hen I asked Ron Polinder to read Reunion, he wasn't sure he had the time. A stack of other books and his own literary pursuits caused him to hesitate. Eventually, he agreed and read the book. This is his unedited review.
"When first asked to write a review of “Reunion,” I was inclined to turn it down given the stack of unread books sent by other friends. My wife Judy dissuaded me, nudging me to fulfill brother Baron’s request.
There was a second reason for my hesitation—I have not been a reader of novels. On what grounds could I offer a meaningful, credible response?
Well, that changed rather quickly once I started to read. An interesting cast of characters showed up, well-developed, and
authentically placed in their cultural context. And the lead family in the story is quite reflective of many of today’s families—much has gone awry, and they have drifted to desperately in a different direction.
Midway through the story, an astonishing turn of events unfolds, almost enough to make you mutter “fiction is stranger than truth” after all. Yet, I didn’t put it down—I needed an outcome.
The plot took me along, the actors won me over, redemption came into view, and tears welled up in my eyes at their reunion, while I was sitting in my living room.
Captivating, heart-wrenching, hopeful!
Roger is homeless and decaying into entropy. His sister is lost to anger.
Near-death, Roger, and his dysfunctional family are forced into a painful bedside reunion.
Does blood run thick enough for a family reconciliation? Can a father and his daughter put their similarities aside to learn to love again?
did not ask Bev Manning to read my book, but she did. She graciously sent me an email with her review. I'm grateful for friends like Bev.
Finished your book, Reunion. A great read! (The ending had me fighting tears actually).
Loved the various perspectives of the characters and your choice of words in describing them – their inner character as people; their values – and how that played out in the story. Great descriptors.
One of my favorites is how you described a ‘soul.’ And the storyline itself was very interesting, and clever… a lot of unexpecteds. Very creative!
You are definitely a gifted writer – and should keep this up for sure!
medical doctor and an author of his own book- a humorous look at practicing medicine, Dr. Edgerly agreed to read Reunion.
"A wonderful, enjoyable read! Emotionally grips the heart strings and hopefully reminds all of us of the broken people we encounter in our lives--many times, in our own families.
We all need reunions and reunions need us. As a physician, sometimes the only difference between me and a broken patient is the personal forgiveness someone has extended to me.
This book will challenge you to forgive others and to maybe forgive yourself."
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