Aug 16, 2011

Canary Island Song by Robin Jones Gunn

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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Escape to the Canary Islands in this great summer read. I could almost see the sights, taste the food, and feel the sun on my face.

Carolyn has been taking care of everyone else for so long, and she just wants to be her mama's little girl ... if only for a little while. She plans a surprise visit and arrives just in time for her Mom's 70th birthday party. Carolyn is totally unprepared for how her heart will be challenged and stretched to finally move on with her own dreams and passions.

I loved this book! Crossing the generations, this story is about some very strong and passionate women, and how they supported each other. Carolyn had to deal with her most private memories ... both good and bad. New beginnings, rekindled faith, and rediscovered friendships all play an important part in this perfect summer read.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for my honest review.

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