Monday, June 8, 2009
Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes (Review and Giveaway!)
by Robin Jones Gunn
Having read all of the Sisterchicks books to date, I was excited to see that Gunn had penned a new installment. Once again, she doesn't disappoint, but delivers a solid Christian chick-lit novel.
The story's protagonist, Summer, receives news that a mammogram test has revealed some abnormality. Given that her mother had died of breast cancer, the news sends Summer into a panic. To delay the biopsy, Summer decides on the spur of the moment to visit her pen pal, Noelle, for a week in the Netherlands.
As in all the Sisterchicks books, the main characters tour an exotic location (in this case, Holland), allowing the reader a vicarious travel experience. This is one of the things I enjoy about the books, since I have yet to travel outside of North America. The other thing I like is how Gunn weaves scripture and spiritual ideas throughout the text so that the characters come to new understandings and ways of thinking. She is not at all heavy-handed or preachy in her approach, the effect is subtle and natural. In Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes, Summer comes to realize that she can relinquish her own attempts to control and trust God for her future. Noelle also finds Summer's visit helpful in dealing with an unresolved issue from her past.
You can go to the Random House website to buy a copy of the book, or why not leave a comment on my blog before June 15? For the first time ever, I am offering a giveaway. I will make a random draw on June 16. Make sure you leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner!