Today's post is for a book I was sent by Blogging for Books. I'm actually a huge fan of this author, but hadn't read any of the books in this series. I definitely plan to read more!
by: Robin Jones Gunn
Originally published in 1997 and then again in 2004
Shelly Graham has moved home to Glenbrooke, where she's flooded with memories of her high school sweetheart, who took off for Europe after they broke up. But when Shelly travels to Germany, she suddenly runs into the former boyfriend who has filled her thoughts. Learning that Jonathan is engaged, Shelly hides her feelings for him. After returning home, however, she must face these feelings, especially after her path crosses Jonathan's yet again. Only this time, if they can find the strength to be honest, they just might discover what God has in store.She remembers their childhood with longing their parting with regret…
Coming home wasn’t supposed to feel this way. After five years as a flight attendant, Shelly is home again, in a house alive with happy memories. Yet she feels strangely lost. Without direction. Alone.
Where is Jonathan Renrield when she needs him? Jonathan, her best friend nearly all her life, her first and only love. Shelly hadn’t meant to hurt him when she left him behind to chase her dreams. And she misses him more than she’s ever admitted. When they unexpectedly meet in Germany, Shelly manages to hide her feelings from Jonathan—and his fiancée. But she can no longer hide them from herself. Will she ever be ready to tell Jonathan the truth? Will she have the chance?
Not until a business trip takes her to charming Glenbrooke, Oregon does Shelly finally understand: only the truth can set her free. But is it too late for her and Jonathan?
Even though this is number 5, this is the first of The Glenbrooke Series that I have read. I'm definitely going to read the other books now too! This was a quiet read and one filled with forgiveness, family and love, both of others and God. I felt it moved along and didn't get bogged down in details, but gave enough background information to grasp the bond of Shelly and Jonathan, while sharing how they would eventually find one another again. I enjoyed reading the middle which was set in Germany. Robin did a fantastic job with description! I've never been to Germany, but could picture the characters and imagine the scene outside St. Annakapella. I don't often have tears when reading, but did a few times; I was so engrossed in the story. Robin Jones Gunn is a gifted writer and shares such wonderful, heartfelt stories. I haven't read one yet that I didn't love.
I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah for my honest opinion. The views expressed here are my own.
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