Clouds: Book 5 in the Glenbrooke Series

Clouds: Book 5 in the Glenbrooke Series

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by Robin Jones Gunn
     
 

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This bestselling former Palisades release is book five in the new Glenbrooke series by award-winning author Robin Jones Gunn. Shelly Graham has moved home to Glenbrooke, where she's flooded with memories of her high school sweetheart, who took off for Europe after they broke up. But when Shelly travels to Germany, she suddenly runs into the former boyfriend who has

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This bestselling former Palisades release is book five in the new Glenbrooke series by award-winning author Robin Jones Gunn. Shelly Graham has moved home to Glenbrooke, where she's flooded with memories of her high school sweetheart, who took off for Europe after they broke up. But when Shelly travels to Germany, she suddenly runs into the former boyfriend who has filled her thoughts. Learning that Jonathan is engaged, Shelly hides her feelings for him. After returning home, however, she must face these feelings, especially after her path crosses Jonathan's yet again. Only this time, if they can find the strength to be honest, they just might discover what God has in store.She remembers their childhood with longing their parting with regret…

Coming home wasn’t supposed to feel this way. After five years as a flight attendant, Shelly is home again, in a house alive with happy memories. Yet she feels strangely lost. Without direction. Alone.

Where is Jonathan Renrield when she needs him? Jonathan, her best friend nearly all her life, her first and only love. Shelly hadn’t meant to hurt him when she left him behind to chase her dreams. And she misses him more than she’s ever admitted. When they unexpectedly meet in Germany , Shelly manages to hide her feelings from Jonathan—and his fiancée. But she can no longer hide them from herself. Will she ever be ready to tell Jonathan the truth? Will she have the chance?

Not until a business trip takes her to charming Glenbrooke , Oregon does Shelly finally understand: only the truth can set her free. But is it too late for her and Jonathan?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307824660
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/21/2012
Series:
Glenbrooke
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
209,029
File size:
4 MB

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Chapter One

Shelly Graham placed her hand on the doorknob and turned it slowly. A creak echoed from the hinges, and she smiled. Everything about this room felt familiar, friendly, welcoming. She stood in the doorway and surveyed her childhood bedroom. Two twin beds with white wrought-iron frames stood their ground as they had for more than twenty years, like faithful soldiers guarding the window between them.

Shelly noticed the new blue-and-white bedspreads Mom had bought after Shelly and her sister Meredith had both moved out. The painted pine desk in the corner was the same as it had always been. The white wicker chair hadn’t been moved from beside the closet. Even the color of the room was the same: sky blue. On the ceiling, the white clouds Meredith had painted there eight years ago hadn’t moved an inch in their journey across the solid, latex-covered heavens. Shelly gave these familiar images only a sweeping glance.

It was the window that beckoned to her. Sheer, ivory curtains billowed in the afternoon breeze. The cobalt blue glass vase that held a giant snatch of color from Mom’s garden rested on one of Grandma Rudi’s lace doilies. The vase was placed in the center of the old pine bed stand that stood under the inviting window. Shelly drew closer. The daisies, snapdragons, and carnations shivered their greetings as the breeze came through the open window, brushed past the bouquet, and, with invisible, feathery fingers, touched Shelly’s long hair.

She stood before the window, eyes closed, face tilted toward the breeze. The sun slipped over the neighbor’s rooftop and spilled its hot gold all over Shelly without the slightest apology. She didn’t mind a bit the way it instantly stained her white shirt a glorious, pale yellow. She remembered this feeling. She remembered these fragrances.

From down the street came the ripple of children’s laughter. The squeals escalated when the faint melody of the ice cream truck came the children’s way. Shelly couldn’t see it, but she knew the white ice cream truck had just rounded Sycamore Drive and was headed up the hill to Duchess Place.

437 Duchess Place. This was home. Just as it had been from the day Shelly was born until five years ago, when she moved from Seattle to Pasadena, California, and began her career as a flight attendant. And now, due to a transfer, Shelly was home again.

She opened her eyes and gazed out the window at the Renfields’ house next door. Nothing had changed there either. It was still gray with white shutters and that wonderful oval attic window that faced her bedroom. For years a rope had run between her bedroom window and the oval attic window. For years a green plastic bucket had hung from that line. The bucket carried messages, candy, and secret treasures from one best friend to the other.

