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Monday, July 14, 2008

Review / Giveaway of SISTERCHICKS GO BRIT by Robin Jones Gunn

MY REVIEW:
This latest installment of the popular Sisterchicks series finds two midlife mamas off to merry ole England. Liz has always wanted to meet Big Ben face to face, while her best friend Kellie’s dream is to have an interior design business. The two dreams become a reality through the not-so-subtle maneuverings of Opal, a sprightly Brit, who needs someone to accompany her across the pond to visit her sister.

Mishaps and adventure await. This is a fun read, especially for anyone who has visited England before or pants to make that first trip. Be prepared for a few chuckles and tears as the two visit the usual must-see attractions and experience some of the lesser-known delights of England.

I found myself longing to return myself (it’s been 20 years since I’ve been), to have a perfect cup of tea, to navigate the Underground, take in a play, or meander through the countryside. In the meantime, Robin’s book carried me there.

Need to get away? Take an afternoon off and visit England with the Sisterchicks. It may be the nicest thing you’ve done for yourself this summer.

BONUS GIVEAWAY
Now, for the good news. I’ve been blessed with two extra copies of The Sisterchicks Go Brit, and am passing my good fortune on to you.

Leave a comment on this blog before noon on July 22, and I will draw for TWO WINNERS. As always, leave your contact information in your comment.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Sisterchick Go Brit
Multnomah Publishers (May 20, 2008)
by
Robin Jones Gunn

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Robin grew up in Orange County, California and has lived in all kinds of interesting places, including Reno and Hawaii.

Robin’s first novel was published in 1988, and she has continued to write between two to five books a year. Her 63 published books include 47 novels, all of which are still in print. Sales of her popular Christy Miller Series, Glenbrooke Series and Sisterchicks Series, including
Sisterchicks in Gondolas and the new Katie Weldon Series including Peculiar Treasures all of which are approaching four million copies sold, with translations in nine languages.

Robin’s passion for storytelling and travel are evident in all her books, especially the Sisterchicks novels, and she has received thousands of letters from readers around the world who have come to know Christ through her writing. She sees this as her dream come true. Her novels are traveling to foreign lands and her characters are doing what she always longed to do; telling people about God’s love.

She and her husband currently live near Portland, Oregon and have been married for 30 years. They spent their first 22 years of marriage working together in youth ministry, and enjoying life with their son and daughter who are now both grown.

As a frequent speaker at local and international events, one of Robin’s favorite topics is how God is the Relentless Lover and we are His first love. She delights in telling stories of how God uses fiction to change lives.

Robin is the recipient of the Christy Award, the Mt. Hermon Pacesetter Award, the Sherwood E. Wirt Award and is a Gold Medallion Finalist. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Media Associates International and the Board of Directors for Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers’ Guild.

ABOUT THE BOOK
SISTERCHICK® n: a friend who shares the deepest wonders of your heart, loves you like a sister, and provides a reality check when you’re being a brat.

Two midlife mamas hop over to jolly ole England and encounter so much more than the usual tourist stops. Liz does have a bit of a childhood crush on Big Ben, and she has hoped to “meet” him ever since her fifteenth birthday. Kellie dreams of starting an interior design business and figures Liz needs to be a part of that equation–a calculation that hasn’t added up for Liz yet.

Nothing on the excursion goes the way these two friends had envisioned. They start with a village pancake race and end up being held for questioning on The Underground. Kellie and Liz take a wild tour through the land of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien and then find themselves swept up, up, and away in a hot air balloon over the Cotswalds. London beckons with the Tower of London, Windsor Castle, shopping at Portabella Road in Knotting Hill, and of course, reservations at the Ritz for a posh high tea.

A few detours along the way and the possibility of being lost in a London fog of wonderment aren’t enough to stop these two Sisterchicks! Each step of their regal journey is lined with evidence of God’s gracious compassion, and both come to realize that God knows their every wish. He is the One who planted every dream in their hearts.

And, oh, what a surprise awaits them when they return home!

To read the first chapter, go
HERE

“Robin has done it again! You and your Sisterchicks will love taking this new adventure together!”
- Karen Kingsbury, New York Times best-selling author of Between Sundays and Ever After
“My only complaint about Robin’s latest is that now I want to hop a plane to England! But combine a cup of Earl Grey tea and this charming story and you’re halfway there. Another delightful tale about women helping women to live their lives to the fullest.”
- Melody Carlson, author of These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking and A Mile in My Flip-Flops
“Sisterchicks in Gondolas is a true delight. The characters shine, and evocative language will make any reader want to visit Venice. Biblical truths are portrayed simply, yet will touch hearts and lives with their realistic application.”
- Romantic Times magazine

20 comments:

CherryBlossomMJ said...

I enjoyed this book too. It really does make me want to return. You can see my review as well over at cherryblossommj.blogspot.com under today's date. We're so blessed to have the opportunity to read such light hearted yet deeply meaningful fiction.

kamewh said...

Sounds like a fun book!!

Karin said...

Sounds like a good read!

Anonymous said...

I have loved all the Sisterchicks books and would love to win a copy!
vkc922 at cox dot net

Kari said...

I'd love to read this!!

sphinx63 said...

These look like fun books, would love to give them a read! Thanks

stampedwithgrace said...

Robin Jones Gunn is one of my favorite authors! I've enjoyed everything I've read of hers :)

windycindy said...

Hi, I am ready to go on a virtual trip to England! Midlife is encroaching on me. The two women sound like a lot of fun! Please enter me in your delightful drawing for this fun sounding book. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

One More Writer said...

I'd love to revisit England through this book. I've read several of the other Sisterchicks books and have enjoyed them. Enter me in the drawing!

d.mateer at sbcglobal.net

Cherie J said...

Sounds like a fun book. Please enter me in the drawing.

cherierj(at)yahoo.com

Carole said...

This is a very enjoyable series, and I would love to win a copy of the latest one. Thank you for being willing to give your copies away, Carla.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Erica Vetsch said...

I really enjoyed this book, as I have all the Sisterchick adventures. My daughter and I are waiting for a Mother-Daughter Sisterchick novel to come out soon...maybe Sisterchicks on Safari? :) Wouldn't that be neat?

I don't need to be entered in the drawing, as I already have the book.

Pamela J said...

I have some friends who are from England and they have served me their favorite English tea in their home. They always look forward to going back 'home'.

I love a book that 'mishaps and adventure await'. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks.

Pam W
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

Jo said...

This book sounds great. Please enter me in the drawing.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

dolls123 said...

Sounds like a great book

luckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]net

Nan said...

I have three great sisterchicks We have been friends for about 14 years...I love the sisterchick books!!

Nan
okiebookworm06 at yahoo dot com

bigguysmama said...

I'd appreciate being entered to win this book. I'm just learning about the series, so we'd have to get our hands on the rest of the books, but between me and my 2 daughters, it's a task easily accomplished. Thanks so much for this offer!

In Christ,
Mimi B

mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

Cheryl Barker said...

Carla, I'd love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks!

ckbarker at gmail dot com

luv2read said...

Enter me in the drawing. I did student teaching in England and love that place. spowell01(at)bellsouth(dot)net

Cathy Messecar said...

Thank you for sharing about this book. I'm published in non-fiction but reading over your last few posts has really made me want to dig out my fiction manuscripts and pore over them and send them out. If my name is drawn, I can be reached through my blogs:
http://stainedglasspickup.blogspot.com/ or

or http://ascrapbookofchristmasfirsts.com/ writecat (at) consolidated.net. Thanks again...Cathy Messecar