Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes!

Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes!

by Robin Jones Gunn

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Overview

A multi-tasking mama, Summer Finley has found ways to handle whatever life throws at her with grace and a grin. Until now, that is. An “abnormal” medical test result sends Summer into an emotional tailspin and prompts her to fulfill a life-long dream of “meeting” her best friend and pen pal since fourth grade, Noelle Van Zandt, face-to-face.

Their blissful week together in the Netherlands finds Summer and Noelle floating down a canal in Amsterdam, visiting Corrie Ten Boom’s Hiding Place, sipping decadent Dutch cocoa in Delft, and bobbing merrily along through a sea of brilliant, spring-fresh tulips. Each day takes them further from midlife anxiety and closer to trusting God in deeper ways.

When Summer finally confides in Noelle about the abnormal test results, Summer’s honesty prompts Noelle to share a long-held heartache. The two friends find they both needed to be together more than either of them realized. Could it be this adventure was tucked away in God’s imagination long before Summer bought her ticket to fly to the land of merry tulips and kalomping wooden shoes?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601420091
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2009
Series: Sisterchicks Series , #8
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 583,367
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Robin Jones Gunn is the best-selling and award-winning author of over seventy books, including the Glenbrooke, Christy Miller, Sierra Jensen, Katie Weldon, and Christy and Todd: The College Years teen series. The Sisterchicks¨ series has sold more than 300,000 units, bringing Robin’s total sales to more than 3.5 million books worldwide. A Christy Award winner, Robin is a popular speaker, both at home and abroad, and is frequently interviewed on radio and television.

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After booking my ticket to the Netherlands, I sat quietly in front of the computer, contemplating what to do next.
Outside the rain carried out its spring fling with gusto. Telling my husband seemed wise. Not on the phone,though. I didn’t want to say the words “abnormal mammogram,” “biopsy,” or “I’m leaving for a week” unless I could see his face.


So I decided to bake cookies. After padding my way to the kitchen, I pulled out a mixing bowl and turned the oven to 375 degrees.


I’m not the sort of woman who takes a long bath or a long walk to have time and space to think. For me, the best processing happens when I have my well-used mixing bowl balanced on my hip. No electric mixers for me. I beat the lumps out of my life challenges with a wooden spoon.


Then I line up all the solutions in my head while arranging the lumpy balls of dough on the cookie sheet. Soon the scent of all that lovely butter, brown sugar, and oatmeal wafts from the kitchen, and I start to feel better.



The fragrance fills the house with a standing invitation for my children to “come hither.” As they gather around the kitchen counter, I remember what really matters, and my problem is somehow quietly resolved.


Only this time I knew that when the enticing fragrance raced down the hall into each bedroom, it would find no takers. All our children were launched and flitting about in their own worlds.


Abnormal. Biopsy.


I went after the cookie dough with renewed mixing vigor. Taking a few steps closer to the refrigerator, I looked over the collection of off-kilter photos until I found the one of Noelle standing in a field of tulips with a windmill in the background.


You’re going there, Summer. It’s going to happen. You’re going to see Noelle. You really are. Believe it.


For many years a variety of photos and postcards have adorned our refrigerator. Every time I would stop mid–pot roast extraction or post–milk replenishment, the images I would look for were the ones of Noelle and her world.


How long had I dreamed of seeing those tilt-a-wheel windmills and picking those bursting-with-color tulips by the armful?


As I dropped the dough into agreeable rows and slid the cookie sheets into the oven, I made another decision. I would tell Wayne everything as soon as he came home. But I wouldn’t tell anyone else about the biopsy until I had received the results. Not even Noelle.


If everything worked out for me to see Noelle, I wanted to spend my time with her as unencumbered as possible. I would take the trip in a self-induced state of denial. Yes, complete denial. It was the only way I would be able to enjoy the visit.


I foraged around in the garage for a suitcase and went hunting through Wayne’s desk for my passport. The scent of warm cookies encircled me, and I thought about how one should never underestimate the power of comfort food when faced with monumental decisions. I’m convinced that the fragrance of cinnamon and sugar enlivens the heart and strengthens the senses when a woman is in want of a special measure of courage.