“Jonathan,” she whispered. Shelly could almost see his face there in the attic window, his light, sand-flecked brown hair, about the same color as hers; his gray, stormy eyes; and the mouth that never stopped smiling.

Shelly tried to remember the codes to their secret whistles. She puckered up and blew. Two short, one long whistle, with the long one a note lower. That meant “Come to the window.” She tried again, this time blowing one long, one short, and one long, with the short one a note higher. Her whistle echoed off the side of his house, and she remembered its meaning. “Meet me at the tree house,” she said softly.

There were other signals, other whistles. But she had forgotten them, just as she had forced herself to forget so many other things about Jonathan.

A wash of uneasiness came over her. Without meaning to, she had opened a treasure chest of memories that had been locked up for many years. Shelly wasn’t willing to open it any farther. Instead, she tried to tuck all the memories neatly back inside the chest where they belonged. Only it seemed the chest was refusing to be shut and was spilling its wealth all over the hardwood floor of her childhood bedroom.

There, shining in her mind, was the memory of her third birthday party. It was time for the cake. The candles were lit, and all her little friends were singing. She was just about to blow out the birthday flames when Jonathan Renfield leaned forward and, with one mighty puff, blew them out first.

Shelly remembered crying and refusing to be consoled. Her mother had tried to explain that the party was for Jonathan, too, since his birthday was three days after hers. It didn’t matter. As far as Shelly was concerned, this was her party, and Jonathan should go have his own party and blow out his own candles at his own house.

Her dad had captured the scene on his old movie camera and had it transferred to a videocassette along with Shelly’s fourth birthday party. This birthday was celebrated with Jonathan also. Only this time the mothers had wisely provided two cakes. Jonathan and Shelly both stood on their chairs and blew out their own candles. Then they turned and, unprompted, gave each other a not-quite-on-target kiss. The parents had laughed hard. Jonathan had smiled that unstoppable grin of his, and Shelly had adjusted her gold birthday crown for the camera.

A gentle rapping on the door brought Shelly back to the present. “How’s it going up here?” her mom asked, stepping into the room. Shelly felt as though her mother had just stepped on the spilled-out memories, squashing them as she walked across the floor.

“You okay?” Mom asked. Ellen Graham was a tower of a woman, in stature and in character. At five foot eleven and a half, she stood several inches taller than any of her four daughters. Shelly was the third in birth order and resembled her dad more than her three sisters did. Mom was strong, old-fashioned in her ways, as practical as a pair of loafers, and as soft as a cupcake. She made the perfect pastor’s wife, and for thirty-one years she had proved that.

“It’s strange being back here,” Shelly said, facing her mom and noticing that she had changed into a skirt and pastel blue blouse. “Are you going to church?”

“No, we’re having dinner at Meredith’s. Did I forget to tell you?” Mom looked out the window as if trying to see what Shelly had been gazing at. Shelly knew her mother didn’t see anything.

It wasn’t that Mom hadn’t tried to see the things Shelly had seen throughout her life. Maybe Mom tried too hard. She had the same difficulty with Meredith. Mom never quite saw what Shelly and Meredith did. The two girls were the dreamers and the opposites of Megan and Molly, the two older Graham daughters. All their lives Shelly and Meredith had been kindly left to their own world of imagination.

“If you’re too tired from your trip to come to dinner, I’m sure Meredith will understand.”

“No, I’m fine. When are we supposed to be there?”

“Meri said about seven. She has some big news for us.”

Shelly looked at her mom for a hint. “Did she meet someone?”

“She didn’t say.” Mom sat on the bed and surveyed the room. “Are you going to be okay here? Would you like the room changed around?”

“No, I love it just like this. What else did Meri say? Any clues at all?”

Mom shook her head.

“What if I unload the car and trailer tomorrow?” Shelly sat on the opposite bed and faced Mom. “Most of it is going to have to be stored in the garage anyway.”

“That’s fine. How are you feeling about this move? I know it won’t be easy for you to adjust to being back home. Dad is as busy at church as he always was, and I have a full calendar, too. If anything, the three of us will probably have to schedule time to see each other.”

