- Author: T.S. Krupa
- Publication Date: May 10th 2016 by Avalon Haddam Press
- Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Ten years ago, Danielle ‘Dani’ Jackson graduated from Coastal State University in Wilmington, North Carolina and left her heartache behind – for what she thought was forever. Now a promising pediatric surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital she has been invited back for her college reunion.
Told in the first person from Dani’s point of view, the story begins in the present as Dani receives an invitation to her college reunion. She had applied for and been accepted at Coastal State University despite her parents’ disapproval at her choice. Now living in Boston with one more year left before her fellowship ends, Dani is reluctant to revisit her past. She and her friends, Addie and Callie, drifted apart after they graduated. The heartache caused by the tragic death of Dani’s friend and roommate and the thought of Jake Dillon, her first love, were things she’d rather not resurrect. Addie was always the persistent one, though, and nothing has changed. She is determined to get Dani to the reunion. Dani agrees to attend, with little enthusiasm.
Dani is a strong character when it comes to her career, never questioning or second guessing her choices. Even so, college was a hard time in some ways and, apart from the scholastic aspect, taught her about life, friendships, loss and love.
“Dani, just take a breath…it’s going to be fine…you didn’t have any problems with these people ten years ago,” she muttered but gently patted my arm in reassurance.
“Ten years ago I didn’t know better,” I muttered back as we headed to the bar. Callie ordered a glass of red wine, and I ordered a beer. We made our way over to a table top that was vacant and settled in. Callie would lean over every couple minutes and point someone out to me and remind me who they were in college and then comment on what they were doing now or what was going on.
The book description sounded interesting when I was approached to review The Ten Year Reunion and I was happy to accept a copy in exchange for an honest review. I love the fabulous cover image and colours. The characters are credible and their relationships believable, but sometimes I find it difficult to relate or come to know the other characters, get their opinions and views, when the story is told exclusively from the main character’s perspective. For instance, a big chunk of the book is devoted to going back in time to Dani’s college days as she recounts her experiences. This involves a lot of telling and describing and not much showing by dialogue, which can be a problem with the first person POV, so the narrative seems out of balance and a little flat.
The development of the characters comes through, though, and I like how attending the reunion gives the friends the opportunity to reflect on the way events, good and bad, have shaped their lives and that, for some, the consequences are still ongoing.
This book has been really let down by bad editing. I found unnecessary dialogue tags over-used and distracting and would have liked to see an action or reaction before or after the dialogue, instead of using lots of alternatives to ‘said’ such as ‘whined, stated, instructed….’ I think it would have worked better in some cases and certainly make the flow much smoother. There are quite a lot of typos also, which pulled me out of the story – grammatical, misspellings and letters missing from words, things a good editor would pick up straight away. I’m sorry I can’t be more positive but these points are very frustrating to a reader.
My review is based on an ARC from the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or the content of my review.
About T.S. Krupa
T.S. Krupa was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Raised in a Polish household with a blended American culture, she is fluent in Polish. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Franklin Pierce University,where she also played field hockey. She earned her Master’s from Texas Tech University and recently graduated with her Doctor of Education from North Carolina State University. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two dogs.