My courage lasted all afternoon and kept me company as I ran errands. Denial can be a wonderful thing.Why had I never called upon its fabulous powers before?


I was eager to reach home to see if Noelle had read my e-mail yet. In the rhythmof our online correspondence, I would write to her toward the close ofmy day, and she would read my post at the start of her new day.The time difference between our two lives was six hours. She was always six hours ahead of me. Maybe she had seen my e-mail before going to bed. Maybe she already had responded.


The rain stopped as I rounded the corner, returning home with a full tank of gas and a week’s worth of groceries. Wayne’s car was in the garage when I pulled in. I inched the old family minivan up to the hanging tennis ball to make sure the van was in far enough to close the garage door. As the tennis ball did its usual bounce-bounce against the windshield, anxiety surged in my stomach. Everything in me tightened. I sat in the car, waiting for the cinnamon-laced courage to come back.


I wasn’t afraid of what Wayne would say. He is a great husband. I didn’t always think that, but I do now. The longer we’ve been married, the better our relationship has become. The anxiety was connected to my logic in all this. How wise was it for me to leave the country right now? What would be the repercussions of staying in denial for another week or so?


Wayne stepped out into the garage.He peered at me through the windshield with a half-eaten cookie in his hand.

“You coming in?”


I nodded but didn’t move.


“Summer?”


I couldn’t quite get my body to open the door and exit the car.


“Honey, are you okay?” Wayne came over to the passenger side.He opened the door and climbed in.His current position at our church as one of the associate pastors includes most of the counseling load. Wayne is a careful listener. He is intuitive and empathetic in his approach, which was quite an adjustment from the “Wild Wayne” I had married when I was nineteen years old. Life, love, loss, and raising six children had had a marinating effect on his heart. He is a big softy now.


“Is it one of the kids?”Wayne reached over and wove his fingers through my nearly shoulder-length brown hair.With a steady hand hemassaged the back ofmy neck. “What is it? What’s wrong?”


I let out a long sigh and then exhaled all the details, starting with the phone call and rolling right into how I had put a flight to Amsterdamon hold and had e-mailed Noelle, asking if I could come see her for a week.


Then I sat very still, my hands clutching the lower rim of the steering wheel, waiting for his response, which I knew could go either way. The neighbor’s schnauzer barked. The car’s engine pinged. Wayne untangled his fingers from my hair and said the last thing I expected. “Good for you.”


I turned to take in his full expression. “Does that mean you think I should do this? I should go to the Netherlands?”


“Summer, for as long as I’ve known you, you’ve talked about meeting Noelle. Yes, I think you should do this, and, yes, I think now is the time to go. The biopsy can wait another week or so, can’t it?”


“I think so.”


Wayne took my hand in his. “Do you remember what you told the kids when they left the house?”


I nodded. My farewell line was the same for each of them, and after saying it six times, I was quite familiar with the utterance. I just hadn’t realized that Wayne had heard me say it. Or had remembered it.


“You told the kids, ‘Go make your own adventures, and come home often to tell us about them.’” He smiled. “I’d say it’s time for you to do the same. Go make your own adventure, honey. When you come home, I’ll want to hear all about it.”

