Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Review: Reunion by Therese Fowler

Reunion is the perfect book to escape the world for a few days or even a weekend, it will only take you that long to finish this wonderful novel. I was captivated by Reunion from the very first page and I was swept away right into the world of Harmony Blue and her life from the past to the present.

Harmony Blue reinvents herself into Blue Reynolds, the celebrity talk show host who appears to have everything she could ever want...or does she? We learn of choices that Blue has made in the past as a teenager and how that effects her life currently, some 20 years later.

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:

From Goodreads:

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 is currently under renovation.

To purchase a copy of Reunion, go here.


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  1. I'm going to have to read this over the summer. Nice review, Bonnie!

  2. Interesting that someone with a name like Harmony Blue would feel a need to change her name for the media!

  3. I can't wait to get to this one in my TBR pile.

  4. Thanks for the great review, Bonnie!

  5. Thank you so much, Bonnie, for this wonderful review! I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed the book--and I hope you'll enjoy my first novel, SOUVENIR, just as much.

    Let me just note for the previous commenter that the character's full name is Harmony Blue Kucharski. Not as TV-friendly a name as a serious journalist (as she initially envisions herself) might want to have. :)

    Best wishes--

  6. Your comment over the Mojito had me drooling. Enjoying this book with a nice, cool drink by my side sounds like absolute heaven!

    I'm sorry you had to read it while your kid was sick but it's those times that we need to escape the most!

    Hope the germies have packed up and left the house.

  7. Nice review Bonnie! I'd really like to read this one. It's on the wishlist. I'm glad you liked it.

  8. I love books that call out for lying out on the beach while reading with chilled drinks by your side. This one sounds good.

  9. This one sounds like a good one to take to the beach this summer. Now, I need to plan a trip to the beach.

  10. This sounds so good Bonnie. I love Key Lime Pie. I recently tried a store bought one (gasp) by Claim Jumper. I was impressed. MMMM.. summmertime, beaches and Key Lime pie.. Great review also.


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