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Under a Maui Moon

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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  735 ratings  ·  66 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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Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a reread, but it's been years and I honestly didn't remember it much at all. At the start of the story I found Carissa annoying and very self-centered, but I think that was intentional and I enjoyed watching her growth throughout the story. The setting sounds absolutely gorgeous and I would love to someday visit Hawaii. The ending was so sweet and wrapped the book up perfectly. ...more
Elizabeth Meadows
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books-2020
Very slow paced story. I also predicted the ending. But still very enjoyable.
Susan Reyna
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story about finding new hope for an old love.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, it's a nice light read that includes wonderful descriptions of Hawaii. ...more
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
July 2022 reread, paperback.
Same reaction ten years later. Enjoyed the Hawaiian history but the plot wasn’t relatable to me. Not a bad book and a fast read.

July 2012, audiobook.
RJG has been a favorite author of mine for over 12 years, but this one just felt rather "meh" for me. Loved the cameos from favorite characters, of course, I guess I'm just not the target market for this one.
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. ...more
Nov 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
I don't want to be mean, but this was the worst! I was listening to it so couldn't skip all the songs and poems. When there was writing, it was pretty good and the story could have been great but what a lot of fluff thrown in! ...more
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
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
It’s a pleasant story. Perhaps too much moralizing. Not much real stuff about working things through.

Beautiful descriptions of settings in nature.

Way too much scripture for me. I do like descriptions of someone having their own personal experiences of God however she may be for them.

Financially kind of idealized. When she loses her job, she says they will need to sell their house and buy a smaller one. And then she goes off to Hawaii where her lodging is gifted to her. But then she does an awful
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Carissa loses her job and is having trouble with her husband. She has the opportunity to visit Maui.
Carissa wallows for a bit in the things that are going wrong in her life. Eventually things work out.
I would say this is a good read for married ladies looking for a bit of Christian romance.
I didn’t identify with the situation but did enjoy the story overall.
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! ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I WILL be doing a review for this one..... sooo good
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. ...more
Samantha Boothroyd
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story!!!!
Debbie Sue
Feb 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
i just really did not like this one.
Jun 08, 2021 rated it liked it
An interesting book about a woman who discovers new things about herself and her marriage.
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
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
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
Ellie Coleman
Jun 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-fiction
I always love Robin Jones Gunn, and I thought this story of an empty-nester couple and their struggles to connect was a sweet one.
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Apr 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Gunn's new Hideaway series is fantastic. The wonderful Hawaiian setting places the reader in the center of the tale--and you might not want to return home! A meaningful spiritual message and thoughtful characters elevate this novel a step above the rest.
SUMMARY: Carissa and Richard are enjoying their empty nest, yet things aren't happening the way Carissa imagined they would. She gets laid off from her job, and Richard's counseling job takes him away from home so much that Carissa feels she's co
Tom Long
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Trish Izzo
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: inspiration, fiction
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
Jessie Weaver
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’ve read almost everything RJG has written. While I still prefer the older Glenbrooke series, I like her newer fiction also. In this one, Carissa is wondering where her life is going. Her marriage seems to be failing and she is surprised to lose her job suddenly. Escaping to Hawaii seems like a good opportunity to think and rest. Once there, Carissa is surprised to find love from strangers … and from her Heavenly Father. (Yes, that sounds like a cheesy back cover. I’m trying.) I like when Robin ...more
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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 and ...more

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