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Some dreams take a while before they come true. Best friends Hope and Laurie never made it to Hawaii during their college years. But when they're about to turn forty, the islands still beckon, and off they go - with an unexpected stowaway on board (Hope happens to be seven months pregnant). A little pineapple, a little sunshine, and a surprising little surfing lesson give ...more
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Published December 30th 2003 by Multnomah Publishers (first published January 1st 2003)
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Elaine
Jul 28, 2012 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone! Sisterchicks everywhere!
Recommended to Elaine by: Found it on a shelf -- tried it, liked it! Went and bought more to give as gifts!
Absolutely DELIGHTFUL fun story of 2 friends who celebrate their 40th birthdays together in Hawaii! Exactly what I needed at the time!


Favorite quotes:

"To friendship that spans the decades . . . . " ". . . to friendship that spans further than our current hip measurements." . . . . "You are the bright, sheltering umbrella in the fruity slush of my life." (pp. 102-103 LP version)


". . . . the first twenty years are all about charm. From twenty to forty, it's about beauty. Forty to sixty is the c
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Chris
May 02, 2015 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: the-worst, churchy
I have never read a book of this genre before, so I decided to branch out a bit. I think the author was so intent on creating an uplifting, clean book that she also wound up writing a bland, bland book. I'm not saying I need murder, wall to wall curses and nonstop sex in my books, but I would like a little more conflict in my books than a character getting orange skin from a self tanner. This book read more like a vacation itinerary than an actual novel with a plot, conflict and resolution. I do ...more
Katie
Aug 14, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
For the most part I enjoyed this book. I found some of the dialogue a bit unrealistic (especially in a conversation with the main character and her sons), but it was moving and inspirational at the same time.
It made me feel inspired to find my own contentment with the Lord. I really like the subtlety used in introducing the Lord to the reader through Hope's realizations of how God delights in His creations. As well as how it continued on in a soft, sweet pace that made my heart light and wondro
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Amy (Foxy)
Jun 15, 2012 Amy (Foxy) rated it it was amazing
SERIES:
Sisterchicks on the Loose (Sisterchicks, #1) by Robin Jones Gunn Sisterchicks Do the Hula (Sisterchicks, #2) by Robin Jones Gunn Sisterchicks in Sombreros (Sisterchicks, #3) by Robin Jones Gunn Sisterchicks Down Under (Sisterchicks, #4) by Robin Jones Gunn Sisterchicks Say Ooh La La! (Sisterchicks, #5) by Robin Jones Gunn Sisterchicks in Gondolas (Sisterchicks, #6) by Robin Jones Gunn Sisterchicks Go Brit! (Sisterchicks, #7) by Robin Jones Gunn Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes (Sisterchicks, #8) by Robin Jones Gunn
No cliffhangers. Spinoffs.
Laine (librarianscanreadtoo)
Laine (librarianscanreadtoo.blogspot.com) Review:

Who here does not like Hawaii? Nobody? I KNEW IT!! I'm not the only one that just CRAVES for Hawaii. My brother got a chance to go to Hawaii for his high school graduation present, I couldn't. Money issues. (You know, the whole economy sucking, and me working for minimum wage) Anyways, this sisterchicks book is really starting to get to me. I'm really liking it. Kind of makes you think of your friendships and are they really sisterchicks (for they
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Kristin
Jun 30, 2008 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
I enjoyed reading this book for the second time, and (as often happens), enjoyed it for different reasons.

The recurring theme of the book was "learn the unforced rhythms of grace" (Matthew 11:29).

One friend had a passion but was afraid and unclear what to do with that hobby/passion. I enjoyed watching her learn to embrace the gift that God had given her and choose to use it. (One conversation they had was: "you realize, don't you, that what you have here is not a hobby. This is a gift. A calli
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Jennifer Lombardi
Sep 07, 2013 Jennifer Lombardi rated it really liked it

I thought this book was cute. There was no romance, no mystery, just girlfriends having a fun vacation but it was entertaining. I did not want to put it down because I was curious to see what happened next. I have not read any of the other Sisterchick books but I will have to find them now!

I really enjoyed reading all of the fun facts about Hawaii! That is a state that is FAR away from where I live (Florida) and I will most likely never get there but who doesn't want to go and have that experien
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Jody
Oct 21, 2013 Jody rated it it was amazing
I have absolutely fallen in love with the Sisterchicks. This was the second book in the series so I did not even get to read the first one in the series so I ordered it online immediately; I want to read every single one of the books in this series.

