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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.
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.
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.
Snellings 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. Keiras best friend and sister-in-law, Leah Sorenson, is facing her own drama when her teenage daughter, Kirsten, announces shes pregnant. Together the friends must navigate a looming family reunion, the first since the death of Keiras 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
"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."
"Snelling writes about the foibles of human nature with keen insight and sweet honesty."
"REUNION is a captivating tale that will hook you from the very start....Fans of Christian fiction will love this touching story."
"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."
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