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Take My Hand Sierra Jensen Collection: Volume Four, Book Twelve

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Take My Hand Sierra Jensen Collection: Volume Four, Book Twelve

Sierra Jensen is thrilled when her entire family gathers to celebrate her older sister’s engagement. However, as excited as she is for Tawni, Sierra’s mind is preoccupied with other things.

In TAKE MY HAND, the final book in Robin Jones Gunn’s Sierra Jensen series, Tawni’s engagement party will allow Sierra to finally see long-fantasized-about Paul after over a year apart. Tawni is conveniently engaged to Paul’s older brother, and Sierra is more than hoping that she and Paul will be able to sneak away from their families long enough to do some much needed catching up. As the big day approaches, Sierra becomes more and more nervous and decides to let Tawni, a professional model, give her a makeover. With different clothes, tons of makeup and a crazy new hairstyle, Sierra barely recognizes herself. And, more importantly, neither does Paul!

This certainly gets things off to a rocky start, and as the night progresses, the reunion continues to be much less romantic than planned. Paul’s undivided attention goes to Sierra’s elderly grandmother, and Sierra is left alone with a headache from her new hairdo. However, later that night, Sierra’s dreams are more than realized when they are finally left alone together. Holding hands on the beach while Paul reads her poetry, Sierra is sure that she is with “the one.” Everything seems to be going perfectly, until Paul abruptly ends things and makes a comment that hurts and angers Sierra.

Very confused, Sierra moves into college unsure of where things stand with Paul. His words have left her with a lot of questions about his past, especially after she sees his ex-girlfriend with a child who bears a striking resemblance to him. Sierra must face the double challenge of beginning life away from home on her own, and deciding what the future holds for her and Paul, now that he is finally a reality and not just a far-away dream.

TAKE MY HAND provides a satisfying and exciting conclusion to the story of Sierra and Paul. Readers may have begun to wonder if the long-talked-about but rarely seen Paul did in fact exist. Most of the attention here is focused on wrapping up this storyline, which was the undercurrent to the entire series. However, the book leaves many questions unanswered. The fate of Sierra’s other friends, also integral to the series, is barely touched upon, as is Sierra’s new life at college. This perhaps does leave ample room for Gunn to expand the story in the future. Nonetheless, fans will certainly be pleased with this final chapter of an enjoyable series.

Reviewed by Jennifer Crosby on August 15, 2006

Take My Hand Sierra Jensen Collection: Volume Four, Book Twelve
by Robin Jones Gunn

  • Publication Date: August 15, 2006
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Publishers
  • ISBN-10: 1590525914
  • ISBN-13: 9781590525913