Reunion by Laura Snelling

Title:  Reunion
Author:  Lauraine Snelling
Pages:  315
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Faith Words

                Reunion is the story of the Sorenson family celebrating their family ties and their trials in life this side of heaven.  There are several storylines running throughout the book that come together nicely at the end.  The author has used some events from her own life as the source for portions of this book.
                Bjorn and Keira are in their 50s with their own insurance agency.  Their children are grown and leading their own lives.  One son is married, but his wife has suffered a miscarriage and soon learns she will not be able to have any children due to her health.  Keira is busy planning the annual Sorenson family reunion that takes place at her mother’s house.  This will be the first reunion without her mother present as she has died in the year since the last reunion.  This is a big reunion with family coming from all over the country.  Her husband decides to surprise Keira with a cruise to Norway, the family birthplace.  Keira must find her birth certificate in order to get a passport.  She goes to her mother’s house to search for it.  What does she discover when she finally locates it?  Bjorn and Keira are both Christians and usually the first to volunteer to serve.  Why is Keira so reluctant to do so when disaster strikes a town in Kansas?
                Marcus and Leah have two sons who are in college.  Their last child, Kirsten, is a senior in high school and due to graduate in a few weeks.  Marcus is Keira’s brother.  Leah is Keira’s best friend.  Marcus is a pastor at a local church and Leah is a nurse who works part-time at a nursing home.  Marcus loves his daughter and calls her his “princess”.  Kirsten is a fanatic about her grades and performance.  She is the salutatorian of her senior class while her boyfriend, Jose, is the valedictorian.  They both plan to attend Northwestern University in the fall and both plan to major in medicine.  Jose is offered a full scholarship.  They both are strong Christians with the intent of marrying after they graduate from college.  What happens between the two that will allow only one of them to go to college?  Can the families of Jose and Kirsten recover from this stunning event?
                Throughout the story, the reader sees the interactions between family members and their strong commitment to Christ and to each other.  We also see their human failings, and how easy sin can sway decisions.  The family dynamic is going to change.  How will they deal with this?  Their reactions are so easy to identify with, which makes the story more real.  Will they be able to overcome these trials?  No, they can’t on their own.  They must learn to depend on the Lord, and that with Him, “all will be well”.
My rating is 3 stars.


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