Canary Island Song by Robin Jones Gunn Review
Summary from publisher:
When Carolyn's grown daughter tells her to "get a life," Carolyn returns to her mother's home in the Canary Islands for a much-needed change of scenery. It's been seven years since Carolyn lost her husband, but ever since that tragic day her heart has been buried in murky grief. It takes the gentle affection of her mother and aunts, as well as the ministering beauty and song of the islands, to draw Carolyn's heart back to the surface. In the midst of a Flamenco dance lesson Carolyn finds her strength and sees the evidence of God's mercy throughout her life.
Will it be too late for Carolyn to reconnect with Gabriel, her high school summer love? Or has he grown into something more than the wild beach boy who stole her kisses so many years ago and then left her alone on that balmy Canary night? Christopher Columbus set sail from the Canary Islands in 1492 on his voyage to discover the New World. Is Carolyn ready to set sail from these same islands in order to discover her new life? And does Carolyn have enough faith to face what the future holds?
About the Author:
Robin Jones Gunn is the author of seventy novels, which have sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, including three Christy Award winners and a Gold Medallion Award finalist.
You can find out more at the author's website www.robingunn.com.
This book appealed to me because of the unique setting and the story line. My husband's family has dealt with the loss of a spouse and the impact it has had on everyone. The main character's (Carolyn) journey of healing, acceptance, faith, and finding new love is well written. The author shows strong relationships between the women in the family; between mothers and daughters and aunts. Carolyn relies on those relationships to help her through the healing process.
The setting of the Canary Islands is described so well that you feel as though you've been there. Robin Jones Gunn weaves spanish phrases through the writing that add to the experience. I love her descriptions of the food, although some of the foods are things that I might not want to try.
Although the topic is a bit heavy, this would make a good beach read because of the beautiful setting. You will want to add it to your summer reading list.
Buy It: You can purchase this on Amazon.
Disclosure: Thank you to Howard Books and Robin Jones Gunn for an advanced copy of the book to review.