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SOUVENIR
THERESE FOWLER
ISBN# 978-0-345-49968-4
February 12, 2008
Ballantine Books
The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 18th Floor New York, NY 10019
Hardcover
$22.00
360 Pages
Fiction
Rating: 5 Cups

Meg Powell grew up being best friends with Carson McKay. As they grew older they fell in love and thought they would always be together. They made plans their future. Meg’s family is always in need of money and even though she is already giving her family money from her job, they were in danger of loosing their home and livelihood. Then, her employer gives her an opportunity that she feels she has no choice but to accept it for her family's benefit. The problem is she will have to let Carson go and marry another. This is the hardest decision she has ever had to make.

Carson McKay is the love of Meg’s life but she leaves him for someone else. He is bitter and sullen for a while, then he goes after a chance as singer which shoots him into stardom. The only thing missing is his true love Meg, he has a new fiancé and he loves her, but just not the way he still loves Meg. Brian Hamilton is the man Meg marries because he has promised that all the financial troubles plaguing her family will be forgiven. He thinks that, if given a chance, he and Meg can become a successful couple; maybe even fall in love.

Meg's life is hectic. Her job, her teenage daughter, and her failing marriage keep reminding her of true love left behind. The past has finally caught up to her and she scrutinizes her choices as an alarming situation comes to light. How will this discovery effect everyone around her? Did she make the right choices or where there other factors involved? The answers lie in Meg’s heart.

I honestly do not know what would be an appropriate response for a review of Souvenir. This book blew me away. The issues of this book are so controversial, yet Ms. Fowler approaches each of them delicately so it makes no difference which side of the fence you are on, as neither view can be correct. It just is and nothing more. I recommend that before you start to read this story, you grab a box of tissues, because it will take you on a powerful emotional journey that covers ALL the emotions. Everything about this book, from the characters to the storyline, is an amazingly true fit. Souvenir is not only a book worth adding to the shelf and re-reading, it deserves a place of honor all by itself. It truly is a piece of art that deserves nothing less. If I could award more cups I would. This work by Ms. Fowler deserves so much more and I truly cannot wait until her next work of art.

Matilda
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