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Sisterchicks In Wooden Shoes: Sisterchicks Series, Book 8 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
medievalmama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another book that I never would have picked up off the shelf that turned out to be the best book I could read at the time I received it. The main character has received a possible diagnosis of a potentially fatal terminal disease, so with her family's assistance, she moves to complete a dream she has had for a very long time -- to visit the woman who has been her pen pal since Middle School, a woman who lives in Holland. It is all about the journey, knowing who one is, following one's dreams. I would recommend it for any woman, and for some men, in middle age crises, for those who have received a difficult and potentially life-changing diagnosis, or whose friend, relative, or colleague has, and for caregivers and those who work in hospice situations. While everyone can't take the physical journey this woman did, everyone can take the emotional, spiritual journey.
tipsister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes is part of an ongoing series by Robin Jones Gunn. The stories are stand -alone novels of women getting together and finding out more about themselves, and God, along the way. In this installment, Summer heads to the Netherlands to meet her longtime pen pal Noelle. The women had been great friends for years but had never met face to face. Summer is escaping from a possible breast cancer diagnosis and Noelle is still running from a difficult relationship with her father. As the two women share adventures, they learn that their friendship was meant to be and they both find healing.
rphalliburton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book as early review. It was such a delightful book, It brought out so many truths about how God is ever watching over us. It tells of a friendship between two pen pals through the years that culminated in a visit to one's country, Holland, and an anticipated visit to the United States, home of the other pen pal. To go into more detail would give the story away but the sisterchicks helped each other through a difficult time. Both were Christians and their insight into God's live was fantastic. Christian fellowship is so important. Also I learned a lot about Holland.I must read other sisterchicks books!!!
bebesarah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an Early Reviewer copy. I like light fiction and 'chick lit' and certainly inspirational literature, but this one was so lightweight it just about flew out of my hands (I wish it would have, but I had to doggedly finish it as an early reviewer). I think a 5-year old could read this with ease, it was so simplistic. It was more like a travelogue with some Biblical verses and advice thrown in. I was extremely disappointed in the poor character development and the obvious plotting. Not recommended for someone looking for well-written and thoughtful Christian fiction.
KatKealy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little too preachy at times, but generally just a book about friends who happen to be super religious getting to meet and hang out in person for the first time after a lifetime of being pen pals. Nothing super exciting, but not a bad quick read. I probably rated it a bit higher than I would have if I hadn't had so many family members who have been diagnosed with one form of cancer or another. The idea in this book of just deciding to be in denial for a bit and enjoy a trip you've wanted to take your whole life is a good one.That being said, I won't ever read another Sisterchicks book.
ktener on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I won this book through the Early Reviewers. I didn't realize at the time that it was part of a series, but it appears each book is also stand alone and you don't have to read the others first. I found the plot line and characters very enjoyable, and I look forward to reading the other books in this series.
Justjenniferreading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great book about finding yourself and spiritual growth. I've never been in the position that Summer was placed in. Hearing that you have an abnormal test result is probably a very scary situation. I would imagine that all the things you've never done seems to spread themselves out like a list of life's failures. But for Summer that seemed to be just what she needed. The writing wasn't great but the characters, while a bit two-dimensional, were very real to me. The spiritual and introspective thoughts that Summer has were also very real. It is also very apparent the Robin Jones Gunn put a lot of research into the book. The places that Summer and Noelle visit are real places with real stories. Through all of the inner turmoil Summer faces she's able to keep her head held high and just enjoy her visit. The humorous stories enter at just the right time, keeping what could have been a very serious and emotional story very light-hearted. This made the story touching and at the same time easy to read. I personally find most stories about a serious subject, such as serious illness, very hard to read emotionally. They just seem to drain me, and while the stories may be good they take a lot out of me. This story deals with a very serious topic in a way that makes it enjoyable. The story isn't so much about what Summer is going through, but rather it's just about her living her life and enjoying herself. Overall it was a pretty good book. A bit of chick-lit mixed with a story of spirituality. It was a very fast read. It also made me want to read more of the Sisterchicks novels.
bellalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is very much like any other Sisterchicks book. It is lighthearted and fun. Some may call it a "fluff" read; however, I would not go that far. Two penpals meet each other after years of writing. Just good fun!
dulcimermom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received an Early Reviewers copy of Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes. This book is about the friendship between two women who have been pen pals since childhood, and about faith. When Summer learns that she needs a biopsy and may have cancer, she impulsively decides to visit her good friend Noelle in the Netherlands. Summer's visit, her friendship with Noelle, and her faith in God help to give her the strength to face the medical tests once she returns home. In turn, she helps Noelle to realize the truth about her strained relationship with her father, and helps her to move forward toward reconciliation with him. This was an enjoyable read that, while clearly Christian literature, wasn't "preachy." I had never read a Sisterchicks book before, but I am definitely going to seek out more of this author's books the next time I visit a bookstore!
njstitcher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes is a book that will appeal to those who like the genre of Christian literature. It is the story of two women who have been penpals since childhood and meet for the first time as middle aged women. The setting for most of the book is Holland where one of the woman moved in her late teens. Much of the book reads like a travel guide with the plot being rather thin. It has an upbeat tone which rings somewhat false, and at time becomes very preachy. It attempts to create some plot tension through the angst of one of the women about a medical diagnosis, but even that doesn't ring true (I know because I've been through the identical situation). I would recommend this for a book group looking for a Christian themed novel, especially with the discussion questions at the end of the book. Overall, nothing in this book compels me to look for the other books in the series. If I hadn't received it as an early reviewer, I would not have picked this up.
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HSMomof4 More than 1 year ago
SISTERCHICK (R) (n): a friend who laughs with you till you cry and cries with you until you laugh; a gift from God. Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes! is a heartwarming story of fear and faith, hope and love. How can a friend you have never met become one of your dearest friends? Will God use her to bring you closer to Him? Summer and Noelle have been pen pals since the fourth grade. They have shared their secrets, hopes, dreams, and family's through letters sent between Ohio and the Netherlands. Now, after receiving an abnormal medical test result, Summer decides to fly off to the Netherlands to meet Noelle, her forever pen pal, face to face. Summer's husband Wayne stands behind her decision and tells her to "Go make your own adventure. When you come home, I'll want to hear all about it." On her first morning at Noelle's, Summer finds a devotional book on her nightstand. Slowly she begins to close the gap between her and God. Throughout the week, the Scriptures she is reading are coming to life around her. While in a simple cheese shop, she realizes "the sacredness of the everyday." Everything we do, even if it is doing dishes or cradling a child, is sacred to God. During her joyful week with Noelle, the girls are found wading through fields of brightly colored tulips, floating down an Amsterdam canal, visiting Corrie ten Boom's Hiding Place home, and sipping decadent Dutch cocoa in Delft after finding tile souvenirs. The girls realize that they did not orchestrate this impromtu meeting; God did. Both Summer and Noelle find peace during their time spent in the land of tulips, windmills, and wooden shoes. My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
RamblingMother More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of "sisterchicks" novels before I read this book. I had picked it because I thought initially that it was non-fiction. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the story was, how wonderful the descriptions of the Netherlands were and how natural the characters seemed. Both women had something to come to terms with in their past or near future. God used their friendship to guide each one to a beginning of a change. Summer discovered the truth about herself that I think any American woman can own as her own, that need to be in control of every situation. God used some out of control situations to make Summer realize she needs to trust Him. Robin has a broken relationship with her father. She needs to forgive and discovers the strength to work toward that goal. It was a quick read but very enjoyable. Who knows, you might learn something about yourself in one or both of the characters.
Amanda1023 More than 1 year ago
I've been a big fan of the Sisterchicks books by Robin Jones Gunn since I read the very first one. While I'm a huge mystery/suspense fan, these books are light, fun "chick lit" perfect for a break from heavier reading. I was very excited recently to get the latest release, Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes, to review. The latest book in the series shares the adventures of two long-time pen pals who finally get to meet face to face. Summer has raised a family of six and juggled all the challenges that her busy life has thrown her way, but an abnormal result on a routine test throws her life into turmoil. She decides to make the long dreamed about trip to the Netherlands to meet her friend Noelle. As the two friends share a week of adventures, they learn to find God in the small, everyday moments and to trust Him with the big and small challenges. Robin makes each location she writes about in the Sisterchicks book come alive, and this one is no exception! Although I had never really thought about traveling to the Netherlands before, I would now love to go. From stories of Corrie ten Boom's home to the tulip fields to the famous artwork, she makes it sound like an amazing place to be. I would deinintely recommend this book, especially to anyone who loves to travel - or those who only dream of it.
