Reunion: A Novel   -     By: Lauraine Snelling
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Reunion: A Novel

FaithWords / 2012 / Paperback

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Brought up in a close-knit family, Keira Johnston is shocked to discover that she was born out of wedlock and her father wasn't her biological parent. Meanwhile, Keira's teenage niece faces an unwanted pregnancy. As the family reunion approaches, both women struggle with their fractured lives. Will the entire family find healing through honesty? 320 pages, softcover from Faithwords.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 X 0.80 (inches)
ISBN: 0892969091
ISBN-13: 9780892969098
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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Lauraine Snelling has been writing since 1980, with over 65 books published, both fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary, for adults and young readers. Her books consistently appear on CBA bestseller lists, and have been translated into Norwegian, Danish, and German. A hallmark of her style is writing about real issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence, and cancer within a compelling story. Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Bassett named Chewy. Visit her Web site at www.laurainesnelling.com.

Publisher's Weekly

Snelling’s previous novels (One Perfect Day) have been popular with readers, and this one, loosely based on her own life, will be no exception. Keira Johnston dreams of visiting Norway, but she must find her birth certificate to apply for a passport. She never guesses that the mysteriously hidden document would reveal a long-buried secret that threatens all she holds dear. Keira’s best friend and sister-in-law, Leah Sorenson, is facing her own drama when her teenage daughter, Kirsten, announces she’s pregnant. Together the friends must navigate a looming family reunion, the first since the death of Keira’s mother, as well as the emotional minefields of an unplanned pregnancy and family secrets. Snelling does a competent job of exploring themes of forgiveness, growth, and redemption as one family moves closer together and nearer to the God who directs their lives. (July) 2012 Reed Business Information

Editorial Reviews

"Inspired by events in Snelling's own life, REUNION is a beautiful story about characters discovering themselves as the foundation of their family comes apart at the seams. Readers may recognize themselves or someone they know within the pages of this book, which belongs on everyone's keeper shelf."—RT Book Reviews
"Snelling writes about the foibles of human nature with keen insight and sweet honesty."—National Church Library Association
"REUNION is a captivating tale that will hook you from the very start....Fans of Christian fiction will love this touching story."—FreshFiction.com
"Snelling's previous novels (One Perfect Day) have been popular with readers, and this one, loosely based on her own life, will be no exception."—Publishers Weekly

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  4. Bath, NY
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good portrayal of characters and their emotions
    August 21, 2012
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    SECRETS IN A CLOSE KNIT FAMILY

    The Sorenson annual reunion is fast approaching, and this will be the first one since Dagmar, the family matriarch, has passed on. Daughter Keira and daughter-in-law Leah, best friends, are busy preparing for the reunion, as they continue to work through their grief. They search Dagmar's over-cluttered home for pictures and also for missing birth certificates. What they find is a 50 year old secret that rocks Keira's world. Before the friends have time to process that information, Leah's beloved daughter, a strong believer and soon-to-be high school graduate, discovers she is pregnant, throwing her family's emotions further into turmoil. Her pastor father ponders what to tell his church leadership, Keira searches for information that may have died with her mother, and everyone is troubled by the secrets. As the story progresses, Keira and Leah and the entire family discover that truth will bring healing.

    Reunion is a story about people and secrets past and present. I enjoyed meeting the individual characters of this story. Their love for family was strong and heartwarming, and they demonstrated their love for Christ and others when a natural disaster hits a nearby town. As they individually responded to faith-shaking information, I found myself speculating as to how I would react were I in a similar position.

    Lauraine Snelling is a talented storyteller, and this book is no exception. As usual, she accurately communicates real emotions. In a commentary after the story, Lauraine explains that she took information from her own background and wove it into a story, exploring the emotions and reactions of the people involved. Knowing that connection helped me to appreciation Reunion in a deeper way.

    I received a free copy of this book from The B&B Media Group/The Barnabas Agency

    in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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    Good read about families.
    July 31, 2012
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Good story about family and meeting the needs of not only the immediate family but the extended family as well.
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