I loved this book, but the title is quite misleading, as it leads you to believe this book is mainly about a school reunion, but apart from a mention at the beginning and the end it was absolutely nothing to do with a school reunion. It was however a wonderful book about the lives of two sisters, alternating mainly between the early 1990s and the present day, and I couldn't stop reading to see what happened. It is a real page turner.
The sisters are Eleanor and Caroline. Eleanor is younger and is married but very distant from her husband and son, who I felt very sorry for. We soon find out her daughter drowned in a swimming pool accident when she was only a baby and Eleanor has never gotten over it and her family has suffered. Her son is now 14 and was only just 2 when his sister died and yet Eleanor has seemed to live on another planet since then... As she said to a friend, 'I get up, and I put in the time until I go to bed again'.
Caroline is living with a distant cousin in England and has a great career in design, but we also soon find out that she was raped when being driven home from a babysitting job years before in Ireland. Her Mother decided to ship her off to London to stay with this cousin, as she couldn't cope with the scandal even though it was the early nineties. Of course her life changed completely after this and she was very estranged from her family, not surprisingly, as they didn't support her at all.
This was a book about family, how sometimes immediate family isn't necessarily your closest family, and how life sometimes just trundles along but sometimes you need a jolt to make you reassess things, usually as you get older and hopefully, wiser. I shed a few tears, both sad and happy ones. I love the way Roisin Meaney writes and really enjoyed this book. Highly recommended.
An amazing story of two ordinary sisters. Roisin gives you the taste smell and sensation of deep pain in the human heart, like being underground for a very long time. But then you rise to the surface and feel the sun on your face. That was my experience of the story. Reading this book you get an understanding of pain and lingering grief that wont let go. And like real life, one day the sun comes out and all the colour returns. A fabulous read.
Roisin Meaney has once again written a beautiful, uplifting and engrossing book. Our reading group eagerly awaited The Reunion and not one of us is disappointed; it was worth the wait. I would like to see Ms Meaney's books reviewed in Australian newspapers and magazines. I am aware of the following Ms Binchy had here, together with other Irish authors; I believe Ms Meaney's books are second to none.
I absolutely loved this book. It was beautifully written, and even though I had picked it up just to have a peek inside, I found myself putting it down when I was already 60% in and of course I then had to carry on reading, clearly! :)
The story of Eleanor and Caroline is a complicated one. Both sisters have dealt with severe trauma in different ways and it shaped their lives forever. I love how the author describes both of them, their families and other secondary characters, I felt like I knew them. I was there for every horrible thing and every joyful thing as well, and that takes a lot of skill as an author. I would love to continue reading about these two ladies and their lives and that, to me, is the mark of a good book.
This is a highly recommended read for me.
With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.
Roison never fails to lift me up with her wonderful books. I get her books the minute they come out. She makes you feel like you are living her people. You feel their highs and lows and everything in between. I'm always tempted to go to the end of the book to see what happened but just stop myself, I'm so happy that I found her. I love all of her books and this one is up there at the top. I can't recommend it highly enough.