Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Reunion by Dan Walsh


Watch out...I'm preparing to gush...I've long been a fan of Dan Walsh's books, but The Reunion is absolutely soul-touching. Don't get this book unless you want to feel...deeply. And honor vets...and friendship...and love. My husband stole this book the day it arrived and couldn't put it down. He reads widely and has put down one of Dan's books, but this one he literally carried around the house. He kept telling me I'd love it. Of course I would...but then I read it. It has everything I expect in a Dan Walsh book: well-drawn characters, stories that aren't large-scale, but in the details I find a story that pulls me in. This book reminded me of his first and award-winning book, The Unfinished Gift. It reaches a deeper level that resonated.

I finished the book as I was running on the treadmill. I couldn't get off even as the story had me in tears. It is truly touching: a story about a man being given honor and the chance many of us never get: seeing our lives as others see it. Oh and be absolutely sure you read the author note. Dan, you have honored men like my Dad who fought in Vietnam. Thank you for bringing such humanity to them.   Thank you for writing this book. Oh look, I've teared up again.

If you like stories that have a taste of Nicholas Sparks and character and depth, you will not be sorry you bought this book. In fact, it will likely land on your keeper shelf. I know it has on mine.

I received this book from the publisher.

5 comments:

Jess said...

sounds like a good book Cara! I've seen his books in the Christian bookshop here in Australia, but I've never bought him as I've never got a recommendation (mostly because I don't know too many people who like to read books) - so thanks. I'll make a note to check him out! :)

Cara Putman said...

It was a great read, Jess. I hope you do find and read it!

pol said...

Thanks for your comments Cara, I am there with you GUSHING, I have only read one other but it was so good that I now look for his others. He is a gifted writer, so glad I found this new author(new to me).
Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your thoughts, Cara! I am so anxious to read this book....have read his first two; have two on my Kindle to read now...so just have to get this one, too! He is a great writer!
Jackie S.

jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

Laura Jackson said...

I'm going to add this to my "to read" pile! Thanks for the recommendation.

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