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.
With encouragement from her best friend, Dani begrudgingly returns to face her past–the death of her friend and a broken heart from Jake Dillon, her first love. During her trip she revisits the four years she spent at CSU. By applying to CSU she defied her father and the ‘perfect’ plan he had laid out for her, which included attending an Ivy League school before medical school, but Dani had other plans. She traded in her father’s dream for an institution with sandy beaches, soccer, and one that made her feel at home. Dani never questioned her decision—she knew she was right, but she didn’t know was how hard growing up was going to be.
At the reunion weekend she reconnects with her friends Adeline ‘Addie’ Smith and Colleen ‘Callie’ Schumaker. The girls met freshman year due to Addie’s persistence and quickly became inseparable, but after graduation they started to drift apart. The weekend is further complicated when Jake shows up. Together they all realize that life has been hard on everyone and no one’s life has been perfect. The reunion gives them the time to deal with the past and an opportunity for a second chance—for each of them.
T.S. Krupa was born in New Haven, CT. She was raised in a blended Polish-American household. T.S. Krupa earned her Bachelor's degree at Franklin Pierce University, Master's at Texas Tech University and her Doctorate of Education from North Carolina State University . She played field hockey at in college and continues to be involved by coaching a local club team. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, daughter and dog.
T.S. Krupa is a SBR Media author and has released four books to date: Safe & Sound, On the Edge, The Ten Year Reunion, and Big City Dreams.
The Ten Year Reunion by TS Krupa promises to be a novel that will give you the feels. We start off meeting our main character Danielle “Dani” Jackson, and seeing her busy life as a pediatric surgeon in Boston. Her ten year reunion at Coastal State University is looming, and Dani doesn’t prefer to go as her college years seem to hold too many sad memories. At the persistence of her long-time friend Addie, Dani reunites with her university and other college bestie Callie. From there, the story switches focus and brings us back to the past. We learn how Dani defied her father by choosing Coastal State University instead of his alma mater, and how hard she worked in school to still go on and become a doctor to make her parents proud. We see her love life and the constant back and forth with the bad boy Jake. We see how she becomes friends with Addie, Callie and her roommate Sarah. We get moments from each of Dani’s four years at college, from the good to the bad to the ugly. There is the big plot point of her roommate Sarah’s death, how she died, Dani’s role in it, and how each of the friends reacted to a death. The story ends back at the reunion, and lets us see on how not only Dani’s story might play out, but also Addie and Callie as well. I was incredibly moved by The Ten Year Reunion by TS Krupa. When writing my description of the book, I found myself wanting to write so much more because even though I finished reading this several days ago, the story line is still so strong and vivid in my mind. There are some incredibly impactful moments, parts that brought me to tears, and heartwarming scenes. Easily a five star review for me, and one I truly hope you will read. Reviewed for Readers Favorite
Every part of this book felt real. You can read a book and know, it's just not possible for situations to happen, but you go along with the out of the reality experience. It is the books that you know can really happen that you get pulled into. The friendship that the book revolved around, was a true case of college friends that move into a lifetime. With all the nuances, annoyances, love, and heartache that can go along with lifetime friends. There are characters that are more likable than others - which pulls you in for rooting for specific situations or people. The book was more about friendship than anything else and I think the author pulled it off. I really liked how the book was written - present/past/present- as I think it pulls the reader in, only to let them go a little at a time, only to bring them in again (in a good way!). Overall, the book is well worth the read!
This book was my key 'beach read' and the perfect selection. Easy read and a good story. The college friendship focus was very relatable; so reminds me of my college days and dear friends. I liked the story structure, beginning in present and then going back. Well developed characters and enough suspense to keep me turning the pages. I have enjoyed all of Krupa's books - each one different; each worth the read.
Sometimes the past is not a place where we want to go back. Danielle Jackson left college ten years ago and has no wish of going back anytime soon. However, an invitation and her tornado of a friend will take her to the Ten Year Reunion. Since she sets a foot on College´s ground all the feelings and emotions come rushing at her and maybe this time she can let go all the pain.
With a flashback to her college years, we travel through her four-year experience and live with her all that comes with it, the friendship, the stress, the figuring out what´s next, the drinking, the fun and no so funny moments, and of course: love. Even if you have never been in college you can relate with her because early adulthood is something we all have been through, figuring out what to do with your life and discovering the real world.
I really liked Dani, she is a solid and human character. She evolves and grows up naturally and you can relate to her. Her friends are amazing, each one of them is unique and they are a funny group. It´s easy to picture the scenes almost like watching a movie thanks to the descriptions and dialogues.
This book has all kind of moments, happy and sad, funny and stressful, it´s simply a lovely life story. It´s excellent written and it´s easy to get lost in the reading. The author wrote an engaging and beautiful book.
*** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. ***
An emotional story about retracing the events in your past and coming to terms with them. Excellent characters, evenly paced story, the story of 4 young women and their college journey . 5 Stars and I recommend this book to everyone
3.5* 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.
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.
The Ten Year Reunion is a touching story of friendship, love, loss, and second chances.
