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Whispers by Robin Jones Gunn

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Cover art: Whispers Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Whispers - 2nd in the Glenbrooke series
Author: Robin Jones Gunn
Publisher: Multnomah
ISBN-13: 978-1-59052-192-2
Release Date: May 2004
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Maui
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Robin's Website/Blog: www.robingunn.com


Teri Moreno is off to Maui for part of her summer vacation. She’s the Spanish teacher at the Glenbrooke, Oregon high school and she’s hoping to find romance. She had started a relationship the summer before with Mark, a marine biologist living on the island. She can’t wait to get back together with him after their long-distance courtship and see if the sparks are still flying. She’s a bit disappointed by their first meeting when she’s back on the island. Then, while waiting for their second meeting, she runs into an old high school classmate who was and still is quite the catch. He starts making fast moves on her and she thinks he might be ‘the one’. She knows she is old fashioned and needs to update her thinking to keep a catch like Scott.

In the midst of that, there’s seminary student Gordon and his accidental meetings with Teri. He’s a charming Australian who is a terrible klutz but loves God with his whole being. He spills Coke on Teri accidentally at their first meeting and on other occasions he baptizes her when they fall into the ocean and he dumps drinks on her and her date.

Teri is riding an emotional roller coaster and doesn’t know what to do about any of these men in her life. She doesn’t want to string Mark along, but isn’t sure if their relationship is going anywhere. Scott is moving along at lightning pace and Gordon is just always bumbling into Teri during social situations. Teri seems to be out of focus but is determine to make the right choice according to the man God has for her. Maybe Mark? Maybe Scott? Not Gordon, but he’s a great friend.

I enjoyed this book, but was a little confused by it being part of the Glenbrooke series. I know Teri was featured as a lead secondary character in the first book, but almost none of this story is set on Oregon soil. I liked the storyline and the premise behind the story, but I found the wishy-washiness of Teri making the story feel flat in places. I like Teri as a person and a character, but she was doing some things that didn’t seem to fit with the Teri from the first book. I knew she was spreading her wings, but I wasn’t totally happy about it.

The men in her life were all such opposites that it was hard to figure any of them out. I enjoyed each man for different reasons, but I felt like I drew the correct conclusion for her many pages before Teri could grasp the same thing. Scott was the only one that rubbed me wrong at different points. He’s a player and I’m not overly fond of that type of man. He was kind and gracious to Teri so I kept holding that redeeming thought when he’d do something that seemed cruel.

Overall, I did enjoy the story and I think it might stand alone better than if you’re reading it as part of the series. It’s a great study into human nature and how we want to follow God’s will, but our own ideas can get in the way. I’m looking forward to the next book in the Glenbrooke series.

Robyn

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