Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Echoes - 3rd in the Glenbrooke series
Author: Robin Jones Gunn
Release Date: May 2004
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 4.75
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Robin's Website/Blog: www.robingunn.com
Lauren Phillips is at a loss. She doesnít know what to do and she canít figure out how to move on from her broken engagement. She works while trying to finish her degree. She is feeling disconnected from the world until her baby brother shows up and gives her a gift.
Heís a technical wonder and he brings her a computer. This home computer when attached to the internet becomes her new frontier to explore. Lauren isnít known for her technical skills, but her brother shows her how to get into some nice chat rooms. She meets a man called "K.C." and they begin an email friendship. Lauren and K.C. have so many things in common that itís almost weird.
After almost a year of correspondence, the chance comes up for them to meet fact to face. Will Lauren be willing to try again, or will her previously broken heart keep her from looking towards her future?
Lauren is such a sweet person. Sweet, but with a tendency to have little Ďmishapsí happen to her. I donít want to spoil the fun, but there are some things that happen where you can only say, "Well, thatís LaurenÖ" Several of these happenings kept me in stitches. Lauren is so sweet and kind that I was rooting for her from the first page until the last.
K.C. is quite a gentleman. Although we only know him through their emails throughout the book, his sense of humor and loving personality show through his words. I couldnít believe how well we got to know him through his emails to Lauren.
The crux of the book occurs after all this correspondence has transpired. By this point, we learn that Laurenís dad left them when she was only three. And every man sheís ever trusted has left her or let her down. Itís no wonder that meeting with K.C. becomes a dilemma of monumental proportions.
I wonít spoil it for anyone, but make sure you read through the very last page. This story was a different one from the previous Glenbrooke stories. With all the meeting and falling in love happening via email, it put a unique spin on the story.
The ending is a twist of events that suddenly fall into place. I donít want to spoil it, but keep a couple tissues handy. Youíll laugh until you cry, then cry from the beauty of it all. This is my favorite Glenbrooke book to date. Itís just got such unusual situations making it such a fresh approach falling in love.
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