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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 Caro 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?


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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 Caro 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?

30 review for Canary Island Song

  1. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    This was the second book in the hideaway series. I have enjoyed Robins' books for years but after reading this one I wonder if I have outgrown her. I enjoyed the Christy and Todd books and also the Sisterchick books but this one just didn't sit well with me. Carolyn goes to visit her mom and for a week, her daughter then shows up. Her twin sister is never heard from again. I just didn't get the enjoyment out of this book. This was the second book in the hideaway series. I have enjoyed Robins' books for years but after reading this one I wonder if I have outgrown her. I enjoyed the Christy and Todd books and also the Sisterchick books but this one just didn't sit well with me. Carolyn goes to visit her mom and for a week, her daughter then shows up. Her twin sister is never heard from again. I just didn't get the enjoyment out of this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Therese

    Canary Island Song by Robin Jones Gunn is the second book in the Hideaway series. I wanted to read this book because it told the story of how Todd's father got married. I absolutely adore the Christy Miller series, so I was excited to start this book. However, it was just such a boring book. There were a lot of pointless scenes about Carolyn's life before she went off to the Canary Islands which I didn't care about. The Spanish stereotypes annoyed me and there were many, many scenes which just d Canary Island Song by Robin Jones Gunn is the second book in the Hideaway series. I wanted to read this book because it told the story of how Todd's father got married. I absolutely adore the Christy Miller series, so I was excited to start this book. However, it was just such a boring book. There were a lot of pointless scenes about Carolyn's life before she went off to the Canary Islands which I didn't care about. The Spanish stereotypes annoyed me and there were many, many scenes which just did not add to the book. There was also a lot of telling instead of showing, and I felt like the book lacked a solid plot. I did enjoy hearing Bryan talk about his son, Todd, and his wife, Christy. I liked seeing what happened to Matthew Kingsley, who was in the Christy/Sierra book "Departures", and Tikki. They were a sweet couple. But, overall, I was bored out of my mind and book dragged on for far too long for me to be able to recommend it unless you are a HARDCORE Christy Miller fan. 2 stars out of 5.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marguerite Gray

    Very relaxing as I'm under stay at home orders. This way I can travel to an exotic place--the Canary Islands. I've ordered Under a Maui Moon and hope for another great read. Very relaxing as I'm under stay at home orders. This way I can travel to an exotic place--the Canary Islands. I've ordered Under a Maui Moon and hope for another great read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    April

    The Canary Islands sound beautiful. There were some great thought provoking moments in the story. I like the statement that is attributed to Columbus in the book - "The time that is passed has been good. The time to come will be better." Carolyn visits her mother in the Canary Islands and meets Bryan Spencer again. She met him when she visited at 18. He was one of her first loves. But she went home and married another love - Jeff. At the time of the story, Jeff has been dead for 7 years. Carolyn an The Canary Islands sound beautiful. There were some great thought provoking moments in the story. I like the statement that is attributed to Columbus in the book - "The time that is passed has been good. The time to come will be better." Carolyn visits her mother in the Canary Islands and meets Bryan Spencer again. She met him when she visited at 18. He was one of her first loves. But she went home and married another love - Jeff. At the time of the story, Jeff has been dead for 7 years. Carolyn and Jeff's daughter Tikki joins her in the Canaries. Wouldn't it be lovely to be like the women of the Canaries and congratulate each other when you do something nice for yourself.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Robin Jones Gunn has done it again! She's written a very sweet, touching story set in the Canary Islands. She does a great job of bringing the reader to the islands. I feel as if I've had a vacation. Main character, Carolyn, finds rekindled love as she visits her mother. She finds healing from the hurts of her past and is ready for a new beginning. Her daughter, Tikki, is also visiting the island and gets a surprise visit that changes the course of her life as well. There are blessings scattered Robin Jones Gunn has done it again! She's written a very sweet, touching story set in the Canary Islands. She does a great job of bringing the reader to the islands. I feel as if I've had a vacation. Main character, Carolyn, finds rekindled love as she visits her mother. She finds healing from the hurts of her past and is ready for a new beginning. Her daughter, Tikki, is also visiting the island and gets a surprise visit that changes the course of her life as well. There are blessings scattered throughout this moving tale. You won't be disappointed in Canary Island Song.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Keri Murcray