Dani, Callie, Addie, and Sarah met freshman year at CSU and became the best of friends. They spent the next four years discovering a lot about themselves and each other, but no matter what life threw their way, good or bad, they always had one another. However, that all came crashing down the final semester of their senior year when Sarah tragically passed away. Dani, Callie, and Addie graduated, but life without their friend was never the same. Friendships became strained, love was lost, and anger and pain replaced happier times.
Dani seemed to struggle the most experiencing both the pain of losing her best friend, Sarah, and Jake, the only guy she ever loved, all at the same time. Dani began pulling further and further away from anything that reminded her of her time at CSU including Addie and Callie. She thought her plan to push everything down deep inside was working until she received an invite to her ten year reunion. Dani is determined not to go, but fate has other plans, plans that will change many lives.
I loved, loved, loved The Ten Year Reunion. Hooked from the first page, I read the entire book in practically one sitting. The story flows so easily and it's difficult not to become completely engrossed in the lives of the characters. I really enjoyed how the story unfolded. Readers meet the characters in present day and learn who they are and what has become of them, not knowing what has shaped them into who they are until the next part of the book. Once their past is replayed I felt an even stronger connection with Dani, Addie, Sarah, and Callie, experiencing their triumphs, heartaches, and disappointments. I also have to admit that I liked Jake, even though he was really good at doing dumb things, he always appeared to really care for Dani. The loss of Sarah was painful and I suffered along with the girls hoping it wasn't true.
The author has the ability to make readers care about her characters and I was 100% invested in their lives. Without revealing too much, I teared up at the end! The solid writing, believable characters, and intriguing storyline make The Ten Year Reunion a must read.
Dani is a resident in Boston at the John Hopkins University and works all sorts of crazy hours. She has no time for fun and freedom. She is driven and focused and has always been that way even ten years ago when she defied her parents and went to college by the beach at Coastal State University in Washington. There she met three great friends Sarah, Addie and Callie. All three were very different from each other but each had a unique twist they brought to the group of friends at the time. Then Dani gets a notice of their ten year reunion and instead of being excited, she throws out the letter and tries to forget about the past and all the memories it brings with it. Then Addie shows up on her door step and begs her to go and Dani just can't say no. But can she put the past with a certain boy behind her? Most importantly can the friends go back to the place that a horrific event occurred and not let that ruin their weekend and the opportunity to reconnect? All the characters in this book were so unique and personable, it was difficult to pick a favorite. Addie was such a fun loving character that had this way of making sure everyone joined in on her fun. Callie was fun but fell in love right at the beginning of college. Her relationship with Vinny was funny and sweet. Sarah was the lost girl of the group but she just needed a bit of self confidence to realize that her family and past didn't have to define her. Dani was always studying and driving. She knew what she wanted and wasn't going to stop till she got it. I'd highly recommend this book to contemporary fiction lovers. It is a real page turner.
TS Krupa did not disappoint with the third release in her collection. Ten Year Reunion (TYR) exercised a more dramatic side in her writing style as it explored the relationship between the main character, Dani, and 3 other girls who wound up in a tight nit circle along with the the ups and downs first loves. You're able to see how Dani thinks, why she has her perspective and you can genuinely feel as she does.
TS Krupa demonstrated her writing might with beautifully taking us through the loss of a best friend. You wanted to reach out and hold Dani and just cry with her. The connection between character and reader is visible.
TYR took my back through my college days with all the silly antics and heart brakes of first loves. While I wanted to Jake, and scream 'GET A AWAY,' you couldn't help but sympathize and hope they get back together.
Excellent read. Nicholas Sparks watch out!! You got some competition on your heels!
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This was by far my FAVORITE book from TS Krupa!!!! I was hooked instantly and started and finished in one day. I loved how the book started with Dani talking about the reunion and then going back to learn about her 4 years in college. I don't know if I've ever read a book that was written like that, but it kept my interest the whole time. I had to know what happened to Dani in college that made her not want to go back to the reunion. I was able to put myself in the book and really take in each word. I want there to be another book after the reunion!! Thank you so much TS Krupa for writing one of my favorite books!!! I already lent the book to a friend and she loves it too!!!
The ten year reunion is a wonderful book. It is written with such an easy flow, and you get lost in the story pretty fast and then before you know it you are hooked. The other thing that drew me into this book is the story itself, I felt that some of the parts were taken from my own life. Most of us have experienced those kind of relationships at one point in our lives, making the story totally relatable. I love seeing how time shaped Dani and the other characters. T.S. Krupa hit it out of the park with this novel. I enjoyed it very much and happy reading.
Just finished the 10 year reunion. No pun intended but you knocked it out of the park. I laughed, I cried I was emotionally all over the place. LOVED each and everyone of the characters. What a great ending. I especially loved the notes Dani gave each of her friends on the beach as the reunion ended. In my mind they all live happily ever after. Each character is tucked away in a safe little place in my heart. Thank you for that. Xoxo❤️
A great read! Well written with interesting characters. I was quickly drawn in and enjoyed being brought along on this journey of discovery with the main character Dani. Loved traveling back in time for glimpses into Dani's past and seeing how events in the past made Dani into the person she has become. Thoroughly enjoyed this 3rd book by author T.S. Krupa!