Canary Island Song   -     By: Robin Jones Gunn
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Canary Island Song

Howard Books / 2011 / Paperback

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When Carolyn's grown daughter tells her to "get a life," she decides to make a surprise visit to her mother in the Canary Islands. But it's Carolyn who's caught off balance when she sees Bryan, her high school sweetheart. It's been seven years since her husband died. Is it time for Carolyn to get her heart back? 224 pages, softcover from Howard.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.44 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1416583416
ISBN-13: 9781416583417
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When Carolyn’s grown daughter tells her she needs to “get a life,” Carolyn decides it’s time to step out of her familiar routine as a single woman in San Francisco and escape to her mother’s home in the Canary Islands. Since Carolyn’s mother is celebrating her seventieth birthday, the timing of Carolyn’s visit makes for a perfect surprise.
    The surprise, however, is on Carolyn when she sees Bryan Spencer, her high school summer love. It’s been seven years since Carolyn lost her husband, but ever since that tragic day, her life has grown smaller and closed in. The time has come for Carolyn to get her heart back. It takes the gentle affection of her mother and aunts, as well as the ministering beauty and song of the islands to draw Carolyn into the fullness of life. She is nudged along by a Flamenco dance lesson, a defining camel ride and the steady gaze of Bryan’s intense blue-gray eyes.
    Is it too late for Carolyn to trust Bryan? Can Carolyn believe that Bryan has turned into something more than the wild beach boy who stole her kisses so many years ago on a balmy Canary night?
    Carolyn is reminded that Christopher Columbus set sail from the Canary Islands in 1492 on his voyage to discover the New World. Is she ready to set sail from these same islands to discover her new life?

Author Bio

Robin Jones Gunn is the much-loved author of seventy titles that have sold more than four million copies worldwide. Her popular Christy Miller series and Sisterchicks® novels have won a number of awards, including three Christy Awards for excellence in fiction, and a Gold Medallion Award finalist award. Robin's unique destination novels transport readers around the globe. To ensure that her tales of these extraordinary locations ring true, Robin has enjoyed the privilege of traveling to each location in order to experience the local culture. Her three visits to the Canary Islands provided bountiful research as she took flamenco dance lessons, rode a camel, and visited the chapel where Columbus prayed before departing on his famous journey. Robin and her husband have two grown children and live in Hawaii.

Editorial Reviews

“Robin’s tender heart and wisdom make every one of her books poignant and unforgettable.”
“Gunn is adept at denuding light fiction of its usual tics and imbuing it with the hallmarks of literary fiction. The characters are multidimensional and ring true at nearly every turn.”
“Robin’s stories always make me feel as if I’ve actually visited another amazing part of the world. I loved hearing about Bryan Spencer in Canary Island Song. Reading his love story was like getting caught up with an old friend.”
"Robin Jones Gunn always delivers a chance to escape to a romantic place. Her fresh and witty characters are unforgettable."
"Gunn's ability to immerse the reader in the setting of her novels elevates a meaningful story to magical. Realistic situations involving family and loss will resonate with readers."

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  1. Statesboro, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hated to have it end!
    June 2, 2014
    Jeannie Donaldson
    Statesboro, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is by far the best book I have read of Robin Gunn's (and I only lack a few to have read them all). From the start I was hooked. The characters are so real, and touched my heart. By the time I was in the middle of the book, I hated putting it down. I felt warm & cozy at the end of each reading, as I laid my book back on the end table, then took it up eagerly awaiting another great section of writing the next time. It is exciting, lots of history and description of the place where the characters were in the Canary Islands. I learned a lot, and it whet my appetite to learn more.

    As I saw myself coming to the end, I was excited to see how things played out, but also sad that I'd soon lose touch with these people I had come to feel were my friends. This is a wonderful book and I do not hesitate at all to tell you that you'll miss a wonderful treat if you do not read it. I wish Robin would write a sequel to this one, and I plan to suggest that to her! Definitely a lady's book.
  2. North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A generational sisterchicks...
    October 15, 2011
    Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Robin Jones Gunn is well known for her YA books and her SisterChicks books. Here we have a book that reminds me a little of the SisterChicks books except instead of best friends we have Carolyn who is at a crossroads in her life, her mother who lives in the Canary Islands and her daughter who just can't get her boyfriend to commit. These 3 generations all learn a lot about each other and themselves when they take a little time to discover what's important. I loved the setting of this book and the characters were so vibrant and different. The message that you are never too old or young to find yourself and that God has a plan in everything was so clear. What a good book, especially if you enjoyed her SisterChicks books!
  3. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Robin Does it Again!
    September 12, 2011
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    For fans of Robin Jones Gunn, as well as those who haven't had the pleasure of reading her books before, Canary Island Song is a must-read.

    I joke that Christy Miller was one of the best friends I had in high school, and the funny party is, I'm only half-joking. If you're like me and you love the Christy books, you are sure to appreciate the hero's connection to Todd, as well as the novel's brief mention of this couple. In some ways, Canary Island is sort of like an adult Christy Miller book: the whimsical beauty of love with some of life's hardships mixed in.

    Carolyn is a young widow whose heart yearns for love but still feels the pain of her sudden loss. Bryan is a single father who's family drama brings him back to the Canary Islands. Together, these two rekindle a past worth remembering.

    Something magical happens between the spaces of a Robin Jones Gunn book, and this novel is no exception. I can't explain it. All I can say is that Robin has an amazing ability to make the reader empathize with the characters, and to transport the reader into the vibrancy of different locations. In this case, that location is full of sort breezes, camel rides, flamenco dance lessons, and adventure. Also, Robin does a nice job weaving historical details into the story so that fans of historicals will still be satisfied with this contemporary story.

    There is strong and well-developed family thread that was probably my favorite aspect of the book. Grandmother, mother, and daughter all come together in this tropical setting to find their dreams and their strength, but most importantly, to find it together.

    All in all, another A+ from Robin. You know a book is good when you come away from it wishing you could meet the characters, and that certainly holds true here.
  4. Republic, MO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Great RJG book!
    August 4, 2011
    Republic, MO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I read my 1st book by Robin when I was 13 (The Christy Miller series, Book #1) and I was immediately hooked! Since then I have read almost every book that she has published. So I was very excited to see she had another new one on the market. I was even more excited to find out that she had pulled a character from her previous series into this stand-alone novel (I love catching up with old characters).

    I was a little surprised when I started to read "Canary Island Song" that I had some trouble getting into the 1st chapter or 2 (not usual for me with one of her books). That problem quickly disappeared and I was swept up in to the story of Carolyn & Bryan and the interaction between the different generations of women in the family! (Man, I want to visit the Canary Islands now!! lol) As with all of Robin's novels, she is able to describe thing so you feel like you are right there watching the events unfold. Her characters come to life and the reader is drawn into the character's life and struggles. As with all Robin's books, she again weaves this story around faith in God, which is so refreshing and uplifting.

    *Disclosure: I pre-ordered this book, but before I could receive my purchased copy, I was sent a complimentary one from Howard Books for the purpose of review. With two copies, I happily passed one on to a friend with high praises (she loved it too)!
  5. Ridgeland, MS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Take Me Away to The Canary Islands!
    July 26, 2011
    Ridgeland, MS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Carolyn is someone we can all relate to. Most days our lives are put on hold to take care of the loved ones around us. Carolyn has willingly put her life on hold after the death of her husband to stay busy with her daughter and her twin sister's life.

    When her twin sister moves out she decides that maybe it is time to take her daughter's advice and "get a life". She decides to do something out of her comfort zone and go back to the Canary Islands to surprise her Mom for her 70th birthday.

    She doesn't realize that the biggest surprise will be on her. When she walks into the party she finds the love she left behind when she was young. It shakes her perfectly ordered world and forces her to reinspect her priorities.

    I would love to read this book again, but next time I would love to be reading on one of the beaches of the Canary Islands to get the full experience!!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from CFBA. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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