I've been meaning to get to the "Sisterchicks" series by Robin Jones Gunn for some time now, so I was thankful when Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers sent a complimentary copy of "Sisterchicks in Gondolas" for my review. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this series, but I like what I found. "Sisterchicks in Gondolas" is actually the sixth book in the series, but each book stands alone, telling the story of two women travelling together. In the book I read, sisters-in-law Jenna and Sue travel to Venice, Italy to cook for a men-in-ministry retreat. They live in a refurbished palace, sleep on the roof, become acquainted with several townspeople, and sample gelato all over the place.
The story has a simple and light-hearted feel, yet Jenna and Sue both carry deep pain. The message of healing, forgiveness, and starting anew is subtle, but profound. I loved the way Gunn delivered it.
I also loved reading about Jenna and Sue's adventure through the historic town, their daily discoveries, communication struggles, and means of finding fun. I plan to soon read some of the other books to learn what Gunn has other Sisterchicks up to. I'm happy to recommend "Sisterchicks in Gondolas" to you.
This was my first Sisterchicks book to read. It was a very sweet story full of friendship and travels. Very great details on Venice. It made you feel like you were there with them. I appreciated the friendship between Jenna & Sue. This is a great uplifting read that is refreshing "chick lit". Great read!
I received this free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my review.
What a delightful book! I felt as if I were there with Jenna and Sue...as least I sure wanted to be.
We are there to cook for for a small retreat group. Besides experiencing Venice through their eyes, we are also privy to listening to Malachi's bible reading. Another gentlemen is from Kiev, and Jenna and his wife have a connection, yes a small world.
Can you just picture these two slaughtering the Italian language? Way to funny when they end up with a bunch of nectarines, instead of 2. Watch what they do with the mattresses....besides bringing them up onto the roof and sleeping there. Ah sleeping outside...now I hope there aren't any bugs out at night there. Didn't read anything about bug lotion. The idea is marvelous!
Turns out Jenna really knew what she was doing bringing her SIL Sue....Jenna couldn't cook, and Sue can! Also so loved the relationships they established with the locals at the Bakery...ah Lucia, and Paolo's.
This is a really great feel good read.
I received this book from the publisher Multnomah, and was not required to give a positive review.
Bella Italy!! I couldn't resist choosing this book to read and review! I've never been to Venice, but I've been to Sicily several times. This book just makes me want to go again--and maybe get to see a few other places in Italy, including Venice!
Robin Jones Gunn's descriptions are spot on. Sue's reaction to her first bite of gelato cracked me up! I may not have said exactly what she did, but the reactions were about the same. Once you've had the real stuff, nothing else compares. Ummmmm, my mouth is watering for some baci (chocolate and hazelnuts) or pistachio right now just thinking about it! Most of the interactions with Italians were right on, and the ones that might be different could be because of the different are of Italy.
Jenna and Sue have a sweet relationship. I loved that Sue was the first person Jenna thought of to take to Venice with her, because she knew that life had been so hard on Sue for the past couple of years and she wanted to giver her a little break. I enjoyed them interacting and drawing even closer together.
The scene with Sergei late in the book was beautiful. The wonder of how God orchestrates things and the blessings we get from it. Wow! The epilogue was sweet and a fitting ending to the book. To top it off, Robin wrote at the end of her times in Venice and included some (b&w) photos to go with it!
This was a well-written book that I thoroughly enoyed. It makes me want to get some of her other "Sisterchicks" books to read! :-)
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.