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Notes from a Spinning Planet--Mexico (Notes from a Spinning Planet) [Paperback]

By Melody Carlson (Author)
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When Maddie joins her journalist aunt on vacation in Mexico, she finds a rival for Ryan's affection, a friend who has a drinking problem, and most important, a new trust in God. Original.

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Madison Chase's holiday break is drawing to a close and she's eager to leave the gray Washington winter and join her Aunt Sid on a warm vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Maddie is pleasantly surprised when her good friend Ryan McIntire shows up to enjoy the trip with them, and she looks forward to spending time with him. But when Ryan runs into his high school crush, the beautiful Shelby Wagner, Maddie's jealousy threatens to spoil their sun-drenched days.
Unsure of her relationship with Ryan, Maddie distracts herself by befriending a local girl, Francesca Tarrago, who is both intelligent and hardworking but lives in deep poverty. As Maddie does what she can to help Francesca, she discovers a secret that Shelby has been keeping from all of them. Can Maddie put aside her conflicted feelings and love Shelby enough to help her?
This third book in the Notes from a Spinning Planet series invites young women to the romantic beaches of Mexico to explore a love deeper than simple affection and the meaning of true sacrifice.

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College student Maddie Chase and her journalist aunt Sid trade the gray Washington winter for a holiday break in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! But jealousy clouds her sun-drenched days when her friend Ryan encounters beautiful Shelby Wagner---his old crush with a secret new problem. Can Maddie put aside her feelings and help Shelby? 256 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Pages   225
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 21, 2007
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
Age  13-17
Series  Notes From A Spinning Planet  
ISBN  1400071461  
ISBN13  9781400071463  

Availability  0 units.

More About Melody Carlson

Melody A Carlson I started writing "professionally" about twenty years ago. I quickly learned that I'm a fast writer and, as a result, I've published more than 200 books--with more than 6 million books sold. And it stuns me to write out those numbers today. How did that happen? I've been told I'm in the top twenty "most prolific authors" of all time. Although I'm not certain this is true, it does make me wonder--and I wonder how other authors (in previous generations) managed to write so many books without the use of a computer. Last year I won a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times. But that doesn't mean I'm ready to retire. I have lots more books coming out and new ideas popping into my head all the time. I write from a studio right next to the house I share with my husband in Oregon. My dog Audrey goes to work with me every morning. I have to's a pretty good life...and I am grateful to God for every bit of it.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Notes from a Spinning Planet--Mexico (Notes from a Spinning Planet)?

Another awesome book!  Jan 28, 2010
It was an awesome book! I'm sad there are no more books in this series!
You've got to read this one to see how it all works out.  Feb 6, 2009
Review by Jill Williamson

This time Maddie and Aunt Sid are on vacation. The timeshare Aunt Sid's friend bought isn't much of a vacation, though. Still, the ladies vow to enjoy themselves in beautiful Cabo San Lucas. In a surprise visit, Ian and Ryan show up. The guys have a great hotel, and Maddie is enjoying the visit when beautiful blonde Shelby--a girl from Ryan's past--saunters into the picture. Maddie is jealous, but she and Ryan really aren't a couple. So she preoccupies herself by helping her new friend Francesca find a better job.

This was a frustrating story! Shelby is annoying and she steals Ryan away from Maddie early on in the vacation. Maddie deals with it very well. She doesn't go crazy with jealous anger, fits, or revenge. She simply goes on with her own life, trying to do what's right and have fun. It isn't easy for her, but any guy who has his priorities straight wouldn't be blind-sighted by Shelby's act for long. Ryan is no exception.

What I loved about this story was the fact that Maddie behaves so lovingly toward Shelby. It's not only the right thing to do, but it's attractive to Ryan because guys want a girl who is about something. Girls, if you want to catch a great guy, don't chase him and put on an act. Be yourself. Maddie comes to the conclusion that if Ryan is really into Shelby and her wild ways, he really isn't the guy for her. Too true. You've got to read this one to see how it all works out. Highly recommended.
A lighthearted but gratifying read  Aug 1, 2008
Madison Chase is getting bored during her holiday break when she receives a welcome call from Aunt Sid, who offers her an escape vacation to Mexico. She jumps at the chance to spend some time with her favorite aunt and travel companion. Before she realizes it, Maddie is onboard a plane and then subsequently learning firsthand how slow the pace in Mexico is when they encounter one delay after another upon arrival.

