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Monday, June 8, 2009

Review and Giveaway! Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes

I want to thank Staci at Random House for letting me participate in another great Blog Tour!



Book Summary
When a mammogram result comes back abnormal, midlife mama Summer Finley makes a snap decision to relegate fear to the back burner and fulfill a lifelong dream. Summer heads for Holland where she meets up with tulips, wooden shoes, and her best friend, Noelle.

Pen pals since fourth grade, Summer and Noelle have never met face-to-face. Through decades of heart-level correspondence, they have sustained a deep friendship. A week of adventure helps both women trade anxiety for a renewed and deeper trust in God. When Summer confides in Noelle about the abnormal medical report, Noelle finds the freedom to share a long-held heartache, and both women discover they needed each other more than they realized.

Women ages 35 and up, readers of Christian Boomer Lit, and fans of books such as The Yada Yada Prayer Group will enjoy Robin Jones Gunn’s humorous and uplifting style. True-to-life characters and moments of poignancy bring a deeper understanding of the value of life and the gift of true friends. Readers guide and bonus material included.

My Review

This was a great book about finding yourself and spiritual growth.

I've never been in the position that Summer was placed in. Hearing that you have an abnormal test result is probably a very scary situation. I would imagine that all the things you've never done would seem to spread themselves out like a list of life's failures. But for Summer that seemed to be just the kick start that she needed.

The writing wasn't great but the characters, while a bit two-dimensional, were very real to me. The spiritual and introspective thoughts that Summer has were also very real. It is also very apparent the Robin Jones Gunn put a lot of research into the book. The places that Summer and Noelle visit are real places with real stories.

Through all of the inner turmoil Summer faces she's able to keep her head held high and just enjoy her visit. The humorous stories enter at just the right time, keeping what could have been a very serious and emotional story very light-hearted. This made the story touching and at the same time easy to read. I personally find most stories about a serious subject, such as serious illness, very hard to read emotionally. They just seem to drain me, and while the stories may be good they take a lot out of me. This story deals with a very serious topic in a way that makes it enjoyable. The story isn't so much about what Summer is going through, but rather it's just about her living her life and enjoying herself.

Overall it was a pretty good book. A bit of chick-lit mixed with a story of spirituality. It was a very fast read. It also made me want to read more of the Sisterchicks novels.

For more information about Sisterchicks please visit the Sisterchicks website
For more information about the Author Robin Jones Gunn please visit her website

Now the giveaway!

I'm going to do this giveaway a little different than I do my others. The 50th comment on this post will win a copy of Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes.

You can leave as many comments as you would like, you just can not leave two comments in a row, there has to be at least one comment from someone else in between.

In your first comment please leave me you email address so I can contact you if you win.

Because I am mailing this out myself please only US entrants. Also, for those of you that have allergies please be aware that I have pets and I smoke. The copy I'm giving away was never opened and I didn't let my dog roll around on it, but I understand that if you have allergies the dander and smoke in the air "seeps" into the pages. Just wanted to give you fair warning, and I don't want to be responsible for anyone's asthma attack!

I'll start a conversation in the comments, feel free to keep the conversation going!

Good Luck! Also, tell your friends to enter!

Congratulations to MJ for having the 50th post. Your book is in the mail :-)

61 comments:

Jennifer said...

To start the converstation:

If you were facing a possible serious illness, as Summer in this story is, what would you do? Would you take a break from life, sit and fester, or somthing different?

Personally I think it would take me some time to come to terms, but I think it would force me to make some changes in my life, rearange priorities and such.

Chelle Cordero said...

I would definitely spend more time doing things with family and close friends.

MJ said...

I'd make tapes for my sons to watch on life's big occasions...marriage, birth of first child etc.
Then i'd head to the beach.

mj.coward[at]gmail.com

MJ said...
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Jennifer said...

Sorry about that. I meant to turn that off last night and I guess I just got sidetracked....

MJ said...

Not a problem...:)

www.BooksByTara.com said...

I would ENJOY life to the fullest, prioritizing what is most important to me and seeking GOD for direction and healing.

MJ said...

Yea Tara...u made it and good answer!

Now we need more people before I start supper!!

Jennifer...can I delete my double post...or will u?

Jennifer said...

MJ, I took care of it :-)

I've got this posted all over so hopefully we can get some more people on here.

MJ said...

I've tweeted too!

quelleheure4 said...

Yes, I think it would take a period of time to wrap my head around it but then I would live my life to the fullest possible and take advantage of every minute.
quelleheure4[at]gmail{dot}com

MJ said...

I think this sounds like a really good book.

quelleheure4 said...

It sure does sound like a good book!

MJ said...

We need more people to make this fun!

quelleheure4 said...

I know! It's going to take forever at this rate.

MJ said...

Yep!

quelleheure4 said...

I'm doing a little work, checking back, etc.

MJ said...

LOL I'm playing backgammon!

quelleheure4 said...

Are you playing on the computer?

MJ said...

yes...but a "live" game witha person

I just won that 1!! yea!

quelleheure4 said...

Good for you! I've never played online games before but I'm a big board game person. Either that or I'm stuck in a book. I could be reading at least a page between posts right now!

MJ said...

Hubby's home...gonna take a break at least to chat for a minute!! LOL

quelleheure4 said...

I totally forgot about this for 10 minutes.

MJ said...

I'm back..

quelleheure4 said...

Seriously, we need more people. One, because it would be more fun. Two, because I have no chance of winning with just the two of us. ;)

MJ said...

I tweeted..again.

quelleheure4 said...

I'll go tweet now.

MJ said...

clothes dryer buzzing

shelburns said...

If it was me in the situation, I'd take advantage of whatever time I had left and do all I could!

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

quelleheure4 said...

Tweet complete!

shelburns said...

I hope more people come comment so we can get to 50!

quelleheure4 said...

I know...it's been going rather slowly.

shelburns said...

We're getting closer though!

quelleheure4 said...

Yep, slowly but surely.

shelburns said...

Where did MJ go?

quelleheure4 said...

I think she had to deal with a buzzing dryer!

shelburns said...

Gotta hate it when that happens!

quelleheure4 said...

It must have been a very large load. She's been gone a while.

shelburns said...

Maybe we should have offered to help her!

MJ said...

got sidetracked by starting supper too! Y'all are flyin'!!!

quelleheure4 said...

I'm glad you came back in time.

shelburns said...

MJ, we'll forgive you. Glad you made it back!

MJ said...

I may not be ablr to stay tho

quelleheure4 said...

We're so very close now.

shelburns said...

but we're almost there!

quelleheure4 said...

Nobody can leave yet.

MJ said...

I hate refreshing to make sure I'm not posting twice!!

quelleheure4 said...

Me too! Plus the word ver is making me nuts.

shelburns said...

hurry hurry

MJ said...

true!!

quelleheure4 said...

We should be there now

quelleheure4 said...

MJ you won!

shelburns said...

MJ you won!!!

quelleheure4 said...

Congratulations! You can mail it to shelburns and I when you're done, LOL

MJ said...

Only halfway...:( it did say 100..right?

Jennifer said...

Congratulations MJ... I'll send you an email to get your address.

Thank you quelleheure and shelburns for keeping the conversation going.

Just a question... Do you prefer this kind of giveaway or a random drawing set to end on a specific date?

MJ said...

Wow..thanks!!

shelburns said...

I like these every once in a while; they're fun!

MJ said...

I usually don't have this kind of time..I'm a teacher on my 2nd day of vacation..but I'd loved it for a change. I wouldn't want to do it all of the time tho.

Rashmi, a Mommy Reviewer said...

Great review!

Rashmi
A Book Blogger's Diary

Esme said...

The sad thing is, when you are facing a serious situation you may not have the ability to re-asses your life and change things. My thought is when you are on your death bed, are you going to remember the great times in life or the night you stayed late at the office.

Hopefully I will never be asking these questions. But personally given I do not have children-I would travel to every far off place I have yet to see if faced with the "so many months left to live scenerio"