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Wildflowers: Book 8 in the Glenbrooke Series [Kindle Edition]

Robin Jones Gunn
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Genevieve Ahrens moves into the charming community of Glenbrooke, she revives the downtown area by purchasing the Wallflower Restaurant and making it a town favorite. But Gena's heart needs some renovation of its own when her daughter marries and Gena is back in touch with her estranged husband. All of her advice to a young friend about forgiving and trusting God to heal the hurt haunts her as she and Stephen talk through what went wrong in their marriage. Will the pain-filled couple experience the joy of God's redeeming grace or the agony of divorce?

Genevieve has been married for over half her life…so how can she suddenly fall deeply in love for the very first time?

Genevieve Ahren’s dream is coming true at last! Glenbrooke’s Wildflowers Cafe goes up for sale and Genevieve knows she can make it into something special.

However, her new venture is far from easy. With her husband gone so often due to his career as an international airline pilot, Genevieve is alone in making all the important decisions. Her heart is empty and hollowed out...like an isolated cottage boarded up for a long winter season.

It’s in the solitude of this dark season that Genevieve discovers friends she didn’t realize she had. When this small circle of tender-hearted women rally around her, Genevieve finds light streaming in through the door of her heart. A door she thought she had locked and bolted long ago. The biggest surprise of all is when Genevieve realizes she is giddily in love—with the last man she expected could make her feel this way!


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Amazon.com Review

Love, longing, and faith in midlife are the triple themes braided together in Wildflowers, the sweet eighth installment of the Glenbrooke Series by popular Christian novelist Robin Gunn. As Genevieve Ahrens busies herself making a success of the Wildflower Café, she's aware that the rest of her life is in trouble. After 26 years of marriage, "all the doors to her heart were shut, and all the shades were pulled down tight," and she's withdrawn from her faith. Genevieve's husband Steven is a commercial airline captain who is away for long stretches of time, leaving her bitter and resentful. When fire guts the Wildflower Café, Genevieve can no longer distract herself from the frozen state of her soul and her heart. In the end, she finds that it is her ability to forgive the past through a renewed faith that thaws her unhappiness. Although occasionally the descriptions become a little heavy-handed, Gunn's fans will find that her award-winning ability to tell a good story is in full evidence here. --Cindy Crosby

