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Sisterchicks In Wooden Shoes (Sisterchicks #8)

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A multi-tasking mama, Summer Finley has found ways to handle whatever life throws at her with grace and a grin. Until now, that is. An “abnormal” medical test result sends Summer into an emotional tailspin and prompts her to fulfill a life-long dream of “meeting” her best friend and pen pal since fourth grade, Noelle Van Zandt, face-to-face.

Their blissful week together in
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Published May 20th 2011 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published May 5th 2009)
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This is the first book I've read of Robin's and I was surprised that I liked it, I was expecting something corny with the title, "Sisterchicks", but I found the story of the two friends inspiring. OK, some of the story was corny but I loved it having lived in Amsterdam, I could imagine the bikes falling into the canal and wish I could have seen the wooden shoe boat! Robin has a good way of bringing Bible verses into the story --- I needed to be reminded to hold the words in my heart instead of j ...more
I've read all of the books in this series, so I knew what I was getting into with this book. But even with that knowledge I was not disappointed.

Gunn writes fiction with a base in Christianity, but the books never feel preachy. This book, like the other, follows the friendship and travels of two women. In this case it is Summer and Noelle, lifelong pen pals who have never met. Both middle-aged now, Summer, who lives in the midwest, gets news that her mammogram has come back with an abnormality
A well written book about trust in God and Friendships! I enjoyed this books and seeing how Summer is going to cope with the possibility of cancer by booking a trip to the Netherlands to visit her long time pen pal. I loved the descriptions of the Netherlands, the author does a wonderful job of describing every detail making it feel as though you are right there. I enjoyed learning about some of the customs and fun and better yet interesting places to visit in the Netherlands. This was a quick e ...more
I really like the Sisterchicks series. The books are very simple and straightforward, but they always have a very positive Christian message, which I really like. In this book, the main character goes to Holland to visit her penpal of 40 years, in an effort to escape a worrisome health diagnosis, and ends up finding courage to stand up and look her fear in the eyes. The quote I liked best from this book was, "I can do all things with Christ who strengthens me." Another reason I like this series ...more
Normally, I pick up these books for the lighthearted laughter and uplift they inspire in me. This one was hard for me to read, however. It truly is a book presented in hope, but reading of a woman who recounted her miscarriages, had a mother who went through breast cancer, and waiting on her own abnormal biopsy results... there may have been a time when her journey would have been powerful and comforting for me, but that wasn't what I was reading the book for at the time. It was a good story, bu ...more
Jennifer Defoy
This was a great book about finding yourself and spiritual growth.

I've never been in the position that Summer was placed in. Hearing that you have an abnormal test result is probably a very scary situation. I would imagine that all the things you've never done seems to spread themselves out like a list of life's failures. But for Summer that seemed to be just what she needed.

The writing wasn't great but the characters, while a bit two-dimensional, were very real to me. The spiritual and intros

When Summer Finley has an abnormal mammogram, her initial reaction is denial. Her mother had died from breast cancer, and Summer is not ready to deal with it. So, she books a trip to Holland to visit her best friend (and pen pal) since third grade, Noelle Van Zandt.

A dream vacation, complete with hilarious ‘accidents’ follow the two friends. Noelle is a life-saver for Summer, and Summer helps Noelle deal with some long-time issues too. But what will happen with Summer once she gets home? Will s
Jeanie Pryor
I finally finished reading this book. I started it in book club a while back and never did get to finish before we had the meeting. So I put it on the shelf and finally took the time to finish it last night. I always love Sisterchick books. They are so easy to read and are full of so many life lessons. I love that they are about friendship and when I read them, I always long to have a best girlfriend like the ones in the books. They seem to always have so much fun together even through the trial ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes by Robin Jones Gunn is the latest in her fantastic Sisterchicks series. Each stand-alone book features a pair of women in an exotic location learning about God, friendship, and themselves. When Summer Finley gets word from her doctor about an abnormal mammogram, she decides to take a break from her carefully ordered life and fly to The Netherlands to visit her lifelong pen pal Noelle VanZandt . The two girls were paired up as pen pals in third grade, and in the 35 ye ...more
SISTERCHICK (R) (n): a friend who laughs with you till you cry
and cries with you until you laugh; a gift from God.

Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes! is a heartwarming story of fear and faith, hope and love. How can a friend you have never met become one of your dearest friends? Will God use her to bring you closer to Him?

Summer and Noelle have been pen pals since the fourth grade. They have shared their secrets, hopes, dreams, and family's through letters sent between Ohio and the Netherlands. Now,
This is not a book I would normally choose to read for myself. But I won it and committed myself to read it and I really ended up liking it. It's a Christen book and author so there were no affairs, no children murdering children, no foul language, no one dropping in to bed with someone they met 30 minutes earlier. It was sort of a slow meandering book that takes a slice of life and lets you live it with the characters, not perfect characters but pretty normal, true to life characters. I really ...more
When I first picked up a Robin Jones-Gunn book it was because we shared the same name (Robin Jones). I was glad that I did - I absolutely adore the 'Sisterchick' novels.

I actually won this edition on the GoodReads sweepstakes page - I was very excited to be selected as one of the winners.

I was a little skeptical with this edition because of the underlying major tradegy hanging in the shadows. I was recovering from surgery myself and was looking for something upbeat. I was worried that this book
What do you do when you get the call that you have had an abnormal test and need to schedule a biopsy? Why, go visit your life-long pen pal of course. That is exactly what Summer does. Noelle is her "sisterchick," and she needs to finally meet her face to face. Summer's understanding husband Wayne tells her to go, so she finalizes her plans to fly to the Netherlands. Summer doesn't want to talk about the test, just enjoy the moments with Noelle and her husband Jelle. She knows that the biopsy wi ...more
In Sisterchicks In Wooden Shoes, Robin Jones Gunn captures the authentic feelings of friendship and demonstrates the deep need we have for each other. I felt like I was a stowaway on Summer’s trip, traveling with her through her exciting adventure in Holland. Her characters begin awkward with each other and grow more comfortable as the story progress. Summer and Noelle are great examples of the ease and comfort of friendship and the informal intimacy that occurs between Sisterchicks.

This was my
I read my first "Sisterchicks" book several years ago and it was just what I needed at the time. A lighthearted, delightfully fun read with a bit of substance to it as well. I enjoyed this one ALMOST as much.

An “abnormal” medical test result sends Summer into an emotional tailspin and prompts her to impulsively fulfill a life-long dream of meeting her best friend and pen pal since fourth grade, Noelle Van Zandt, face-to-face. Their blissful week together in the Netherlands finds Summer and Noel
Nora St Laurent
I could totally relate to the premise of this book. When Noelle says to Summer, take my hand and I’ll show you the sites of my town. I thought back to when I visited Lea, my high school BFF, for the first time in Toronto, Canada. We had gone to school together and after graduation she moved to Canada. We didn’t have the speed of email, back then but I really enjoyed her letters. When it was time for me to visit her she took me by the hand and showed me the lovely sites of her new home. Lea showe ...more
I learned that author Robin Jones Gunn lives in Oregon. I decided I wanted to read one of her books. Then I learned she was in Hawaii. I’m not sure why, but somehow that made me feel cheated. Her book, however, didn’t make me feel cheated at all. And though I’d like to visit Hawaii one day, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Holland with Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes.

Actually, I really have been to Holland. I’ve sailed on the canals in Amsterdam and Robin Jones Gunn’s descriptions brought it all ba

The moment Summer Finley hears that word in connection with medical tests, her world changes. Having seen "abnormal" results finally take her mother's life, she finds herself emotionally unable to face the possibilities innate in the ugly term. Her reaction is to make an uncharacteristically spur-of-the-moment trip to the Netherlands. She'll deal with the interminable period of waiting for biopsy results after this long-anticipated trip. Never having met her pen pal and best friend sin
Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes is the 8th book in Robin Jones Gunns Sisterchick series. I have read all of the previous ones and I have loved every single one of them. That includes this one. Robin has a way of writing and making her characters seem so real that I often have to remind myself that I am reading a piece of fiction and not a biography about two real women. I love the emotions that seep through the pages of her books. I love how she shares so simply yet deeply the struggles of her char ...more
Donna Earnhardt Earnhardt
I went to Holland this week...sort of. But I travelled to Holland without boarding the plane or touching a toe to foreign ground…all compliments of SISTERCHICKS in WOODEN SHOES by Robin Jones Gunn!

