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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,376 ratings  ·  59 reviews
It's their twenty-year school reunion but the Plunkett sisters have their own reasons for not wanting to attend ...

Caroline, now a successful knitwear designer, spends her time flying between her business in England and her lover in Italy. As far as she's concerned, her school days, and what happened to her the year she left, should stay in the past.
Eleanor, meanwhile, i
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Hachette Ireland
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Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction

I have read almost everything Roisin Meaney has written, and will continue to buy whatever she sells. She writes chick-lit, yes, but her stories always go deeper and are never merely about romance or silly antics. If you enjoy authors like Lisa Jewell or Marian Keyes, give Meaney a try:-)
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Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Margaret Madden
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, irish-fiction
Opening a school reunion invitation brings feelings of uncertainty for sisters, Caroline and Eleanor Plunkett. Do they want to return to their past? Caroline is now a successful designer, splitting her time between the UK and Italy. Eleanor is stuck in a rut, overweight and struggling to connect with her husband and son. Both women may have been born to the same parents, but their lives began to split while they were still in their teens. Can facing up to the past help them improve their present ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

What can I say about The Reunion, other than it was a fabulous story, and that I was hooked from the first few pages. The story was a reasonably quick read and when I first looked up I couldn't believe how much I had already read, and how much I was enjoying the content too.

This is the story of two sisters, and it spans around 22 years since they were teenagers to the adults they are today. It is predominately spread around two particular time frames, although there are additional flas
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be a little gem. The storyline is based around two sisters, Caroline and Eleanor, who just received invitations to their 20th year class reunion. Caroline is a year older than Eleanor, but because of circumstances, she graduated a year late with her sister. Neither wants to go to the reunion, but it has each of them reflecting on the past twenty some years of their lives and how the events of the past, some absolutely devastating, and decisions that were made, brought them t ...more
Emma Crowley
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Róisin Meaney is a vastly under rated Irish author who in my opinion deserves much more recognition. She is a gifted storyteller who has the knack of drawing you in from the very first page and doesn't relinquish her grip until you have satisfyingly read the last word. I really enjoy her writing and believe she gets better and better with each new book published. I particularly love her series set on the island of Roone off the Irish coast. I recommended these books to a friend who had heard of ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Roisin Meaney is one of my favorite authors, there is just something about her books. The novel tells the story of the Plunkett sisters, Catherine and Eleanor. Both just received invitations to their twenty year school reunion. The novel alternates between Catherine and Eleanor and the past and present. Both lead extremely different lives. Catherine was always the book worm while Elaeanor was more of a wild child. That all changes when Catherine becomes pregnant after being raped by a family fri ...more
Mary Lou
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: irish
Sisters Eleanor and Caroline have never been that close while growing up. Only when an event during their teens mean a move to England for Caroline, the more studious and quieter one, does Eleanor realise she misses her.
Twenty years on both sisters have done little to change their long distance relationship. Caroline has a successful career but has her ghosts from her past. Eleanor, unable to put the tragic death of her toddler behind her, now sees her life tearing apart.
Roisin Meaney, as always
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
I absolutely love stories set in Ireland. As an avid reader from Ireland and living in UK these are stories I crave for. This author was written a fabulous story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

As you can guess from the title this story is about a reunion of the Plunkett sisters back in their hometown.

Caroline and Eleanor are sisters but completely different. The story spans from when they were teenagers to adults which I really liked.

I thought this was a really enjoyable story about one family. An
Sarah MacIntyre
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I thought it may be a bit fluffy but it was not at all. A really great story running consecutively over many years about two sisters leading very different lives. Really gripping with lots of emotion. I will be going to get some more books from Roisin Meaney as loved her writing. Thanks to NetGalley and Hatchette Books for the Advanced copy.
Claire mcmanus
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW I absolutely loved this book stayed up till 2am the night I started reading I couldn't put it down ...more
Corinne Johnston
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This novel was a little slow to start but paid dividends for sticking with it. Some parents don't deserve love and respect from their kids, at least in novels we find incredible support like the character Florence, not always true in life. ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Wonderful Book!

I am so glad I took a chance on this book! It is such a good read for romance lovers. Reminds me somewhat of Catherine Cookson's books. Well written characters you can care about and sympathize with. Complicated plotlines that keep you guessing, keep you reading; making you sad, angry, outraged in turns, and maybe even laugh or cry unexpectedly. If you like modern romances with a cosmopolitan air, set in Ireland, England, and other European locales, this book is sure to appeal t
Sharon Reisinger
Wonderful Book!

I love Roisin Meaney's writing, and this book might be my favorite so far - a wonderful story with characters you care about - I actually teared up several times, that's how immersed I became in the lives of the characters!
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
To be featured in Women's Fiction Blog at

One of my favorite books for July
Ellin Clifford
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another page turner.