Shelly smiled. When she did, the worry lines in Mom’s broad forehead began to disappear. Shelly’s smile had that effect on people. It was one of her most distinctive features. Her full lips and wide, straight teeth gave her a smile that blasted out, “Apple pie, Mom, America!” It was a nice feature to have as a flight attendant. She could put elderly passengers at ease and make crying babies coo.

“I’m going to be fine, Mom. I really appreciate you and Daddy letting me move back in. It’s only until I straighten out my finances and get on a regular flight schedule. I’ll hardly be home at all.”

“We’re glad you’re here,” Mom said. “And you know you’re welcome to stay as long as you want.”

“Thanks.” Shelly brushed away the insecure feeling that floated around her. None of her three sisters had ever had to move back home. Megan and Molly were both married and lived on the East Coast. Meredith worked in Seattle and had her own apartment across town.

Meet the Author

Robin Jones Gunn is the award-winning, bestselling author of more than 45 books, including 8 in The Glenbrooke series. She is also the author of the nonfiction work, Mothering by Heart. Robin and her husband, Ross, live in Portland, Oregon, with their teenage son and daughter.

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BethLove More than 1 year ago
Shelly and Jonathan were best friends as long as they can remember. It seems like fate has put them together since childhood. But when Jonathan proposes Shelly doesn't want to commit yet, she wants to chase her dreams for a little while before settling down.Jonathan feels crushed and betrayed and they part ways. Eventually Shelly realizes her ideas and dreams weren't as fulfilling as they seemed from the distance. Years later she meets Jonathan by freak accident and tries desperately to start over where they left off but has it been too long? Are those feelings even really there anymore? I actually really liked this book, which surprised me a little bit because the last book I read by Robin Jones Gunn I thought was a little too childishly romantic. This story was actually quiet heartwarming! I thoroughly enjoyed it! This is definitely a great book for YA readers! The Biblical perspective on love and dating is really straightforward and to the point! I received this book free in exchange for an honest review!
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Morgie More than 1 year ago
Shelly Graham is doing the unthinkable; she's coming home to her old bedroom where nothing has changed. Awaiting her are the twin wrought-iron beds, the painted pine desk, and the white clouds her sister had painted on the ceiling. The room hadn't changed but Shelly certainly has and its not just her finances that are in turmoil. Best-selling author Robin Jones Gunn has written a pleasant Christian novel about starting over when life doesn't show up the way you hoped it would. Clouds is the fifth novel in The Glenbrooke Series. A copy of this book was provided by Multnomah for review purposes. The words are my own.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Clouds Robin Jones Gunn Book Summary: This bestselling former Palisades release is book five in the new Glenbrooke series by award-winning author Robin Jones Gunn. Shelly Graham has moved home to Glenbrooke, where she's flooded with memories of her high school sweetheart, who took off for Europe after they broke up. But when Shelly travels to Germany, she suddenly runs into the former boyfriend who has filled her thoughts. Learning that Jonathan is engaged, Shelly hides her feelings for him. After returning home, however, she must face these feelings, especially after her path crosses Jonathan's yet again. Only this time, if they can find the strength to be honest, they just might discover what God has in store. She remembers their childhood with longing their parting with regret... Coming home wasn't supposed to feel this way. After five years as a flight attendant, Shelly is home again, in a house alive with happy memories. Yet she feels strangely lost. Without direction. Alone. Where is Jonathan Renrield when she needs him? Jonathan, her best friend nearly all her life, her first and only love. Shelly hadn't meant to hurt him when she left him behind to chase her dreams. And she misses him more than she's ever admitted. When they unexpectedly meet in Germany , Shelly manages to hide her feelings from Jonathan-and his fianc&eacute;e. But she can no longer hide them from herself. Will she ever be ready to tell Jonathan the truth? Will she have the chance? Not until a business trip takes her to charming Glenbrooke , Oregon does Shelly finally understand: only the truth can set her free. But is it too late for her and Jonathan? Review: I grow fonder of this book every day. When I first read it I enjoyed the twists and the turns, the clever dialog and how well written it is. I now can appreciate it from time and experiences and realize that sometimes what we look for when we are younger have flaws that bring us rewards greater than we can ever imagine. For me this is just such a book because a first love is precious but to mature it and care for it are a tremendous responsibility. It is always romantic to ponder the &lsquo;what ifs&rsquo; in life. This book delves into this with heart wrenching moments and with many exciting backdrops of Germany and Oregon. I enjoy the ancillary things in books sometimes more than the big themes for me it is upon those little details that build believability. It is always a pleasure to read a writer who crafts a well written tale. Thanks to Robin Jones Gunn and God for the gifts he gives of ideas along with the talent to write.
