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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Fern Michaels is a pseudonym Sept. 25 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. No wonder this book has an average of 4 stars. I would have given it zero stars but the scale wouldn't allow for that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Celebration June 22 2001
By Ann
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. I felt like I knew Kristene and when I was finished, I felt almost sad, that it was over, and I wouldn't be able to read more about her. The ending was great, and I really enjoyed it.
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous! March 31 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. The dialogue was beyond believeable, the situations were contrived, the characters were not appealing. The heroine was a total weak-spined wimp. I cannot believe there are so many people who enjoyed this book. Don't waste your money or your time. It does not get better as it goes on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A long, but enjoyable read Feb. 13 2001
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Celebration Jan. 29 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 had caring, thoughtful, friends who happened to be brilliant computer techies. Good for these guys. Good for Kristine's children who hung with her and could see right through their dad. Aaron deserves a medal, too. I'll read Fern Michaels again.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great Disappointment!!! Sept. 9 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book reads as though it is a working draft not a finished novel. The author should treat her fans with more respect. The plot development is non existent and many of the events simply so far fetched to be totally without credibility. Don't waste your time or money with this one!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money AND time! June 26 2000
By ileana
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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..I could tell this story in 50 pages instead of 400! Maybe I should start writting..
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