Sunday, February 17, 2013

Clouds by Robin Jones Gunn

From the publisher: "This bestselling former Palisades release is book five in the new Glenbrooke series by award-winning author Robin Jones Gunn. 

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 fiancĂ©e. 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?"

I have never read anything by Gunn before, so even though this is part of a series, I had no background to the other characters.  For the most part this did not effect the book.  Only at the end of the book did the other characters show up.  For readers of the series it would have been thrilling to see the characters again.  For someone only reading this book, it was just extra people.  

The book was a light read.  I found myself wanting the plot to move quicker than it was.  I felt that Jonathan's character was a little flat, since the majority of what you know from him is Shelly's memories.  

I did like that Gunn made both of the characters learn to deny self and really hand things over to God.  While I did not love the book, it had a few strong points and is worth the read if you want some light romantic book.

I would recommend reading from the beginning of the series.  I think it would help you enjoy the books more.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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