Even once the duo arrives at their hotel, cultural differences abound. Both Maddie and Sid keep their eyes and ears open, alert to dangers from locals who have had enough of rude Americans. While the sun and water are enticing enough, an unexpected phone call from Ireland sets both women's hearts racing when they find out that Sid's Irish boyfriend, Ian, is coming for a visit and bringing Maddie's good friend, Ryan, along for the New Year's holiday.

Before the guys arrive at Cabo San Lucas, the girls find themselves sympathizing with their hotel clerk's difficulties and try to help her find better employment and housing. Little do they know how Francesca Tarrago has been influenced and controlled by the couple who ran the girls' home where she lived. Again, cultural differences make another appearance. Maddie does the best she can to help rescue Francesca from a dire future, and God orchestrates a rescue mission of His own that has the women responding in grateful awe.

Once Ian and Ryan arrive, the entire mood lifts from the serious to the seriously fun and romantic --- until an old girlfriend of Ryan's settles in front and center, and a sad and disappointed Maddie is temporarily pushed aside. The plot takes another turn, as the women end up sharing space with Ryan's ex-girlfriend and are placed into a situation where they play rescuer of another sort to the troubled young woman.

Readers will enjoy Melody Carlson's third installment in the Notes from a Spinning Planet series as she continues to offer a deepening complexity, both in terms of plot and character development. As always, her fictional characters are utterly relatable, winsome and full of human foibles, which makes for a gratifying, lighthearted read.

--- Reviewed by Michele Howe
Like a trip without leaving home  Sep 11, 2007
Madison Chase's Christmas break from college in gray Washington is barely beginning, but already Maddie feels penned in--and in her parent's way. When Aunt Sid offers Maddie the opportunity to join her at a vacation condo in warm Mexico, Maddie jumps at the chance. Maddie and Sid are pleasantly surprised when Sid's boyfriend, Ian, and Maddie's friend, Ryan, decide to join them in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The condo Sid and Maddie are staying in has lots of problems and isn't near as nice as the one Ian and Ryan stay at. Sid and Maddie try to handle all the problems as best they can, but it seems like things keep piling up. Then Ryan runs into a high school sweetheart and Maddie has to fight jealousy as well.

Maddie befriends the desk clerk, Francesca, at their poorly run condo, and as she tries to help her new friend, she discovers that Shelby (Ryan's ex-girlfriend) has a horrible secret. Will Maddie be able to help both Francesca and Shelby?

Notes from a Spinning Planet Mexico is the second book in the Spinning Planet series that I've had opportunity to read. The story line is good, but at times reads more like a travel log than a fiction novel. There is some telling in places which makes it easy to start skimming instead of actually reading.

I enjoyed learning more about Mexico and look forward to reading other books in this series as they come available. Melody Carlson is a prolific author who writes successfully in many different genres. Readers will not be disappointed in Notes from a Spinning Planet Mexico, whether they like women's fiction, romance, chick lit, or youth fiction.

If you are interested in what Mexico is like as a country you might want to consider a mini vacation by picking up this book.

Armchair Interviews says: Pack your bags for a good story.
interesting character study  Aug 25, 2007
Aunt Sid decides that Washington is to0 cold in the winter so she and her teenage niece Maddie Chase leave for fun in the sun of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. However, both women are a bit disappointed with timeshare lodging, but agree not to let that spoil their vacation.

The two females turn euphoric when Sid's friend Ian and Maddie's unrequited love Ryan McIntire arrive from Ireland to join them. However also in town is Ryan's high school girlfriend Shelby Wagner, who may be an alcoholic, but he seems attracted to her; disappointing Maddie.

This is a different emotional spin from the previous two tales (see Papua New Guinea and Ireland), but still emphasizes a world filled with crisis. This time around the traveling female relatives run into the ugly side of excess middle class teen drinking that compares unfavorably against an impoverished soul trying to make it to what others take for granted. Although Melody Carlson hammers her message re the sins of drinking, young adult readers will appreciate the efforts of Maddie's new Mexican friend Francesca Tarrago struggling to leave poverty behind.

Harriet Klausner

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