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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

BOOK TOUR & Giveaway - Those Children Are Ours by David Burnett

Jennie Bateman screamed at her daughters, cursed at her husband, packed a bag, and walked away. Twelve years later, she petitions the family court for visitation with her daughters, Alexis and Christa.

Her attorney tells Jennie that, ordinarily, she could not imagine that some type of visitation would not be granted. But, she warns, the situation is hardly ordinary. True, Jennie suffered from a bipolar disorder when she began to drink heavily, abandoned her family, and moved in with another man. True, she has turned her life around: leaving her boyfriend, returning to school, entering therapy, taking medication, finding a job, and joining a church.

But she pressed no claim for her children when her husband divorced her, and she has made no attempt to contact them in any way since then. Her daughters, now sixteen and fourteen, live four hundred miles away. They have busy lives that do not include her, lives that will be totally disrupted by the visitation that she requests. Their father is engaged to be married to a woman who has taken the role of their mother for a decade. Alexis remembers nothing good about Jennie. Christa recalls nothing at all.

Conflict ensues as soon as Jennie’s petition is served: her former husband does not want to share his children with the woman who deserted him; her children have no interest in knowing the mother who abandoned them, and her father insists that she is being timid and ought to demand full custody, not simply visitation.

As court convenes, Jennie’s past is dredged up− the desertion, the men, her drinking, her mental health − and paraded before the judge. Her claim to be a different person, now, is attacked. The judge hesitates to grant Jennie’s request, but reluctantly agrees to order three trial visits.

If persuading the judge to let her see her children was difficult, convincing them to allow her to be a part of their lives seems to be almost impossible. What happens as she finally begins to connect with her daughters places them all in grave danger and threatens her life, itself.

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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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6 comments:

  1. Well, I would have to say that two of my daughters, on Halloween, many years ago, dressed up as they thought a hooker would look like and stood on the curb in front of our house. They were both teenagers at the time and it pretty funny.

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  2. when my 13 year old was 4, every time seomthing was funny she'd say "what the kitten, you'r hilarious"... no idea why?

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  3. My son talks to himself constantly. That may not be funny in itself but the things he says will get you laughing for sure.

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  4. My little one calls her chin her chimmy and always points at her cheek for her chin, no matter how many times we correct her.

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  5. LOL I think I even posted a picture on my facebook of one of my granddaughters putting on my wig LOLL this was too funny because she was only about 2 yrs of age at the time and she though it was her real hair loll

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    1. Mine is when my little sister was in her "Alice in Wonderland" phase. She put on a frilly dress, tap shoes, and white stockings, then proceeded to set her Fisher Price Little Farm in the living room. She sat with her legs sticking out of the font and back gate doors, to look like she had "grown big"!

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