SisterChicks in Wooden Shoes is a book in the SisterChicks series. Not knowing anything about this author, the book or the series, I wasn’t sure what to expect. And when I saw there was a prologue (I’m not a huge fan of prologues), I was leery. But she grabbed with the first line.

“We do what we have to
Homewood Public Library
When Summer was told she needed a biopsy she baked cookies which helped her think. Then she made flight reservations to the Netherlands. She had never met her pen pal in person and felt this was the time for a chick adventure with Noelle. Summer's husband was supportive of the plan. For a week Summer would learn about her good friend and her husband, their culture and pieces of their history. The Ten Boom family touched lives by saving lives. Summer and Noelle visited the Ten Boom home and museu ...more
I have always wanted to read the "Sisterchick" books, so I was delighted when I won a copy in the Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed this book so much I couldn't put it down. I started it one night before going to bed, picked up where I left off the next morning and did not quit reading until I finished a few hours later. The spiritual insights realized by Summer and Noelle held so much meaning for me, that I found myself writing them down in the blank pages at the back of my Bible. Robin Jones Gunn ...more
I believe I have now read all the Sisterchick books and loved them all. Our family lived in Germany for 4 yrs and Korea for 2 yrs and we did lots of traveling while there so many of the Sisterchick locations are familiar to me and bring back memories. We spent only a long weekend in the Netherlands - we were able to visit Anne Frank's house (instead of Corrie ten Boom's) and dip our toes in the North Sea. We went looking for windmills but we were not there at the right time of year for blooming ...more
Lenore Webb
SisterChicks! Do you have one? Is it a best friend or a relative? Do you get to spend much time with them or travel together? Well Robin Jones Gunn has written a series of SisterChick novels. The latest being Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes! It arrived here in the mail yesterday and I curled up with it last night. I loved the idea of a trip to a far away place, this time in Amsterdam. It was great to see through this book the hiding place of Corrie ten Boom, imagine the beauty of the tulips in bloo ...more
I love the Sisterchick series, so I read this one as soon as I could after it was published. Robin Jones Gunn does a great job with this series, and she takes me along with her again as she visits a foreign land. This books is about two friends who have been life-long penpals. Noelle now lives in Holland. Summer finds out she has an abnormal medical test and decides to visit Noelle before having to face more testing.

I want to visit the Corrie Ten Boom house and museum, so it was nice to get to v
Maureen Timerman
When Summer receives a report that a medical test needs to be redone as it was abnormal, she panics. Within a short period of time has made and confirmed reservations to Holland to see her friend Noelle. Although they had never met they had been friends for years as pen pals.
What a delightful trip! I wanted to be there with them, and I could just picture the things that went on! Summer driving in a strange country, teaching the birds English, riding in the boat! I would love to go to the Ten Bo
Nicole Allen
I absolutely adored this book. I love the line when Noel observes in Summer that she has decided to "own the truth instead of rent it." priceless. Many times we experience something negative and we forget all the times God came and rescued us. When we own the truth of God's faithfulness times of fear and uneasiness will be diminished
Recorded book inspirational read by Barbara Rosenblat one of the best narrators made this book more enjoyable. The author weaves social justice and bible verses into the lives of these two middle-aged friends who are on an adventure in the Netherlands. I didn't rate it higher because the writing is a bit saccharine and cliche at times.
Ashley Barrett
I liked this book. You rarely find middle-aged main characters in Christian fiction....or I don't read them often. I liked that the main characters were interesting in their own right, but even more animated together. I love to travel so it's a great combo for me! Friends, food, travel, light-hearted, Christian focus. Loved it for an easy, fun read.
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ROBIN JONES GUNN is the much loved author of over 85 books. With nearly 5 million copies of her titles sold worldwide, her popular Christy Miller series now continues in Christy & Todd: The Married Years. Her novels and non-fiction works have received multiple awards and are a favorite with book clubs and study groups. Robin and her husband have a grown son and daughter and live in Hawaii.
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