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Sisterchicks on the Loose! (Sisterchicks Series #1) [Paperback]

Robin Jones Gunn
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Book Description

May 7, 2003
Sharon has lived calmly in Chinook Springs, Washington, her entire life. All that changes when her best friend of twenty years, Penny, takes an impulsive trip to seek out her only living relatives in Finland -- and brings Sharon with her. The land of reindeer and saunas holds infinite varieties of zaniness for these two unlikely friends -- Sharon is a quiet mother of four and Penny was a motorcycle mama before she came to Christ -- who return home with a new view of God, a new zest for life, and a big impact on those around them for decades to come.

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Editorial Reviews


"Robin's novels are a delight to read--perfectly crafted, heartwarming, and fun!"

About the Author

Robin Jones Gunn is the award-winning, bestselling author of over fifty books, including the popular Glenbrooke series and the Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen series for teens. A frequent speaker at women's events, she lives with her husband, Ross, and their two teenage children near Portland, Oregon

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Publishers; First Edition edition (May 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590521986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590521984
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

"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.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Not-To-Be-Missed Treat March 5, 2004
I've heard a lot about "Chick Lit" lately-- those books that center on our woman-to-woman, girl-to-girl relationships. I wanted to see what this new genre of literature is all about, so I picked up Sisterchicks on the Loose.
What a delight.
Yes, it's fun-- full of experiences like lacy underwear shopping in Helsinki and savoring chocolate on more than one continent-- but Robin Jones Gunn's delicate use of language and emotion take us much deeper. There are word images in the book I will never forget-- like touching the translucence of a fragile bone china teacup or seeing a lone star through Sharon's eyes or watching snowflakes incinerate on sauna-heated skin.
The spiritual element unfolds just as inticately as the relationship elements. I wouldn't have missed this book. I'm ordering Sisterchicks Do the Hula.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Antidote to Many "Chick Lit" Books January 24, 2004
I'll confess: I adore so-called "Chick Lit" in all of its many guises, whether that means a Bridget Jones "singleton" heroine or a Jennifer Crusie-type middle-aged woman striking out on her own for the first time. However, all too many of the "Chick Lit" characters and plots involve myriad kinds of substance abuse (from caffeine to codeine and beyond) and self-loathing (cottage-cheese thighs, wardrobes lacking glamour, nasty boyfriends). So I found Robin Jones Gunn's new novel SISTERCHICKS ON THE LOOSE! a refreshing antidote to these other books, and believe that women of various spiritual paths will relish this different take on female lives and friendships.
Meet Sharon, a Washington State Christian wife and mother whose best friend Penny roared into town on the back of her husband Dave's Harley. After nearly a decade of living next door to each other, Sharon and Penny are separated when Dave takes a job in San Francisco. When Penny calls and reminds Sharon of their long-ago church-nursery vow to take off on an adventure together, Sharon is loath to leave her family --- even when Penny explains that she's paying for the jaunt to Finland to meet her dead mother's only sister. Unlike other Chick Lit heroines, however, Sharon has a steadfast and warm husband supporting her. When Jeff tells her he can handle hearth, home and three of four children (eldest son Tyler is away at college), Sharon faces her fears of flying and takes off with Penny for Helsinki.
Of course, no plot would be complete without tension, and since Jones Gunn has given Sharon a good man, she cannily provides a bad mother-in-law to ratchet things up a bit.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ladies book! October 20, 2004
I thoroughly enjoyed Sisterchicks on the Loose!! It was more than just a "fun" book - it brought out issues about friends, spouses, in-laws and just getting along. I so much enjoyed reading about other 40ish women and their insights. It was hard to believe that it was a work of fiction - seemed like it really could have happened! I loved it and would highly recommend it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An adventure! April 30, 2004
By lor369
This book details the friendship between 2 friends and their adventures in England and Finland. This was a very interesting book, getting to read more about Finland and England, and about the people and their customs.
I enjoyed the humor throughout the book. I liked reading about the customs officer teasing Penny about her name, Penny Lane. I liked the contrast between the 2 characters: the one free-spirited and assertive, and the other one, more serious and cautious. Yet, the characters were able to come together and have a lasting friendship.
There were plenty of ups and downs withing the book, like Sharon losing her luggage, Penny worried that she was going to die because her mother died so young, and the discussion about Penny's past, and the cousin who was going through some worrisome times. But there was a lot of fun, like the chocolate and the visit to a Finish sauna.
I highly recommend this book about a good, Christian friendship.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a day's vacation! June 19, 2003
Reading this book was like taking a relaxing and entertaining vacation for a day. That sounds like a cliche, but I can't think of any more accurate way to describe it! As a twenty-something mother of a toddler, I wondered...would I even enjoy a book about middle-aged mothers of teenagers and their friendship? However, the story carried me across the world from my daily responsibilities and gave me a 24-hour vacation! I loved it!
Best friends and middle-aged mothers Sharon and Penny embark on a crazy trip to Finland to search for Penny's roots and relatives. While dealing with lost luggage and entertaining encounters with strangers (and consuming great quantities of chocolate), they each discover new sides to their identities and hidden strengths in themselves and their friendship. The hilarious chapter describing their first encounter with a Finnish sauna is worth the price of the book alone! Robin Jones Gunn has created genuine, down-to-earth, endearing, unfailingly fascinating characters. Just make sure you have plenty of time to read when you pick up this book because it will be hard to put down!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Sisterchick! June 19, 2003
By Jaynie
This book kept me up late because I didn't want to put it down. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me realize I am a sisterchick myself. Robin Gunn's writing is so beautifully descriptive. I almost felt as though I'd taken a trip to Finland with her. I highly recommend this wonderful book. Give a copy to your best friends!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming
love the God references. we should all be thankful for what we have. Praise the Lord more. I plan on reading more of the series.
Published 1 month ago by mo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed the book Sisterchicks on the Loose very much. all of the sisterchick books are good.
Published 2 months ago by Merry Villers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Sisterchicks on the Loose
Light-hearted and delightful adventure story of two friends traveling to Finland to find Penny's relatives. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anita M. Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Poked fun at my own inhibitions...ha.
This was fun reading. The part about having a sauna & rolling in the snow was hilarious. This book is nice for the older woman to be encouraged to try new adventures. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Sisterchicks!!
This was an excellent book filled with adventure, happiness, tears and trusting God to lead us in the right direction. Looking forward to the entire series.
Published 6 months ago by Donna Gunich
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Very light and very enjoyable. Would recommend and have recommended to all of my friends. It would so much fun to "Just do it"
Published 8 months ago by conjonlew
5.0 out of 5 stars Sister chicks on the Loose
Loved the book. The story was believable, humorous & heart touching. The friendship between the two main characters was open & honest with each other about their families, their... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A So-So Read…
Labeling a genre is sometimes detrimental to the book itself, but in the case of "Sisterchicks on the Loose", labeling it may help readers, because in my opinion it meets... Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Sisterchicks on the Loose by Robin Jones Gunn Review!
Sisterchicks On The Loose is the first book of the Sisterchicks series by Robin Jones Gunn. This story takes place in 1994, when 2 unlikely best friends, Sharon, a quiet mom... Read more
Published 8 months ago by krystal
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