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What a great book! After reading this book it reminded me of all the fun times I have had with my own "sisterchick" relationship with my best friend. I can only imagine what Summer felt when she received that phone call giving her the results of her mammogram. I too would have jumped at the chance to go on a unplanned, unexpected trip for a week to spend with a friend. I liked how along the way on their journey through the Netherlands that they each worked through their own pain and allowed God to work in their hearts. Very good read!
Donna_Earnhardt More than 1 year ago
SisterChicks in Wooden Shoes is a book in the SisterChicks series. Not knowing anything about this author, the book or the series, I wasn't sure what to expect. And when I saw there was a prologue (I'm not a huge fan of prologues), I was leery. But she grabbed with the first line. "We do what we have to do so we can do what we want to do." I was intrigued. I am in need of more discipline in my life, and this sentence struck a chord. According to the book's description, this story was not about discipline, but rather about trust. So why start with this sentence? It took me until the end of the book and the writing of this review, but I finally figured it out... Summer Finley is a pastor's wife, mom to six grown children and control-freak. (Know anyone like that?) Her life has been orderly, even in the midst of miscarriages, adoption, surprise pregnancies, and the death of her mother from breast cancer. And though her ability to control her surroundings with grace has served her well, her world is shattered by a phone call and four little words: abnormal mammogram. biopsy needed. Unable to cope with even the thoughts of following in her mother's cancer-laden footsteps, Summer books an expensive and sudden flight to Holland to meet her life-long pen pal, Noelle Zandt. A rash decision for someone as orderly as Summer helps set the stage for the changes in store for her life and those around her. By the time we meet Summer's penpal, Noelle, we already know much about their friendship. Though they've never met in person NOR talked on the phone (in 30 years), we find that the letters they have shared are full of much information they could not, or would not, share with other people. Even so, Summer chooses not to tell Noelle the reason for her visit right away. Not to be outdone, Noelle has painful secrets of her own she has chosen to keep private, even from her pen pal and semi-therapist, Summer. As Summer experiences Holland, she allows herself to live in denial about what "might" be waiting for her back home. But Summer finds something she is not expecting. She discovers what she really wants in life: FREEDOM. Summer wants to be free of the possibility of cancer. Free of the "out of control" feeling. Free of the fear that has plopped down in the middle of her little world. In the midst of working out the subtle differences (and sometimes not so subtle) in their relationship, Summer finds that the one thing she MUST do is the one thing she hasn't yet done... TRUST. That is when I finally understand the first sentence of the story... We do what we have to do so we can do what we want to do. Summer must TRUST God completely in order to walk in complete FREEDOM. Gunn took me on an intimate trip through Holland with Summer. I smelled the scrumptious bread, saw the dancing tulip fields and felt the warmth of forgiveness as she described Corrie Ten Boom and her "hiding place". I even learned a little Dutch along the way! But more than that, I came away with a deeper longing to trust my heavenly Father with all things "me". Even though some of the story seemed a little slow-paced and the first person writing felt a little heavy-handed in places, the descriptions of the Holland, friendship and discovery were all well written. I recommend this book to anyone searching for freedom. If you want to do something that you haven't yet done, perhaps this book will help you
TLynn74 More than 1 year ago
"Sisterchicks in Woden Shoes!" by Robin Jones Gunn I am just going to admit something right off the bat.... This book was not one of my favorites. It could be because normally my reading interests usually lean towards action/adventure, or romance. This book was neither. This book is about two women who have been pen pals since grade school, and they have never met. The main character, Summer, gets a test result that is "abnormal" and decides that it is now or never to see her long time pen pal, Noelle, who now lives in the Netherlands. These two friends connect with each other while visiting many interesting places. I did find it moving the section where they visit Corrie ten Boom's Hiding Place. During Summer's week-long stay she comes to terms with whatever God has in store for her on her return home, Noelle comes to a place of forgiveness to the family she left in the states. All in all this was an easy book to read and follow, but for me, I just couldn't quite connect with the characters. There just didn't seem to be enough information about how they thought and felt, or why. Maybe some more background would have helped. At the end of the book there are discussion questions for a book club, or just for yourself. Also, at the end is a section the author shares about her visit to the Netherlands, which I really did enjoy. "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review".
