He did not plan to talk with anyone. He did not plan to make a new friend. He resisted all of Amy’s attempts to draw him out− at the hotel, at the airport, on the airplane− giving hurried responses and burying his face in a pile of papers.
But when the flight attendant offered coffee, and a muscle in Amy’s back twitched as she reached for it, and the cup tipped, and the hot liquid puddled in Drew’s lap, then they began to talk!
Earlier in the year, each had lost a spouse of over thirty years. Drew’s wife had died of a brain tumor, Amy’s husband when his small airplane nose-dived to earth, the engine at full throttle − an accident, it was ruled. They live in the same city. Both have grandchildren. They are about the same age. Consciously, or not, they both are looking to love again.
But relationships do not exist in vacuums. Drew is wealthy, and Amy is middle class. Amy is “new” in town – she and her husband moved to Charleston twenty-five years ago – while Drew’s family has lived there for three centuries. Drew lives below Broad, a code word for high society, old families, power, and money. Amy’s home is across the river.
Class warfare may be less violent than it was in the past, but when Drew invites Amy to the St Cecelia Ball, battle lines are drawn.
In a city in which ancestry is important, the ball’s membership is passed from father to son, and only those from the oldest families are members.
Family, friends, co-workers all weigh in on their relationship and choose sides. Allies are found in unexpected places. Opposition comes from among those who were thought to be friends. Though they are gone, even their spouses − through things they have done and things they have said − wield influence in the conflict that follows.
Is Drew is one of them, the rich snobs who despise Amy? Does he truly love her?
Does Amy care for Drew? Can she trust him, or is he simply using her?
As each questions the other’s motives, their feelings for each other are tested.
Do Drew and Amy truly want to fall in love again?
Our Book Review
A lovely gentle romance which nicely focuses on a mature relationship and all the joys and negatives that this can bring. It's a nice mellow read with delightful characters that you will want to relax with and enjoy.
We start with such a sad beginning as before Drew's wife dies she makes him promise that he will remarry and be happy. On the other side of the coin we have Amy whose cheating husband kills himself on the day divorce papers are filed. Fates plays a heavy hand to steer them both onto the path of romance, with a little help of friends and family and of course Drew's adorable and funny grandson.
Everything would be fine, if romance and their own personal feelings were all that mattered. But Drew comes from what Amy feels is like another world, with money, extravagant houses and stature, how can she possibly belong? Family are an important part in both lives and their children are obviously protective of their parents and questions are raised about the motives of the other half in the relationship. On top of which both have the grief of their loved ones. They want to be in love but will all this baggage be way too much for them to deal with? I have to say that at one point in the story I wasn't sure which way the relationship would go.
A story of loss, betrayal, love and hope. Another great read from this wonderful author.
About the author
David Burnett lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston.
David enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches. He has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, a Native American powwow, and his grandson, Jack. David 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 has graduate degrees in psychology and education and previously was Director of Research for the South Carolina Department of Education. He and his wife have two daughters.
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