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Peculiar treasures
Gunn, Robin Jones
Adult Fiction GUNN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Katie Weldon is just finishing her junior year at Bible College. As she juggles finals, maid-of-honor duties at her best friend's wedding, work and an almost-romance with her boss, she finds herself contemplating other big questions, such as whether to take a resident advisor position her senior year, and what to do about her undeclared major. Gunn has been writing about Katie and her friends for years, most notably in the popular Christy Miller series, and this is first in Gunn's Katie Weldon series. f Katie's dilemmas may seem like the stuff of unabashedly light fiction, but they aren't without gravity and intrigue. Gunn is adept at denuding light fiction of its usual tics-mediocre prose, cliched characters and predictable plots-and imbuing it with the hallmarks of literary fiction. The characters are multidimensional and ring true at nearly every turn. The dialogue that ensues is at once heartbreaking and utterly familiar to anyone who has ever been in Katie's shoes. Moreover, Katie's religious faith never feels sentimentalized or tacked on, but is integrated beautifully into the charming plot. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In the opening scene of Gunn's new chick lit series, Katie Weldon, a college junior, catches the bouquet at the wedding of her best friend, Christy (of the "Christy Miller" series books), despite potential boyfriend Rick Doyle's admonitions to "throw it high!" Katie enjoys a conversational relationship with God, praying for his help in her dealings with Rick and asking him to break them up if it is not the right thing for her life. After Katie accepts a position as resident assistant at her dorm, she faces new challenges and develops strong friendships. Katie's continued angst over Rick will resonate with young female readers and fans of Kristin Billerbeck ("Ashley Stockingdale" series) and Judy Baer (The Whitney Chronicles). Gunn lives in Oregon. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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