Clouds signify many different things to different people. Some folks may consider them a nuisance to a day of catching some sunshine on a sandy beach. Others may view them as beautiful mountains of hope. Still others might look up at an overcast sky and see a comforting blanket that reminds them of marshmallows bobbing up and down in their mom's homemade hot cocoa.
In Clouds, flight attendant Shelly Graham thinks "no human could mar their perfection." (page 50) They offer her a subtle reminder of God's perfect love as her life crumbles into an enormous pile of tattered dreams. Her dream job is threatened by airline cutbacks. Her little sister gets to live in Shelly's dream cabin. When she bumps into her childhood best friend and true love, reality splashes ice cold water on her dream future: Jonathan's engaged to be married! Just as the clouds in the sky adapt to God's weather plans, can Shelly adapt to the crushing news pouring all around her? Will a journey into her family's history spark an inner expedition to a Love stronger and steadier than the one she lost?
Clouds by Robin Jones Gunn offers an innocence that is so often lost in today's modern world. Even though this fifth installment in The Glenbrooke Series is a contemporary tale, it still manages to take us back to a slower paced, more meaningful time when families were close-knit and pleasantly, if somewhat irritatingly, meddlesome and everyone hopes for a happily-ever-after. This is by far the sweetest, most heartfelt story I've read all year, and I look forward to reading more of The Glenbrooke Series by Robin Jones Gunn. This novel provides a fresh perspective on God's way of working things out according to His divine plan.
Robin beautifully combined location and history and character to weave a truly touching masterpiece. I was quickly endeared to Shelly and her treasure box of long-forgotten memories. My emotions were on the line nearly as much as Shelly's as I experienced the highs and lows of adventure and lost love right along with her.
Here are two quotes from Clouds that struck my heart as particularly meaningful:
"Sometimes to find the key that will unlock the future, we have to see what keys we buried in the past." (page 37)
"What has been is in the past. What is forms the present. What will be remains to be seen." (page 134)
What keys from your past will clear the clouds from your future?
Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for giving me a free copy of this novel for this review.
Clouds is a novel by Robin Jones Gunn and is the fifth book in The Glenbrooke Series. Description: Shelly Graham has moved home to Glenbrooke, where she's flooded with memories of her high school sweetheart who took off for Europe after they broke up. But when Shelly travels to Germany, she suddenly runs into the former boyfriend who has filled her thoughts. Learning that Jonathan is engaged, Shelly hides her feelings for him. After returning home, however, she must face these feelings, especially after her path crosses Jonathan's yet again. Only this time, if they can find the strength to be honest, they just might discover what God has in store. My thoughts: This book is an easy read which you could bring for some light reading at the beach or on a plane ride. Although clouds is the fifth book in a series, you don't have to read the other books to understand the plot or characters as this is a stand alone book. The ending seemed kind of predictable to me but I would recommend for anyone who likes sweet (but not sappy) books with a happy ending.
"Clouds" is the 5th book in the Glenbrooke Series by Robin Jones Gunn. In this story, the marjority of it is not in Glenbrooke, it only ends up there.
When Jonathan Renfield and Shelly Graham were children, they were inseparable. Then end up falling in love and dating in high school, but then something happens to make Shelly 'run' to her dream job of being an flight attendant.
Like some dreams, what was thought to be the perfect job, turns out to be less than perfect. Shelly returns home and starts to think of Jonathan. The end up meeting meeting when she takes a trip to Germany with her sister. But she also meets his fiance.
This book is one that you just want to keep reading to the end. Robin writes in such a way that you can picture what is going on, the scenery, etc.
I am loving these series. So far it looks like BFB is only offering the odd number ones, but they can be read without needing to be in order, so that is okay.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
"Clouds" by Robin Jones Gunn is the second book I've read in the eight book "Glenbrooke Series." I'm not reading the books in order, but each books stands alone. They're simply sweet stories about God drawing people to Himself and to each other, with subtle lessons and comparisons on both counts.In fact, in "Clouds," the parallels between God's relationship with Shelly and Jonathan's relationship with Shelly almost, not quite, but almost, made this particular story a parable.
I love that. And I'm truly enjoying this series of books.
In "Clouds," Shelly leaves her childhood sweetheart behind in order to chase her personal dreams. When these don't work out the way she'd planned, though, she misses Jonathan and wonders if God may be working to reunite them. A surprise encounter convinces her this isn't so after all. So Shelly works to rebuild her lifeâ€”and discovers more than she'd ever thought to dream.
As a bonus, Gunn weaves some of her travel experiences into this story--as she did in her "Sisterchicks" books. Readers get an up-close-and-personal view of Heidelberg, Germany and a little, tiny taste of overseas ministries to American military kids.
If you enjoy happily-ever-after romances, I recommend "Clouds" and the other books from the "Glenbrooke Series" to you. Thank you, Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending a complimentary copy for this honest review.
If you have not already done so, DON'T read the summary of the story. I never do - then I can be surprised. And this book was FULL of surprises that I am glad I was not expecting. God moved so beautifully in the lives of childhood friends after they grew up and went their separate ways - following their individual dreams. How He works in their lives is truly awesome - but then God IS awesome, isn't He? There is travel, sightseeing and excitement for two sisters, and the unexpected for one of them. A truly wonderful and very romantic story. I feel you will love it as I did. I was a bit sorry when it ended...