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Gunn's third Sisterchicks novel offers the expected chick-lit emphasis on female friendship, enhanced by this series' usual formula of a girlfriends' getaway. In this case, the "sisterchicks" are actual sisters—two 40-something Canadian women who inherit what they are told is prime real estate on the coast of Mexico, and run for the border to check it out. Melanie, the book's narrator, is a born organizer and worrywart who, rather predictably, discovers joy in Christ and in her free-spirit sister Joanne, a saintly idealist with a character-saving dash of fun. Although the novel is preachy at times, many Christian women will identify with these sisters and their entertaining exploits, from their highs (a chocolate-laden luxury cruise, a hint of romance) to their lows (being ripped off at a rental car firm, battling las cucarachas during an unexpected detour). Gunn writes with humor and a deep understanding of the power of women's intimacy.
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About the Author

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 20 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Publishers (September 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159052229X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590522295
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 www.robingunn.com. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on July 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
Sisterchicks in Sombreros by Robin Jones Gunn is the 3rd installment in this series. One of the great things about this series is that the stories really aren't related so you can read them in any order and not miss anything, but I enjoyed the reference to book #2 in this one. Melanie and Joanne are sisters who have lost touch with each other and in some ways themselves until their uncle leaves them beachfront property in Mexico that they must visit in order to inherit. The trip takes them on a cruise ship, driving across Baja, and into more scrapes than they ever thought they could handle. The message of the book is surrender. Surrender to God, surrender control, and surrender our expectations in order to really fully experience life. The message is powerful, and I really enjoyed the read, but I felt this book was more chick-lit (no pun intended) than the previous two which had deeper themes. It's still a winner!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tonya Speelman VINE VOICE on March 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. Took me about three hours to read from beginning to end! I couldn't put it down and you won't either! The story is a great one, of two sisters who have inheritated a beach front property in Mexico and go down to sign some bank papers, taking a cruise to get there part away. They have some mishaps which will make you laugh and want to have a robe just like them!

They become closer to each other and to the Lord, one already believing and the other drawing nearer every day. They meet a few interesting people and learn about others and ways of life along the way.

You won't want to miss out on this book and I will be looking forward to all the others!! BRAVO!
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Robin Jones Gunn is one of my favorite authors, and her books almost always are written for one audience but are appreciated by a much wider group of people. Sisterchicks In Sombreros is no exception.

This book opens with Melanie and her sister Joanne going on a last-minute whirlwind trip to Mexico. Their crazy (excuse me, eccentric) aunt has discovered that their uncle, who died three years ago, left his beachfront property to Melanie and Joanne. Before Melanie can even begin the usual planning, her aunt's lastest cruise tickets are exchanged for two cruise tickets to Mexico, and the 'almost twins' are on the adventure of a lifetime.

*SPOILERS*

Accidentally sneaking into a private party, discovering Melanie's allergies to mango (or is it guava?), and a heroic act on Joanne's part, the duo find themselves driving across the desert in a Jeep with no roof. Sharing a dinner of tortillas and cactus and a night in a single bed with a Spanish woman teaches them to count their blessings. The sisters run into a cop who doesn't speak English and a doctor who is surprisingly single. Then, after enjoying a few days in the 'silver sci-fi' trailer, complete with hammock and four-foot stuffed marlin, they drive back to the other side of the Baja Peninsula and finish the trip with an on-board cake decorating contest.

*END OF SPOILERS*

All through their trip, God seems to be working in the sisters' lives. Joanne is opening up to the dreams God might have for her and Dr. Matthew, while Melanie must learn to stop running from and start running to God. The sisters learn to count their blessings and let God, not their plans or dreams, reign over their lives.
This book is full of laughter and lessons, and a few kooky characters. All in all, I give this book the full five stars.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FaithfulReader.com on November 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
In an interview on FaithfulReader.com earlier this year, I asked Robin Jones Gunn if her "sisterchick" characters would always be sisters in Christ; she answered, "This will be an interesting angle to explore in these books." Little did I know --- and savvy of her not to say --- that her next book, already written, would address this angle. Fortysomething sisters Joanne and Melanie are certainly not diametrically opposed; Joanne does attend church, after all. But while Melanie's life is centered on her personal relationship with God, Joanne's is centered on the daily dilemmas of family life.

For Joanne, the devil is in the details: organizing and planning have become a form of serenity. When the sisters discover that they have inherited a vague piece of property in Mexico, Joanne is the one who tries to make everything flow perfectly. Jones Gunn has used this character device in the first two Sisterchicks books, mainly to show that things are out of our hands --- humans can't try to make things go the way they want them to. Here, she quietly but effectively shows that Joanne has allowed her need for control to cover up her lack of inner peace. The women start off on a cruise ship because of their aunt's generosity and well-maintained status as a preferred passenger on the line. When they run into an eccentric and likable group of women throwing a fabulous chocolate-tasting party, they first hear the term "sisterchicks" --- and Joanne sees in those spontaneous, exuberant ladies qualities that she not only lacks, but also covets.

Soon, Joanne gets the opportunity for spontaneity when she and Melanie discover that they are going to have to rent a car and drive to their deceased uncle's property in order to meet a legal deadline.
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