Book: Full Circle by Linda Swiftcategories: Book, High School Reunion, Secret Baby, Adoption, Friendship, University Life, Passion, Misconception, Religious Differences, Farm Life, Family Relationships, Holiday Celebrations, Contemporary Romance
Linda Swiftabout this book: Full Circle is a book that contradicts Thomas Wolfe's statement that you can't go home again. I returned to my own high school for the reunion that marked the last event in a building that was being replaced by a new, larger facility. I hadn't been back to this location for years and a wave of nostalgia engulfed me as I saw former classmates again and we relived old memories.
This was a small community of both Catholics and Protestants and there were many mixed-faith students dating but their parents usually disapproved. Now I observed that many of those who had seemed deeply in love had married others of their own faith and the idea for this plot evolved. It is a story of a minister's daughter and her love for a boy of a different religion of whom her dictatorial father disapproved. It contains a common element often found in teen romance plots -- a secret baby. And although Pete is totally unaware of his child, Joanna is also deprived of knowing the daughter whom she had birthed. That daughter's search for her birth mother is an important subplot in the book.
Both Joanna and Pete have made other lives for themselves, he with a wife and five children and she as a university professor. When a high school reunion brings them face to face once more, the fire of their attraction is rekindled. Pete's wife has died and there is nothing to keep them from beginning anew except Pete's resentful children, Johanna's guilty secret, and their divergent life styles. Can Pete, a Missouri cotton farmer and Dr. Joanna Flemming, a university professor find a way overcome the obstacles that now stand in the way of their happiness?
I enjoyed writing this story because it was set in my own high school location and I added many supporting characters who reminded me of my former classmates. The book has been well-received by them and I have had two book signings in a nearby larger town which many of them attended and brought their children.
So, yes, Thomas Wolfe, I beg to differ with you. Speaking for both my characters and myself, you can go home again.
• "Ms. Swift penned a sweet, endearing storyline within these pages. . . .The author took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions and she made me feel as if I was another character in her story."
— Night Owl Romance Reviewer Diana Coyle
• "The biggest joy in this story is in the characters. They are rich and well rounded and I think it is easy for any reader to identify with them. . . I would definitely recommend this story if you want a heart-warming read that you can get your teeth into with natural, 3-D characters, good dialogue, and a solid, feel-good factor."
— WDRF Reviewer Vasiliki
• "The story kept me interested and I didn't want to put it down until the end...keeps you turning to the next page to see what happens. I look forward to more of her work."
— Amazon.com rated five stars Reviewer Charleene
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