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Under a Maui Moon

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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  572 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Carissa doesn’t know who she is anymore. She and her husband, Richard, are recent empty nesters; Richard is spending more and more time at work counseling his volatile clients and less time at home with his wife; his clients are starting to show up at the house at night causing Carissa to feel scared in her own home; and to top it all off, Carissa’s boss informs her that s ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Howard Books (first published June 18th 2010)
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Mar 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Gunn's books are always so peaceful and uplifting. They help refresh and restore my soul. All the characters were brought to life and folks I would like to meet. I look forward to hearing more by this author.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, it's a nice light read that includes wonderful descriptions of Hawaii.
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Author: Robin Jones Gunn
Publisher: Howard Books
July 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4165-8339-4
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction

Carissa and Richard’s marriage is falling apart. Neither one of them are communicating well with each other, and the last straw is when an intruder appears at Carissa’s home and Richard takes the side of the intruder and doesn’t validate Carissa’s concerns. To make matters worse, Carissa goes to work on Thursday and discovers that she’s been “let go,” with on
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contempory
I love Robins books and had really wanted this book. I finally got it on the kindle and read it in 2 days. I really loved the story. Having been to Hawaii in January and having a day trip to Maui it made the book all the better. Some of the areas that are mentioned I went to or near and could picture where Carissa was. The story is well written with the issues Carissa and Richard are having then being retrenched and needing time out. Carissa heads for Maui and things don't happen as she expected ...more
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Just like every other Robin Jones Gunn books I've read, Under a Maui Moon was a very enjoyable read. There were a few things that were strange, but overall I like it a lot and would recommend it.
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for a copy of Under a Maui Moon by Robin Jones Gunn. I was given this copy in exchange for an honest review.
Who likes vacations? I know I do. I would also say cancer sufferers love vacations even morel. What would be your favorite destination? I know that I have been wanting to travel out west again. This time I plan to visit Maui. So I invite you to come with us to Maui!
Carissa is an office manager for a busy medical practice in Portland Oregon. One m
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish this book was around when my parents were going through their marital struggles. Things would've definitely worked out differently. It's amazing how God picks us up when we fall. The temptations we face are very real, but God's power is greater. Praise God!
Samantha Boothroyd
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story!!!!
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I give this a 3.5, very light but I enjoyed reading about many places I've visited at my second home.
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I WILL be doing a review for this one..... sooo good
Quintin Reitzel
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very Good
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed it! It was also nice to see glimpses of other favorite characters from other books by the author!
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Empty-nesters Carissa and Richard should be coming into a wonderful place in their marriage, but counselor Richard's explosive clientele threaten Carissa. When she loses her longtime job on top of tensions with Richard and his devotion to his job, her retiring boss offers use of his house in Maui and she jumps at the chance to go--alone.

Gunn weaves a tale of marriage on the rocks and distancing from God in the Hawaiian paradise with endearing characters. Each chapter begins with a verse written
Linda C
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Carissa Lathrop is lounging in her backyard with her dog when she hears a prowler. She calls her husband, who seems to know who the prowler might be and then 911. Shortly after the cops arrive her husband does and goes right to the suspect and begins talking to him. It turns out to have been one of his counseling patients. Carissa is upset that his practice has come to their home and that her husband's first thoughts are for the patient and not her safety. This is the surfacing of a tension in t ...more
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Not a bad read. Carissa and her husband are going through a rough patch in their marriage when Carissa is informed that she is being let go from her job because their basically downsizing. Her old boss gives her the key to his cottage in maui an tells her to take a vacation there and get some rest etc.
Carissa's husband is out of town on business and she decides to jump at this once in a lifetime opportunity to evaluate what her marriage has become etc. Next to this cottage is her old boss broth
Oct 26, 2011 rated it liked it
I have always enjoyed reading Robin Jones Gunn; she writes fun inspirational chick lit which is great for a light read. Sometimes I have wished her characters would be a bit more developed, and in this story I was pleasantly surprised by more depth that I remembered from her other books.

