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The Reunion ➠ The Reunion Ebook ➦ Author Roisin Meaney – Thomashillier.co.uk It s their twenty year school reunion but the Plunkett sisters have their own reasons for not wanting to attend Caroline, now a successful knitwear designer, spends her time flying between her busines It s their twenty year school reunion but the Plunkett sisters have their own reasons for not wanting to attend Caroline, now a successful knitwear designer, spends her time flying between her business in England and her lover in Italy As far as she s concerned, her school days, and what happened to her the year she left, should stay in the pastEleanor, meanwhile, is unrecognisable from the fun loving girl she was in school With a son who is barely speaking to her, and a husband keeping a secret from her, revisiting the past is the last thing on her mindBut when an unexpected letter arrives for Caroline in the weeks before The Reunion, memories are stirredWill the sisters find the courage to return to the town where they grew up and face what they ve been running from all these years The Reunion is a moving story about secrets, sisters and finding a way to open your heart.


10 thoughts on “The Reunion

  1. Malia Malia says:

    I have read almost everything Roisin Meaney has written, and will continue to buy whatever she sells She writes chick lit, yes, but her stories always go deeper and are never merely about romance or silly antics If you enjoy authors like Lisa Jewell or Marian Keyes, give Meaney a try Findreviews and bookish fun at I have read almost everything Roisin Meaney has written, and will continue to buy whatever she sells She writes chick lit, yes, but her stories always go deeper and are never merely about romance or silly antics If you enjoy authors like Lisa Jewell or Marian Keyes, give Meaney a try Findreviews and bookish fun at


  2. Obsidian Obsidian says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Trigger warning Rape I tend to not do spoiler reviews However, I realized that I wouldn t be able to show what I didn t give this book over two stars without spoiling the book Well good news is that this only cost me.99 Bad news is that I didn t really think I got my money s worth I have liked loved most of Meaney s works, but this one just fell flat to me throughout the book Ostensibly about two sisters Caroline and Eleanor going to their twenty year reunion in Ireland, the book jump Trigger warning Rape I tend to not do spoiler reviews However, I realized that I wouldn t be able to show what I didn t give this book over two stars without spoiling the book Well good news is that this only cost me.99 Bad news is that I didn t really think I got my money s worth I have liked loved most of Meaney s works, but this one just fell flat to me throughout the book Ostensibly about two sisters Caroline and Eleanor going to their twenty year reunion in Ireland, the book jumps back and forth showing Caroline and Eleanor and their lives twenty years ago, and to the present day I felt for both women s stories, but ended up liking Caroline s , I just hated how her story line got resolved I also think that Eleanor s story line just magically poof got better with no real repercussions for what happened to her family after she just opted out of things The Reunion starts with sisters Caroline and Eleanor receiving an invitation to their 20 year reunion Neither of them wants to go for different reasons Receiving the invitation though has both of them remembering things that they rather not dwell about now in their late 30s Meaney goes back and forth to show both women s POV throughout the book.Caroline s story line was shocking She is raped by a family friend and falls pregnant When she goes to her mother, her mother informs her that she will be sent to England for an abortion and even slaps her when Caroline realizes that her mother maybe harbored a secret fantasy about this family friend I felt for Caroline and everything she went through Her finding a real friend in her cousin Florence was welcome Caroline is shown missing her son after giving him up for adoption However, Meaney then throws a love interest in Caroline s story that didn t feel realistic at all I was fine with her being a successful businesswoman Having her in a romance that felt off to me she meets this man when he is a young teen and they have a relationship about ten years later and honestly it skeeved me out Eleanor seemed to have a slightly charmed life Dating the most handsome boy at her school who is also the son of a rich man, Eleanor sees her life with him going smoothly with them eventually marrying He has other ideas and breaks up with her For most of the story line with Eleanor you know that she doesn t let this relationship go easily, and that she had a child that died It takes a while for you to figure out who Eleanor marries And I have to say, that romance had zero chemistry when Meaney finally shows it to us I did feel sympathy for Eleanor for her loss, but we find out she refused to be a mother or wife to her family for 14 years after the accidental death of her child I didn t want her to be left alone and mourning forever But I thought how Meaney resolved things with no real repercussion to Eleanor was a freaking cop out It seemed that for a bit there Meaney was going to reveal that Eleanor s husband sought out a relationship elsewhere, but that went nowhere fast.I think the secondary characters were not developed that well Eleanor s husband barely feels present, along with Caroline and Eleanor s parents I thought the only character that was sketched reasonably well was cousin Florence The writing was good I was justinvested in Caroline s story Eleanor s chapters felt bogged down to me while I was reading Nothing much seems to happen to her until she goes off to work in a restaurant The flow was up and down going back and forth When Meaney goes back in time so to speak to show the women s lives twenty years back and then suddenly we are just in the present day it felt weird to me Meaney does show the years month so you know what timeline you are in Thank goodness for that since a few times I was a bit lost The ending didn t satisfy me at all Eleanor s family is bailed out by a rich relation and she and her husband magically make things work I wish we had them havingconversations with each other Instead, we just hear how they are now sharing a bedroom again I also wish that Caroline s mother had been made to face up to what she had done, but she wasn t


