‘The Day He Came Back’ is an emotional, angsty second-chance romance from Penelope Ward - classic Ward in every way... Right from the start, Gavin and Raven’s story hooked me in, and I had a hard time stopping myself frantically swiping. Packed with the sweet, tender first love feels, the first half of the story is full of all the excitement of young love, genuine connection and new attraction. "Raven was like a drug. I was fine until I let myself have a little taste of her again." Yet despite all the common ground they found, they came from very different worlds. Raven was the hired help at Gavin’s family’s estate, and his mother makes is crystal clear that Raven has no place in Gavin’s life.
Ten years later Raven is back at Gavin’s family’s estate as his father’s caregiver who is suffering from dementia. A surprise visit brings the biggest surprise of all for both of them. The feelings they both still habour come roaring back, but there is a lot of hurt, a lot of change and some big secrets to sort through. Ward takes readers through their heartbreak step by step as this couple forgive and heal. The love is still there, though, that’s not going away. "How many times in life do you have a chance to undo your biggest regret?"
This second chance romance is a story of epic proportions filled with all the love, angst, and heartbreak you'd know and love in a Penelope Ward book. A beautiful, poignant, and romantic love story, ‘The Day He Came Back’ gets five stars from me.
Helloooo hot cover guy. I am not really one to bother with covers, however the orange makes this one stand out. And what is it with Penelope Ward (and her collabs with Vi Keeland) and their covers that are always so lickable?
The premise of this story is nothing new - rich boy/not rich girl/works for him scenario. We have read about this a thousand times already. However this did not stop me enjoying The Day He Came Back.
I just wished that there was more of when he came back, and not so much of way back then. Don't get me wrong, we needed the then, however maybe not so much? This is probably just a me thing though.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship going on with our guy Gavin. I don't know, most of the time I adored him, but other times I wanted to shank him lol.
Good on Raven for doing things she does throughout.
This book had me longing, had my frustrated and annoyed, and a couple of tears may have been shed.
However, there is this "thing" that always happens in a Penelope Ward book. I was reading along, thinking "please don't do that thing" and then BAM, there is was. The dreaded "thing". It is predictable that this is going to happen and we don't need it!
Have you thought what your first love is now doing and if you’ll ever meet up again? Raven has taken on a new job as a nurse caring for her mother’s boss who is suffering with dementia. There is a lot of history between them, and Mr M was extremely kind to her mum. Even though his eldest son was her first and only true love, she didn’t think she would have to run into him again as he is now living in London. It’s ten years since that fateful night, and it feels like it’s only been one for Raven when Gavin comes home to check up on his fathers health and finances. All the emotions and what ifs come back to haunt her. For Gavin, he’s not sure if he is hallucinating or in a time warp scenario and he’s not happy with what he is confronted with on his arrival home.
I really did enjoy this book. It took me on a journey of love lost and hope that second chances can prevail. Raven was a sassy teen who had learnt to deal with what life was dishing out, even if she was on the wrong side of the bridge. As she grew older, she again had to endure life’s uncertainties and headaches. She was a tough cookie, that’s for sure! I adored Gavin. He may have been lucky to live at the post code that he did, but he wasn’t a snob or obnoxious like his peers. He learnt to roll with the punches even if it wasn’t his choices to start with. He found his own footing despite what was expected of him. What makes him even more swoon worthy is he kept his integrity the whole way through. I would have like a little more spunk and moxie when they first reunited for some added tension but I think it might have gone against Gavin’s nature. I was totally happy with the epilogue and how things progressed between them. I’m not sure... but I get the feeling we may hear more of the elusive and puzzling brother Weldon, and I would love to know his full story.
The Day He Came Back by Penelope Ward is yet another emotionally charged, sexy romance from a must-read author. A second chance romance that is about so much more than JUST second chances. Told in dual points of view between Raven and Gavin, this story had me hooked from the first page.
Raven may come from the other side of the bridge in Palm Beach but she knows her worth. Gavin is tired of the haughty expectations of his mother and wants nothing more than to be happy, and Raven makes him happy. But when social standing becomes more important than her own sons happiness the relationship that was just getting started between Raven and Gavin implodes.
Fast forward ten years and it is sheer cosmic fate that has Raven and Gavin back in the same house at the same time. Will they ever be able to get past their history and work out their differences or is this meeting just a chance to properly say goodbye.
‘Sometimes you can still feel the love you had for someone inside your heart, even after they shatter it.’ The Day He Came Back was a brilliant and emotional read, it drew me in and kept me there until the final word. This story begins on the day he (Gavin) came back and walks straight into Raven’s life after a decade of them being apart with no contact. Ten years earlier Gavin and Raven met and unexpectedly fell in love. They were two people from such diverse backgrounds and they shared one summer together which changed their lives. It was everything to them and then it ended very badly. Ten years has been a long time for them both, it’s been full of regret, pain, emptiness and sadness. Nothing prepares them for the feelings that resurface. Yet everything is bittersweet and is tinged with sadness and regret. They know that they have a love they weren’t able to let go of but just because they didn’t know how to let go of it doesn’t guarantee that they know how to move forward with it either... Penelope Ward is such an amazing author and this book is just another example of why she’s a favourite of mine.
Seriously. This is a STELLAR contemporary romance that so totally clicked with me on so many levels.
First, the emotions. Penelope did a fantastic job of writing all of the feels that had me on the verge of tears several times, and cracking a huge smile at others.
Next, the smart-ness; the characters didn't pull any of that "well, I should say this out loud to avoid any confusion, but I'll just keep it a secret anyway" stuff. Nope! These characters said what they needed to say, and the story worked around the real-ness of the characters saying what a real person would say in the same situation.
Oh, and the book is SMOKIN'. But it's more than just sexy-hot because there's so much emotion surrounding the sexytimes.
Sigh...I REALLY liked this book!
(I was given this book in consideration of my honest thoughts)
Whoa, I’m not normally a fan of second chance romances but this one totally blew me away! I couldn’t put it down. I loved the story, the emotion and the characters and loved the way they grew and evolved. Definitely another hit!