Book Review: Expiation by Greg Messel

Title: Expiation
Author: Greg Messel
Genre: Paperback
Year Published: 2010
Source: I was sent this book for review.

Expiation is a love story. Author Greg Messel tells the tale of high school sweethearts in the 1960’s who lose track of each other and find each other thirty years later.

Dan and Katie are the stars of their high school in Seattle, Washington. Dan is a hero football player, and Katie is a cheerleader and homecoming queen. They believe that they belong together for always.

But when Dan goes away to college in California, he leaves Katie behind in Seattle. Through a series of misunderstandings, they lose contact with each other. During the years that follow, Dan marries a girl he falls in love with at the University of California at Berkeley, and they settle in San Francisco, where Dan is a newspaper reporter. Katie marries a dentist. Dan has a daughter, Vickie, but his wife dies tragically of cancer. Katie’s marriage is a disaster, and she has no children. While Dan loves his wife Wendy, he can’t help wondering about Katie.

Dan’s mother dies in November 1999, on the eve of the new millennium. When he goes back to Seattle to attend his mother’s funeral:

About halfway down the long aisle, something made me glance up. Then I saw Katie. Could it be, after all of these years? I’m sure my solemn, sad mask slipped as I registered complete astonishment. It had to be Katie! I briefly broke ranks and gave her a quick hug, saying “Wait for me afterwards.” I sure hoped that was Katie or else I had just picked up a woman, who was a total stranger, at my mother’s funeral.

I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for a good love story, and this is a good one. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Dan really did love his wife, Wendy, but Katie was his first love. Will she also be his last?

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