Jun 18, 2012

Reunion by Lauraine Snelling

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, José, 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.

Unplanned and unwanted pregnancy is a tough subject to handle, and especially for a teenage daughter of a preacher. Kirsten and her boyfriend had taken a vow of chastity, and they promised to remain virgins until they were married. However, a moment of weakness shattered everything they had planned for their future.

It didn't take long to realize that more than their lives were impacted by their actions. Kirsten's father felt his position as leader of the church was in jeopardy. Kirsten's mother began to question her own feelings about abortion, and wondered if that might be the easiest solution to a very big problem.

As Kirsten and José face the repercussions of their actions, the entire family must face their own feelings and somehow find healing for their broken hearts and dreams.  At the same time, Kirsten's Aunt Keira faces the truth about her own history, as she realizes that the man she always thought was her dad had actually adopted her as an infant. At fifty-something, she now struggled with her identity and even her family roots seem uncertain. 

This is a great story of forgiveness and the unconditional love and support of family.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of FaithWords/Hachette Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

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