Hope and Laurie had such an awesome time in Waikiki celebrating their 40th birthdays together only in style, they did everything they could possibly do, they went on all the tours they could go on, they went snorkeling, surfing, sailing, to the luaus,
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Ellen
Aug 10, 2011 Ellen rated it really liked it
As a woman on the cusp of 40 herself, I was clearly part of the intended audience of the book. This refreshing tale of best friends reminded me of a more grown-up version of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Although it was a bit too perfect at times, there was an undeniable joy that ran through the story and made me wish for such a perfect vacation like the one the buddies enjoy. The gems of hawaiian culture and language interwoven with rich Christian symbolism earned what would have been ...more
Margaret
Jul 29, 2011 Margaret added it
Shelves: 2010
A light and easy read. Nice story about the women reviving their friendship and going to Hawaii together. I did think it odd that the author spelled it Hawai'i - the two times I have been there I have never seen it with an apostrophe. The character of Hope was a little naive I thought (she had never heard of mahi mahi, a common fish served at restaurants in the US). The writing was rather simplistic and unsophisticated but it was just the thing I needed after a stressful week at work - fast, lig ...more
Erin
Feb 26, 2009 Erin rated it liked it
Normally I don't read Christian chick lit, because I find all the blatent references to religion a little unreal (Are there really people who walk around talking about God like that?) BUT...this was still an entertaining read and I could really relate to the joy of nature and creation.... in this story, two women go to Hawaii to celebrate their fortieth birthdays nad come to terms with this new period in their lives. A celebration of friendship and how a true friend can make such a difference in ...more
Misty Nordyke
Dec 23, 2014 Misty Nordyke rated it it was amazing
This book was an AWESOME READ !!
I just loved this book and could not put it down, I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

Hope and Laurie were best friends in collage but after school life happened and they lost contact with each other. After reuniting Laurie and Hope decided to go on a "Getaway", just like they had planned to do during collage. They decided to go to Hawaii to celebrate their fortieth birthdays.
But on Thanksgiving Day, Hope finds out that on this trip they will have a
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ShelbyLibrary
May 13, 2014 ShelbyLibrary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kelsey-books
Who here does not like Hawaii?

Nobody?

I KNEW IT!!

I'm not the only one that just CRAVES for Hawaii. My brother got a chance to go to Hawaii for his high school graduation present, I couldn't. Money issues. (You know, the whole economy sucking, and me working for minimum wage) Anyways, this sisterchicks book is really starting to get to me. I'm really liking it. Kind of makes you think of your friendships and are they really sisterchicks (for they guys, brother-? Bros? The Guys? (Man you guys ar
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Lauren
Feb 16, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it
Sisterchicks Do the Hula by Robin Jones Gunn
Two grown women reconnect many years after being college roommates. Agreeing to take the vacation they never got to go on...Hawaii. These best friends learn what good can come from restoring an old friendship.
I did enjoy this story but it wasn't what I expected. This is one of those books you keep in your car for when you are stuck waiting at the DMV or doctors office. Even one to read on a beach or vacation where there are lots of people around. Or b
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Lena Morrison
I do my reviews in the form of a letter, which is why they are written like this.

Dear Robin Jones Gunn,

I actually wrote this review a long time ago, but I accidentally erased this book off my bookshelves, and I lost it.
Anyways, I enjoyed this book. It wasn't meant for my age group. But I read it and liked it. I felt especially touched by the whole meaning behind the word "Aloha".
The main character was likeable, but since she was so much older than me I can't relate to her. I'm so much more u
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Kim
Feb 22, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it
I love the way these women can have fun without going to baudy parties or drinking themselves silly. The series is truly delightful.
Karen Korb
Dec 18, 2013 Karen Korb rated it really liked it
My Thoughts On The Book: This book could have been about me and my best friend. I found it to be an easy read that was just a simple feel good story. I enjoyed their trip to Hawaii and felt as if the perfectness of their trip mimiced my own when I took my best friend/sisterchicks for her fiftieth birthday As an amatuer photographer I was envisioning all the pictures they made and went to find my own album so I could see how I saw the island. I really enjoyed the interesting historical tidbits th ...more
Stephanie
Dec 25, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
This was a very nice book! As always, Robin Jones Gunn has terrific characterization and I always seem to love the way she portrays her characters' thoughts and actions. Being a huge fan of the Christy Miller, Sierra Jensen, and Katie Weldon series', I decided to begin this book as my first experiment into the Sisterchicks series. I'm in my mid-twenties now and really hoped I'd be able to relate to these characters in a similar way as the teen and college-aged characters I'd grown up with in the ...more
Michele
Sep 19, 2007 Michele rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: girlfriends
Some dreams take a while before they come true. Best friends Hope and Laurie never made it to Hawaii during their college years. But when they're about to turn forty, the islands still beckon, and off they go - with an unexpected stowaway on board (Hope happens to be seven months pregnant). A little pineapple, a little sunshine, and a surprising little surfing lesson give these two sisterchicks all their crazy hearts could hope for - and more - as they enter the next season of their lives with a ...more
Michelle Jones
Jul 27, 2011 Michelle Jones rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Michelle by: God
Divine guidance led me to this book. I was at the library without my reading glasses so I went to the large print section and I liked the title of this book. I had a few minutes so I sat down and started reading. I was hooked. As long as Robin Jones Gunn will write I will read. Her writing style is as easy to read as it is to have a conversation with a friend. You get to know her characters and consider them friends. And when she takes her characters traveling you get to go along as well. She de ...more
Rose Rush
Feb 17, 2015 Rose Rush rated it really liked it
This was a fun, light story of two women who go to HI for the 40th birthday. Laurie and Hope pick up just where they left off in their college years. Hope discovers God's glory and beauty in the customs of HI, the people they meet and the beauty of the island.

