Monday, December 10, 2012

Sisterchicks in Gondolas By Robin Jones Gunn

Sisterchicks Take the Boot! (and we don’t mean shoe thievery)

Jenna and Sue have been sisters-in-law for nearly thirty years but inseparable friends for only the last five. When Jenna is invited to a week’s stay at a fifteenth century restored palace on a quiet canal in Venice , Sue is her travel companion of choice. The catch? They must cook for a group that is staying at the palace for a retreat. It’s the first time Sue has been this far from home, and both women are coming out of a valley season of life where they operated each day in long shadow s of fear. Entering into the lilting gondola-paced Italian lifestyle and discovering corners of Venice most tourists never see, they welcome a new time of refreshing. And over boiling pots of pasta, they dare each other to dream again.

Ciao bella!

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.

When Jenna is invited to Venice for a week of cooking for a small retreat group, she knows just who to take along: her sister-in-law Sue. With her Dallas drawl and wild tangle of red hair, Sue desperately needs her own retreat from the pressures of the past two years…and blessedly for their guests, Sue actually knows how to cook (unlike Jenna)!

With about six words of Italian between them, a map, and a keen appetite for gelato, they puzzle out the lovely city together. During their stay, Jenna and Sue become victims of grace in ways they never expected—starting with their accommodations: a restored fifteenth-century palace on a quiet canal complete with a stairwell perfect for mattress sledding!

Coming out of a time of dark shadows in their lives, these two friends dive into a new season of refreshing and realize that sometimes when serving God, the most important thing to do is just show up…and watch for goodness and mercy to follow close behind. Come join Jenna and Sue over boiling pots of pasta in this lilting gondola-paced adventure!

Discussion guide included

Story Behind the Book

Sisterchicks in Gondolas was birthed after Robin experienced Italy for herself. “In the summer of 2004, I went to Venice with my lifetime fellow Sisterchick from Ireland , Ruby,” she says. “We explored the city with our daughters and discovered the joys of Italian living.” With a splash of humor, grace, and a few zany antics, this latest Sisterchicks release continues to celebrate the unique and timeless bond between women friends. Entertaining and delightful, the story also challenges readers to examine their relationships with one another and with God.
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Over the past 25 years Robin has written 70 books with over 4 million copies sold.

She started writing for teens when the girls in her church youth group challenged her to write stories for them. It took 2 years and 10 rejections before the first Christy Miller novel was published in 1988. Since then the tales of these Forever Friends have continued. The Christy Miller series was followed by the Sierra Jensen series, Christy and Todd the College Years and the Katie Weldon series.
As Robin's readers grew older they asked for more stories about characters their age. The 8 book Glenbrooke series was launched followed by the Sisterchicks(R) series and a variety of standalone destination novels including "Under a Maui Moon" and "Canary Island Song".

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I have read and loved all of Robins books, my favorite being the Glenbrooke series and my second favorite series is the Sisterchicks.
Sisterchicks in Gondolas was so good I loved it. I love books about friends and fun!
I have always wanted to go to Venice so reading this book was so fun and I feel as if I have been to Venice finally.
I highly recommend this book, you will love Robins fun easy read.
5 stars for sure
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher


  1. Sounds like a great book! Can't wait to read it!

  2. Robin's Glenbrooke novels have been among my longtime favorites, as well. I have to say I've been to Venice, and it was one of the most idyllic days of my entire life. What beautiful memories... Sigh... This book looks like something I'd really enjoy. Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Mary! Blessings.

  3. Thanks for your great review Mary. I love Robin's books and I'd love to win this one!


  4. This is a new to me author but if her other books sound as interesting as this one does, I will want to read them all.

    Thank you for introducing us to new authors and books. Without you, I would never have heard of many of these wonderful authors including the one a couple comments up, JoAnn Durgin!!

    Cathy Weber

  5. A dear friend of mine just passed the Sisterchicks books that she read on to me, and I'd love to add this one to my collection. Mary, thank you for taking the time to do your reviews and giveaways even when you've been so ill. Praying for you every day, and thank you once again for another great review!

  6. I love this review Mary, Robin is a super author.

    1. Bonnie, you are the WINNER! E-mail me your mailing address,

  7. I just loved the Glenbrooke series they were super. I have read about five of the sisterchicks books also. I am glad that you told us about this new book. I will go order me a copy.

  8. Love your books would love to win this one! Thanks for that chance!

  9. I never knew what a sisterchick was. This was a great blog, really enjoyed it. Going on the Amazon to purchase list. Blessings and Merry Christmas, Susan Fryman

  10. Great review! I have been wanting to read the Sister Chicks books so thank you for the opportunity!