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Fern Michaels
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Book Description

May 2 2008
Kristine Kelly married her high school sweetheart, followed him around the globe for the twenty years of his military career, then preceded him back home to start life anew on their farm in Virginia. But her husband never came home. And her bank accounts were suddenly empty. Kristine was alone, with three children to raise and only a memory of a lifetime of love. From the bottom up, Kristine rebuilds her life, her career, her family, even finding a new love . . . Until the day her husband suddenly reappears and casts her life into chaos once more. Rich with the excitement, humor, and poignancy that readers expect and cherish from Fern Michaels, Celebration is, indeed, a celebration of courage, of triumph, of survival, of love.

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After decades as an army wife, Kristine Kelly isn't sure how to handle the transition back to civilian life after her husband Logan disappears with their savings. Unable to handle the finances and shocked by the anger her children have towards their absent father, Kristine turns to alcohol for comfort, an act that only pushes her children further away. But with the help of friend Aaron Dunwoodie, Kristine sobers up, reunites with her grown children, and enjoys a burgeoning romance with Aaron. Just as her life is back in order, Logan reappears, claiming that he is dying and desperate for attention. When Kristine delays her marriage to Aaron in order to play nursemaid to Logan, it looks as if she may once again submit herself to Logan's will. Celebration is a moving portrayal of a woman's struggle to find courage and independence after abandonment by her husband, and is a thoroughly engaging read. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Abandoned by her husband of 20 years and alienated from her children, Kristine struggles to survive, regain her family, and find her own identity. She succeeds, even finding a new love, but almost loses all when her first husband suddenly reappears. Unfortunately, it is difficult to have much sympathy for her, since she is immediately willing to trust her business and money to the man who had already lied to her and stolen millions of dollars. A prolific author of romance and family sagas, Michaels (Vegas Heat, LJ 3/15/97) fails to develop her characters or give them plausible motivations for many of their actions. Her trite plotting attempts too many story lines at once, relying on often unbelievable coincidences to tie things together. Devoted fans can wait for the paperback edition.?Barbara E. Kemp, SUNY at Albany Libs.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format:Hardcover
Let's start with a word count from the six sentences of this not-at-all-novel. Frequency of the word 'body' or derivations thereof: 4. While repitition is a valid and oft-used literary technique, the style of the remainder of Michaels's (Mary Ruth Kuczkir) text indicates that she is simply a very -- very, very, very, very, as she might say -- bad writer.
How bad? Worse than Danielle Steel, worse than the woman who wrote the romance novel involving the Amish (don't ask), worse than a single postcoital bonobo typing on a rusty Smith-Corona after what Michaels would undoubtedly call a 'marathon session.'
Frequency of throwing manuscript across the room (first chapter only): > 4, possibly as many as twelve.
And don't tell me that I can't appreciate a good story; I can. Even a poorly written but well-plotted book can hold my attention. Nobody could write in a style justifying this plot. It's absurd, all of it.
Anyone who claims that this is good - or even 'not incredibly bad' - is either a) a bored housefrau, b) approaching said bonobo in terms of cerebral efficacy, or c) . . . well, that's about it.
A waste of resources, human and otherwise.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too long, unbelievable, but at least entertaining April 20 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the second novel by Fern Michaels that I have read and I definitely agree that while I get hooked by the book jackets, she tends to go on far too long. This book could have been about 150 pages less and been much better. While I enjoyed the story for the most part, I found myself groaning that anyone could be so stupid as Kristine and let her swindling husband back in her life after he cheated her out of her money and left her high and dry. While some might view it as compassion, I think it was just a little far fetched. Woodie was a little too complacent for me and the fact that he just sat around and waited and then got drunk anytime Kristine left him hanging was a little unbelievable. Logan was evil and fun to hate and the other characters were interesting although kind of flat. Some of the plot twists to connect everything together were a little silly - how small a world can this be for heaven's sake? But overall, not too bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE AUTHOR DOES IT AGAIN June 22 1999
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Format:Hardcover
Someone asked me the other day who my favorite author is and I didn't hesitate to answer that it was Fern Michaels. I have read every book she ever wrote and have been a fan for 20-25 years. Her books never disappoint me and I truly loved Celebration. As usual, I couldn't put it down. I bad mouthed Logan the entire time. Yes, she was nuts to let him run her life all those years,turning everything over to him, not paying attention to details, and at times she made me crazy, but that was part of the fun of the read. What's wrong with you people that have to take criticism to the next level? So maybe a few of you liked it less than other titles, but do you have to go on and on about it. Appreciate her for what she is, the best women's fiction author around. I loved it Fern, keep them coming.
