When Summer gets a call telling her that she has had an abnormal mammogram she decides to go into denial and put off dealing with it for a little while. She books a flight to the Netherlands to visit her pen pal Noelle. The two women have been writing since they were little girls. They have never met face to face or even spoken on the phone. Her husband is surprised but supports her decision.
Summer and Noelle spend the week sightseeing and getting to know each other in person. They visit the tulips, windmills and canals as well as a special farmhouse
for women and the hiding place of Corrie ten Boom. Each place allows them to think and learn more about themselves and their relationship with God. Summer is pushed outside of her comfort zone but manages to get through each event and become a stronger person and have stronger faith. This is the best part about Robin Jones Gunn's books and why I love them so much. In the middle of a fantastic fun vacation the characters learn lessons of faith and personal growth through their own thoughts and the love and support of their friends.
At first I didn't warm up to the character of Noelle especially since she was born in the USA but seemed not to understand Summer's personality. Noelle and the other Dutch people were frequently described as reserved and less emotional than Americans. Mentioning it so often made them seem cold and uncaring. I have visited the Netherlands and found the people I met to be very polite, kind and friendly not cold and distant. Other than that I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it and the rest of the Sisterchicks series to anyone who enjoys travel, friends and uplifting stories of faith. I have read the entire series now and loved them all.
To comply with regulations by the Federal Trade Commission, please note that Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.