    I am a HUGE fan of Robin Jones Gunn and this book was no exception. She is such a gifted author and I really loved this story. I loved the lessons that Carolyn learned and it was wonderful to add learn more about Todd's dad Bryan. A wonderful book that I'm sure I will read again. Last read September 2011 I am a HUGE fan of Robin Jones Gunn and this book was no exception. She is such a gifted author and I really loved this story. I loved the lessons that Carolyn learned and it was wonderful to add learn more about Todd's dad Bryan. A wonderful book that I'm sure I will read again. Last read September 2011

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    I generally give "Inspirational" books a miss, but I thought the Canary Islands setting might make up for all the religious drivel. The setting and general story was okay, but I had to fast forward through all the platitudes and propaganda. I generally give "Inspirational" books a miss, but I thought the Canary Islands setting might make up for all the religious drivel. The setting and general story was okay, but I had to fast forward through all the platitudes and propaganda.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    My favorite Robin Jones Gunn books are the Christy books and I love that there was a connection to them within this book

  9. 4 out of 5

    HANNAH

    There were a lot of quotes and one liners in this book that got me thinking about my own life. I don't resemble the main character (she's a middle aged widower, I'm a single young adult), so the fact that I was able to connect reveals talent in the author. It's a relatively light-hearted book with fun characters. I loved reading about the way the women of this world interacted with one another, but found myself slightly disappointed in the relationship between the leading lady and man. I was hop There were a lot of quotes and one liners in this book that got me thinking about my own life. I don't resemble the main character (she's a middle aged widower, I'm a single young adult), so the fact that I was able to connect reveals talent in the author. It's a relatively light-hearted book with fun characters. I loved reading about the way the women of this world interacted with one another, but found myself slightly disappointed in the relationship between the leading lady and man. I was hoping for more meat, and felt the book ended rather abruptly. Overall still an easy an engaging read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becki

    So I have been a Robin Jones Gunn fan in the past, but this book just wasn't doing much for me. Maybe because I didn't realize it was a sequel and so hadn't read the first. Maybe because there was just SO. MUCH. DESCRIPTION. And I like description. But this book has a crazy amount and lots of introspection. I did enjoy a main character in her mid-40's. So I have been a Robin Jones Gunn fan in the past, but this book just wasn't doing much for me. Maybe because I didn't realize it was a sequel and so hadn't read the first. Maybe because there was just SO. MUCH. DESCRIPTION. And I like description. But this book has a crazy amount and lots of introspection. I did enjoy a main character in her mid-40's.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I didn't have any real expectations for the actual story, but it was pretty funny to hear about this 45 year old woman who told her story as if she was an 85 year old woman incapable of love. Really? Otherwise, it was a nice story. I didn't have any real expectations for the actual story, but it was pretty funny to hear about this 45 year old woman who told her story as if she was an 85 year old woman incapable of love. Really? Otherwise, it was a nice story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Another great book by Robin Jones Gunn. I like how I get to visit other characters in some of her other books when I read ones that are not in the same series. I love the message in this book, and how well it demonstrates God's ability to change a person's heart. Another great book by Robin Jones Gunn. I like how I get to visit other characters in some of her other books when I read ones that are not in the same series. I love the message in this book, and how well it demonstrates God's ability to change a person's heart.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Easy read, I loved the Spain setting, and the relationship between mother and daughter. A nice link to the Christy Miller series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angelyn

    Slow setup of story and characters. So I really enjoyed the last quarter of the book once everything got going.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This made me want to go and visit the Canary Islands.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susan Reyna

    So beautiful! I cried happy tears!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mandie

    This book made me feel like I was visiting the Canaries myself! I loved it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Beeman

    I so enjoyed this book I didn’t want it to end.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Meadows

