Saturday, July 10, 2021

Come Back to Me by Jody Hedlund | Book Review

 


I'm going to say this now and I don't think anyone will be surprised: I love time travel novels! 

Jody Hedlund's Come Back to Me was an intriguing mixture of time travel, romance, suspense, and a hint of science that I found created a story that was hard to put down! When Marian first travels 'back in time' and sees an image of Will...well, I was sold. He's not only brawny and handsome, but he's a good guy too and I was rooting for them from the beginning. The question of "will they end up together" and "if so, how???" kept me turning pages late into the night. 

I found that some of the background information at the beginning (the "how" of the time travel) was an interesting take on the Tree of Life but I was more interested in the romance, to be honest (ha!). The suspenseful elements were a nice touch though, and kept that worry going as to how things would work out. 

I didn't expect the 1300s to be romantic, but Hedlund had a way of showing the aspects of that time period that are almost 'better than' ours - like a simpler life, natural beauty, and the ability to enjoy quiet.  

Some have mentioned in their reviews about the romance elements being "too much" for Christian fiction but I honestly didn't find that. I'd perhaps recommend this to 17+ but I found it to be a true representation of desire between a man and a woman and there was plenty of instances where that desire (or lust as some have called it) moved past to a desire to more deeply know one another on an intellectual level as well. 

I'd recommend this to fans of time travel novels like Outlander (though from a Christian perspective) and those who enjoy historical fiction as well. 

My rating: 3.8*

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Come Back to Me

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The ultimate cure that could heal any disease? Crazy.

That's exactly what research scientist Marian Creighton has always believed about her father's quest, even if it does stem from a desire to save her sister Ellen from the genetic disease that stole their mother from them. But when her father falls into a coma after drinking a vial of holy water believed to contain traces of residue from the Tree of Life, Marian must question all of her assumptions. He's left behind tantalizing clues that suggest he's crossed back in time. Insane. Until Marian tests his theories and finds herself in the Middle Ages during a dangerous peasant uprising.

William Durham, a valiant knight comes to Marian's rescue and offers her protection . . . as his wife. The longer Marian stays in the past, the more she cares about William. Can she ever find her father and make it back to the present to heal her sister? And when the time comes to leave, will she want to?

Bestselling author Jody Hedlund is your guide down the twisting waters of time to a volatile era of superstition, revolts, and chivalry in this suspenseful story.
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I received this book for free but was under no obligation to post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.

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