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
When Summer receives a report that a medical test needs to be redone as it was abnormal, she panics. Within a short period of time has made and confirmed reservations to Holland to see her friend Noelle. Although they had never met they had been friends for years as pen pals. What a delightful trip! I wanted to be there with them, and I could just picture the things that went on! Summer driving in a strange country, teaching the birds English, riding in the boat! I would love to go to the Ten Boom's home. I learned things about the Churches in Holland and what happened to them during the Reformation that I had never known. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who want a delightful read. Am so glad that I agreed to read it! The book was provided for me by the publisher, I was not required to give a good review nor was I compensated.
DSaff More than 1 year ago
What do you do when you get the call that you have had an abnormal test and need to schedule a biopsy? Why, go visit your life-long pen pal of course. That is exactly what Summer does. Noelle is her "sisterchick," and she needs to finally meet her face to face. Summer's understanding husband Wayne tells her to go, so she finalizes her plans to fly to the Netherlands. Summer doesn't want to talk about the test, just enjoy the moments with Noelle and her husband Jelle. She knows that the biopsy will bring enough tension, and she wants to live free for just a little while. Through the visit, Summer finds a deeper closeness to God, a deeper peace, and a deeper friendship than she could have thought possible. Will Summer tell Noelle about the necessary biopsy? What happens when she arrives home? Will Noelle find a way to make peace with her own family in America? This wonderful story touches on God's never ending love for us, His care and concern, and the way he offers opportunities for us to see His hand in all things. The story drew me in immediately with the news of the biopsy, then kept me interested with the stories of the Netherlands and God's wonderful provision and blessings. This book is great for women to share with each other. Reading groups will find an abundance of things to discuss. Thank you to the Blogging for Books program for the opportunity to read this book, and for introducing me to this wonderful author. .
lmm831 More than 1 year ago
A well written book about trust in God and Friendships! I enjoyed this books and seeing how Summer is going to cope with the possibility of cancer by booking a trip to the Netherlands to visit her long time pen pal. I loved the descriptions of the Netherlands, the author does a wonderful job of describing every detail making it feel as though you are right there. I enjoyed learning about some of the customs and fun and better yeA well written book about trust in God and Friendships! I enjoyed this books and seeing how Summer is going to cope with the possibility of cancer by booking a trip to the Netherlands to visit her long time pen pal. I loved the descriptions of the Netherlands, the author does a wonderful job of describing every detail making it feel as though you are right there. I enjoyed learning about some of the customs and fun and better yet interesting places to visit in the Netherlands. This was a quick easy read but very touching on so many levels it is difficult to cover them all. The long distance friendship and just how these women interact with each other and the world around them touches me.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
I learned that author Robin Jones Gunn lives in Oregon. I decided I wanted to read one of her books. Then I learned she was in Hawaii. I'm not sure why, but somehow that made me feel cheated. Her book, however, didn't make me feel cheated at all. And though I'd like to visit Hawaii one day, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Holland with Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes. Actually, I really have been to Holland. I've sailed on the canals in Amsterdam and Robin Jones Gunn's descriptions brought it all back. I've heard Dutch voices and I listened to them again in her writing. I've seen tulip fields (well, actually, in Oregon) and they're just as inspiring with colors in well-ordered lines and muddy passageways, as those the protagonist visits. It's interesting how moving out of your comfort zone can change your perspective. In this Sisterchicks story, the American friend can't work out how she feels about Holland's different attitudes and ideas. She learns to appreciate them though, and even at times to question her own preconceptions. Most of all, she learns to see "the sacred in the everyday," and to communicate it to her friend. The author communicates something sacred to her readers too, or at least to Christian readers. Her protagonist has just heard that dreaded word "abnormal" after a mammogram. But what do we do when our security feels threatened and we know, as Christians, that Christ is our healer and our hope? If we're afraid, what are we afraid of? If we're in denial, what are we trying to hide? Protagonist and reader come to recognition of God's mercy through the gentle coincidences and beautiful hints of His word and His world, and the novel leaves a pleasant taste and a feeling of challenge encountered and spirit strengthened as it comes to an end. It's an enjoyable tale, light-hearted and sad, amusing and deeply moving, American and European, and a pleasantly good read. Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review