Friday, January 25, 2013

Book Review: The Sierra Jensen Collection, Vol. 1 - Exceeded expectations

Blessings all!

I'm excited to be reviewing The Sierra Jensen Collection, Volume 1. The first volume contains three stories.
Only You, Sierra (The Sierra Jensen Series #1)+In Your Dreams (The Sierra Jensen Series #2) + Don't You Wish (The Sierra Jensen Series #3)
 =  Sierra Jensen Collection, Vol 1 by GUNN, ROBIN JONES
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Happenstance…or God’s Great Plan? She’s the bold, free-spirited type. She’s cute, she’s fun, and she’s following God. She’s Sierra Jensen, Christy Miller’s good friend, ready for her junior year of high school! All twelve books in the popular Sierra Jensen series come together in four volumes to reveal the ups and downs of Sierra’s incredible God-led journey!

Volume One: In Only You, Sierra, she’s nervous to be the “new girl” after her family moves to Portland and wonders if meeting Paul in London was only by chance. Just when everything important seems to elude her, all it takes is one weekend In Your Dreams to prove otherwise. But even a vacation doesn’t keep her troubles away in Don’t You Wish.

Christy Miller knows a good friend when she meets her,

and so will you—

Get ready for Sierra Jensen!

Only You, Sierra

The Europe mission trip brought Sierra Jensen the best gift possible: two new friends, Katie and Christy. But now Sierra is headed home, and she can’t help but wonder will her friendships last? And what about her new home? Her family moved while she was gone, and that means facing a new high school. And the biggest question of all: Will she ever find love? Then a chance meeting in a London airport answers that question. Paul makes her heart leap. But she’ll never see him again! Or will she?

In Your Dreams

Sierra has had it! She’s done everything she can to find the right job, good friends, and most important, true love. But nothing is working out. Now she has to stay home to care for her grandmother. By herself. For the whole weekend! It will be terrible. But a series of startling surprises shows Sierra just how wrong she is—and before she knows it, she’s on her way to the perfect job, her first real date, and an encounter with a mysterious stranger.

Don’t You Wish

Sierra has three wishes: visit her California friends; have her older sister, Tawni, disappear; and learn more about the mysterious stranger. When Easter break arrives, Sierra’s first wish comes true! She’s headed to Newport Beach for fun, sun, and surf. Unfortunately, not only does Tawni not disappear, she accompanies Sierra on her escape. What’s worse, everyone has a boyfriend except Sierra. But will her wishes begin to change as she realizes God wants to mold her according to His wishes?

Why I would pick this book up again

I'd heard so much about the Christy Miller Collection and how great it was for young girls. I'd been looking for a book to recommend to the younger ones. So when I got the chance to review the Sierra Jensen Collection (a somewhat continuation of the Christy Miller ones), I thought it would be a great opportunity to read the book before recommending. I'd heard it was a great book for teen girls so imagine my surprise when from the very first page I was hooked! And I'm 21! I rushed over to buy the rest of the collection. 

I could absolutely relate to Sierra. Yes, even at 21. Her character was real. She asked herself questions everyone must've asked themselves once. I mean, seriously, I was shocked as to how so "humanly" she acted in situations, especially those regarding Paul. I'm not so sure what to make of Paul yet. The rest will tell. But he's got quite an interesting personality. I have to say, Paul is a huge reason why you'll keep turning the pages.

It was quite encouraging to see characters ranging from 16 - 21 so conscious of their spiritual growth. So willing to serve God and give their all. Willing to live in purity and to the Glory of God! I was encouraged!

My favorite phrase/passage from the book:
When Paul and Sierra meet for the first time at the airport.

Favorite verse mentioned in the book:
I actually have two.
Numbers 6: 24-26 : "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."
and Zephaniah 3:17

What I didn't like

I felt like Sierra's family seemed a little too perfect at times. Especially her parents reaction to certain things she discussed with them. I also didn't like the way Sierra's grandmother's illness was addressed at first. It was also quite strange how Sierra claimed her and her grandmother were very close but I hardly saw that in the novel.
Why I recommend this book

I would recommend this book to ANYONE. No matter the age, Christian or not. I think everyone has a little something to learn from it. If you're looking for an easy read filled with laughs but also deeply touching moments, while being encouraged in your Christian walk, this is it.

I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

Have you read this book? If so, what do you think? If not, would you like to and why?

GOD BLESS and have a wonderful day!

Oh and remember, books are great and all BUT nothing compares to the Bible! Continue to dig deep in the Word!

1 comment:

  1. This looks like a wonderful story.

    I'm hosting 7 giveaways at my site this week if you want to stop on over and enter. hope you have a great weekend!

    Diane :O)