    Very enjoyable. This can be read independently from Under a Maui Moon. The characters and story lines are unrelated.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Title: CANARY ISLAND SONG Author Robin Jones Gunn Publisher: Howard Books July 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4165-8341-7 Genre: Contemporary romance 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 Title: CANARY ISLAND SONG Author Robin Jones Gunn Publisher: Howard Books July 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4165-8341-7 Genre: Contemporary romance 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? I’ve loved some of Ms. Gunn’s books—especially her Glenwood series. But this book was distant. It was told, not shown and unfortunately I never did connect or care for the characters. It took a long time for Carolyn to meet Bryan again, but mainly because she was in California, her twin sister was getting married, and she had a couple dates with a man who turned out to be married. Then she went to the Canary Islands, to surprise her mom for her birthday. I enjoyed reading about the Canary Islands—the setting was very intricately described as were the activities they enjoyed, such as camel riding, Flamenco dancing, and the food. Ms. Gunn included pictures of her own trip to the Canary Island as well as her own Flamenco dancing, camel riding, and food experiences. 3 stars. $14.99. 224 pages.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lena Morrison

    I do my reviews in the form of a letter, which is why they are written like this. Dear Robin Jones Gunn, I didn't find this book as good as I had hoped. There are a few reasons for that. 1. Carolyn is a much older protagonist than Christy, Sierra, or Katie, so it was just unusual. When I read one of your Sisterchick books more than a year ago, I felt the same way. I relate a lot more to younger characters, especially because they are my age. I also find it more entertaining to read when they are I do my reviews in the form of a letter, which is why they are written like this. Dear Robin Jones Gunn, I didn't find this book as good as I had hoped. There are a few reasons for that. 1. Carolyn is a much older protagonist than Christy, Sierra, or Katie, so it was just unusual. When I read one of your Sisterchick books more than a year ago, I felt the same way. I relate a lot more to younger characters, especially because they are my age. I also find it more entertaining to read when they are younger. The characters are more exciting and unpredictable. They are also a lot more "fresh." 2. Bryan and Carolyn's relationship wasn't all that exciting. It seemed that it was a more exciting relationship when they were teenagers. I was a little disappointed about that. Other than that, though, the book was alright. Carolyn really had gone through a lot. She had a nice, solid character. She was believable and I was able to empathize with her. I was surprised at what she did with Bryan, and also at the way that Jeff had died. I liked her love story that she had had with both men. Carolyn's family was also great. I loved Abuela Teresa and Tikki. Tikki is such a beautiful name. It was very interesting to me to see who Tikki ended up with. I loved who it was and how all the characters were connected. I must say, I want to visit the Canary Islands now. The food looks enticing and the scenery must be gorgeous. Although, I admittedly must say I am not a fan of Christopher Columbus. He was a very wicked and greedy man. So whenever you spoke of him in such a positive light in the book, I cringed. I also really enjoyed the Spanish sayings at the top of the chapters. I speak Spanish fluently, and I think Spanish is such a beautiful, soft-sounding language. Anyways, this book did have its issues, (but they were minor). I liked it regardless. Thank you for writing it. Sincerely, Lena Marie

  22. 4 out of 5

    Trinity Rose

    Another wonderful book by Robin Jones Gunn. I love books about mother/daughter relationships and Canary Island Song is just that with romances included. Carolyn lives in the US, but after being widowed for seven years and different things happening in her life, Carolyn decides to visit her Mom, for her 70th birthday in the Canary Islands. There Carolyn is reunited with her old boyfriend from her teen years and learns some new things and has many adventures. Carolyn and Bryan are so sweet in thei Another wonderful book by Robin Jones Gunn. I love books about mother/daughter relationships and Canary Island Song is just that with romances included. Carolyn lives in the US, but after being widowed for seven years and different things happening in her life, Carolyn decides to visit her Mom, for her 70th birthday in the Canary Islands. There Carolyn is reunited with her old boyfriend from her teen years and learns some new things and has many adventures. Carolyn and Bryan are so sweet in their friendship and the things they share. Carolyn was close to the Lord before her husband died and Bryan didn’t want anything to do with the Lord with his former girlfriend before she died. So after their partners died they each responded in a different way. Bryan loves the Lord dearly and Carolyn questions the Lord because her husband was taken. Will Carolyn come to see how much the Lord loves her and can Bryan be the one to show her? I really love the warm, inviting feel of the Canary Islands I got from reading this book. It made me want to move to a place that has warm, breezes blowing by an ocean and experience the love of a large family and feel wanted and needed. When you read this book you will be swept away to an Island that is charming and full of peace. I recommend Canary Island Song very much. A five star book for sure. I would love for all of you to enjoy this fantastic story that Robin so masterfully wrote with such descriptive words, that you can see the places in the story so clearly. Thanks to the Howard Books for providing this book for review. 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

