When I was in my teens I loved Robin Jones Gunn's series' for young girls. I loved them so much that I packed them up in a box to save, just in case I someday had daughters. I now have two daughters, and my oldest, Hannah, who is seven, is already looking forward to reading "the books Mommy saved in case she had girls."
Having said that, I had never read any of Robin's Sisterchicks books, written for women.
Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes was my first choice. Tulips are my favorite flower and I am fascinated by all things European. Last year my family and I went to two tulip festivals, where I got a taste of Dutch things. I would love to visit Holland someday.
I read this book slowly, in and around other books, savoring my little virtual vacation to Holland. I loved Robin's descriptions of everything from sampling Gouda cheese and Dutch hot chocolate, to Pannenkoeken, Dutch pancakes.
While Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes was, on one hand, a light read that delights the senses, it also brought a depth that leaves the reader thoughtful.
The story, in a nutshell, is about two long-time pen pals, Summer and Noelle, who have never met. When Summer receives a scary test result, she takes a spontaneous trip to the Netherlands to spend a week with Noelle. The two visit museums and churches, Corrie ten Boom's house, enjoy restaurants and the beach, all the while learning new ways to view the world and God.
I would recommend this book for anyone who is going through a valley in their life or faith, or who values the gift of friendship.
*Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.