I really enjoyed this novel by Elaine Jeremiah. I found the journey of the main character relatable and she was really well portrayed. I think that the issues that she faces when going back to her past are very real for a lot of us and Elaine address these in an understanding way. A great, light-hearted read and one that I would definitely recommend.
Reunion Of The Heart is a sweet romance and a really enjoyable read. It covers a range of themes from the impact of bullying to infidelity, friendship and forgiveness.
Elaine Jeremiah has a nice writing style and a talent for setting the scene, drawing you into Anna's world with vibrant descriptions of her trips to London, Paris - and her favourite coffee shop.
The story touches on the lives of the heroine's friends but it would have been interesting to know more about them. For example, some dramatic incidents happen to a couple of the supporting characters, but these aren't explored in much detail and don't seem to relate strongly to the main plot. I think a subplot relating to Anna - but not directly about her - could have made the main story even stronger. However, some supporting characters (such as Anna's younger sister who lives in Paris) are really intriguing, despite only a few details being given about their lives.
I found Anna's relationship with Peter particularly believable as an example of how a woman with low confidence may date a man more due to his feelings about her than because she truly reciprocates them. As the reader it's interesting to see Anna's self-confidence and self-awareness develop and grow as the story progresses, leading her to question her decisions and real desires.
All in all, Reunion Of The Heart is a great romantic read which explores themes many readers will relate to.
This is the second of Elaine Jeremiah's books that I've read, and I enjoyed this one even more than the first. This is a sweet tale of redemption and love, an uplifting read, and I'd be happy to recommend it to readers who enjoy easy romance. What I especially loved was the author's engaging writing style, and how she moves seamlessly between back story and the present day. A satisfying read.
I really enjoyed Reunion of the Heart by Elaine Jeremiah. A thoroughly pleasant and easy read - a page-turner actually. I found myself wondering how Anna was doing when I wasn't reading the book and looked forward to the next time I could delve into her world. I can see many sparks of impressive narrative from this relatively new author which I hope she develops as she furthers her literary career. Examples of these were 'in the dismal post-divorce house her mother called home' and 'the wind almost blowing her words away'. I imagined this young woman, Anna, in the locations and situations the author placed her in. I think I'm going to miss her for a while, she almost seems like a friend.
I read Reunion of the Heart in two days. It held my attention throughout. The story is primarily about love and friendship and I was caught up in the lives of the characters. It’s a relatable book, fraught with loss and heartache, but also with hope and new opportunities.
The main protagonist (Anna) is likeable; her neurosis adds an engaging element so the reader cares what happens to her and the friendships she relies on.
I enjoyed the scenes with Anna and her friends. The dialogue was genuine and made me feel like a part of the group.
The building romance between Anna and Will is well paced, which adds tension and allows the reader to understand the difficulties they have both overcome, in order to get where they are.
I liked the connections between the characters too. They all go on a journey of discovery, where past mistakes no longer haunt them and they can finally forgive.
It is an uplifting tale and, as I said, a relatable one. I enjoyed spending time with the group and I’m sure you will too.
This book dealt with a great variety of issues and I enjoyed how Elaine tackled them in her writing.
The author has a great talent for drawing you into the story and characters, feeling how they feel and experiencing what they are.
I was uncertain how she was going to resolve some of the issues in the book to do with the budding romance, but I trusted the author and was not disappointed for it! The story weaved and flowed well and lead us on a journey with Anna that had my heart pounding at some points.
The character interactions were will written, and I especially enjoyed the conversations between Anna and her friends. It was all done very realistic, so as you felt you could have been overhearing a conversation out and about.
A well written romance that I think will appeal to a wide audience. I am really looking forward to reading more of Elaine Jeremiah’s work!
I read Reunion of the Heart in the early hours of the morning while feeding my baby son and it says a lot about Elaine Jeremiah’s book that it kept me engaged and interested despite my sleep-deprived state.
The premise of Reunion of the Heart is one that many of us can relate to – the dreaded school reunion. Even if - unlike the main character Anna - you enjoyed your time at school, going to the school reunion is revisiting your past and that can be an unnerving thing. For Anna her school days were far from happy; adding to the mix is a recent breakup with her boyfriend that kick starts the story. An interesting idea told with passion, Reunion of the Heart is a well-written and heart-warming romance that focuses on friendship as well as the ups and downs of romantic relationships.
Elaine Jeremiah does an excellent job of taking the reader on a journey with Anna both emotionally and physically via the reunion of the title, a girly spa weekend, London and Paris. It's a great read for anyone who loves a heartfelt romantic novel.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I received an advance reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I haven’t read Elaine’s previous book. So I went into it with very little idea of her writing style. I was pleased to find that she has an easy, comfortable style that feels very much like having a conversation with a friend.
I strongly suspect that Elaine is a tenderhearted person. I say this because though she’s created tension between some of the characters, she hasn’t made anyone into an unlikable monster, and she’s given each character both good and bad traits. For the most part, people in the story seem capable of resolving their differences and reaching a better place.
Admittedly, when I first started the story, I wasn’t certain whether I wanted the romantic leads to end up together. I was a little hesitant to read that one of the main character’s love interests, Will, had been her bully when they were in school together. The idea that a boy believes it’s okay to harass a girl because he likes her and doesn’t know how to express it is definitely an uncomfortable one for me. However, I do think it’s realistic that he comes to regret his actions and demonstrates himself to be a changed man.
I was similarly nervous about Anna’s other love interest, Peter. At first, he seems like an attentive boyfriend, but he quickly moves into the territory of someone who wants more control in the relationship than he should have. These characteristics of both men make it interesting to follow Anna’s path toward finding what she really wants.
The theme of infidelity runs through the book. Without giving any spoilers, we see it from three different angles and under three different circumstances. I appreciated that there weren’t any pat answers or moralizing, only expressions of how the incidents left the characters feeling.
My only real concern was that I think the book could probably have benefited from a closer proofreading. There were a few typographic and punctuation errors. On the other hand, I’m a little sensitive to those due to my line of work. The majority of people probably would not have noticed or cared.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read. It’s a “sweet” romance, meaning there isn’t any overt sexuality in it. There are brief, passing mentions of intimacy, but nothing more. I would feel comfortable recommending it to anyone adolescent and older (mostly because I don’t think children would understand the story, not because it’s inappropriate). If you like gentle, tender, romantic stories, this is a good choice.
I really enjoyed this engaging script, the characters feel sincere.. I like how the author turns the tables where the main character Anna is caught in a decision between two men after she herself is the victim of an affair. I also liked the comparison between city and village life. The banter between the housemates fuels the story with the big questions that Anna would otherwise have to face alone and adds a sense of humour to the story It is a fairly predictable but well constructed plot which I found easy to read and highly recommend.