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Posted May 30, 2014
After over twenty five years of marriage, a class reunion makes attorney Michael feel as if he’s living in a bit of a rut. He decides to try and crawl out of it and start having fun like he used to. He not only wants to resume some past dreams that he gave up when he married, but he wants to share with, and bring his wife Allison along on the journey. She is more than displeased at the idea of changing their ways, refusing to accept change by refusing to put aside some sadness’ of her past, even at the risk of her marriage. I found Allison to be somewhat self centered and a bit controlling. So much so, that she mentally comes unglued when things don't go her way. Even her own teenage daughter Alicia has problems getting along with or dealing with her. When both Michael and Allison start moving in different directions, as one would expect, they begin to grow apart. Of course everyone deals with problems in their own way, but Michael seems to try harder than Allison to manage both his own wants and needs, as well as his wife’s. Allison, well, not so much. But once one has crossed the commitment boundaries of marriage by moral betrayal, individual lives become even more intolerable. At times, I found myself feeling sorry for and sympathizing with Michael, and screaming at Allison. “The Reunion” is not a mushy love story, but it is a realistic love story. It follows the dramatic feelings, and manners in which two people deal with selfishness, hurt and pain, betrayal, and the difficulties of learning to regain trust. I don't believe anything in this world is perfect (as in 5 stars),but because this story is so undeniably lifelike, it comes pretty close. By: Sandi K. WhippleWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 8, 2013
A Thoughful Portrayal of a Marriage
A thoughtful and poignant portrait of marriage and it’s inevitable struggles, The Reunion tells the story of Allie and Michael as they ask the question each of us may ask of ourselves at some time: “How did we get here?”
Burnett smoothly navigates flashbacks and flash-forwards, moving the plot along quickly. The book is a series of moments, some seemingly insignificant at the time, that eventually shape the story. Using these moments, the author brings to life the cast of primary characters and draws the reader in to their complicated relationships. These characters are people the reader will recognize, either in themselves or someone they know.
This is an engaging story of love, marriage, betrayal and the quest to find oneself, and ultimately happiness and fulfillment.
*I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Posted February 6, 2013
Undeniably Beautiful and Poetic
Written with passion and raw emotion, The Reunion is a gripping story of love and the trials of marriage. After attending his high school reunion, Michael finds himself trying to rekindle some of his youth, while his wife, Allison, struggles to understand his reasons for change. Their journey tests the boundaries of marriage, creating an all too familiar scenario of loneliness that touches home to so many couples. It brings to light the importance of honesty, communication, forgiveness and love. The story of Michael and Allison is tragic, yet undeniably beautiful and poetic. Within these pages is the true meaning of love and romance.
I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.