Blue reunites with an ex boyfriend Mitch and his family, which includes Mitch's parents and son Julian. The story is then told in first person narratives between Blue, Mitch and Julian in alternating chapters. This style worked very well and smoothly for the reader and it explored the complexities and depth of the story nicely.
We travel with these inviting characters from Chicago to Key West and even to Iraq and get a feel for the climate and mood of these locations. My favorite location was Key West as the sun and mood drew me in. I am familiar with Key West from a vacation years ago and it swept me back to the beauty of this special place. While in Key West, Blue is faced with her past and she must find a way to face these hidden secrets and the consequences that will ensue. She learns about second chances and finding out who she really is.
I enjoyed Reunion and did escape into this wonderful novel over a weekend. I admit I would have much preferred to have been reading Reunion on a sandy beach instead of while taking care of a sick child but that is the life of a mom! This would make a wonderful summer beach read along with a Key West Lemonade or Mojito! Reunion would also make a great summer book club discussion book as there is so much to talk about You can even serve Key Lime Pie for dessert. For most book clubs, especially mine, it's fun to have a great drink and of course, dessert. If it complements the book, it makes it even more fun. This is the first book that I have read by Therese Fowler and it definitely will not be my last.
About Therese Fowler:
Therese always felt like a writer born, but it took her a few decades to turn her passion for books and words into her profession. During those years, she worked in U.S. Civil Service, managed a women's clothing store, played recreational softball, had two sons, sold residential real estate, went back to school for her B.A. in sociology, sold used cars part-time, went back to school for her MFA in creative writing, and taught college undergrads about literature and fiction-writing--roughly in that order.
Though Therese earned recognition for her short fiction, placing highly in national writing competitions, her debut novel, Souvenir, was her first published work of any kind. Her second novel, Reunion, was released on 3/24/09 and she's hard at work on her 2010 release, Breakaway. Midwest born and raised, she left Illinois for Texas, the Philippines, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Minnesota again, before finally settling in North Carolina in 1995.
You can visit Therese Fowler’s blog at Making it Up, here. Her website at http://www.theresefowler.com/ is currently under renovation.
To purchase a copy of Reunion, go here.