretaker to your spouse, expanding your vision for God, and managing the lifelong consequences of the rebellious choices we make as young adults. Yet with all those serious topics, the mood is as light as melon gelato.

This book, like all the Sisterchicks stories, inspires me to dream of the day when I can plan a get-away with one of my own dear Sisterchicks.

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