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Robin Jones Gunn grew up in southern California and began writing for publication in 1985, when her children were young. Her storytelling attention turned to writing novels for teens as a result of being involved with her husband, Ross, in full-time youth ministry for over twenty years. Recently, Robin began writing the Sisterchick novels for women who are ready for God to meet them in new ways as they enter the next season of life. Robin and Ross live near Portland, Oregon, and have a twenty-year-old son and a teenage daughter.

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Laurie came up with the idea to go to Hawai’i. Both times. The first time she made the suggestion was in 1983, when we were sophomores at UC Santa Barbara. I was up to my eyebrows in shattered bits of my heart when I burst into our dorm room to blurt out the news: My engagement was off. While I had been busy trying on bridal gowns and ordering invitations for the June 19 wedding, my fiancé was leaving work early to smooch with some seventeen-year-old cinnamon twist who worked at Taco Bell.

Laurie saw it coming, but to her everlasting credit, she didn’t try to collect my heart’s fragments and glue them back together. Instead, she administered a steady supply of tissues for my big, globby tears and listened patiently until I had no more words to spit at her.

“Hope, listen to me,” she said firmly. “You’re going be okay. Better, actually.”

I said something about how the only thing that would make me better would be some serious chocolate. So we proceeded to the vending machine at the end of our hall and ceremoniously inserted our precious laundry quarters until all the Oreos and Reese’s Pieces were ours. Returning to the room, we ate every last dot and crumb while sitting cross-legged on Laurie’s sheepskin rug.

“I think we should go somewhere on June 19,” Laurie said. “Someplace exotic.”


“Because you need a fresh start. A new dream. Something wonderful to look forward to. Where should we go?”

The only place I wanted to go was a dark cave where I could hibernate for six months.

“I have an idea.” Laurie rose to her feet. She fluttered her arms about to the right and then the left while awkwardly swishing her hips. “What do you think?”

“I think you need hula lessons,” I said flatly.

“Exactly! I do need hula lessons. And so do you. That’s why we should go to Hawai’i. On June 19. Just the two of us.”

I let the word Hawai’i plant itself in my ravaged soul like a lone tiki torch flickering in the midst of all the smoke and ashes. Hawai’i.

All we needed was some money.

Laurie and I spent spring break in Napa Valley working at the restaurant Laurie’s parents owned. We hoped for many generous tippers, but it turned out there was only one. Gabriel Giordani.

Before my eyes, Laurie fell in love with this struggling artist who came to the café every day with his two daughters. His wife had passed away a few years earlier, and all the locals loved to gossip about Gabe and his paint-splattered jeans. Laurie gave them something to really gossip about our last morning there, when she kissed Gabe on the mouth, right in front of the café window.

She and I were about three miles down the road when Laurie said, “You know what, Hope? I’m going to marry that man.”

I studied her profile and solemnly said, “I know.”

I also knew that on June 19 Laurie and I would not be flying to Honolulu. Somehow, it was okay.

Many years later, when my husband and I saw one of Gabriel’s paintings in a restaurant, I told Darren that, looking back on that season of my life, I realized I didn’t need the actual trip to Hawai’i as much as I had needed the possibility of such an adventure. That was what Laurie gave me—she dared me to dream when I wanted to die.

Darren said I should get back in touch with her because true friends like that are hard to come by.

“I know,” I said. “But Gabe is practically famous now. They’ve probably moved to an estate. She might not remember me.”

“She’ll remember you.”

“I don’t know if the phone number I have is right anymore.”

“You won’t know until you dial it and see.”

But what would I say? I miss you, Laurie. By any chance, do you still have the key to the back door of my heart? Because I have yet to make a duplicate and give it to another friend.

No. I wouldn’t call Laurie or write her. The season of our friendship had passed.

Then, as only God can, He surprised me. I think He prompted Laurie to call out of the blue just to prove that He knows me by heart. He knows what I need even when I’m too timid or belligerent to ask for it. Laurie and I had an unfinished dream. Neither of us had yet learned to do the hula.


The day Laurie called me she was in New York.

I was in the garage, mopping up psychedelic puddles of Rocket Pops. Our ancient freezer had coughed its last icy breath sometime during the night, and the entire summer supply of Little League frozen confections was forced to seek alternate accommodations. Unfortunately, the Popsicles tried this on their own and met with disaster.

“Gabe has meetings all afternoon,” Laurie said, after I recovered from the shock of hearing her voice in the middle of my mess. “I know it’s last minute, but I’d love to drive up to see you.”

“Are you sure?”

“Yes, very sure. If it’s not too inconvenient.”

I warned her about the Popsicle massacre. “And it’ll take you a couple of hours. Are you sure you want to drive?”

“Yes, I love to drive. Remember?”

I smiled. Yes, I remembered. Laurie had a passion for the open road. “Are you going to rent a convertible?”

“You know it! Now don’t go to any trouble.”

I hung up the phone, rinsed my permanently cherry-scented mop, and frantically began cleaning the rest of my humble abode like Tigger on steroids.

