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Celebration by [Michaels, Fern]
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Amazon.com Review

After decades as an army wife, Kristine Kelly isn't sure how to handle the transition back to civilian life after her husband Logan disappears with their savings. Unable to handle the finances and shocked by the anger her children have towards their absent father, Kristine turns to alcohol for comfort, an act that only pushes her children further away. But with the help of friend Aaron Dunwoodie, Kristine sobers up, reunites with her grown children, and enjoys a burgeoning romance with Aaron. Just as her life is back in order, Logan reappears, claiming that he is dying and desperate for attention. When Kristine delays her marriage to Aaron in order to play nursemaid to Logan, it looks as if she may once again submit herself to Logan's will. Celebration is a moving portrayal of a woman's struggle to find courage and independence after abandonment by her husband, and is a thoroughly engaging read. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien

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Abandoned by her husband of 20 years and alienated from her children, Kristine struggles to survive, regain her family, and find her own identity. She succeeds, even finding a new love, but almost loses all when her first husband suddenly reappears. Unfortunately, it is difficult to have much sympathy for her, since she is immediately willing to trust her business and money to the man who had already lied to her and stolen millions of dollars. A prolific author of romance and family sagas, Michaels (Vegas Heat, LJ 3/15/97) fails to develop her characters or give them plausible motivations for many of their actions. Her trite plotting attempts too many story lines at once, relying on often unbelievable coincidences to tie things together. Devoted fans can wait for the paperback edition.?Barbara E. Kemp, SUNY at Albany Libs.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1002 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420108425
  • Publisher: Zebra (January 1, 2009)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F3FJGE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on April 25, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've rarely been unable to leave a book unfinished. Celebration unfortunately falls into this category. The central character (Kristine) is a weak woman throughout the novel (or at least through half of it). The limited growth she experiences is a result, not of her own inner strength, but due to the intervention and persistence of someone else. The dialogue is flat and sounds completely contrived. It is impossible to get engrossed in the story and visualize these conversations as actually happening. The plot is entirely predictable so there is absolutely no desire on the reader's part to turn the page to see what happens next.
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This is the second novel by Fern Michaels that I have read and I definitely agree that while I get hooked by the book jackets, she tends to go on far too long. This book could have been about 150 pages less and been much better. While I enjoyed the story for the most part, I found myself groaning that anyone could be so stupid as Kristine and let her swindling husband back in her life after he cheated her out of her money and left her high and dry. While some might view it as compassion, I think it was just a little far fetched. Woodie was a little too complacent for me and the fact that he just sat around and waited and then got drunk anytime Kristine left him hanging was a little unbelievable. Logan was evil and fun to hate and the other characters were interesting although kind of flat. Some of the plot twists to connect everything together were a little silly - how small a world can this be for heaven's sake? But overall, not too bad.
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As a military brat and then a military wife, I could relate one hundred percent to this story. I enjoyed it from the first to the last page and read it in two days. The descriptions were so real that I could envision them.I hated Logan and couldn't wait for him to get it. I actually cheered. I liked the way Kristine grew into the woman she was at the end and of course, I enjoyed Woodie and the vet. The dog scenes were hilarious. Thanks for a wonderful read!
Terry
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By A Customer on February 12, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I would like to believe that there are few women in this world as idiotic as the main character of this book. But, hey, I'm sure most women would welcome a man into their home after they stole eight million dollars from them. Please. Give your readers some credit and your characters a brain. I wouldn't even recommend this book as a quick read for the beach. Horrible.
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By A Customer on March 31, 2001
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This was one of the worst romance novels I've ever read. I expect to have to suspend my disbelief somewhat, but this book was ridiculous. The dialogue was beyond believeable, the situations were contrived, the characters were not appealing. The heroine was a total weak-spined wimp. I cannot believe there are so many people who enjoyed this book. Don't waste your money or your time. It does not get better as it goes on.
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This was a delightful, engaging story. I enjoyed it imensely. I like this particular author because she lets her characters take over, come to life and as she says, prevail in the end. I like the strong characters she portrays and wish I was more like them. This is a very good read you don't want to end. Am eagerly waiting for the next new book
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By A Customer on February 14, 2000
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Once again I thought I'd give Fern Michaels a try, and once again I was thoroughly disgusted that I had thrown away my money! The plot is awful, the characters two dimensional, and if every female who has read this drivel isn't totally disgusted by the weak and totaly unsympathetic heroine, I would be truly surprised. The dialogue is totally unbelievable, and there are so many contradictory things that are said, not to mention done by the characters, I was thoroughly frustrated by the middle of the book. I couldn't even manage to get through it, and have definitely given up on this author.
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By A Customer on June 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I must admit I haven't finished this book (listening to the audio version) but I already know I hate it. This sap of an immature women seems to spend all of her life sobbing her eyes out, passive aggressive in the extreme. The story line was incredulous. For example, she starts a dog business and can afford a full time veterinarian, what the heck is she running some kind of super puppy mill. Her children leave in a huff, she has no contact for three years when she shows up at their college graduation and all of a sudden she mom of the year. What a roll model for motherhood. What a pile of sophmoric garbage.
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