Clouds, Glenbrooke Series #5
Gets Better Every Time
Robin Jones Gunn
Book Summary: This bestselling former Palisades release is book five in the new Glenbrooke series by award-winning author Robin Jones Gunn. 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. She remembers their childhood with longing their parting with regret... Coming home wasn't supposed to feel this way. After five years as a flight attendant, Shelly is home again, in a house alive with happy memories. Yet she feels strangely lost. Without direction. Alone. Where is Jonathan Renrield when she needs him? Jonathan, her best friend nearly all her life, her first and only love. Shelly hadn't meant to hurt him when she left him behind to chase her dreams. And she misses him more than she's ever admitted. When they unexpectedly meet in Germany , Shelly manages to hide her feelings from Jonathan-and his fiancÃÂ©e. But she can no longer hide them from herself. Will she ever be ready to tell Jonathan the truth? Will she have the chance? Not until a business trip takes her to charming Glenbrooke , Oregon does Shelly finally understand: only the truth can set her free. But is it too late for her and Jonathan?
Review: I grow fonder of this book every day. When I first read it I enjoyed the twists and the turns, the clever dialog and how well written it is. I now can appreciate it from time and experiences and realize that sometimes what we look for when we are younger have flaws that bring us rewards greater than we can ever imagine. For me this is just such a book because a first love is precious but to mature it and care for it are a tremendous responsibility. It is always romantic to ponder the Ã¢ÂÂwhat ifsÃ¢ÂÂ in life. This book delves into this with heart wrenching moments and with many exciting backdrops of Germany and Oregon. I enjoy the ancillary things in books sometimes more than the big themes for me it is upon those little details that build believability. It is always a pleasure to read a writer who crafts a well written tale. Thanks to Robin Jones Gunn and God for the gifts he gives of ideas along with the talent to write.
July 9, 2013
Robin Jones Gunn does it again!
Clouds by Robin Jones Gunn
Robin Jones Gunn has been one of my favorite authors for quite some time. It is amazing how she is able to capture your attention and present her readers with a way to immerse themselves within the story.
Clouds is an amazing love story about a young woman who never fell out of love with her old high school sweetheart. More importantly, Shelly discovered how much more in love she was with her Savior. Shelly Graham is a flight attendant who relocated to her childhood home. Due to budget cuts, she finds herself with several new and drastic changes to her life. This brings her to Germany where she meets her old high school sweetheart. Thinking she can rekindle her flame with Jonathan she tries to reconnect with him. Unfortunately things do not turn out the way Shelly had intended. Through this change of plans Shelly finds herself wanting and craving for a certain void to be filled. As a result, Shelly comes face to face with her loving Savior and falls more deeply in love. All is not lost between Jonathan and Shelly. Their paths cross again.
I loved this story! Shelly is such a likeable character. It is easy to fall in love with her and her new passion for God. You hurt when she hurts and laugh when she laughs. This book will give you a great and relaxing read. Additionally, this book will encourage your own walk with God. It will encourage you to seek your Savior with an abundant love.
If you would like to see more from Robin Jones Gunn I suggest you visit her website.
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."
March 26, 2013
Robin Jones Gunn is a treasure, and I always grow when I read one of her books. Her stories entertain and go deep.
I recently received Clouds, the story of Shelly and Jonathan. They grew up next door to each other and were best friends. As they grew older they began to date until Shelly decided to go off and pursue her dream of becoming a flight attendant.
Cutbacks at work lead Shelly to move back home which revives memories of Jonathan. Later a trip to Germany brings the two face to face. Shelly hopes they can resume their relationship until he introduces her to his fiancee.
Shelly hides the truth from Jonathan, but she faces the fact she still loves him.
You won't be disappointed if you pick this book up.
It's part of the Glenbrooke Series, but you don't need to read the previous stories to enjoy this.
March 25, 2013
I enjoyed the book. It really showed the bond between sisters. It wasn't a complicated to story to follow. to me it was a classic romantic story with the true fairy tale ending. Shelly finds herself wanting to see the world while her first love wants nothing more than to settle down but his drive to make her happy has him letting her go. As fate often does, Shelly finds herself back in her hometown and finds Jonathan engaged. I received this book for a fair and honest review.
March 22, 2013