a great summer, relaxing, upbeat read. For any woman who has those "true and tried" friends, this one is a good one for you.
Kim
Apr 27, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book as a bit of reminiscence of my trip to Hawaii many years ago. And like the first book, I thoroughly appreciated how the characters' faith was interwoven throughout the story. However, I didn't like it quite as much as the first Sisterchicks book because the characters didn't seem to have as much depth. Overall a great gentle read.
Mary Pauline
Aug 29, 2015 Mary Pauline rated it really liked it
My faith in finally appreciating the Sisterchicks book series has been restored. I really enjoyed this book. Felt like I was included on the journey. After a break, I will probably go back and revisit the first Sisterchicks book; this time via audiobook, then venture on to the third.
Donna
Jul 09, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it
First book I have read by this writer. Laurie and Hope had a blast in Hawaii doing the things that good Christian women can do without alcohol and things not pleasing to God. It was a fast read and enjoyed it. Will look for more of her books........
Amy Christopher
Apr 23, 2014 Amy Christopher rated it liked it
Easy read but such a fun author who really focuses on character relationships.. If you love road trips with friends, you will love this!
Debra
Aug 17, 2012 Debra rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I'm sure most of us have had a good friend go on a wonderful vacation and want to share all the details of it with us. We are excited to hear all about our friend's adventures because we love her and want to know those things that make her smile and the things that moved her spirit.

Well, this story is kind of like that, but these people are not your close friends. They are strangers. And who really cares what some stranger did on vacation?

I noticed the author was trying to send some good message
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Monica
May 01, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it
This is Jami's favorite author. Jami has read most of her books. And now she would like me to read them.
Tracy
Jun 24, 2009 Tracy rated it did not like it
Yeck. If it weren't for the names, I wouldn't be able to tell one character from another. They weren't any different at the end of the book than they were at the beginning, and they were very poorly developed. I'm supposed to read two more of this series for a summer book club, and I don't think I can do it. I'm afraid they'll all be the same -- just different names and different exotic locations. The author should just have written fun little tour books, since she obviously spent a great deal o ...more
Jennifer Newsom
Apr 09, 2014 Jennifer Newsom rated it it was amazing
Now hooked on these books! Reading the Brit one now!!
Jez
Nov 10, 2008 Jez rated it it was amazing
The section I loved most in this book is when a Hawaiian woman explains that children are sometimes called "pua," the Hawaiian word for flower. Children are "fragile and sweet and small. They stay with us for such a short time. Think of this the next time a child links her arms around your neck and you wear her embrace like a lei."

Light, fun, inspirational, easy read. Join two friends as they had to Hawaii for the trip they always meant to take. Along they way they learn more about themselves an
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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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  • Sisterchicks in Sombreros (Sisterchicks, #3)
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  • Sisterchicks Say Ooh La La! (Sisterchicks, #5)
  • Sisterchicks in Gondolas (Sisterchicks, #6)
  • Sisterchicks Go Brit! (Sisterchicks, #7)
  • Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes (Sisterchicks, #8)
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“So, aloha means 'to breathe into the face or share spirit with another.” 4 likes
“Why are you crying?'
'How can I possibly look good to you? I'm pregnant! I'm really, really pregnant!'
'Of course you are. Why are you crying?'
'Because I'm going to Hawai'i!'
'Yes, you're going to Hawai'i. Come on now, pull yourself together.'
I kept crying.
Darren looked frantic. He stepped back and fumbled for his roguish smirk. 'So, is this a hormone thing?'
'No, it's not a hormone thing! I'm old, Darren! I'm old and pregnant, and I'm going to Hawai'i. Can you understand how that makes me feel?'
He could not.
How could I possibly expect my husband to understand all the bizarre things that happen to a woman in spirit and flesh when a friendly alien takes over her body? He still couldn't figure out why Laurie and I wanted to fly all the way to Hawai'i just to spend a week lounging around the pool, comparing underarm flab, when we could stay home and have the same conversation over the phone for a lot less money.”
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