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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    Dramatic Relationship Dynamics

    The Chicago base for Blue and her talk show was a bit distracting because of the strong resemblance to Oprah's home base. Given the fact that Chicago didn't play a major role in the story overall Blue's childhood and subsequent career could have been set in any large city and worked just as well. In fact, the only point of geography that played a significant role in the story was Key West and in this case it was wonderfully portrayed and valuable to the progression of the story.

    Furthermore, the main reason Blue was hiding the secret birth and child she'd given up should have been given more focus. Small references were made several times but it seemed minimally significant, more an afterthought than an actual expansion of the overall plot. To make the secret and it's later fall out more believable it should have had more prominence throughout the story.

    What I loved about this story is Fowler's ability to build great characters. She does a fabulous job crawling into their minds then depicting it to the reader. Major players (Blue, Mitch, Julian) each have his/her own in depth back-story that intrigues enough to stand alone, yet they are intricately intertwined together in subtle places so subsequent relationships are all the more believable. of the story were well written with realism and focus to detail. Each character's motivations and the interaction with his/her respective partner generated feelings of compassion, longing, and hope.

    In the end, the beauty of this story lies in the strong relationships built. Not only does Fowler focus attention on numerous romantic entanglements, but also the strain of distant family relationships, the love parents have for their children, and the effects one's professional choices have on their personal lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2009

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    A refreshing and interesting story.

    This was a good read - enjoyed the characters and story line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    A good rainy day read.

    There were a few spots in the book that I felt the author jumped around a little too much and I wasn't quite sure what she was talking about.

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

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    an engaging family drama

    As she nears forty, Chicago based talk show host Blue Reynolds knows she has come a long way from when she was the impoverished Harmony Blue Kucharski. However, she has kept one secret that she hid from her mom and sister that has left her filled with remorse. When she was nineteen she loved English Professor Mitch Forrester but he rejected her advances. On a rebound fling she got pregnant. She could not raise the child nor tell her family and abortion was not an option at least for her; so she arranged through her midwife to have her baby adopted in what was probably an illegal deal. Filled with regret, she hires a private investigator to find her son although her career and reputation will probably be trashed.---------------

    On location in Key West taping her show, Blue and Mitch meet on his show Literary Lions. They still desire one another, but his thirtyish year old son international reporter Julian objects. However Julian is confused though he does not hide his scorn for his dad's celebrity floozy; Julian is unsure whether he objects because she is closer to his age than that of his dad or because he wants her.----------------

    REUNION is an engaging family drama as the past resurfaces because people in the present remember the great, the bad and the ugly times. The key triangle seems real as all three involved have flaws and remorse while the support cast like her family and his grandparents enhance the plot. As each of the trio learns, with love a person can do just about anything.---------------

    Harriet Klausner

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