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Book Review: The Reunion

I’m always on the hunt for good books to read aloud to my children. I firmly believe that my reading aloud good, quality, uplifting, books have helped me teach my children good and godly character traits (and me too). This is why I was excited to have been asked to review The Reunion a novel by Rachael McIntire.
Reunion
Rachael, a former English teacher wrote this family friendly book for her own children whom she homeschooled.


The story is about two families, both have adopted a daughter. The Gladstone family know and love the Lord. They have one daughter, Rebecca and pray for another child.  Their prayers are answered when they adopt a beautiful baby girl, Sarah.


The Wellingtons have no children and are delighted when a baby girl named Amanda is available for adoption. They are a very wealthy family but don’t know the Lord. They love to spoil their daughter but after a while the newness of having a child has worn off and the best full-time nursemaid that money could buy was hired to take care of Amanda.


I read this to all my children, ages 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, and 14. Throughout the reading we had a lot of good discussions about the two families. For example Rebecca and Sarah were being taunted by the neighborhood bully. Rebecca was angry but instead of acting on that anger she thought about how her parents so patiently tried to be a witness to their neighbors. She didn’t want to destroy that, so instead she responded in kindness to Julie (the bully) and took her sister inside.


This gave me the opportunity to talk to the children how Jesus would like us to act when people are not very kind. We thought about verses that related to this as well.

Later in the story the Gladstone family had a chance to witness to Julie and her mother.



Amanda, is very lonely. Her parents are often away on a cruise or with friends. One day while shopping with her mother Amanda sees a beautiful stained glass window with a picture of Jesus holding a lamb. Only she doesn’t know who the man is holding the lamb. The eyes in the picture were the kindest eyes she had ever seen.


As the years pass it’s those eyes and how lovingly the man in the stained glass window holds the lamb that gets here through the loneliness and the emptiness she feels. And again we had some great discussion about what true happiness is and only Jesus can feel that void in Amanda’s heart.


When a chapter ended the children always asked me to read more. In their own words, “Don’t stop mom, read more, please read more!”.


The chapters aren’t too long and are perfect length for the younger children. Here at Homeschooling6 I read a few chapters a day. The Reunion is 127 long, with 19 chapters.


I would highly recommend The Reunion. It’s a book that I feel very comfortable with letting my children read on their own.


There are so many opportunities to flesh out the book with scripture and talking with your children about the characters.


The Reunion is not only a good read for the children but mom too!


I love to read books like The Reunion to my children because I learn, seek, and strive to be a better person myself. I see character qualities in Mrs. Gladstone that I want so Jesus will shine through me for my children. Sometimes a good character like Mrs. Gladstone helps keep me on track with bringing up my children in the way they should go.


It gets the ‘Kids and mom approved’ stamp here at Homeschooling6.

You can read an excerpt of the book and order your copy here, the price is $9.99, this includes shipping.

Use the discount code 6HEARTS and receive $2.00 off through the end of February 2013. After February you can still use the code for a $1.00 saving!

**Disclaimer: I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.

2 comments

  1. First of all, thanks for stopping by my blog :-)

    I'm looking forward to reading The Reunion. Having adoption in the storyline is attractive to me, as my brother has adopted 2 darling little girls.

    I look forward to seeing how the rest of the story plays out.

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  2. We all enjoyed it and I'm sure it will be read more than once.
    Happy reading =)

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