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen (Kat) Smith

    Often times we have to accept our lot in life. Whatever choices we have made along the way are personalized just for us. When life dealt Carolyn a tough hand, she dealt with it the best way she could. She coped on the outside, put on a smile when need be, and avoided the subject of her husband, Jeff's death. Even after so many years the grief remained buried deep inside. As long as no one mentioned it, she could ignore it. Yet, life was passing her by! Her twin sister, Marilyn is already married a Often times we have to accept our lot in life. Whatever choices we have made along the way are personalized just for us. When life dealt Carolyn a tough hand, she dealt with it the best way she could. She coped on the outside, put on a smile when need be, and avoided the subject of her husband, Jeff's death. Even after so many years the grief remained buried deep inside. As long as no one mentioned it, she could ignore it. Yet, life was passing her by! Her twin sister, Marilyn is already married and she is moving on and finally out of her house. Now alone, she takes the advice of her sister and daughter, Tikki, that she needs to get out there again. Meet some one. Fall in love again! With the approach of her mom's 70th birthday, she plans a surprise for her and returns to the Canary Islands. She is ready to begin a new start, but what she didn't expect was to meet up again with the man who captured her heart at 18 and broke it. Will she be ready to start a new life or will her past reclaim her and hold her heart captive again? I received Canary Island Song by Robin Jones Gunn, compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and have to give this one a 5 out of 5 stars. We all have had our fair shares of heart breaks in our life, but rarely do we get the opportunity to possibly rekindle that old flame. This is a novel about romance but also about dealing with grief and the ability to move forward even though our hearts and emotions will sometimes hold us back. Filled with so much love and hope, this novel is a great summer book that will take you to the most unexpected places.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Second chances. Carolyn is in need of them and she is going to get them in this wonderful stand alone novel by Robin Jones Gunn. Carolyn's twin sister, Marilyn and her two daughters had been living with her for the past few years and now Marilyn has remarried giving Carolyn a second chance at living on her own. She gets into redecorating and even finds a guy to date, which is something her young adult daughter, Tikki, wants her to do. When problems with the man arise, Carolyn decides it is time to Second chances. Carolyn is in need of them and she is going to get them in this wonderful stand alone novel by Robin Jones Gunn. Carolyn's twin sister, Marilyn and her two daughters had been living with her for the past few years and now Marilyn has remarried giving Carolyn a second chance at living on her own. She gets into redecorating and even finds a guy to date, which is something her young adult daughter, Tikki, wants her to do. When problems with the man arise, Carolyn decides it is time to visit her mom in Canary Island, a surprise for her mother's seventieth birthday. This trips gives her the biggest second chance of all when she runs into an old flame. A story of romance as well as of finding one's self again is this. Carolyn has to learn to let go of her past and reconnect with God before she can move on with her life. It's something we may need to do ourselves. It's a great lesson taught through the pages of the story. Gunn does a great job of getting into the character of the island. Included in the back of the book are pictures from her trips to Canary Island where she had fun and did research for her story. The evidence is written in black and white.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    When Carolyn decides to take a trip the Canary Islands to visit her mom, she never thought she would run into Bryan Spencer, the man she fell for twenty-five years before during a summer visit. As circumstances throw them together, Carolyn begins to feel again, for the first time since her husband's death seven years before. With the Canary Island song bringing her healing, will it also bring her a second chance with Bryan? I think I say it every time I read a Robin Jones Gunn book, but she is th When Carolyn decides to take a trip the Canary Islands to visit her mom, she never thought she would run into Bryan Spencer, the man she fell for twenty-five years before during a summer visit. As circumstances throw them together, Carolyn begins to feel again, for the first time since her husband's death seven years before. With the Canary Island song bringing her healing, will it also bring her a second chance with Bryan? I think I say it every time I read a Robin Jones Gunn book, but she is the master of weaving spiritual truths into character development. Carolyn blossoms like a slow summer night in this beautiful story of living again after devastating loss. Fans of RJG will enjoy reading about Todd's dad, seeing him as a man and not just Todd's dad. As she did in the Sisterchick series, RJG makes the island come alive in a way that makes it another character with its song, dance, and breath of life. I enjoyed this book. Fans of Christian fiction will enjoy this leisurely escape.