When Jenna is invited to Venice for a week to cook for a small men's leadership retreat, she asks her brother's wife, Sue, to accompany her. The two have been sisters-in-law for 30 years, but only recently has their friendship blossomed. Both have endured tremendous trials and look forward to a time of refreshing.

Although they struggle with the language barrier, Venice turns out to be just the place Jenna and Sue need to break free of their individual fears. Getting to know the locals and touring the ancient city brings the women closer to God and to each other.

Gunn's sixth Sisterchicks novel is a true delight. The characters shine, and evocative language will make any reader want to visit Venice. Biblical truths are portrayed simply, yet will touch hearts and lives with their realistic application. (May, 320 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel