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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310276578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310276579
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Gunn has been writing about Katie and her friends for years, most notably in the popular Christy Miller series… The dialogue that ensues is at once heartbreaking and utterly familiar to anyone who has ever been in Katie's shoes. Moreover, Katie's religious faith never feels sentimentalized or tacked on, but is integrated beautifully into the charming plot.” (Publishers Weekly, February 2008)

From the Back Cover

Ever since high school, Katie Weldon has wondered what it would be like to be Rick Doyle's girlfriend. As a college senior she's about to find out. In the swirl of Katie's upgraded dating life, she receives an unexplained bouquet, an unexpected call from her mother, an unprecedented girls' night out with Christy, and an unhappy moment when her beloved car, Baby Hummer, takes its last wheeze. Rick's new roommate, Eli, complicates things by inviting Katie on a midnight jaunt to see a meteor shower. Under a canopy of stars Katie grasps a new view of the universe---out there as well as up close. As if she had nothing else to do, on a whim, she singlehandedly starts a fund-raising campaign for clean water for Africa. With Rick caught up in making plans for the future, how will Katie navigate her way through the remainder of her college career with no money, no transportation, no spare time and no idea what God is up to? On a Whim is the second book in the Katie Weldon Series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

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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She finished all four books in less than a week!
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As an avid fan of Robin Jones Gunn, I've read every series that she's ever written.
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She would be an interesting mother in law for whoever marries Katie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on January 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Katie Wheldon is now in her senior year of college and she thinks she has everything planned out. She especially thinks she's ready to take her relationship with Rick to become more serious. Rick is ready too but his work schedule works havoc into making their intentions happen. So Katie steps back and lets things go more slowly. However after a midnight trip into the desert to do some star watching with Rick's roommate and events like Baby Hummer dying, Katie becomes confused about how her future should be planned out.

Reading about Katie Weldon is like reading the story about one of your close friends. I grew up reading the Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen series so reading Katie's books is a must. I definitely miss being an undergrad student living in the dorms when I read this book. Dorm life is something everyone should experience. The adventures Katie has in the dorms just bring back a lot of memories. I loved the whole flower mystery. I was kind of worried about the way Katie and Eli's relationship was going. I don't want anything to compromise her relationship with Rick. The trip out to the desert, while breathtaking, did have grounds for concern from Christy and others. While totally innocent, I could see why eyebrows might have been raised especially at a Christian college. I do love reading about her and Rick's relationship. It's great to see Rick evolve from the high school jock who tried to get Christy to this really nice grown up guy who cares very much about Katie. I just do not understand Katie's mother. It seems that no matter what Katie does, she cannot please her. I would go absolutely berserk if she was my mom, but Katie handles her very well. She would be an interesting mother in law for whoever marries Katie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the bookworm on July 11, 2009
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As an avid fan of Robin Jones Gunn, I've read every series that she's ever written. However, out of this genre of her novels, the Katie Weldon books are clearly her best works.
Katie Weldon, a relatable college undergraduate, is doing her best as an RA at Rancho Corona University. She has finally moved into the "fast lane" with her boyfriend Rick and has made new friends in her dorm. However, life gets complicated in the dorms when Katie meets Rick's roommate, Eli, who has an odd vested interest in her, and when an unexpected call comes from Katie's mother, and as Katie recieves some unwelcome news about her long-lost brother. However, through it all, Katie looks to God and keeps hope.
I would highly reccommend this series. Katie is a lovable and complex character, who is easy to relate to and interesting to read about. In my opinion, Robin Jones Gunn is keeping up her reputation as a highly inspirational writer for teens.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on February 12, 2009
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I enjoyed the writing style and Katie's struggles remind me so much of college. I felt like I was there again. I admire Katie's spunk and earnestness, and especially her decision to commit her finances to the Lord.

I feel as though I'm missing something in Katie's history because I haven't read the Christy series. (I picked up the Katie Series because I had enjoyed all the author's Glenbrooke Series.) Apparently, Rick is a reformed player and so he is trying to be careful with his relationship with Katie. He appears so reserved that it makes me wonder if he has deep enough feelings for her. I could understand where her insecurities come from in their relationship because he seems to be holding back his feelings. She seems to be settling for so little from him. In fact, I may be voicing an unpopular opinion here but I thought Eli was a better fit for her, more relaxed.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the next book. Ms. Gunn always ends her books well so I'm looking forward to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Dieleman on October 4, 2009
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The second book about Katie was incredible. I couldn't put her story down because I was excited about what would happen in Katie's life. I felt her pain, her joy and became truly excited at the way the ending turned out. Robin Jones Gunn has an amazing way of bring God into the picture in the most unlikely ways. I am looking forward to reading the third book in this series to see what happens next.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By barefootinparis on September 24, 2008
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I have been eagerly awaiting this book to be released and I read it all in one afternoon. I just couldn't put it down! This book is full of surprises, and it has left my heart screaming, "more please!"

I cannot wait for the next installment in this lovely series!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Randall Morrison on October 17, 2008
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This Book is so so so so good!!!! I would highly highly highly reccomend this book!!!!!! It was full of surprises, and some chapters were hilarious!!!!! I can't wait for the third book to come out!! I am a HUGE fan of Robin Jones Gunn and I reccomend ALL of her books to everyone!!!!!
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By Janelle on June 16, 2014
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I really loved this book! But I wish Katie told Rick her news at the end, but I guess that would take away from the sweetness of the end of the book.
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By Happy Mom on June 9, 2014
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The Katie Weldon Series intertwine with the "Christy Miller Series and the Sierra Jensen Series" as they are all friend and each series tell the story of the main character of the series. However, you do not have to have read the first series to enjoy any of the subsequent series... we hadn't read the Christy Miller Series before we read the Sierra Jensen Series"

We love the "Katie Weldon Series" If you have loved other books by Robin Jones Gunn.... or good, clean, intriguing (girl flick) books for your teen/young adult that are full of great values, life lessons and integrity...these are your books!!! They are also woven with Biblical values and how to view dating or not dating for a godly perspective... (really they are all about trusting God for the "one" He has for you) In a society where almost every TV series show people portrayed as sleeping w/various other people w/no consequences or remorse...these books are so right and refreshing. As a parent, I usually read a book before I give it to my child just to make sure it was clean and appropriate All the Robin Jones Gunn's books that I have read are so right on and fun and engaging and written with such moral integrity as well as being scriptually sound that I am confident that any book you purchase by her would delight your reader, whatever the age....I found myself in a race to see who would get to read these first!
Absolutely wonderful books void of glamorizing mushy pointless teen girl infatuations w/boys and give instead a refreshingly right perspective. If you have a teen that is getting way too much of the worlds perspective on meaningless dating...this and any of the above mentioned series will give your teen girls a taste for tasteful dating perspective w/o feeling like they are sitting through a lecture. They are all worth investing in for your child! Also, for younger reader, there are the Miss Rosey Posey series..full of values and Bible lessons!
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