Canary Island Song

Canary Island Song

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by Robin Jones Gunn
     
 

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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

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times Book Reviews (4 stars)
"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."
Karen Kingsbury
“Robin’s tender heart and wisdom make every one of her books poignant and unforgettable.”
Tricia Goyer
“Robin’s stories always make me feel as if I’ve actually visited another amazing part of the world. I loved hearing about Bryan Spencer in Canary Island Song. Reading his love story was like getting caught up with an old friend.”
Tracey Jane Jackson
"Robin Jones Gunn always delivers a chance to escape to a romantic place. Her fresh and witty characters are unforgettable."
From the Publisher
“Robin’s tender heart and wisdom make every one of her books poignant and unforgettable.”

“Gunn is adept at denuding light fiction of its usual tics and imbuing it with the hallmarks of literary fiction. The characters are multidimensional and ring true at nearly every turn.”

“Robin’s stories always make me feel as if I’ve actually visited another amazing part of the world. I loved hearing about Bryan Spencer in Canary Island Song. Reading his love story was like getting caught up with an old friend.”

"Robin Jones Gunn always delivers a chance to escape to a romantic place. Her fresh and witty characters are unforgettable."

"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."

Library Journal
Carolyn, a fiftysomething widow in this stand-alone by Gunn ("Sisterchicks" series), has not been the same since she lost her husband seven years ago. Her daughter Tikki has decided that her mother has been in mourning long enough and insists it is time she get on with her life. Since Carolyn's own mother is getting ready to celebrate her 70th birthday at her Canary Island home, Carolyn and Tikki decide it is the perfect time for a visit. Surprises abound, however, when Carolyn's high school flame shows up. VERDICT Canary Island is just as much a character in this novel as the people. In Gunn's capable hands, descriptions of warm breezes and sand transport the reader. Tender and heartfelt, this should appeal to readers who like older characters receiving second chances. Recommend it to those who enjoyed Roxanne Henke's Finding Ruth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416583417
Publisher:
Howard Books
Publication date:
07/05/2011
Edition description:
Simon & Schuster
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
690,334
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)

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