Rachel had enjoyed her employment at Calumet castle and was even more thrilled to be hired at the New Frontenac Hotel by the same couple. The hotel provided the height of luxury and experiences for wealthy patrons traveling the Thousands of Islands. She was both blessed and thankful to be a part of it all. However, what was meant to be an idyllic summer focused on work quickly turned troublesome when an old flame sailed into the scene. Mitch reminded her of the time they shared and the future they could have had…before he disappeared without a word two years prior. Could they rekindle that love? Moreso, did Rachel even want to?
Rachel’s Reunion by Susan G. Mathis is another of her beautifully written Thousand Islands stories. Many of the author’s stories follow a similar path with their plots, but that doesn’t lessen the book’s charm. Mathis paints a picture of the Thousand Islands, leaving the reader with little doubt about the area’s beauty and infusing her stories with history and real-to-life characters that encourage further exploration of the subjects. With that said, this is probably one of the best of the collection so far. In addition to the scenic location, the main characters in Rachel’s Reunion have much more depth than in her previous books. The path still ends at the same destination, but Mathis makes the journey much more interesting by mixing up the usual antagonists and conflicts.
Faith is a central theme in the book, but with Rachel being a more well-rounded heroine than others, maturity, and independence are well-visited ideas. Rachel communicates appropriately at most times and consistently ponders whether the things she wanted two years ago still align with the path she wants to follow now. The additional characters are well-developed, which provides more support than the occasion’s well-intentioned advice. They exist as part of the environment, not just as tools to interact with the main character. Overall, the book added plenty of substance without removing what makes the Thousand Islands books unique.
Rachel’s Reunion is an enjoyable romantic historical fiction novel that gives readers well-written and relatable characters with interesting conflict and tension. In the previous Thousand Islands stories I’ve read, the Islands themselves seem to take the spot as the main character. This one was different, and it worked wonders. I’ve enjoyed all the books in the series, but this one was by far the best I’ve read yet!
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