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oliviabellemary More than 1 year ago
CLOUDS By Robin Jones Gunn Shelly, Shelly, Shelly: The main character in this book. If I could only pull her out of this book and give her a stern talking to! This girl is like so many young girls. She gets this hairbrained idea in her head after moving back home. Shelly falls back in love with her memories, like we all do when we reminisce. She suddenly can&rsquo;t stop thinking about her first love. Jonathan is Shelly&rsquo;s long lost love and Elena is his new fiance&eacute;. According to Shelly, Elena is terminally perky, young, cute and annoying. I think Elena is funny and witty, but everything she seems to do and say annoys Shelly. Jonathan, noted by Shelly, doesn&rsquo;t find her funny either. For instance, there&rsquo;s a scene where the three of them walk by a building in Germany with a stone marker with the words &ldquo;RATHAUS 1893&rdquo;. Shelly giggles at the sign and says, &ldquo;Rat House. Is that where they send all the scoundrels?&rdquo; &ldquo;No&rdquo;, says Jonathan patiently. It's just annoying how the author is already trying to paint this poor picture of Elena and it just is not happening. The author portrays Jonathan as a stand-up guy&mdash;lovable, fun, honest, and tenderhearted&mdash;when Shelly fell in love with him. Suddenly, when Shelly comes back into the picture, his fiance&eacute;, whom he just proposed to and adores, is annoying him. He begins to call Shelly her private nickname and give her long looks&hellip;.Grow up Shelly and Jonathan is what I want to say! This is high school immaturity. Clouds is the 5th book in the Glenbrooke series. I read the first book Secrets, which I really did like. Toward the end of the book, the author did redeem her story. She speaks of how God will never stop trying to get us back to Him. God is with us at all times, even the hard times when He seems so far away. He is working for us, orchestrating our lives behind the scenes, and truly wants the best for us. The ending was good and redeemed these two characters who were quickly annoying me from the beginning of the book. I also liked the German history and being Lutheran, enjoyed the tidbits about Martin Luther. It was a quick read and although there were a few parts where it grabbed my attention, it fell very short of my expectations. I do like how this book is part of a series and even though I read book 1 and now book 5, the characters and tiny town of Glenbrooke all wove together perfectly, and that's pretty darn cool!! I think these books are geared more towards very young adults, but I am a mother of three and in my 30&rsquo;s and this just didn&rsquo;t hold my interest the way the first book did WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing group has provided me with this book complimentary for review purposes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story tells the tale of Shelly Graham. She is the daughter of the local preacher and moved away from home 5 years earlier to pursue her dream of being a flight attendant. She always wanted to be able to travel and see the world. When the airline does some downsizing, she requests a transfer home and returns to her parent's house. When her sister moves to a cabin, they decide to share and further their relationship as sisters. Getting closer to her sister allows Shelly the opportunity to travel and see more of the world. Their first trip is to Germany. There, she runs into the former boy next door and her first, and only, true love. As the fates would have it, she also meets his fiancee, whom he only recently became engaged to. A trip with the two of them to the towns where her family is from, leaves her with mixed feelings. Returning home, she has a new perspective on life and what she wants to do with it. Is it to late for her to live her dreams? Will she ever get the chance to let Jonathan know how she really feels? I'd tell you more, but then reading it wouldn't be as much fun! I really enjoy the storytelling that Robin Jones Gunn provides. She does a great job developing her characters and I simply love that they get the chance to travel to new locations and live and experience it almost like locals. It allows me to experience a new location, vicariously and I must say that this story has me wanting to head back to Europe again - my family is originally from Austria/Germany and I still have relatives there. I have only been once, when I went with my family as a senior in college and it was a great and memorable experience that I was fortunate enough to share with my parents, my siblings and my grandma. There is a Christian based backbone to her stories, which is present but not pushy. In both books that I have read by her, not only are the characters well developed, but we get to watch them grow through their faith and their travels. I definitely will look to read more books by Robin Jones Gunn. I am debating on the Glenbrooke Series, whether to move forward from where I am or to start from the beginning. (no compensation was received for this review, but I did receive a complimentary copy of the book. all opinions expressed are my own.)