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Goodreads does not have enough stars for me to rate this book!!!! This book was AMAZING!!! This story as well as "Under A Maui Moon" were both wonderful reads and very much reminded me of Robin's Sisterchick novels (which I dearly miss)in the story of three generations of lovely ladies and their relationships with each other and the Lord and how they grow in these relationships. I also loved the connections between the characters of this book and Robin's earlier series "The Christy Miller Series Goodreads does not have enough stars for me to rate this book!!!! This book was AMAZING!!! This story as well as "Under A Maui Moon" were both wonderful reads and very much reminded me of Robin's Sisterchick novels (which I dearly miss)in the story of three generations of lovely ladies and their relationships with each other and the Lord and how they grow in these relationships. I also loved the connections between the characters of this book and Robin's earlier series "The Christy Miller Series"...that was very cool...I won't say the connections (there are a few) because I don't want to give anything away but I loved it! I love the way Robin writes, she is so descriptive in her books, you feel almost as if you're there too. I also love how her books make me think about my relationship with God and the important people in my life. I love her books!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lyndi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed, a super quick read, just would have liked more, as 200 odd pages isnt ever enough for something that you really like! My only complaint about this book at all is that the main character kept calling her own mother her grandmother and they varried on the spelling of Bryan's name, sometimes with a "y" and sometimes with an "i". This was one of those books that you know what some of what happens is gonna happen, but then there are things like "how" Carolyn's husband died that you ar I really enjoyed, a super quick read, just would have liked more, as 200 odd pages isnt ever enough for something that you really like! My only complaint about this book at all is that the main character kept calling her own mother her grandmother and they varried on the spelling of Bryan's name, sometimes with a "y" and sometimes with an "i". This was one of those books that you know what some of what happens is gonna happen, but then there are things like "how" Carolyn's husband died that you are shocked at. this book will be a really good summer book club book, where we need more short stories instead of hard reads. Author does another fabulous job of describing her places she takes books to, the exotic locale makes you want to go there, and soon! It also helped me to brush up on some Spanish!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Carolyn’s family moved to the United States from the Canary Islands in search of opportunity. Carolyn has now been widowed for seven years and decides to visit her mother who returned to the islands many years ago. I found much of the book, which is concerned mainly with Carolyn’s religious and romantic life, very off-putting. However, in the course of the story, the author creates an abstraction, “the Women of the Canary’s,” and I did find the book somewhat fascinating as an ethnographic study Carolyn’s family moved to the United States from the Canary Islands in search of opportunity. Carolyn has now been widowed for seven years and decides to visit her mother who returned to the islands many years ago. I found much of the book, which is concerned mainly with Carolyn’s religious and romantic life, very off-putting. However, in the course of the story, the author creates an abstraction, “the Women of the Canary’s,” and I did find the book somewhat fascinating as an ethnographic study of this construct – especially since the story concerns itself mainly with domestic scenes that are not very accessible to tourists to the islands. Carolyn is drawn to a small chapel where Christopher Columbus prayed before he set off on his voyage and it seems that in the attitudes of the "women of the Canarie"s little has changed in the intervening centuries.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Janna Ryan

    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 th 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!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    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. SUMMARY: Carolyn has been struggling with moving forward after the loss of her husband seven years before. After speaking with her adult daughter, Carolyn decides to visit her mother in the Canary Islands, a place she hasn't been back to since she was a young woman. Once there, Carolyn begins to learn more about hersel 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. SUMMARY: Carolyn has been struggling with moving forward after the loss of her husband seven years before. After speaking with her adult daughter, Carolyn decides to visit her mother in the Canary Islands, a place she hasn't been back to since she was a young woman. Once there, Carolyn begins to learn more about herself and about her mother. Can reconnecting with an old high school flame be the balm that helps Carolyn to live life to the fullest again?

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