Love this style of writing with wonderful and engaging characters. Every book I have read by Roisin Meaney has been great.
Norma  Kirby
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Loved the book, can't wait for the next one. I like good story told well, and this one was exceptional.
Lesley Griffiths
Family life

Excellent and easy reader
Tells story of hope, sadness, anger and unending friendship of strangers
Some lovely characters who really show all elements of human life.
Pam Webb
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story

Sometimes difficult to follow with so many characters involved better if you can read in one sitting rather than a part each night
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This down to earth story made quite a change from the thrillers I have recently been reading. Thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the events which can be quite captivating at times. Good Read
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

The Reunion is the story of one family, The Plunketts, really the story of their daughters Caroline and Eleanor and all the "disasters" that befall them between their Leaving Cert years of 1993/1994 and their school reunion in 2015. Caroline is the "good daughter", works hard at school and appears to have a glittering future and Eleanor is the "black sheep", never quite good enough at school and more interested in her love life with Andrew D'Arcy (yes really, D'Arcy!) than in her educat
Kathryn Laceby
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

The Reunion took a number of tricky family dynamics and put them together in a novel that covered two time period in sisters' lives. Their teenage years were mostly focused on Caroline and an event that shaped her future and for Eleanor her present day story as an adult is monopolized by a recent part of her history. An invitation to their high school reunion opens up Caroline's past and makes Eleanor consider her commitment to her family.

I found the connecti
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really good family oriented book that was as easy to read as it was compelling to read. It wasn't fast paced or full of drama as at times it was rather slow but it was heart warming and nice.
I wasn't really drawn to either sister in the beginning at present day tho I felt that Caroline was rather boring and Eleanor a rather dull overweight housewife cliche. But I preferred Eleanor more, it felt that she had more drama to her life.

When the book goes back 20 odd years to the sisters growing up i
Judy G Spivey
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two Sisters invited to their Twentieth Reunion.

What brought these two sisters to where they are in the year of their Twentieth School Reunion. One has quit living after the accidental death of her daughter. The other looks like she has it all together, a successful career, a young lover in Italy, but she too, in many ways has not moved on from banishment years before to have a baby., an a result of rape by a family friend. The influence of an older cousin and her friends, a rediscover of life b
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it and a good story

It was a good read and shows brilliantly how different people deal with tragedy in theirs lives. Highly recommended especially if you like stories about the bond between sisters
Mary Geraghty
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely, lovely, lovely

What a great book. It was like being wrapped up in one of the cashmere shawls that Caroline made. How true the characters are. This was truly a wonderful read. 😊
Heidi A. Quinn
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story

This story is beautiful. It is sad, it is joyful. It is full of sorrow and hope and love. Some days this might have been too hard a read, but I would wake at 4 am and reach for this. An enjoyable read, one for which I am afraid the only sequel is in my mind.
Colleen Squires
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Roisin Meaney book, and it won't be my last. Characters that touch the heart, or make you want to prod them into action. A slice of life that left me wanting more. ...more
Lauren Jenner
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyable and a satisfying uplifting end but wasn’t hugely invested in the characters. Would recommend as an easy read.
Kim Solleder
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just love Roisin Meaneys writing style, its so good, just an enjoyable read, she really knows how to take you into the story, will be reading more of her books, one of my favourite authors
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“grey, the cold biting. Caroline wore the heather-coloured herringbone wool coat that Florence had found in one of her weekly trawls through the charity shops. It was slightly big on the shoulders, but roomy enough to accommodate her new shape. Around her neck she’d wrapped the cashmere shawl, its softness and warmth a blessing. ‘Be back before you know it,’ Florence said, rubbing condensation from the windscreen with her gloved hand. ‘Three days, two nights. It’ll fly by.’ Caroline doubted that, but she made no reply as they pulled away from the cottage. Outside the station Florence parked in a loading bay, something she did regularly. As far as Caroline knew, she never got a parking ticket. The traffic wardens must recognise the grey van, and decide to leave well enough alone. They walked in. Caroline joined the queue at the ticket desk. ‘Return to Brighton,’ she said to the clerk when her turn came. ‘Change in London,’ he replied, barely glancing at her. Out in the area at the rear, they scanned the parked buses. ‘There’s yours,’ Florence said, pointing. ‘Get on and find a seat before they’re gone.’ They’d exchanged presents the night before, after Caroline’s confession. Florence had given her a jar of hand cream and a pair of fur-lined boots. They’re not new, she’d said of the boots, but they’ll keep you warm. Caroline’s gift to her was a sky blue cashmere wrap that she’d knitted one afternoon when Florence was out at work. Predictably, Florence had tut-tutted at the expense – You have more money than sense – but when Caroline had wrapped” 0 likes
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