Friday, March 18, 2011

Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes! A Review

Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes! (a sisterchick's novel)

by Robin Jones Gunn

From the back cover:
"A sisterchick is a friend who laughs with you till you cry and cries with you till you laugh; a gift from God.

A multi-tasking mama, Summer Finley has found ways to handle whatever life throws at her with grace and a grin. Until now, that is. An “abnormal” medical test result sends Summer into an emotional tailspin and prompts her to fulfill a life-long dream of “meeting” her best friend and pen pal since fourth grade, Noelle Van Zandt, face-to-face.

Their blissful week together in the Netherlands finds Summer and Noelle floating down a canal in Amsterdam, visiting Corrie Ten Boom’s Hiding Place, sipping decadent Dutch cocoa in Delft, and bobbing merrily along through a sea of brilliant, spring-fresh tulips. Each day takes them further from midlife anxiety and closer to trusting God in deeper ways.

As their week of adventure comes to an end, the two friends find they needed to be together more than either of them realized."

It has been a couple of years since I read a Sisterchick's Novel.  After doing some pretty heavy reading in this first 2 1/2 months of 2011, it was good to read something a little light hearted.  Robin Jones Gunn has a way with these Sisterchicks books, of weaving the delights of friendship, the trials of life, the day to day struggles and the truth of God's love in a way that ministers while entertaining.  I am so glad I got to read this book, this week!

Summer and Noelle are friends who have never met, pen pals since the 3rd grade, knowing each other only 2 dimensionally.  When Summer get the "abnormal test results" call she decides to put off the further testing, to do what she has always wanted to do.  Summer books a flight to the Netherlands to finally meet her dear friend Noelle.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this book is the characters.  I Corinthians 15:3 tells us "Do not be deceived, bad company corrupts good morals."  Summer and Noelle have been company to keep with as this week wrapped up and I found some quiet hours to relax and read.  I love the relationships each of these women have with their husbands, and vice versa, it's very good to hear husbands being esteemed and wives supported emotionally, even if it is in a fictional read.

I love the way the truth and love of Christ is shared, woven all throughout this story.  Real, just like life between friends and family ought to be.

Another enjoyable part of reading this book was touring the Netherlands with the characters.  Robin Jones Gunn's descriptive language helped me to see the tulip fields, the beauty and starkness of the cathedrals and to think on the story of loss and forgiveness while visiting the home of Corrie Ten Boome in Haarlem.  A little bit of Dutch Culture & History is an added bonus.

If you are looking for a little fun fiction during spring break, I recommend Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes!

Thank you, WaterBrook Multnomah for providing this book for my honest review.

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