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The Reunion [Kindle Edition]

David Burnett
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Extensively re-edited in April 2013
It is the fear of separation from everything she loves that brings Allison Bannister to the beach. She stops on the steps that lead down to the ocean. She is alone. The sun is setting behind her; the tide is rushing in, and dark water is licking at the bottom step. Off to the north, the lights of Charleston shine into the evening sky. To the south, a star twinkles as darkness descends on the barrier islands. Light and dark; good and evil. Reconciliation is not in the cards.
Allison shivers. How easy it would be to walk out into the ocean. Her winter clothes would take on water and weigh her down. When she went under, her body would turn cold, her lungs would fill with water, and all of her troubles would end.
It all started with an invitation to Michael’s high school reunion.
“Wouldn’t it be wonderful,” he asks as the reunion winds down, “if you could crawl through a worm hole and find yourself in high school, again?”
Over the next few weeks, Allison attempts to cope with the strange things that happen as Michael “crawls though the worm hole,” and morphs back into the person he was thirty years earlier, setting in motion events which disrupt their lives and tear the couple apart.
As Michael spends long hours in his new art studio, Allison feels rejected and begins to build a life of her own. Before long, Michael and Allison, a couple who seldom spent time apart, rarely spend time together. They both feel neglected, and each blames the other. A long separation, the unexpected appearance of Michael’s college girlfriend, an unplanned rendezvous, and a charge of adultery threaten to end their marriage forever - and Allison finds herself alone on the beach.
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Extensively re-edited in April 2013.


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  • File Size: 619 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092GL570
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,296 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! November 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When I first downloaded this book, I didn't know what to expect but it was a surprising read. I was hooked from the first chapter and couldn't put my Kindle down. The characters are relatable and I highly recommend this book. It would make a nice Christmas present.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, Believable characters October 29, 2012
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Ah, the adventure known as marriage... This book tells it like it is! Like my favorite dessert, I just couldn't put it down until I devoured the last morsel.

I laughed and cried with Allie & Michael throughout their journey. Their interaction with each other and their daughter rang true to life. I felt like I knew these people (and sometimes like I WAS these people) and was absolutely invested in their happiness. I cringed at their mistakes and cheered at their triumphs. I could apply the lessons learned to my marriage. AN ALL-AROUND GREAT READ!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down!! August 26, 2012
By Suzanne
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a wonderful novel. When I started reading this book, I was hooked! I couldn't put it down.

The characters are real and believable. Once I began to care about the characters (which you will shortly after starting the book), I was staying up late to find out what happened. How many of us would like to return to our high school days, start our adult lives over, and not get bogged down and detour from who we were back then?

The detailed descriptions of locales the characters visited allowed the reader to get inside the story and go along with Michael and Allison. I found myself walking along on their journeys of introspection. "The Reunion" is one that anyone can relate to. We've all gotten complacent in our relationships at some point in time, and the story illustrates how easy it is to let mundane daily tasks can get in the way of keeping the spark in a relationship.

The book answers the questions: Can a momentary indiscretion really ruin a marriage? Does it really take work every day to keep a marriage fresh and alive, or can the strings unravel with an unplanned rendezvous and a feeling of "I deserve this?" Will Michael and Allison reconcile and live happily ever after?

If you're looking for a book that will leave you caring about realistic characters who are struggling, like all of us, to shield their relationships from dangerous distractions, this is it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Reunion - Kindle version May 26, 2013
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I very much enjoyed the book. The story was a fast read, I guess you could call it a summer read. What disappointed me was the very poor editing. The typos and mistakes throughout the book totally detracted from the story
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Reunion January 5, 2013
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Would have preferred to not have so much religion. I probably would not have read it had I known that
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does True Love Conquer All? November 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Reunion is a complicated love story between Michael and Allison who after years of marriage still love and adore each other. But unresolved issues from their past threaten to destroy their life together.
This Reunion poses the question, is true love enough to conquer personal insecurities, desires, and good and bad choices made?
Once a vivacious, outgoing, popular, and talented artist and runner, Michael chose to follow in his father's footsteps becoming a successful, yet rather staid and dull Estate Lawyer. Now he works for clients he doesn't necessarily like, jogs around the neighborhood, and can't remember the last time he's picked up his sketchpad.
Married for twenty-seven years to Allison, he has become everything she wants him to be. A partner in well established aw firm. Respected in the community, a good husband and provider to their strong-willed daughter Alicia. Much to Allison's relief Michael's art ambition dwindled to nothing.
Alicia thinks her Mom, is so tightly bound by her own rules and insistence at keeping them, she has bestowed her the nickname, St Allison. Control is an issue for Allison, and her teaching vocation demonstrates her need to keep everything under her reign.
Allison's life operates according to the rules she has written for her and her family. Add to this, her need to conform to what she thinks society expects from her, and her strong Catholic faith. Pursuing passions, or living life to its full potential, are to Allison, just frivolous notions.
A letter arrives inviting them to attend Michael's high school reunion. Allison is all in favor of going. Michael is reluctant to reconnect with people he hasn't seen for twenty or so years. Allison's powers of persuasion work, and they go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and poorly edited July 21, 2013
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Storyline and outcome predictable There are a ton of typos that need to be fixed and it transitions poorly from one character to the next in the narration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't make it through May 13, 2013
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Nothing stellar here. And if I remember correctly, lots of typos and punctuation errors. Editing needed for me to like this book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars beach read
The book has many proof reading errors. They are distracting. But overall the story is worth reading. The characters are believable, and the story plausible. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Denise547
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read!
Published 4 months ago by Donna B
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes True Love Endures
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sandi K. Whipple
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs an editor
The story line is interesting although a predictable ending. It seems the author was attempting to make the book as long as possible. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read, Too Simplistic
For an easy read, this book is quick and simple. It doesn't tax intellect much and therefore might be considered somewhat boring.
Published 16 months ago by Zina
5.0 out of 5 stars A book I wouldn't normally Read
When I first started reading this book I thought, this isn't a normal "romance" book, yet I bought it under a romance genre on amazon. Read more
Published 21 months ago by headstails2
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Long
This book has good potential, but the same story could have easily been told in 100 fewer pages. I bought the "free" version and there were many spelling and grammatical... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Tracy
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful portrayal of 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... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Gillian Pemberton
5.0 out of 5 stars Undeniably Beautiful and Poetic
Written with passion and raw emotion, The Reunion is a gripping story of love and the trials of marriage. Read more
Published 22 months ago by poshpow
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not like
I thought this story was draggy.I din't like the plot. I think it could have been a good read if there was a better plot.
Published 23 months ago by Base49
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More About the Author

David lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston. The Handfasting, his second book, was published in June.

He enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches.
David has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, and a Native American powwow. He and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. In The Reunion, Michael's journey through England and Scotland allows him to sketch many places they have visited.

David spent years in school(!), and he has graduate degrees in psychology and education. He and his wife have two daughters.


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