About the Book
Author: T.S. Krupa
Publisher: Avalon Haddam Press
Publication Date: May 10, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Fiction
Ten years ago, Danielle ‘Dani’ Jackson graduated from Coastal State University in Wilmington, North Carolina and left her heartache behind—for what she thought was forever. Now a promising pediatric surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital she has been invited back for her college reunion.
With encouragement from her best friend, Dani begrudgingly returns to face her past–the death of her friend and a broken heart from Jake Dillon, her first love. During her trip she revisits the four years she spent at CSU. By applying to CSU she defied her father and the ‘perfect’ plan he had laid out for her, which included attending an Ivy League school before medical school, but Dani had other plans. She traded in her father’s dream, for an institution with sandy beaches and soccer that made her feel at home. Dani never questioned her decision—she knew she was right. What she didn’t know, was how hard growing up was going to be.
At the reunion weekend she reconnects with her friends Adeline ‘Addie’ Smith and Colleen ‘Callie’ Schumaker. The girls met freshman year due to Addie’s persistence and quickly became inseparable, but after graduation they started to drift apart. The weekend is further complicated when Jake shows up. Together they all realize that life has been hard on everyone and no one’s life has been perfect. The reunion gives them the time to deal with the past and an opportunity for a second chance—for each of them.
Dani, Callie, Addie, and Sarah met freshman year at CSU and became the best of friends. They spent the next four years discovering a lot about themselves and each other, but no matter what life threw their way, good or bad, they always had one another. However, that all came crashing down the final semester of their senior year when Sarah tragically passed away. Dani, Callie, and Addie graduated, but life without their friend was never the same. Friendships became strained, love was lost, and anger and pain replaced happier times.
Dani seemed to struggle the most experiencing both the pain of losing her best friend, Sarah, and Jake, the only guy she ever loved, all at the same time. Dani began pulling further and further away from anything that reminded her of her time at CSU including Addie and Callie. She thought her plan to push everything down deep inside was working until she received an invite to her ten year reunion. Dani is determined not to go, but fate has other plans, plans that will change many lives.
I loved, loved, loved The Ten Year Reunion. Hooked from the first page, I read the entire book in practically one sitting. The story flows so easily and it's difficult not to become completely engrossed in the lives of the characters. I really enjoyed how the story unfolded. Readers meet the characters in present day and learn who they are and what has become of them, not knowing what has shaped them into who they are until the next part of the book. Once their past is replayed I felt an even stronger connection with Dani, Addie, Sarah, and Callie, experiencing their triumphs, heartaches, and disappointments. I also have to admit that I liked Jake, even though he was really good at doing dumb things, he always appeared to really care for Dani. The loss of Sarah was painful and I suffered along with the girls hoping it wasn't true.
The author has the ability to make readers care about her characters and I was 100% invested in their lives. Without revealing too much, I teared up at the end! The solid writing, believable characters, and intriguing storyline make The Ten Year Reunion a must read.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.
About the Author: T.S. Krupa
In 2014, T.S. Krupa published her award-winning debut novel Safe & Sound. On The Edge is her second novel. To learn more about the author visit www.tskrupa.com.
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