What every girl needs in a book: 1) Love interest 2) Relatable Characters 3) Exciting Situations. This series keeps things flowing with a number of unexpected waterfalls breaking up the steady stream. Written with light-hearted language, these stories go deeper than the here and now and dip into eternity. Shining like a light on a hilltop, a diamond in the rough among fiction filled with trashy romances, these books have a higher purpose. Though I do not agree with all of Mrs. Gunn's opinions on dating (i.e. it's okay to date around before marriage as long as a guy's a Christian, and light-kissing multiple guys is okay as long as its light, silly stuff) I can agree with her message of holding out for a hero and not settling for less. A lot of encouragement is given in this series. While that is needed, also some tough messages should be dealt with dealing with inner character rather than merely what's going on around. Like doubt of salvation, principalities, warrior's for Christ not just peculiar treasures. Overall, these books are good lessons--but not the complete foundation on which one's Christian life should be built.
I purchased this book for a 13 yr old girl I am a mentor for through Kinship. She'd been reading a lot of what's "popular" w/ kids in school. I had reservations about the subject matter as she shared w/ me what the books were about. Since she LOVES to read, I asked her mom what she thought of the books she'd been reading & she too expressed some concern but didn't know what to do. I asked if it'd be ok to look for a different (positive) series to get her daughter interested in. She was more than happy. I found the Christy series, read the reviews & purchased the first set of 3 stories (in one volume). My young friend called me a week later totally excited about how good those stories were...she'd read them all w/in a week. I asked if she'd be interested in the next in the series & she didn't hesitate for a moment to say "Yes! I love this book!!"Thanks CB.com!! Thanks for keeping good reads affordable.
I bought the Christie Miller Series 3-in-1, volume 1, for our 12 year old niece for Christmas. She loved the series so much that she passed her quickly read book around to all of her friends (who enjoyed it just as much) and she bought the next 3 volumes with her own money and read them all in a very short time. In her words... "I just couldn't put the book down, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next volume!" The biggest thrill for me was that she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior because of reading this series! Thank you to Robin Jones Gunn for penning such an awesome and relevant series, leading readers through real life situations directly to Christ! I also appreciate all of the great reviews that led me take a chance on buying a book without ever reading it myself, which turned out to be "right on"!