Title: The Ninety-Ninth Reunion
Author: Dene Hellman
Publisher: Second Wind Publishing
ISBN: 978 1938101922
by Dene Hellman
Book review by Maribeth Shanley
I totally enjoyed this book! I found Maggie’s quirkiness and sarcasm endearing. Lee, a former victim of bullying before it was called that, turned out to be a formidable woman who knew what she wanted and had earned being happy. Ben, a very decent Midwesterner, was very unassuming. Then there’s Caroline! My husband was born and raised in Iowa. Fortunately, we never spent much time going back to his hometown. Now that I’ve read The Ninety-Ninth Reunion, I’m glad we didn’t. This book gave me the willies on what I may have encountered. I’m also now very thankful I’ve never made the effort to go to a high-school reunion. Those were never my favorite years; and, now, I’ll gladly let that sleeping dog lie. The Ninety-Ninth Reunion…good to the last drop!
Maribeth Shanley lives in Myrtle Beach, SC with her husband Bob Bibb. They have three furry and three feathered children. Maribeth is now retired from McCormick and Co., Inc. of the famous spice brand. Once retired she decided to try her hand at writing. “I’ve always loved to write and dreamed of becoming a writer. Never did I imagine, however, it would actually happen.” Shanley is the author of the novel Crack in the World
, which is based on her own experiences as a sexually abused child.