I’m not sure if it’s because there are fewer main characters than in some of her series or because the subject matter is so near to her heart, but I was very impressed and encouraged by this story about a couple
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, inspiration
A simple read - but beautiful messages of love and the challenge and joy of making a marriage work long term... I loved the hymns that started each chapter... and the advice of a woman married for 52 years... the secret is "Stay" "marriage is a covenant relationship. It's not just a promise you made to your spouse. The promise you made to stay together was a promise you made to God as well." pg 175 Life is a journey... I also loved the descriptions of Maui... It's a small unique island and I ide ...more
Tom Long
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Ane Mulligan
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Under a Maui Moon is like taking a mini vacation as Robin Jones Gunn sweeps you away to the islands of Hawaii. A master of ambiance, Gunn allowed me to smell the ocean, hear its roar, and feel the tropics as I read. Following Carissa poignant journey, as she examines her marriage and life, makes Under a Maui Moon a read that women of all ages will enjoy. It's a good reminder that God, even when He seems far away, is on time and on hand. Novel Journey and I recommend Under a Maui Moon, especially ...more
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I had checked out two RJG books from the library so I decided to give this one a chance (despite my doubts based on the other one I just read). This was definitely better - it was written 16 years later than the other one; I think the author has definitely grown into writing for adults. I'm still not going to read any more of her books because I have way too many excellent books to read to waste my time on just so-so fiction. One thing I did very much enjoy about this book was the historical dis ...more
Michele Minor
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Carissa flees to Maui after losing her job and being uncertain about the future of her marriage. She uses the time away to reflect on her future when she meets a man named Kai whom she considers having an affair with. This book is typical of Christian fiction in how things with Kai play out in the story. Carissa and her husband Richard remind me of Christy and Todd where the two of them met when Carissa was in high school and they married young. This could be the plot line of a Christy and Todd ...more
Jeanne Takenaka
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love stories about marriages that make it through the tough times. Robin Gunn has done it again as she's crafted a story about characters who struggle with real-life issues, and placed her story in a beautiful setting like Maui. Her colorful secondary characters add depth and dimension to a story that could have been very generic. I appreciate how Gunn dealt with real heart issues in such a sensitive, realistic way. Loved this book.
Pamela Hubbard
I love reading Robin Jones Gunn's books about Hawaii. She paints such a beautiful picture of the islands and makes you feel like you are there. The story line was just okay for this one. The character development was great as Carissa dealt with issues from the past and made some big changes and decisions regarding her marriage. I'm not sure why, it was just a difficult book to get into and relate to.
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy how the story and the plot came together at the end. It wasnt a quick lightning bolt resolution to save her marriage but little things and God continuously showing himself to her that changed her heart. I now know though that synopsis of Gunn's novels are typically not quite correct. The details of a plot point are slightly overblown and misleading. Her books are always great however
Aug 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great summer read. SOOOOOOO makes me want to go back to Hawaii someday. Quick read, glad that the character gets stuff figured out. Not saying more, dont want to give anything away.
Not as good as the sister chick books, as there really isnt humor in this one, but I love when authors can come up with so many different type of books.
Sep 15, 2012 rated it liked it
This is my first and perhaps only foray into Christian romance writing--I was sucked in by the delicious cover and then just kept reading! Sort of a cute story, though the protagonist is always binge eating which is a little strange. Anyway, I enjoyed it enough to finish it and learned of a great camping spot on Maui that I plan to check out.
Sandra Pieralisi
Aug 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Robin Jones Gunn is a great story teller. Carissa's marriage was in trouble, her job terminated, and her safety threatened. Carissa was given a gift .. a trip to Hawaii, her husband had a conference to attend. It seemed everything has gone wrong. God is so amazing. The characters are believable, the discriptions are beautiful, and the Hawaiian history is so interesting. I recommend this book.
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, my-library
There is nothing a little Maui sun cant heal! Even a broken marriage..
When Carissa's and Richard's marriage hits its bottom Carissa is flying away to Maui. While she is trying to get a grip on her broken life her husband misses her and realizes his mistakes.
A great read about second chances and an always-surviving Love.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Refreshing and easy read. Learned a little more about Hawaiian culture and, convinced me not to take the drive to Hana. :-)
Motivational, Bible oriented in many instances or maybe throughout, made me stop and think and, ...stay (word used by Irene, one of the main characters, when describing how her marriage of 52 years had succeeded).
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ROBIN JONES GUNN is the much loved author of over 100 books with more than 5.5 million copies of her titles sold worldwide. Her Father Christmas books have been made into 3 Hallmark movies. Her popular Christy Miller series now continues in Christy & Todd: The Married Years and The Baby Years. Robin's novels and non-fiction works have received multiple awards and are a favorite with book clubs ...more

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