Author: Robin Jones Gunn
Publisher’s Blurb: 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 the Netherlands finds Summer and Noelle floating down a canal in Amsterdam, visiting Corrie Ten Boom’s Hiding Place, sipping decadent Dutch cocoa in Delft, and bobbing merrily along through a sea of brilliant, spring-fresh tulips. Each day takes them further from midlife anxiety and closer to trusting God in deeper ways.
When Summer finally confides in Noelle about the abnormal test results, Summer’s honesty prompts Noelle to share a long-held heartache. The two friends find they both needed to be together more than either of them realized. Could it be this adventure was tucked away in God’s imagination long before Summer bought her ticket to fly to the land of merry tulips and kalomping wooden shoes?
The SisterChicks series of books takes two friends who are “closer than a brother” and sends them on some adventure or another in some part of the world to enjoy life, friendship, and learn a little something that the Lord has to teach them. Wooden Shoes is no exception. Packed with just enough Dutch culture to make the book interesting, enough history to be entertainingly educational, and enough of a 2×4 to speak to your soul, this little book is one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve had in a long time.
Both women have valleys to “walk through” in their lives and both have been avoiding them. One is dealing with the past, the other the future. But, together, these women learn to step outside their comfort zones and confront not only their own issues, but gently push their friend to talk about what is truly affecting their lives.
I have to admit, I think I’d love the Dutch. I liked their forthrightness. I may begin joking about my ‘inner Dutch’ when I have to realize that I could be a little less blunt about things.
And, as with all of the books I’ve read in this series, I kept seeing my friend Teresa on every page. We would definitely be sitting in a big wooden shoe boat, careening down a Dutch canal, she’d be waving and making jokes, I’d be mortified at the attention… yep… we were born SisterChicks… whether we like it or not!
Dear Lucy Teresa,
Can’t you just see us running around Holland in our wacky wooden shoes getting blisters on our feet and eating way too much chocolate and pastry? I can
Love Ethel Chautona
Now… if Robin Jones Gunn would just consider a nice trip to India… (hint, hint)
So my opinion? Get the book. Don’t wait for it to show up at the thrift store or on paperback swap. Go stimulate the economy, buy the book, and laugh… consider it your work out. Laughter, after all, is inner jogging!