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Come Back to Me by Jody Hedlund.
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.
Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.
Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).
When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.
From Author Website
Wow. Where to start? Come Back to Me is not my usual book to read seeing that it’s a time-crossing novel, but since the author is one of my favorites and the back copy intrigued me, I wanted to read the book. Had I not, I would have missed out on an incredible story!
I grew up on the tales of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. Come Back to Me falls right into that vein, just with a powerful romance (with a heat level a bit more than I usually prefer) and modern-day science (think Ronie Kendig’s mix of Biblical past and current scientific possibility). Plus plot twists that had me guessing, not just at what would happen next, but what I hoped would happen. What would I consider a happily ever after for these characters? Whatever that was, it did happen because I found it a beautiful ending with a few threads left undone for the sequel coming not soon enough.
Whether this is your usual genre or not, I encourage you to read it anyway. It’s an incredible book that simultaneously left me without words to describe it and the need to talk about it. I hope it will capture you as it did me.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.
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