Readers who love exploring the world will relish the pages of Robin Jones Gunnís Sisterchicks in Gondolas. Finding Godís purpose in mid-life transition emerges as the main theme, as two sisters-in-law share a retreat along the dreamy canals of Venice. Both have experienced recent disappointments and even tragedy, yet their faith prospers during their Italian adventure.
When Jenna receives an invitation from a mission organization to volunteer in Venice, she invites her sister-in-law, Sue, to join her. In exchange for cooking for the group, the women are invited to stay in a 15th-century restored palace. Deep spiritual growth takes place as the women talk and pray while sleeping beneath the stars on the palace rooftop.
The retreat allows the women time to explore the winding roads their lives have taken. Jenna was left by her husband and spent years in bitterness as a single mom. Yet she shares with Sue how Godís ďabiding Spirit was like the moon. A sliver of comfort and light rising even on the darkest night.Ē Sue is also emerging from her own nightmare, facing the years ahead as a caregiver for her husband, who barely survived a debilitating accident.
Through friendship and the refreshment of travel, both women sense a new plan God has in store for them. They share a dream of serving Him through helping other women in trying circumstances. Their newfound joy is contagious, spilling into the hearts of readers.
Itís not surprising at all that Gunnís Sisterchicks series has sold over four million copies worldwide. Her faith-driven writing offers a wealth of insight. Iíd recommend this book to anyone experiencing a major life transition or wanting to experience armchair traveling at its finest. -- Heather Ivester, Christian Book Previews.com
Jenna and Sue have been sisters-in-law for nearly thirty years but inseparable friends for only the last five. When Jenna is invited to a weekís stay at a fifteenth century restored palace on a quiet canal in Venice , Sue is her travel companion of choice. The catch? They must cook for a group that is staying at the palace for a retreat. Itís the first time Sue has been this far from home, and both women are coming out of a valley season of life where they operated each day in long shadow s of fear. Entering into the lilting gondola-paced Italian lifestyle and discovering corners of Venice most tourists never see, they welcome a new time of refreshing. And over boiling pots of pasta, they dare each other to dream again.