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Reunionby Therese Fowler
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Following the acclaimed success of Souvenir, Therese Fowlers captivating new novel will resonate with every woman who has wondered what ifas a heartfelt drama of buried secrets and daring passion unfolds.
Celebrity talk show host Blue Reynolds is the queen of daytime televisionshe is smart, funny, and as down-to-earth as her adoring fans. In the eyes of the world, she has it all. But no one knows about the secret she has harbored for the last twenty yearsa secret that could destroy her image, her reputation, and her career. Twenty years ago, she gave birth to a son and put him up for adoption through illegal channels. And every day since, shes been filled with regret. Now Blue has hired a private investigator to find her son, knowing full well the consequences.
A week in Key West to do her show on location brings Blue a much-needed change of paceand an unexpected reunion with an old flame, Mitch Forrester. Helping him launch a television series may help her recapture the kind of genuine romance and affection long missing from her life. But it also means having to deal with Mitchs disapproving son, Julian, who is only nine years younger than Blue. Emotionally battered from his years as a war photographer in the worlds most dangerous hotspots, Julian struggles to get close to his father while making his disdain for Blue crystal clearwhich makes his desire for her all the more shocking.
As serendipity and scandal collide, Therese Fowlers passionate, illuminating novel takes a dramatic turn deep into our own hearts, as the healing power of lovefamily love, romantic love, and self-lovetransforms pain and regrets into promises and second chances.
From the Hardcover edition.
Blue Reynolds, celebrity talk show host and queen of daytime television, appears to have it all. But no one knows the secret she has harbored for the last twenty years—a secret that could destroy her image, her reputation, and her career. A week in Key West to do her show on location brings Blue a much-needed change of pace—and an unexpected reunion with an old flame, Mitch Forrester. Helping him launch a television series may help her recapture the kind of genuine romance long missing from her life. But it also means dealing with Mitch’s disapproving son, Julian, who is only nine years younger than Blue. Back from his years as a war photographer in the world’s most dangerous hotspots, Julian struggles to get close to his father while making his disdain for Blue crystal clear—which makes his desire for her all the more surprising.
As serendipity and scandal collide, Therese Fowler’s passionate, illuminating novel takes a dramatic turn deep into our own hearts, as the healing power of love transforms regrets into new beginnings.
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1. Blue had a flighty mother who frequently left her to take care of herself, while Julian grew up torn between a mentally unstable mother and a distant father. How much can we blame our parents for our troubles later on? Do you feel Blue and/or Julian blame theirs?
2. Do you think Blue would have kept the baby if she’d sought out and received her mother and sister’s support?
3. Should Mitch have fought harder against Renee’s bullying and threats? What was at stake for each of them?
4. Was it selfish of Blue to try to locate her son?
5. Blue’s sighting of Daniel is a catalyst for the nostalgia she experiences while walking through Old Town and while at the house there, which is then brought to a fine point when she sees Mitch later at dinner. Is nostalgia always behind the rekindling of an old romance? How might it be dangerous? How might it be beneficial?
6. Do you think the best photographers are connected to their subjects, or disconnected from them? In what ways might both be true about Julian?
7. What did the shop owner mean when she told Blue “you brought it all with you”? Do you believe strangers can be so attuned to people they’ve just met, or was this more likely coincidence combined with Blue’s guilty conscience?
8. Julian and Brenda both thought that Mitch would be a sell-out if he sold Literary Lions to a cable show. Do you agree? Why is PBS seen as more respectable than a cable network?
9. Why did Renee wait so many years to tell Julian the truth about what happened between her and Mitch? Why do you think she chose that moment to reveal all the facts?
10. When Blue asks how her mother knows that Calvin is “The One,” Nancy tells her that she and Calvin like the same things, and want the same things—but that such a simple-sounding truth is really not so simple. What does she mean?
11. Might Blue have forgiven herself for her choices and moved forward sooner if not for the way events unfolded? Conversely, was the crisis exactly what she needed to get her moving forward?
12. The author has said that the ending was not intended as a cliff - hanger. Since that’s the case, what do you think she intended by it? What, if anything, should happen next between Blue and her son?
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