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Sisterchicks In Gondolas

by Robin Jones Gunn
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  • Publisher: Multnomah Publishers
  • Publishing date: 01/05/2006
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9781590525050
  • ISBN: 1590525051

Synopsis

Sisterchicks Take the Boot! (and we don’t mean shoe thievery)

Jenna and Sue have been sisters-in-law for nearly thirty years but inseparable friends for only the last five. When Jenna is invited to a week’s stay at a fifteenth century restored palace on a quiet canal in Venice , Sue is her travel companion of choice. The catch? They must cook for a group that is staying at the palace for a retreat. It’s the first time Sue has been this far from home, and both women are coming out of a valley season of life where they operated each day in long shadow s of fear. Entering into the lilting gondola-paced Italian lifestyle and discovering corners of Venice most tourists never see, they welcome a new time of refreshing. And over boiling pots of pasta, they dare each other to dream again.

Ciao bella!

SISTERCHICK n.: a friend who shares the deepest wonders of your heart, loves you like a sister, and provides a reality check when you’re being a brat.

When Jenna is invited to Venice for a week of cooking for a small retreat group, she knows just who to take along: her sister-in-law Sue. With her Dallas drawl and wild tangle of red hair, Sue desperately needs her own retreat from the pressures of the past two years…and blessedly for their guests, Sue actually knows how to cook (unlike Jenna)!

With about six words of Italian between them, a map, and a keen appetite for gelato, they puzzle out the lovely city together. During their stay, Jenna and Sue become victims of grace in ways they never expected—starting with their accommodations: a restored fifteenth-century palace on a quiet canal complete with a stairwell perfect for mattress sledding!

Coming out of a time of dark shadows in their lives, these two friends dive into a new season of refreshing and realize that sometimes when serving God, the most important thing to do is just show up…and watch for goodness and mercy to follow close behind. Come join Jenna and Sue over boiling pots of pasta in this lilting gondola-paced adventure!

Discussion guide included

Story Behind the Book

Sisterchicks in Gondolas was birthed after Robin experienced Italy for herself. “In the summer of 2004, I went to Venice with my lifetime fellow Sisterchick from Ireland , Ruby,” she says. “We explored the city with our daughters and discovered the joys of Italian living.” With a splash of humor, grace, and a few zany antics, this latest Sisterchicks release continues to celebrate the unique and timeless bond between women friends. Entertaining and delightful, the story also challenges readers to examine their relationships with one another and with God.

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  • Sisterchicks in Gondolas
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    Excellent story. Funny but makes you think about your life. You won't be able to put it down.

  • How to turn things around
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    While I loved the setting because Venice is one of my favorite cities, I found there was a message in this book that is extremely helpful to those who feel of no use because of circumstances. First off, setting this story in Venice was just perfect. Venice is a place usually considered a great romantic get-a-way, but in this story the love is with God. Jenna and Sue expand their relationship with God, and each fall in love with his blessings over again. Jenna even comes to the conclusion at the end that she can be of use more in the service than she thought, and everyone should take this to heart. That when you feel you are of no use, just look around and there is always an opportunity. Sometimes staring you in the face, and sometimes not that obvious. It was so wonderful to read about the two friends adventures in this lovely city. I also enjoyed reading about the visits to the market and the baker. For me this is what is great about Venice and other European cities. Also, the Gelatto....makes me want some right now! I recommend this for all those sisterchicks out there who want an arm chair adventure, and who dream of far away lands and will one day share their own adventure in the place of her choice with her sisterchick(s).

  • Inspirational read
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    The Sisterchicks series is very popular in our group, and is inspiring us to do more activities together as women. The books all share an element of carpe diem, that makes you want to call your close friend and buy plane tickets together for the fun of it.

  • Sisterchick in Gondolas
    From Amazon

    I felt like I was right there with them. What a fun way to spend the day reading this adventure.

  • sisters having fun
    From Amazon

    This book was a great book to show people how two people become friends . In this book Jenna was invited to go to Venice for a week of cooking for a small retreat group. She decided to invite her sister-in-law Sue. Sue said yes and they went off to Venice. They stayed in a palace with seven other men from around the world. Their goal was to cook for them and to clean the house. Sue had a project she wanted to taste all of the gelato flavors and Jenna was their to help her. Although Sue was passing through some rough times Jenna helped her forget a little. They had trouble everywhere because they heard new words that they haven`t heard before. The men gathered every morning and heard Malachi say some words out of the bible and everyone liked that. One of the men's name was Sergei asked Jenna and Sue to come and visit his wife to make her laugh but Jenna new his wife Deborah. One morning Sue finds a bird and she names it nectarina. She makes a nest for it and feeds it. Jenna and Sue where alone in the palace for three days and they had decided to go out. They went to a lot of places and they also gave Lucia a letter written in Italian telling her that they were leaving. They ate more gelato each day and they saw some kids feeding birds corn so Sue decided to try it and the boys showed her Sue was having fun. Jenna was taking pictures of Sue to show her brother how happy she was they also got on a gondola and met Matteo which was their last day their. What I liked about this book was that they had a great time in Venice. I also liked that Malachi read to everyone of the psalms. I liked that sue got to get out a little more and that her husband was happy. I also liked when Jenna and Sue were sliding on the mattresses it was funny, but the best part was when Steph got their and she joined them. What I didn't like about this book was that Jenna didn't ever get to see the gondolier again. It would have been nice for Jenna to meet a new guy in her life so she won't be alone. I would recommend this book because I really liked how Sue and Jenna got closer to each other and became like sisters. I would also recommend this book because it showed me how valuable my family is to me even tough my family is falling apart. The theme of this story was that even though your hurt you have to have a little fun. In this book Sue was hurt because her husband was in a car accident and she didn't get out much and this trip helped her get better. The symbol of this story was that its not gods fault that things my happen to you. That doesn't mean that you have to stop believing on him but to start all over and forget what happened. This book showed me how to love the person I loved the most and to believe in god even thought I'm in rough times

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