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Canary Island Song: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Robin Jones Gunn
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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?

Editorial Reviews


“Robin’s tender heart and wisdom make every one of her books poignant and unforgettable.”

—Karen Kingsbury, New York Times bestselling author of Like Dandelion Dust

“Gunn is adept at denuding light fiction of its usual tics and imbuing it with the hallmarks of literary fiction. The characters are multidimensional and ring true at nearly every turn.”

Publishers Weekly

“Robin’s stories always make me feel as if I’ve actually visited another amazing part of the world. I loved hearing about Bryan Spencer in Canary Island Song. Reading his love story was like getting caught up with an old friend.”

—Tricia Goyer, author of Songbird Under a German Moon

"Robin Jones Gunn always delivers a chance to escape to a romantic place. Her fresh and witty characters are unforgettable."

—Tracey Jane Jackson, author of The Civil War Brides Series

"Gunn's ability to immerse the reader in the setting of her novels elevates a meaningful story to magical. Realistic situations involving family and loss will resonate with readers."

—Romantic Times Book Reviews (4 stars)


"Gunn's ability to immerse the reader in the setting of her novels elevates a meaningful story to magical. Realistic situations involving family and loss will resonate with readers."

"--Romantic Times" Book Reviews (4 stars)

Product Details

  • File Size: 2190 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0058PY4KO
  • Publisher: Howard Books (July 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IK9C70
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rekindled relationships July 6, 2011
As an avid Robin Jones Gunn reader, when I got an email about the opportunity to review her newest book, Canary Island Song, I was all over that. I started out reading her Christy Miller series in middle school, and was able to follow along with Sierra Jensen as I was in high school. Canary Island Song was a fun way to briefly catch up with a couple characters from those series via Bryan Spencer.
Robin's books always make me want to live in the islands, whether Hawaii, where many of her books venture, or the Canary Islands, like in this book. Her descriptions are so lush and vivid, I can imagine myself there. Of course, I am then brutally reminded that I am, in fact, not on an island, but in Minnesota. Tragic.
The book starts out with Carolyn's twin sister Marilyn getting married, and Carolyn realizing she needs to "get a life," in the words of her adult daughter, Tikki. After a brief, failed relationship begun at Marilyn's wedding reception, Carolyn agrees. And the best way to get a life? Take an impromptu trip to the Canary Islands just in time to surprise her mom, Abuela Teresa, for her seventieth birthday!
While in the Canary Islands, Carolyn spends time with the Women of the Canaries--her mother and aunts--getting a life after the loss of her husband. She still blames God for his death seven years later. Through flamenco dance lessons, treating herself to a pedicure, and, of course, reconnecting with her high school summer sweetheart, Bryan Spencer, Carolyn is able to regain both her life and her relationship with the Lord.
This is a sweet story about mother-daughter relationships, healing after loss, and the rekindling of love, many years and heartaches later.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Set sail on a romantic adventure! July 24, 2011
Often times we have to accept our lot in life. Whatever choices we have made along the way are personalized just for us.

When life dealt Carolyn a tough hand, she dealt with it the best way she could. She coped on the outside, put on a smile when need be, and avoided the subject of her husband, Jeff's death. Even after so many years the grief remained buried deep inside. As long as no one mentioned it, she could ignore it.

Yet, life was passing her by! Her twin sister, Marilyn is already married and she is moving on and finally out of her house. Now alone, she takes the advice of her sister and daughter, Tikki, that she needs to get out there again. Meet some one. Fall in love again!

With the approach of her mom's 70th birthday, she plans a surprise for her and returns to the Canary Islands. She is ready to begin a new start, but what she didn't expect was to meet up again with the man who captured her heart at 18 and broke it. Will she be ready to start a new life or will her past reclaim her and hold her heart captive again?

I received Canary Island Song by Robin Jones Gunn, compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and have to give this one a 5 out of 5 stars. We all have had our fair shares of heart breaks in our life, but rarely do we get the opportunity to possibly rekindle that old flame. This is a novel about romance but also about dealing with grief and the ability to move forward even though our hearts and emotions will sometimes hold us back. Filled with so much love and hope, this novel is a great summer book that will take you to the most unexpected places.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read! May 23, 2012
By cllane2
Robin Jones Gunn is most known for her Christy Miller, Sierra Jenson, and Katie Weldon series', and while lovers of those series will connect to this book, because Todd's dad is in it, you don't have to know anything about any of these characters to love this book. This feels more like a Sisterchicks book, or Gunn's Under a Maui Moon.

