THE DAY HE CAME BACK IS LIVE!
A Standalone Contemporary Romance
New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author
It was the summer of my life.
I’d met the guy of my dreams.
Unfortunately, he was the son of my uppity employer—and very much off-limits.
But Gavin was a rebel. He knew his mother would disown him if she found out about us; in his eyes, we just had to be careful.
He never treated me as his mother did—like hired help.
Instead, Gavin put me on a pedestal and loved me harder than I’d ever been loved in my life.
What a summer it was.
Until it all ended—badly.
I was never supposed to see Gavin again.
That didn’t stop me from thinking about him every day for ten years.
I knew little about his life now, just that he was an entrepreneur living an ocean away.
When a twist of fate had me working again in the very place our love affair started a decade earlier, I knew it was only a matter of time before I might see him again.
But I wasn’t prepared.
What if he hated me?
What if he loved someone else now?
I wasn’t prepared for all the unknowns.
And most of all, I wasn’t prepared for today to be the day he came back.
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The day he came back was surprising…overwhelming…emotional, but before there was a need for him to come back, there was a time in the past that they first got together…that their feelings grew for each other before the moment it all fell apart.
And this is the story that Penelope Ward gives her readers, and by going back to Raven Donatacci and Gavin Masterson’s beginning in order to understand all facets of their relationship, we get lost in the emotional upheaval that takes place
due to their different paths in life, familial obligations, and an overbearing parent who will do whatever it takes to get what she wants.
Through the course of the book, readers get to see Raven and Gavin in the present-day, when they unexpectantly find themselves back where they started and figure out how to coexist without addressing what happened all those years ago. But before they can be reunited, readers need the hero and heroine’s backstory, which is exactly what Ward gives us, but, in my opinion, the past stayed the focus for a bit too long, making the time in the present rushed and not as fleshed out as I wanted it to be.
Despite my need for a few more key scenes in the present, I enjoyed Raven and Gavin’s story. I give Raven credit for handling everything she had to with grace, putting herself and her mother first when it was necessary and then taking care of a man whose family didn’t treat her well due to where she came from proves just how strong and selfless she is. I will admit that my feelings for Gavin ebbed and flowed, but I think that’s only because I saw Raven’s heartbreak as well as her love for him, so I probably blamed him when it wasn’t his felt either. In the end, though, Gavin does what he feels is right and finally follows his heart, which is what I was waiting for since fate brought Raven and Gavin back together.
The Day He Came Back was an angsty, dramatic, heartbreaking, as well as frustrating second chance romance. And while I expected all of these emotions, and thought I was prepared to experience them, it still hurt when things went wrong and two people who truly loved each other were forced apart for a decade. And while the epilogue truly warmed my heart, I was still caught up in all that had gone wrong because of one person’s vindictive nature.
4 Poison Apples
About the Author
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.
With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.
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Books by Penelope Ward
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