Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Reunion by Rachael McIntire

Four-year-old Rebecca opened the door further to get a better look.  It was then that she noticed a tiny bundle cozily nestled in a wicker basket, the baby's enormous blue eyes peeking through the folds of its blanket into the equally blue skies of the morning.  Rebecca began once again bouncing up and down, clapping her hands together and shouting, "Mommie, she's here, she's here!  Jesus has sent me my little sister!"

The teaser from the back of the book grabbed my attention right away.  You see, when I was 8 years old, I was the child anxiously awaiting the delivery of my own baby brother or sister.  I prayed for it every day, wished the same wish every birthday, and dropped coins in the Wishing Well at Luray Caverns each year, always with the same hope.

Wishing Well
 - Picture of Luray Caverns, Luray

This photo of the Wishing Well at  Luray Caverns is courtesy of TripAdvisor

I vividly remember the cold February morning when my parents told me that we were going to take a long drive and pick up my new baby brother!  What an amazing gift from God!

As I continued reading, I had a difficult time continuing to relate to the characters in The Reunion.  I do not know whether or not the author had any actual experience with adoption, but it all seemed too simplistic to me, I think.  I've had many people ask me about how to share information about the experience of adoption with their children - since my brother and I were both adopted - and I do not know that this is a book I would recommend for that purpose.  Obviously, however, the experience is different for everyone.

That said, the little 134-page novel with its strong theme of redemption is a pleasant and quick read that is suitable for the entire family.  Rachael McIntire is a former English teacher who wrote several books for the homeschooled children in her life to enjoy, to give them additional practice reading, and to enforce the family's Christian values.  She enjoys writing, and she has recently begun taking out some of these stories and dusting them off for publication in order to share them with other families.

Writing for my own children and then wanting to share my stories is another theme to which I can definitely relate!

Learn more about Rachael McIntire and The Reunion at Elisha Press.  
Softcover Edition $9.99, free shipping in the USA
Free E-book download for Kindle, tablet, or other e-book reader, free registration required.
Also available at Amazon.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of The Reunion free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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