When her sister gets remarried, Carolyn finally gets her house back after her sister and nieces have been living there for last several years. Being unsure what to do with her new freedom, her grown daughter tells her to get a life. Carolyn decides to leave her familiar routine and go visit her mother in the Canary Islands, and her mother's 70th birthday is the perfect time to go surprise her mother. She arrives just in time for her mother's surprise party, and who else is there but her high school summer love, Bryan Spencer. It's been seven years since Carolyn's husband passed, and she is now ready to find love again. Carolyn's time in the Canary Islands isn't just about finding love, but finding life again, and Carolyn does just that.

I have been looking forward to reading this book for a year. It was a great read and I recommend this to anyone looking for a good summer read.
I give this book 5 stars.
I received this book free from Howard publishers for the purpose of this review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Does it Again! September 9, 2011
For fans of Robin Jones Gunn, as well as those who haven't had the pleasure of reading her books before, Canary Island Song is a must-read.

I joke that Christy Miller was one of the best friends I had in high school, and the funny party is, I'm only half-joking. If you're like me and you love the Christy books, you are sure to appreciate the hero's connection to Todd, as well as the novel's brief mention of this couple. In some ways, Canary Island is sort of like an adult Christy Miller book: the whimsical beauty of love with some of life's hardships mixed in.

Carolyn is a young widow whose heart yearns for love but still feels the pain of her sudden loss. Bryan is a single father who's family drama brings him back to the Canary Islands. Together, these two rekindle a past worth remembering.

Something magical happens between the spaces of a Robin Jones Gunn book, and this novel is no exception. I can't explain it. All I can say is that Robin has an amazing ability to make the reader empathize with the characters, and to transport the reader into the vibrancy of different locations. In this case, that location is full of sort breezes, camel rides, flamenco dance lessons, and adventure. Also, Robin does a nice job weaving historical details into the story so that fans of historicals will still be satisfied with this contemporary story.

There is strong and well-developed family thread that was probably my favorite aspect of the book. Grandmother, mother, and daughter all come together in this tropical setting to find their dreams and their strength, but most importantly, to find it together.

All in all, another A+ from Robin. You know a book is good when you come away from it wishing you could meet the characters, and that certainly holds true here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Robin Jones Gunn
This book made me want to travel to the Canary Islands. The story captured my attention right from the beginning. Could hardly put it down.
Published 5 months ago by Jackie in MV, WA
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Best book in the entire world. The plot is amazing!!! I've never read a better book. Thank you so much Robin!
Published 6 months ago by Chadron Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I loves this book so much! I was so excited to see the connection to Todd and Christy as they are my favorite Gunn characters. This was an amazing and touching read. Five stars!!
Published 6 months ago by Kearstin McClintock
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin's latest great read!
I hadn't read Robin Jones Gunn since the "Sister Chick" series; so I was excited to read her new book!
This was an excellent read, in Robin's great style! Read more
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"Forever With You", Robin's newest book is available from her Online Shop at This first book in the Christy & Todd: The Married Years series picks up where the last Katie Weldon book ended.

You are warmly invited to visit Robin's website at Be sure to sign up for the Robin's Nest Newsletter and have a browse in the Online Shop.

Over the past 25 years Robin has written over 85 books with over 5 million copies sold. She and her husband have two grown children and live in Hawaii.

Her best-selling, award winning novels include the Christy Miller series for teens as well as the Sierra Jensen and Katie Weldon series.

The popular Glenbrooke series features eight gentle love stories and her Sisterchicks(R)novels are a favorite among midlife readers who enjoy the emphasis on travel and friendship in the series.

Robin's standalone novels include "Gardenias for Breakfast", "Under a Maui Moon", "Canary Island Song" and "Cottage by the Sea". Her newest release, "Victim of Grace" offers a personal glimpse into her life as a wife, mother and writer.

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