Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Book Review & Giveaway: Reunion by Lauraine Snelling

Reunion by Lauraine Snelling
Publisher: FaithWords
Publish Date: July 17, 2012
Paperback, 336 pages
Fiction, Christian
 ISBN: 9780892969098

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My Review:
I read Reunion in one day. Started it mid-afternoon, finished it before bed.  That should pretty much say it all.  Once I started, I had to finish it.  And wow, what an enjoyable book.

The characters, Kiera, her husband Bjorn, her brother Marcus and his wife and Kiera's best friend Leah were all wonderful.  Kiera and Leah played the starring roles in the book alongside Kirsten, Leah's 17-year-old daughter.  Each character was masterfully developed from the beginning.  I got to know Kiera, Leah, Kirsten and even Marcus, Bjorn and Jose a little bit.  But the main characters were developed in such a way that I felt like I understood them and understood their motivations.  I like it when I can understand and relate to a character, even when the characters are older and younger than me as they were in this book.

The overall book was made up of several plots wove together to make up the book as as a whole.  And the plots were wove together masterfully.  I liked seeing each story come to life, the trials and tribulations, the tests of faith.  The twists and turns and the things I thought would happen that didn't and the things that I didn't expect, did.  Ms. Snelling has created a compelling plot with Reunion by using problems that everyday people have to face head-on and dealing with the what-ifs in a way that brings the story to life in front of my eyes and makes me feel like I know each one of the characters like they are my best friend.

Reunion is an amazing book. A rare find that really tackles life's problems but still leaves you feeling upbeat in the end.  I loved this book and I am so glad I got the chance to read and review it.  It is a rare gem that should be enjoyed by readers that are intrigued by it.  So if it sounds the least bit appealing to you, I suggest you go out and get it.  I don't think you will regret it.

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

About the Book:
Keira Johnson, a 50-year-old mother of two grown sons, believes she lives a good Christian life without secrets-- until she discovers a life-jarring fact her late mother kept hidden all her life. Kiera was born out of wedlock, and the man she had always known as her father had adopted her as an infant.

Meanwhile, Keira's beloved 17-year-old niece, Kirsten, has just discovered an unwanted pregnancy. Her boyfriend, Jose, is bound for college and Kirsten does not know what to do. As the family comes together for a reunion, Keira and Kirsten struggle with their fractured pasts and jumbled present. Will truth and honesty be the catalysts that allow the entire family to find peace?

Inspired by events in Lauraine Snelling's own life, REUNION is the author's finest novel to date.

About the Author (from 
Lauraine Snelling has been writing since 1980, with a total of 56 books published, both fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary, for adults and young readers. Lauraine's books consistently appear on CBA bestseller lists and are frequently featured in the Crossings Book Club. Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, live in California and have two grown sons.


Thanks to Sarah Reck, publicist for Hachette Book Group, I have 1 copy of Reunion by Lauraine Snelling to giveaway. US/Canada only, no PO Boxes.  The book will ship directly from the publisher.  Ends 7/25. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below.

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Linda Kish said...

Interesting storyline...finding out your dad wasn't your biological dad. And that the father of your unborn child doesn't want to be involved. A lot to take in.

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Na said...

I like that there are several plots involved and that I'll be able to see the different lives play out.

apple blossom said...

I am a big fan of Lauraine snellings I have every book she's written about ND. would love to win thanks

Anita Yancey said...

It interests me that Keira's mom kept a secret from her. I'd love to read how it all turns out. Thanks for having the giveaway.

Maureen said...

It's interesting to see how people deal with unexpected revelations.

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