  3. Margaret Madden Margaret Madden says:

    Opening a school reunion invitation brings feelings of uncertainty for sisters, Caroline and Eleanor Plunkett Do they want to return to their past Caroline is now a successful designer, splitting her time between the UK and Italy Eleanor is stuck in a rut, overweight and struggling to connect with her husband and son Both women may have been born to the same parents, but their lives began to split while they were still in their teens Can facing up to the past help them improve their present Opening a school reunion invitation brings feelings of uncertainty for sisters, Caroline and Eleanor Plunkett Do they want to return to their past Caroline is now a successful designer, splitting her time between the UK and Italy Eleanor is stuck in a rut, overweight and struggling to connect with her husband and son Both women may have been born to the same parents, but their lives began to split while they were still in their teens Can facing up to the past help them improve their present, or is going back the wrong thing to do It s funny how two siblings can end up in completely different situations Caroline was the studious one, destined for a career in academia, whilst younger sister Eleanor was thefun loving of the twointerested in her boyfriend and having a laugh with her mates However, one fateful evening changes their paths in life Caroline soon finds herself pushed away from the family home and Eleanor s boyfriend dashes all hopes for her own future In the midst of all this change is the girls mother, who isconcerned with the goings on of her neighbours than of her own two daughters Secrets are kept, lies are told and damage is done Roisin Meaney has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like you are in a room with the characters, hearing them chat to each other, rather than reading words on a page From very early on in the novel, there is a feeling of genuine concern as to how these two girls will handle their own stories Caroline is the victim of the most despicable crime, yet is treated as if she is to blame Her mother takes control of the situation and God help anyone who tries to object A distance cousin, Florence, steps up to the plate and becomes Caroline s saviour A wonderfully warm and quirky character, she has a delightful presence throughout the novel Back in Ireland, Eleanor is weighed down with personal grief and is scared to face up to her past Her story is addressed further into the book, with memories unfolding which help to explain her distance The Reunion is a book about families and how they can sometimes be fractured and displaced The keeping of secrets, the hiding of home truths and the attempt at showing a united front are not always the right approach to take Most families have drama within their folds Sometimes admitting your flaws is the only way to gain solidarity By using two sisters, both with hidden traumas, the author has created a novel which is both endearing and astute The dual time frame is very cleverly used and every single character adds something to the overall narrative Florence is fantastic and her group of older generation friends are a breath of fresh air Her bijoux cottage sounds like a place that we would all love to visit, with its mis matched decor and charity shop finds Added to the narrative are Caroline s trips to Italy, with its stunning surroundings, warm family get togethers and an air of change It s easy to see why Roisin Meaney is one of Ireland s best loved authors She has a way of bringing her characters to life, making them part of your world as you move from chapter to chapter Should you spot this on a bookshelf, grab a copy This is what female fiction is all about


