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“Robin’s tender heart and wisdom make every one of her books poignant and unforgettable.” (Karen Kingsbury, New York Times bestselling author of Like Dandelion Dust)

“Gunn is adept at denuding light fiction of its usual tics and imbuing it with the hallmarks of literary fiction. The characters are multidimensional and ring true at nearly every turn.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Robin’s stories always make me feel as if I’ve actually visited another amazing part of the world. I loved hearing about Bryan Spencer in Canary Island Song. Reading his love story was like getting caught up with an old friend.” (Tricia Goyer, author of Songbird Under a German Moon)

"Robin Jones Gunn always delivers a chance to escape to a romantic place. Her fresh and witty characters are unforgettable." (Tracey Jane Jackson, author of The Civil War Brides Series)

"Gunn's ability to immerse the reader in the setting of her novels elevates a meaningful story to magical. Realistic situations involving family and loss will resonate with readers." (Romantic Times Book Reviews (4 stars))

About the Author

ROBIN JONES GUNN is the much loved author of 90books with over 5 million copies sold worldwide. Her popular Christy Miller series continues in the new Christy&Todd: The Married Years series. The award winning Sisterchicks® novels are book club favorites along with her non-fiction titles, Victim of Grace and Praying For Your Future Husband. Robin is a frequent speaker at local and international events. She and her husband have two grown children and live in Hawaii.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416583416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416583417
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
As an avid Robin Jones Gunn reader, when I got an email about the opportunity to review her newest book, Canary Island Song, I was all over that. I started out reading her Christy Miller series in middle school, and was able to follow along with Sierra Jensen as I was in high school. Canary Island Song was a fun way to briefly catch up with a couple characters from those series via Bryan Spencer.
Robin's books always make me want to live in the islands, whether Hawaii, where many of her books venture, or the Canary Islands, like in this book. Her descriptions are so lush and vivid, I can imagine myself there. Of course, I am then brutally reminded that I am, in fact, not on an island, but in Minnesota. Tragic.
The book starts out with Carolyn's twin sister Marilyn getting married, and Carolyn realizing she needs to "get a life," in the words of her adult daughter, Tikki. After a brief, failed relationship begun at Marilyn's wedding reception, Carolyn agrees. And the best way to get a life? Take an impromptu trip to the Canary Islands just in time to surprise her mom, Abuela Teresa, for her seventieth birthday!
While in the Canary Islands, Carolyn spends time with the Women of the Canaries--her mother and aunts--getting a life after the loss of her husband. She still blames God for his death seven years later. Through flamenco dance lessons, treating herself to a pedicure, and, of course, reconnecting with her high school summer sweetheart, Bryan Spencer, Carolyn is able to regain both her life and her relationship with the Lord.
This is a sweet story about mother-daughter relationships, healing after loss, and the rekindling of love, many years and heartaches later.
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Often times we have to accept our lot in life. Whatever choices we have made along the way are personalized just for us.

When life dealt Carolyn a tough hand, she dealt with it the best way she could. She coped on the outside, put on a smile when need be, and avoided the subject of her husband, Jeff's death. Even after so many years the grief remained buried deep inside. As long as no one mentioned it, she could ignore it.

Yet, life was passing her by! Her twin sister, Marilyn is already married and she is moving on and finally out of her house. Now alone, she takes the advice of her sister and daughter, Tikki, that she needs to get out there again. Meet some one. Fall in love again!

With the approach of her mom's 70th birthday, she plans a surprise for her and returns to the Canary Islands. She is ready to begin a new start, but what she didn't expect was to meet up again with the man who captured her heart at 18 and broke it. Will she be ready to start a new life or will her past reclaim her and hold her heart captive again?

I received Canary Island Song by Robin Jones Gunn, compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and have to give this one a 5 out of 5 stars. We all have had our fair shares of heart breaks in our life, but rarely do we get the opportunity to possibly rekindle that old flame. This is a novel about romance but also about dealing with grief and the ability to move forward even though our hearts and emotions will sometimes hold us back. Filled with so much love and hope, this novel is a great summer book that will take you to the most unexpected places.
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Robin Jones Gunn is most known for her Christy Miller, Sierra Jenson, and Katie Weldon series', and while lovers of those series will connect to this book, because Todd's dad is in it, you don't have to know anything about any of these characters to love this book. This feels more like a Sisterchicks book, or Gunn's Under a Maui Moon.

When her sister gets remarried, Carolyn finally gets her house back after her sister and nieces have been living there for last several years. Being unsure what to do with her new freedom, her grown daughter tells her to get a life. Carolyn decides to leave her familiar routine and go visit her mother in the Canary Islands, and her mother's 70th birthday is the perfect time to go surprise her mother. She arrives just in time for her mother's surprise party, and who else is there but her high school summer love, Bryan Spencer. It's been seven years since Carolyn's husband passed, and she is now ready to find love again. Carolyn's time in the Canary Islands isn't just about finding love, but finding life again, and Carolyn does just that.

I have been looking forward to reading this book for a year. It was a great read and I recommend this to anyone looking for a good summer read.
I give this book 5 stars.
I received this book free from Howard publishers for the purpose of this review.
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I always enjoy books by Robin Jones Gunn. This book was no different. It seems I often read books that seem so repetitive or slow, and I end up kind of "trudging" through the book. Gunn has a great way of bringing the reader into her stories and you can visualize everything. She also incorporates both serious and humorous moments into her stories. A lovely book.
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