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Reviewed by Stefan Vucak for Readers' Favorite
Maggie used to cleanse her emotional bottlenecks with a good cry. She would cry at anything, a news story or a corny film, and she would be good. However, as she grew older, her shell of cynicism made this more difficult. So she crashed cemetery funerals. It did not matter that she did not know any of the deceased. It was a way to get herself emotional and have a good, soul-cleansing cry. While at one funeral, she visits the grave of her deceased husband, Harlan. After being dumped by her long-time boyfriend, Maggie had married Harlan, and then she had to bury him, which was a great opportunity for another good cry. When she gets back to the office, she is told that her boss is dead – a heart attack. More tears. Her therapist thinks that Maggie should find a guy. It would help her regain her emotional stability, but Maggie isn’t very interested. Her office friend introduces her to Aaron. Even though she doesn’t like him very much, their sex is good, but that wasn’t enough. After a while, she kicks him out. A good cry would have been in order, but she was dry. Something needed to be done about that.
From the first paragraph of Cemetery Rendezvous, Beth Loure’s writing drew me inexorably into her story. Her relaxed, irreverent style made it a pleasure to read. Maggie is a complex character, seemingly well-adjusted, and knows how to run her life, lubricated by an occasional cry. I had to chuckle a number of times as Beth Loure unfolded her story, eager to see what would happen next. Maggie is someone I would have liked to know better and explore her personality. Regrettably, Cemetery Rendezvous left me hungry for more. However, I was immensely satisfied with the glimpse Beth Loure gave me.