  4. Rachel Gilbey Rachel Gilbey says:

    4.5 StarsWhat can I say about The Reunion, other than it was a fabulous story, and that I was hooked from the first few pages The story was a reasonably quick read and when I first looked up I couldn t believe how much I had already read, and how much I was enjoying the content too This is the story of two sisters, and it spans around 22 years since they were teenagers to the adults they are today It is predominately spread around two particular time frames, although there are additional flas 4.5 StarsWhat can I say about The Reunion, other than it was a fabulous story, and that I was hooked from the first few pages The story was a reasonably quick read and when I first looked up I couldn t believe how much I had already read, and how much I was enjoying the content too This is the story of two sisters, and it spans around 22 years since they were teenagers to the adults they are today It is predominately spread around two particular time frames, although there are additional flashbacks in places Thanks to all of this by the time you get to the main section about the present day, I felt very connected to both Eleanor and Caroline and was fully engaged with their stories Equally I loved the section based in Ireland in the early 1990s, as it really shows how times and attitudes have changed over the years, with regards to certain issues It was Caroline s early story that I was most interested in, and just why it was she went to England and turned out how she was And by the present day though it was perhaps Eleanor that attractedof my interest In each segment of the book, the story would alternate between the two sisters, and I just had great sympathy for the family as a whole The other character I really enjoyed reading about was their older cousin Florence She isn t the easiest of ladies to get to know but had a wonderful group of friends and was a massive unexpected support to Caroline.The Reunion is all about family, although the title refers to a school reunion which triggers the sisters reminiscing, there are some secrets to come out of the woodwork, and a whole variety of mini reunions going on throughout the book too It is great to see a title that really does sum up some of the theming of the novel I m so glad I finally got around to reading The Reunion, and taking another chance on a Roisin Meaney book I will be mentally adding her to my much loved Irish Women s fiction authors list and will try to remember to readbooks from her in the future, as I definitely love her writing style and way she tells a story Thank you to Hachette Books Ireland and Netgalley for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily


  5. KAS KAS says:

    I found this book to be a little gem The storyline is based around two sisters, Caroline and Eleanor, who just received invitations to their 20th year class reunion Caroline is a year older than Eleanor, but because of circumstances, she graduated a year late with her sister Neither wants to go to the reunion, but it has each of them reflecting on the past twenty some years of their lives and how the events of the past, some absolutely devastating, and decisions that were made, brought them t I found this book to be a little gem The storyline is based around two sisters, Caroline and Eleanor, who just received invitations to their 20th year class reunion Caroline is a year older than Eleanor, but because of circumstances, she graduated a year late with her sister Neither wants to go to the reunion, but it has each of them reflecting on the past twenty some years of their lives and how the events of the past, some absolutely devastating, and decisions that were made, brought them to their present situations in life.This book was well written and really kept my interest all the way through I especially enjoyed the dual POV writing style Every other chapter was dedicated to Caroline s story and then the other chapter was Eleanor s story, as the years progressed.Rating 4 1 2 stars I received a copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review