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1.0 out of 5 stars first time reader of Fern Michaels - hated it! June 11 1999
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Format:Hardcover
I agree with the reader who called this book "sophomoric garbage." How can anyone with a modicum of good sense and intelligence enjoy this drivel. The dialogue is simplistic, the characters totally one dimensional, the plot insipid. Who could care about this stupid woman? She married the kind of man she deserved and her children justifiably deserted her. I was sorely tempted to desert her too, but, out of fairness to the author, forced myself to finish the story. That was a mistake. Totally unbelievable. By the way, did anyone else notice that on page 83 her name is spelled "Christine" by mistake in the middle of the page. That sort of thing drives me crazy. Did no one even read this book before it was published? Can't blame 'em.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing but no Texas or Vegas Jan. 31 1999
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Format:Hardcover
Fern Michaels provides an intriguing story line that demonstrates why her books always land on all the best-selling lists (see "Vegas" trilogy and "Texas" trilogy). However, before readers think that Ms. Michaels' latest novel is a cause for CELEBRATION, they need to realize that the pathetic Kristine garners no empathy. Besides playing the fool, she chose to ignore or pretend the physical abuse suffered by her children. This trait would engage readers if the story line centered on a psychological look into her denial. However, used in the context of a contemporary romance, this leaves the audience disconcerted and a bit put off by her. Still, the Michaels' touch is prevalent with the secondary players and the powerful plot.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars A long, but enjoyable read Feb. 12 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I, too, found myself cheering for Kristine. Co-dependent relationships happen all the time and I'm glad the author addressed this issue. It was a great ending. I'm not sure she deserved Woody, but I'm glad they ended up together. Ms. Michaels referred to the tense relationship between parent and child at the beginning and then Kristine later refers to her parents as being, 'great' and 'there for her', etc. It was confusing, but maybe that mysterious money that popped up at the end changed her views on 'those rotten parents'....That along with that 'weird' slave trading story were misplaced in the story and I wanted it to end sooner, but I was glad to see that Kristine didn't cave in when Logan returned. Give it a chance.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Fern Michaels is a pseudonym
Fern Michaels is a pseudonym for Mary Kuczkir and Roberta Anderson. If you notice, a lot of the reviews on Amazon are by Mary Kuczkir. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Celebration
This book was amazing. The plots kept coming and I couldn't put it down. It was a little bit long, and repetive, but her overall style is personally appealling to me. Read more
Published on June 22 2001 by Ann
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous!
This was one of the worst romance novels I've ever read. I expect to have to suspend my disbelief somewhat, but this book was ridiculous. Read more
Published on March 31 2001 by "dimity8"
5.0 out of 5 stars Celebration
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was so glad to see that even though Logan was a West Point graduate, and thought he was so smart, he was not smart enough to outwit 3 women who... Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2001 by "rmbarbou"
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Disappointment!!!
This book reads as though it is a working draft not a finished novel. The author should treat her fans with more respect. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money AND time!
This is one of the worst books I have read in a very long time! The plot is so obvious and slow.. When I was in the middle of the book I said to myself.. Read more
Published on June 26 2000 by ileana
5.0 out of 5 stars Celebration
This is a "can't put it down" book. An incredible story and leaves you feeling like you have just read a masterpiece. Where does the author come up with her stories? Read more
Published on May 3 2000 by Collector
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Delight
I have always been a fan of Ferm Michaels but I found this book to be exceptional....I laughed and I cried it kepy my interests and I loved the way she was able to intertwine all... Read more
Published on April 28 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars Half a review
I've rarely been unable to leave a book unfinished. Celebration unfortunately falls into this category. Read more
Published on April 25 2000 by "piolin-piolin"
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time!
This book was absolutely awful...My first F. Michaels and definately my last. Many times I considered putting it down, but I persisted, hoping it would get better..... Read more
Published on April 6 2000 by Joanne
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