Tuesday, July 15, 2008

CFBA

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Sisterchicks Go Brit
Multnomah Publishers (May 20, 2008)
by
Robin Jones Gunn
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Robin grew up in Orange County, California and has lived in all kinds of interesting places, including Reno and Hawaii. Robin’s first novel was published in 1988, and she has continued to write between two to five books a year. Her 63 published books include 47 novels, all of which are still in print. Sales of her popular Christy Miller Series, Glenbrooke Series, and Sisterchicks Series, including Sisterchicks in Gondolas and the new Katie Weldon Series including Peculiar Treasures all of which are approaching four million copies sold, with translations in nine languages. Robin’s passion for storytelling and travel are evident in all her books, especially the Sisterchicks novels, and she has received thousands of letters from readers around the world who have come to know Christ through her writing. She sees this as her dream come true. Her novels are traveling to foreign lands and her characters are doing what she always longed to do; telling people about God’s love. She and her husband currently live near Portland, Oregon and have been married for 30 years. They spent their first 22 years of marriage working together in youth ministry, and enjoying life with their son and daughter who are now both grown. As a frequent speaker at local and international events, one of Robin’s favorite topics is how God is the Relentless Lover and we are His first love. She delights in telling stories of how God uses fiction to change lives. Robin is the recipient of the Christy Award, the Mt. Hermon Pacesetter Award, the Sherwood E. Wirt Award and is a Gold Medallion Finalist. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Media Associates International and the Board of Directors for Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers’ Guild.
ABOUT THE BOOK SISTERCHICK® n: a friend who shares the deepest wonders of your heart, loves you like a sister, and provides a reality check when you’re being a brat. Two midlife mamas hop over to jolly ole England and encounter so much more than the usual tourist stops. Liz does have a bit of a childhood crush on Big Ben, and she has hoped to “meet” him ever since her fifteenth birthday. Kellie dreams of starting an interior design business and figures Liz needs to be a part of that equation–a calculation that hasn’t added up for Liz yet. Nothing on the excursion goes the way these two friends had envisioned. They start with a village pancake race and end up being held for questioning on The Underground. Kellie and Liz take a wild tour through the land of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien and then find themselves swept up, up, and away in a hot air balloon over the Cotswalds. London beckons with the Tower of London, Windsor Castle, shopping at Portabella Road in Knotting Hill, and of course, reservations at the Ritz for a posh high tea.A few detours along the way and the possibility of being lost in a London fog of wonderment aren’t enough to stop these two Sisterchicks! Each step of their regal journey is lined with evidence of God’s gracious compassion, and both come to realize that God knows their every wish. He is the One who planted every dream in their hearts. And, oh, what a surprise awaits them when they return home!
To read the first chapter, go HERE

“Robin has done it again! You and your Sisterchicks will love taking this new adventure together!” - Karen Kingsbury, New York Times best-selling author of Between Sundays and Ever After

“My only complaint about Robin’s latest is that now I want to hop a plane to England! But combine a cup of Earl Grey tea and this charming story and you’re halfway there. Another delightful tale about women helping women to live their lives to the fullest.”- Melody Carlson, author of These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking and A Mile in My Flip-Flops

“Sisterchicks in Gondolas is a true delight. The characters shine, and evocative language will make any reader want to visit Venice. Biblical truths are portrayed simply, yet will touch hearts and lives with their realistic application.”- Romantic Times magazine
MY REVIEW: The Sisterchick books are some of my favorite reading material. My daughter practically snatches the new one out of my hands the instant I read the final sentence. Of all the books, Sisterchicks do the Hula is my favorite.
Sisterchicks Go Brit made me laugh in some places, made me want to cry in others, and made me want to go to Britain ASAP. Seeing England through the eyes of Liz and Kellie gave me a longing to experience London.
Strengths in this book:
Setting. You feel like you are there, all the differences in culture pop out at you.
Characters. No one is better than Robin at getting to the issues that women care about the most in friendships.
Language. The imagery and use of words is so skillful it makes me jealous.
Weaknesses of this book:
Pace. The pace starts out a little slow and doesn't ramp up for quite awhile. While the book held my interest, I kept waiting for that signature 'sisterchick misadventure' to get going. When it did happen, it was hilarious though.
Magical Moment. In each of the Sisterchick books, there is at least one moment of self-revelation for the main character, where she at last comes to grips with something in her relationship with the Lord and with her relationship with her sisterchick, that changes how she views her life forever. I couldn't seem to get on the same wavelength as Liz (Point of View character) enough to feel really satisfied when she came face-to-face with her own life-lesson. The lesson she learned was a good one, it just left me wanting a little bit more.
I would recommend Sisterchicks Go Brit, as I do everything Robin writes. If you want to meet a woman whose face shines with the love of Jesus, Robin's your gal.

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree with your review, Erica. I enjoy the books, but this one is just a little bit slower to get going.

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