bp0602 More than 1 year ago
Today I have a book to share with you called Clouds by Robin Jones Gunn. My thoughts: Clouds is Book #5 in the Glenbrooke Series. I have not read the others but did not feel I needed to in order to enjoy this book. (However, it did make me interested in reading the previous books in this series.) Shelly Graham had a best friend growing up named Jonathan Renfield. When they were grown, they parted ways after she turned down his proposal. Shelly became a flight attendant while Jonathan went to college. After five years Shelly is back home because of cuts at work. Being home reminds her so much of Jonathan and their shared memories as children. She can't help but remember and wonder what happened to him. She also regrets the way they parted. She joins her sister Meredith on a work-related trip to Germany. Who should she see there but Jonathan and his fiancee! Will the two be able to talk and be friends or will things be too awkward for them now? I enjoyed reading this book and the author's style. There was a lot of symbolism I thought with the clouds in the book. As I was reading I remembered high school senior English and tracing symbols through books. I look forward to reading other books by this author. Author bio: ROBIN JONES GUNN is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than seventy books, with over 4 million copies of her titles sold worldwide. Best known among them are the Christy Miller, Sierra Jensen, and Christy and Todd: College Years teen series. A Christy Award winner and a two-time finalist for excellence in fiction, Robin has also been a Gold Medallion finalist. She and her husband have a grown son and daughter and live in Hawaii. Click here for more information. Thank you to Blogging for Books and Multnomah books for sending this book for my review.
sjziegler More than 1 year ago
booksbysteph says &quot;fun, easy and whimsy read&quot; Jonathan Renfield proposes to his girlfriend, and best friend, days after graduating high school. He has their future all planned out. However, Shelly Graham did not like having her future planned out, especially when she had no say in it. She decided to leave Seattle and move to California where she became a flight attendant and never spoke to Jonathan again.  Five years later, Shelly's airline is downsizing. She decides to transfer back home to Seattle for more hours when she finds out that the company might be closing its doors. Depressed that she lives back with her parents, is losing her job, has nothing to show for all her work and is alone, Shelly decides to accompany her sister to Germany. She never expected to run into Jonathan at a flower stall on the other side of the world. I GIVE THIS BOOK: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book very much. It is a quick, easy and fun read.  I had to keep reminding myself that Shelly was only in her mid-twenties. Everyone around her has these amazing jobs so you can easily forget ages. I felt such naive and immaturity from her in some situations. There are times I just want to scream, &quot;What are you doing? Just say something!&quot; Assuming things just brings these characters more pain then they need. There were also so many coincidences that never would happen in reality.  I thought that the book laid out the back story very well. The writing flowed seamlessly. However, in my opinion, the work to the climax happened too fast. There could have been more depth to the ending. It was too whimsy. Until next time, live life one page at a time!
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
clouds glen brook series #5 by robin jones gunn love explanation of why the book was called this, good idea flight attendant shelly comes home and wants to see her old boyfriend. memories of things that happened as children, birthdays, happy tears, sad tears. she transfers to a location and travels to Germany where he is doing charity work. she hides her feelings as he's about to get married. Her faith in God helps her get through the tough choices. Love her ideas on decorating and using things that were useless. She seems to have found her calling in life as things progress.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading the Glenbrooke series a while ago when I was about 13 years old. And the fact that I am now 21 has not changed the fact that I still absolutely love ALL the books. "Clouds" is by far my favorite of the series and I think it [and all the other books in the series for that matter] are a really nice way to view love and relationships in an endearing way. The fact that the books are not raunchy and racy is a nice change for what people view as being "real" relationships. I've read each book numerous times and probably "Clouds" about once a month if I have time. It's a really nice, sweet and touching story.