  6. Emma Crowley Emma Crowley says:

    R isin Meaney is a vastly under rated Irish author who in my opinion deserves muchrecognition She is a gifted storyteller who has the knack of drawing you in from the very first page and doesn t relinquish her grip until you have satisfyingly read the last word I really enjoy her writing and believe she gets better and better with each new book published I particularly love her series set on the island of Roone off the Irish coast I recommended these books to a friend who had heard of R isin Meaney is a vastly under rated Irish author who in my opinion deserves muchrecognition She is a gifted storyteller who has the knack of drawing you in from the very first page and doesn t relinquish her grip until you have satisfyingly read the last word I really enjoy her writing and believe she gets better and better with each new book published I particularly love her series set on the island of Roone off the Irish coast I recommended these books to a friend who had heard of the author but something was stopping her picking one up but soon like me she was hooked and could see the wide appeal of R isin Meaney Apart from the books set on the island I have fallen in love with each of the books she has written and this new book The Reunion jumped out at me the moment I saw the cover revealed on Twitter It was so summery and inviting and demanded you pick it up and indulge in a truly heartfelt story that was beautifully written The title suggests the sole focus of this book will be on a reunion butor less straight away we figure out that this is not the case Normally when a book suggests from the title what the plot will be about I rely on the fact that this will be the case, when it turns out not to be the way I find this very frustrating and misleading But here I didn t mind in the slightest as the arrival of an invitation for a twenty year old reunion for sisters Caroline and Eleanor is the spark that leads to the past coming into the present with secrets about to be revealed and feelings and emotions long buried coming to the surface Confrontations and acceptance need to be addressed and the sisters will see tough times and things they wished hidden come to the fore The Reunion proved to be a skillful piece of work that had such depth and substance and proved hard to put down once I had started.Eleanor is married to Gordon Fennelly and they have a teenage son Jacob Living in Galway they run a successful restaurant but times are tough in this economic climate and Gordon spends most of his time away from the house attempting to keep the restaurant afloat The reader can sense early on that despite the distinctive age gap between the couple they hold a deep love and respect for each other but they are struggling to express this amidst a sadness that permeates the house and the lives of the people who live in it Eleanor is hiding and affected by something that happened many years ago yet still she carries the burden to this day This is affecting their son Jacob who is sullen, uncommunicative and disconnected from his mother Eleanor just feels she is going through the motions, the bright, vibrant woman that Gordon fell in love with is no longer there and she is also battling with her weight Truly Eleanor is not a happy woman and it s made clear from the first chapter As we delve deeper into her background and the reasons become apparent the reader feels such empathy with her and hopes after all this time that she can express what she is going through and find the help she needs to climb out of this pit of despair that has plagued her for so long There s nothing left of what she and Gordon had nothing except Jacob to hold them together, for however long he does Will the invitation to see people she has not heard from in twenty years prove the catalyst for change that she needs even if she can t see it herself Caroline is living in London with a distant older cousin of the family Florence Now a successful knitwear designer she is enjoying a relationship with Italian Matteo that is carefree as she only sees him when she visits on work trips Again like Eleanor the reader comes to understand fairly early on that Caroline has been through heartbreak and tragedy and is still suffering Things have been hidden and brushed over for too long and need to come to light and be acknowledged and talked about There is an air of sadness and melancholy surrounding our two main protagonists they are stuck in the past at a period of time which lead to great change and emotional upheaval which is preventing them from enjoying and embracing the present and looking forward to the future Caroline is a woman who has been deeply hurt by the action of others and when her secret is revealed you can t help but feel empathy for the situation she found herself in many years ago In fact the author does such a good job of setting the scene and explaining how the characters have reached the point they find themselves in today that your emotions are torn in two as to whether it is Eleanor or Caroline you are meant to have the most inclination towards A clever aspect used by the author for part one of the novel was to take us back in time to 1993 when all the emotional upheaval and events occurred It gave the reader great insight as to the background of the story I did at one stage feel this section was becoming slightly too long but just as I had reached saturation point we were taken back to the present and all the emotional turmoil and upset came spilling out and was written which such compassion that you couldn t fail to be moved Although Caroline is a year older than Eleanor as they were growing up she was always the sensible one, who studied hard and was determined to do well in her exams and get a good job Eleanor was carefree, not that interested in school ratherinterested in a local boy Andrew who in turn broke her heart But what happens to Caroline turns everything on its head and she is viewed as the one who lost the plot, brought disgrace on both herself and the family and she will never be viewed in the same light Without going into further detail the way Caroline was treated was abhorrent, surely at a time like that your family are the ones who should be by your side defending you, supporting you and offering as much comfort and solace as possible The girls mother was despicable and I know this was the way Irish Mammys reacted but in 1993 I would have thought this was really gone by the wayside She seemed to have a 1950 s attitude as opposed amodern day way of thinking about things But maybe I am really naive in thinking this could be the case The way the whole situation was dealt with was just despicable to me and poor Eleanor had to cope with the fallout and become the darling girl her mother had wished Caroline could be I d have to say that the girls Dad was a gent and I could see he was backed into a corner under pressure from his wife and really just wanted everything to be OK for his darling girl If I had been in Caroline s situation I would have hoped forsupport and that my family would be understanding and try to help me overcome the situation in the best way possible Florence was a shining star throughout this book and without her Caroline would have been lost She was never pushy but always there when needed and I wished she could have been a relative of mine as you knew she would offer the biggest cuddle just at the right time.The Reunion really is a powerful book that clearly R isin Meaney put her heart and soul into writing as the emotions leap from the page and I felt part two really upped the ante and took the story to another level I had such respect for Eleanor and how she finally has the tenacity to confront everything as she realised the world was slipping her by In fact and I don t say this lightly she inspired me in a way not because I endured the same circumstances she found herself in but that she found the courage to get up and do something to change her life That anything is possible, the first step maybe the hardest but after that it gets a little bit easier day by day Caroline too worked towards finding a resolution but it was Eleanor who really struck a chord with me in the later half of the novel As I ve said before the fact the reunion barely featured didn t bother me in the slightest it wasthe thing for the story to come to light but it was nicely slipped in ever so briefly towards the end and it was apt for the time in the book R isin Meaney should be proud of the book she has written, it was absorbing from beginning to end and will deeply satisfy her fans and hopefully new readers will discover this Irish talent.The number thirteen may be unlucky for some but book thirteen proved to be a triumph for R isin Meaney and here s to many