About the Author

Robin Jones Gunn is the award-winning, bestselling author of more than 45 books, including 8 in The Glenbrooke series. She is also the author of the nonfiction work, Mothering by Heart. Robin and her husband, Ross, live in Portland, Oregon, with their teenage son and daughter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2206 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590522397
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books; Repack edition (November 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009UAO214
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! November 2, 2001
Format:Paperback
Genevieve Ahrens had been married to Steven many years. Their oldest daughter had already left the nest and only two remained. With Steven being an airline captain and gone often, she kept busy with her newly-acquired café. Gena had wonderful plans for the Wildflower Café. The famous author of the "All The Best" line of books even stopped by. He planned to return in a few months to see if the changes would be good enough for him to feature the café in his next book! Gena's assistant, Leah, was a big help and a close friend.
When a major crisis occurred at the café, once again Steven was not there for Gena. Their marriage problems were getting worse and their future together looked bleak. But friends slowly showed her how to open her heart to God. Gena must learn that sometimes God does not answer prayers for very good reasons.
***** An excellent example of writing! This is the type of novel that should be read slowly and savored. I enjoyed every page! Each time I stopped reading it was with a glow in my heart. Wonderful! I hope to see more from this author soon. *****
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just About Teen Problems!!! May 31, 2002
By Sierra
Format:Paperback
The book, Wildflowers, doesn't focus mainly on teens, as many books nowadays do. Being a teen myself this is okay, but for the adult readers, it's not. I was very surprised to find out that Genevieve wasn't a teen, nor was she 20 or 30. This was very refreshing! I commend Robin J. Gunn! This book actually illustrated things that can really happen, as opposed to, "Oh yeah, my boyfriend broke up with me today.My dog bit me." This book is highy reccomended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildflowers November 1, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Robin Jones Gunn has done it again! She has made me happy.
Her books are the best, everytime I read a new one by her I think, her books cannot get any better! Wildflowers, her latest book in the Glenbrooke series defies this and only shows her great writing style.
The main character, Gena goes through many situations that make her start questioning what has happened to her faith in God. This book is like a coming of age book (although Gena is not a teen or young adult) she learns some important truths prior to her new understanding of what it is to really know someone is by and will never leave you. Through the her renewed relationship with God, she comes to overcome obstacles that were hindering her relationships from going further.
I really liked the book because it was by Robin Jones Gunn! Also, the book is great because no matter what is going on, I can feel the presence of God in the midst of all the turmoil in Gena's life. The book is a reminder to all that it is never too late to renew your relationship with God, or if you don't have a relationship with hime yet, you can start right away!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildflowers comes up roses January 7, 2004
Format:Paperback
Ms. Gunn tackles everyday woes and worries with a kind and sometimes funny approach. In today's world where divorce seems to be the only answer, Ms. Gunn provides a different way. She portrays the fears and frustrations that can build between a husband and wife over the years until divorce seems the way out to relieve the pain. The author treats this subject with understanding and spiritual wisdom. It's so hard sometimes to give your life to God and let the pain go. Though this is fiction, the situation is believable and the results leave the reader with a good feeling. I have re-read it twice and still enjoy the story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift of hope December 3, 2001
Format:Paperback
I've loved all of Robin's Glenbrooke series, but this is now my favorite. It's a great gift of hope to anyone who has felt the joy seep away over her married years. "Wildflowers" will awaken your heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Wildflowers is the 8th and final book in the Glenbrooke series. I am not sure if it is my favorite because I read all prior 7 books in the series, so felt like I already knew many of the characters, or because it is one of the few romances I have read where the two main characters are already married, but due to some external difficulties and challenges, both began to wonder "Where did the excitement and beauty of our first days together go?" It also helped that there is no gratuitous sex, violence or occult themes which are found in so many of the popular romance novels. Yet it is obvious that God created men and women to have intimacy and celebration and good communication as part of a healthy marriage.
Since I have been married over 30 years, I have seen some of those challenges which this couple faced. Fortunately, neither my wife or I have had to see either of our businesses burn to the ground or wonder where the money would come from to rebuild, but I have been laid off from a job more than once, and similarly to what this couple saw, we have seen God's provision, both directly, and through gifts from thoughtful Christian friends, as well as being hired to new jobs after sending out many resumes, networking etc. I loved how they wrote Bible verses on the floor of the restaurant before tiling and painting it, and looking over someone's shoulders as some of those encouraging verses were found. When I finished the book, I only had two disappointments, 1) That the series was over, and 2) That my wife and I did not have enough money to go and buy 20 copies of this series so we could share copies with our friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good books
i love robin guns books. particularly the sisterchick series. they are all good.
Published 2 days ago by William Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
Best book series ever! I am having trouble putting it down. It keeps me enticed more than a TV show. Very vivid writing. Great story!
Published 5 days ago by LauraJ
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Published 3 months ago by Timicia Hanna
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5 star series
Published 4 months ago by jeanette J Martinez
1.0 out of 5 stars hard to get into the characters or like them especially
Genevieve seemed very ungrateful and thankless for the blessings in her life to me. I am surprised her husband hung around for so long. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Deborah Bonner
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
loved the message. good for entire family. arrived on time. have no regrets. highly recommend for those who enjoy family friendly product.
Published 6 months ago by DANA
5.0 out of 5 stars A novel with genuine depth!
Wildflowers could be the inspiration that married Christian women need and the very thing singles could learn from! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars book
great book - good clean fiction and we have circulated this book through our group of friends at church and al have loved it and the characters. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Julie Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready to move to Glenbrooke
Christian literature is uplifting and gives encouragement as the reader lives vicariously through the characters joys and sorrows. Author writes realistically.
Published 15 months ago by Mossy
4.0 out of 5 stars Wildflowers
My mom let me borrow this book to keep me busy on a plane ride. The book is well written and inspiring. It is a fast read. Read more
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More About the Author

"Forever With You", Robin's newest book is available from her Online Shop at shop.robingunn.com. 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 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.

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