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  • File Size: 1016 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (February 4, 2009)
  • Publication Date: February 4, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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Tales of Christy & Todd continue in Robin's new series "Christy & Todd: The Married Years". Book 1 "Forever With You" and Book 2 "Home of Our Hearts" are both available now. Book 3 "One More Wish" is coming in summer, 2015.

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. Other popular non-fiction includes "Praying For Your Future Husband" and "Spoken For".

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lor369 on April 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book details the friendship of 2 college friends and their adventures in Hawaii. I loved reading about the traditions of Hawaii throughout the book. It was good reading about 2 Christians who are having some good, clean fun. And I like the fact that they added the pregnancy to the storyline.
I did feel that the trip was a little "too perfect" and really, anticlimatic. It would have been more interesting to have read a little more drama or a few things going wrong here and there, like in the first Sisterchicks book.
But overall, this was a very enjoyable book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
In 1983 at the University of California at Santa Barbara, when Hope's fiancé dumps her, she turns to her best friend Laurie for solace. Though they have no money Laurie decides they will do the Hula in Hawaii to help Hope overcome her broken heart. However as Hope recovers, Laurie meets widower father of two, artist Gabe, and marries him. They did not go on their Hawaiian vacation
Years later, living in Connecticut Hope is happily married to a high school coach and raising three teenage sons; Laurie is in California also happily married but her three daughters have left the nest. Laurie decides it is time to do the hula on their upcoming fortieth birthdays just a few days apart. Though pregnant, Hope agrees that it is time to pull out all the guns and loose the superchicks on Hawaii. Can the fiftieth state survive the invasion of the superchicks?
The return of these super sisterchicks is a fun sort of chick lit tale starring two forty year old women. Laurie and Hope make for a fine tale as their friendship is the way relationships should be and their spouses add love and depth. The antics of the dynamic duo bring to life a different look at Hawaii as if Lucy and Ethel (not Gidget) were tourists on vacation there. SISTERCHICKS DO THE HULA is a warm run on the beach.
Harriet Klausner
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. Northrop on July 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
I hate to be negative when it comes to Christian fiction. This is the second book in the genre I've read and this one isn't much better than the first one I read, although this book seems to appear to want to be affiliated with the "chick lit" genre, by the look of the cover and the title.

I didn't feel a real connection between the two 'friends.' They could have been put together by a travel agency for all the warmth that I felt between the pages.

Like another reviewer here, what I did like were the historical Hawaiian tidbits. There were also frequent reminders to appreciate God's creation, and it certainly doesn't hurt to be reminded of that.

The secondary characters were about as human as a sack of potatoes. Midway through the book, I was anxious for it to be over as I didn't feel I was going to like it any better beyond that point.

Again, as another reviewer here mentioned, their little vacation was just too perfect. I wasn't really transported to another place as the author seems to think she's doing by going into detailed description of the islands, the food and the ambiance. Reading about two women having fun on a vacation just didn't do it for me. The little snafus (if you could even call them snafus) barely made a blip on the screen of the plot.

And having pregnant Hope drive like Speed Racer with a truck full of surfers on the Hawaiian highway was innapropriate and irresponsible. It seemed that the author was trying to show the reader that Hope had a little bit of a "free spirit" within her but it didn't really come off that way. Just seemed like stupid behavior to me.

Finally, the word "sisterchick" comes off as cornball. I can't imagine who would actually use that word to describe themselves and their friends in real life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Evans on July 7, 2012
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I read this because it was a book club selection, otherwise I never would have picked it up. The story involves two women who were supposedly bff's in college and then don't see each other until they're approaching forty. I found the whole idea bizarre, that they would suddenly want to go to Hawaii together after years apart. They actually had nothing in common; one was a naive mother (and expecting another baby), who was savvy enough to own her own baking business, but surprisingly dense about alot of other things. I was astounded that she had never had a manicure or pedicure, got hopelessly confused by how to apply sunless tanning products and had never tried sushi, etc, etc.... She is constantly putting herself down and comparing herself to her more sophisticated friend. Meanwhile, her buddy lives in an enormous house, is married to a world renowned artist, loves to drive fast cars, dress gorgeously and shop. What was more troubling is this woman's desire to become an artist herself (photography) and she's afraid to tell her husband.

I read it in one day, it's very light, easy to read. The small sections about Hawaiian culture are pretty lightweight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Favorite Christian Books on October 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is just one of those stories that just makes you feel good! Reading it helped me escape to Hawaii along with Hope and Laurie. I really liked Hope, she was going through a major life changing event but she was taking all in stride. Her love for God's creation was inspiring. As a photographer I also could relate with Laurie. It was encouraging to watch both of them grow and accept the challenges they were facing.

This story made me laugh and at times cry. It was very easy to visual the scenes as the author described the girls' adventures. The author also added some interesting history about Hawaii that added a meaning to the story and helped the characters see the true meaning of many of the tourist sights. It made me want to visit Hawaii all the more.

This is an easy read that allows the reader to escape the troubles of the world and just enjoy reading a book. There are pearls of wisdom in the story that give it depth. I hope to read more of the Sisterchicks!
Disclaimer: I did receive a copy of this book from the publisher, but I was under no obligation to give anything but my honest opinion.
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