When a mammogram result comes back abnormal, midlife mama Summer Finley makes a snap decision to relegate fear to the back burner and fulfill a lifelong dream. Summer heads for Holland where she meets up with tulips, wooden shoes, and her best friend, Noelle.

Pen pals since fourth grade, Summer and Noelle have never met face-to-face. Through decades of heart-level correspondence, they have sustained a deep friendship. A week of adventure helps both women trade anxiety for a renewed and deeper trust in God. When Summer confides in Noelle about the abnormal medical report, Noelle finds the freedom to share a long-held heartache, and both women discover they needed each other more than they realized.

Women ages 35 and up, readers of Christian Boomer Lit, and fans of books such as The Yada Yada Prayer Group will enjoy Robin Jones Gunn’s humorous and uplifting style. True-to-life characters and moments of poignancy bring a deeper understanding of the value of life and the gift of true friends. Readers guide and bonus material included.


Just like Christy, Robin was born in Wisconsin and lived on a dairy farm. Her father was a school teacher and moved his family to southern California when Robin was five years old. She grew up in Orange County with one older sister and one younger brother. The three “Jones kids” graduated from Santa Ana High School and spent their summers on the beach with a bunch of wonderful “God-Lover” friends. Robin didn’t meet her “Todd” until after she’d gone to Biola University for two years and then on to Europe for an unforgettable season that included transporting Bibles to underground churches in the former Soviet Union and attending Capernwray Bible School in Austria.

As her passion for teenagers grew, Robin took on more opportunities to assist with the youth group at her church. It was on a bike ride for middle schoolers that Robin met Ross. After they married they spent the next two decades working together in youth ministry. God blessed them with a son and then a daughter. When her children were young, Robin would rise at 3am when the house was quiet, make a pot of tea and write pages and pages about Christy and Todd. She then read those pages to the girls in the youth group and they gave advice on what needed to be changed. It took two years and ten rejections before Summer Promise was accepted for publication. Since its release in 1988, Summer Promise along with the rest of the Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen series have sold over 2.3 million copies and can be found in a dozen translations all over the world.

Now that her children are grown, her son is married and Robin’s husband has a new career as a counselor, Robin continues to travel and tell stories about best friends and God-Lovers. Her best-selling Sisterchicks® novels hatched a whole trend of light-hearted books about friendship and midlife adventures. The Katie Weldon series brings readers up to date on what is happening in the world of the Forever Friends and answers the long-asked question, “Will Katie end up with Rick?”


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