Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sisterchicks in Gondolas, by Robin Jones Gunn


So here we are, another set of Sisterchicks off to Italy this time. Jenna has been invited to cook for a small retreat group, with airfare and lodging included and a free ticket for a friend – unbelievably in Venice!  Having been on her own since her husband walked out on her when their daughter was only 3 month old, and now with her daughter grown and out of the nest, Jenna felt this was the perfect opportunity to get a fresh start in her life.  Of course the perfect companion for this trip would be her best friend sister-in-law, Sue, who only required a small amount of coaxing to accept Jenna’s invitation.  For the last couple of years Sue had been caring for her husband and helping him to recover from a serious auto accident that had left him paralyzed.  Sue really needed a retreat of her own to help her get over her anger at God for letting this happened to her husband.
With only a few Italian words between them, I found their attempts at communication with the shopkeepers to be hilariously funny.  I loved their goal of eating a new flavor of gelato everyday.  Yum!  With all the shopping, sightseeing, riding in gondolas, and exploring the city, I’m surprised that Jenna and Sue were still able to find time to do the grocery shopping and cooking for the conference.
As the women spent more time together, they were able to open up and share about their past hurts and unpleasant experiences.  They found that they were being drawn into a deeper relationship with God and the bond between them was growing ever stronger.  A healing had begun and they realized that God was not done with them yet.  A bright future was waiting for them.  Yes, God does answer prayer.
I love this definition,  “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.”
One of the reasons I like the Sisterchicks books so much is because they remind me of the escapades of my two sisters and me and all the fun we have when we get together.  And also because God is woven throughout the stories and there’s always a message that points us to Him and how to apply it to our lives.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.