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Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Problem

The Problem by Rebecca Grace
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short story
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Peony

Beth Marquez arrives at her high school reunion with a problem. She wants to see her first love, Chuck Watson, but she is carrying a bitter truth that she has kept hidden for 30 years. Chuck wants to see Beth, but he has his own secret that he's been keeping from her.

Beth and Chuck find they still have the special connection that made them teenage sweethearts, but can they find happiness with all the secrets that have been swirling around their past? Can they forgive each other for withholding truths that could have changed their lives?

High school reunions can be joyful occasions, but they also pose their share of problems—and apprehension. Beth and Marge are going to their reunion and while Marge teases Beth about the man from her past, Beth hopes she and Chuck will just be able to be civil to each other. She doesn’t expect, or hope for, anything more. Or does she?

“The Problem” by Rebecca Grace is well written, full of emotional twists and turns. The characters all seem real, and the setting is so vivid I could see and hear it all. A typical reunion, filled with its share of secrets. Honestly, Beth’s secret was one I didn’t even suspect. The ending was a surprise! I was charmed by this story and will definitely read it again. Very well done, and highly enjoyable.