Canary Island Song

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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 ...

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Overview

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: 9781461837206
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/29/2011
  • Format: CD

Meet the Author

Robin Jones Gunn is the much-loved author of seventy titles that have sold more than four million copies worldwide. Her popular Christy Miller series and Sisterchicks® novels have won a number of awards, including three Christy Awards for excellence in fiction, and a Gold Medallion Award finalist award. Robin's unique destination novels transport readers around the globe. To ensure that her tales of these extraordinary locations ring true, Robin has enjoyed the privilege of traveling to each location in order to experience the local culture. Her three visits to the Canary Islands provided bountiful research as she took flamenco dance lessons, rode a camel, and visited the chapel where Columbus prayed before departing on his famous journey. Robin and her husband have two grown children and live in Hawaii.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Robin Does it Again!

    For fans of Robin Jones Gunn, as well as those who haven't had the pleasure of reading her books before, Canary Island Song is a must-read.

    I joke that Christy Miller was one of the best friends I had in high school, and the funny party is, I'm only half-joking. If you're like me and you love the Christy books, you are sure to appreciate the hero's connection to Todd, as well as the novel's brief mention of this couple. In some ways, Canary Island is sort of like an adult Christy Miller book: the whimsical beauty of love with some of life's hardships mixed in.

    Carolyn is a young widow whose heart yearns for love but still feels the pain of her sudden loss. Bryan is a single father who's family drama brings him back to the Canary Islands. Together, these two rekindle a past worth remembering.

    Something magical happens between the sentences of a Robin Jones Gunn book, and this novel is no exception. I can't explain it. All I can say is that Robin has an amazing ability to make the reader empathize with the characters, and to transport the reader into the vibrancy of different locations. In this case, that location is full of sort breezes, camel rides, flamenco dance lessons, and adventure. Also, Robin does a nice job weaving historical details into the story so that fans of historicals will still be satisfied with this contemporary story.

    There is strong and well-developed family thread that was probably my favorite aspect of the book. Grandmother, mother, and daughter all come together in this tropical setting to find their dreams and their strength, but most importantly, to find it together.

    To respond to the other reviewer who had problems with the spiritual content of the book, this book is classified as Christian fiction. I find it problematic to hold the genre against a book whenever that genre is clearly indicated--for instance, if I walk into the sci-fi section, I'm not going to blame those books for fitting a genre I don't personally like. Secondly, Robin's inspirational themes are not, in my opinion, preachy at all. I suppose that is a personal decision, and I regret this other reviewer did not get a chance to finish the book because it is a great story.

    All in all, another A+ from Robin. You know a book is good when you come away from it wishing you could meet the characters, and that certainly holds true here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    A generational sisterchicks...

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    I love this author!

    One of my favorites outside of the sisterchick books!

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    GOOD PLOT BUT DISAPPOINTING

    I don't like series books I have always bypassed books by this author. I thought this was a stand-alone .... silly me! I did enjoy the book for the most part the plot was original and intriquing. However, it was much mroe of a travel diary with FAR FAR too much details about umimportant things and NOT NEARLY enough romantic details. In face that element was pretty hum drum. I don't want steamy but I DO want romance.
    I also read up Love Finds You at Sunset Beach also thinking it was a stand alone,only to find out it was also part of a series and that there is yet another. While I understand the benefit a series can be for teenage girls apparently that IS this author's only identity. Sad that she can't branch out.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Romantic but a bit over the top religiously

    I really don't like being manipulated about religion. I stopped this book before competing it. Too bad I can't get my money back. It is just a way to fill the pages with the author's religious belief. That is not a story but a filler.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

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    Set sail for a romantic love story!

    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.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    entertaining islands romance

    she has taken care of her sister and her nieces. Now with her aunt married and worried about her mom, twentyish Tikki lectures Carolyn to take care of her gracious self. Heeding her daughter's advice, Carolyn decides to leave San Francisco to surprise her mother Abuela Teresa on her seventieth birthday with a visit to see her in the Canary Islands.

    It has been years since Carolyn has set foot in the Canary Islands. Once there after a warm welcome by her mom, she meets her one time summer fling from high school Brian Spencer. Still attracted to him, she wonders if he ever outgrew his beach bum lifestyle and at her age she also ponders if not whether that is such a bad thing anyway.

    This entertaining islands romance (see Maui Moon) is owned by Carolyn who comes home to rejuvenate her life. The support cast including the Canary Islands enhance the theme of grief may be customized to the individual, but loved ones must be there to help the anguished one remember never wait for tomorrow what you can do today. Although the story line is thin following an expected route, readers will enjoy visiting the Canary Islands guided by Carolyn, Brian and Abuela.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Definitely a book I'll read again!

    I have long been a fan of Robin Jones Gunn. Her characters are real to life and her stories speak strongly of God's redemption. Canary Island Song is no different. I immediately identified with the main character, Carolyn, and walked along side her as she struggled to get past her grief and find her heart once again. Her adventure with her daughter, mother and aunts reminded me of Robin Jones Gunn's Sisterchicks series: full of laughter and unexpected twists! This was definitely a book I'd come back to and read once again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2011

    This soundsngreat, and now I see why people rate books whe.n they just want to talk about unpublished books. You have to.

    Unless they changed it, the lastnreview for this book said it was for under Maui Moon, thatbis incorrect, as thatbwomans husband didnt die, nor did she stay at her moms plce, I think it was her bosses place and she goes there as she lost her job and wss havingnussues with her hubby.

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

    ?????Synopsis?????

    The synopsis given for this book is really the synopsis for Under the Maui Moon. I can't wait to find out the synopsis for this story but the one given is not it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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