Salty Kisses Christy And Todd The Baby Years Book 2 Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-01 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Love! Christy and Todd are so special to me. " said.

" It was so good I read the entire thing in one day- Robin Jones Gunn continues to make great stories about characters that seem so real after all these books. Can't wait for book #3 of the fourth series :) " said.

" Loved reading more of Christy & Todd's story...loved the time with Katie & Eli...loved the trip to Glenbrooke...loved the weaving of God's truth into stories about my favorite characters. Great addition to this beloved series! " said.

" I loved peeking in on Todd and Christy again! They've long been favorite RJG characters for me, and I can't wait to 'meet' Baby Spencer #2. :) Also loved all the cameos by Glenbrooke characters and even Sierra and Jordan, not to mention crazy Katie and Eli. " said.

" The Christy and Todd books will always hold a special, special place in my heart. Each one has taught me so much about how to live for the Lord and be His peculiar treasure. Salty Kisses was no different! I laughed and cried. I was nostalgic. Oh, these books make my heart smile! I can't wait for the next one so I can catch up with Christy, Todd, baby Hana, baby #2, Katie, Eli, their baby, and of course Aunt Marti and Uncle Bob. " said.

"Having grown up with this series, it's hard to give an unbiased rating that isn't influenced by at least some measure of nostalgia.

Even so, Robin Jones Gunn has such a way of writing realistically about what it means to be a woman who follows Christ-- meaning, it's not all sunshine and roses and faith and hallelujah. There's insecurity and fear and sadness and anxiety and tension, just as much as there is grace and joy and the spontaneity that comes from what it means to be in a dynamic relationship with Jesus. There were times when I got frustrated with Christy, there were times when I completely related with her, there were times when I felt a sense of deja vu because her thoughts and reactions mirrored my own.

Something I really appreciated was getting a glimpse of other characters' perspective and wisdom-- such as Todd's oblique comment about teething, and Alissa's beautiful and concise description of soul wounds and tears. As much as this is about and from Christy's perspective, it's been really neat to have others in her life get a little more air-time in the books.
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"Christy and Todd are looking forward to their vacation. After planning and postponing for a couple of years, they're finally going to take a road trip up the California coast to Glenbrooke, Oregon. First, however, Christy's best friend Katie is coming back to the States for her father's funeral. Though it's for a sad reason, Christy is still excited to see her forever friend again. Of course, there's no predicting the twists and turns the summer might take for Christy and her friends.

I've read all of Gunn's Christy Miller books, and all of her Glenbrooke books. In this book, Christy goes to Glenbrooke, which should be the best thing ever, right? Not so much. Introverted Christy is stressed out over meeting the Glenbrooke cadre, and none of the Glenbrooke characters get more than a passing nod (my favorite, Wren, doesn't even get name-checked). If Gunn wants to write more about Glenbrooke, she should perhaps give thought to writing a collection of short stories featuring each character, because this sort of fleeting visit doesn't do any of the characters justice -- the world she's created is too big for anyone to shine when they're all crammed together in a small portion of a book.

Other than that, this book is about what I expect from this author and series: cozy and pleasant, not particularly challenging or demanding, and a little less polished in terms of writing than one would necessarily like. Recommended only for those who have followed the series to this point.
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" It's amazing to me how God speaks to me through Gunn's books. It's as if the characters are hearing the words that I need to hear. It connects me to the stories at a heart level that few do. " said.

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