  7. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Roisin Meaney is one of my favorite authors, there is just something about her books The novel tells the story of the Plunkett sisters, Catherine and Eleanor Both just received invitations to their twenty year school reunion The novel alternates between Catherine and Eleanor and the past and present Both lead extremely different lives Catherine was always the book worm while Elaeanor wasof a wild child That all changes when Catherine becomes pregnant after being raped by a family fri Roisin Meaney is one of my favorite authors, there is just something about her books The novel tells the story of the Plunkett sisters, Catherine and Eleanor Both just received invitations to their twenty year school reunion The novel alternates between Catherine and Eleanor and the past and present Both lead extremely different lives Catherine was always the book worm while Elaeanor wasof a wild child That all changes when Catherine becomes pregnant after being raped by a family friend I have to say I despised their mother, she would have to be on a list of worst mothers I couldn t believe her reaction when her seventeen year old daughter told her she was raped Catherine was shipped off to England for a little holiday by her mother, which was really code for abortion Catherine does the unthinkable and defies her mother She stays in England with a wonderful, supportive woman, Florence, has the baby and gives him up for adoption Eleanor and her husband lost a child while they were on a holiday and Eleanor is not able to recover from the loss She no longer connects with her husband or her son and has just let herself go Eventually Eleanor motivates herself to start fixing the problems I loved reading about the sisters They grew up together, had different struggles throughout their lives but in the end they are able to come together Florence was a wonderful part of the book She was able to be the mother that Catherine didn t have and her group of friends gave Catherine a family I loved this book and can t wait to read .Thanks to NetGalley, Hachette Books Ireland and the author for a free electronic ARC of this novel


  8. Mary Lou Mary Lou says:

    Sisters Eleanor and Caroline have never been that close while growing up Only when an event during their teens mean a move to England for Caroline, thestudious and quieter one, does Eleanor realise she misses her.Twenty years on both sisters have done little to change their long distance relationship Caroline has a successful career but has her ghosts from her past Eleanor, unable to put the tragic death of her toddler behind her, now sees her life tearing apart.Roisin Meaney, as always Sisters Eleanor and Caroline have never been that close while growing up Only when an event during their teens mean a move to England for Caroline, thestudious and quieter one, does Eleanor realise she misses her.Twenty years on both sisters have done little to change their long distance relationship Caroline has a successful career but has her ghosts from her past Eleanor, unable to put the tragic death of her toddler behind her, now sees her life tearing apart.Roisin Meaney, as always, provides an enchanting story with characters you feel you have known for a lifetime Her feel for family relationships is faultless Every aspect of this book falls naturally into place from their tragedies and the practical solutions, to the colours of the fabrics and wools used by Caroline in her work as a designer, and the simple, wholesome descriptions of their cooking Pure simple pleasure.Thanks to Hatchette Ireland who provided a copy of this book via NetGalley


  9. Sarah MacIntyre Sarah MacIntyre says:

    I loved this book I thought it may be a bit fluffy but it was not at all A really great story running consecutively over many years about two sisters leading very different lives Really gripping with lots of emotion I will be going to get somebooks from Roisin Meaney as loved her writing Thanks to NetGalley and Hatchette Books for the Advanced copy.


  10. Philomena Callan Cheekypee Philomena Callan Cheekypee says:

    I absolutely love stories set in Ireland As an avid reader from Ireland and living in UK these are stories I crave for This author was written a fabulous story that I thoroughly enjoyed As you can guess from the title this story is about a reunion of the Plunkett sisters back in their hometown Caroline and Eleanor are sisters but completely different The story spans from when they were teenagers to adults which I really liked I thought this was a really enjoyable story about one family An I absolutely love stories set in Ireland As an avid reader from Ireland and living in UK these are stories I crave for This author was written a fabulous story that I thoroughly enjoyed As you can guess from the title this story is about a reunion of the Plunkett sisters back in their hometown Caroline and Eleanor are sisters but completely different The story spans from when they were teenagers to adults which I really liked I thought this was a really enjoyable story about one family An ideal beach read


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